William Law - Apr 18, 2011
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Switzerland is an ideal destination for those who are fond of trains since the Swiss use the railway services a lot. They have a perfect system of rails and a wonderful landscape that draws tourists to discover the country, even if it is ’only’ from the window of a comfortable train.


One of the ways to discover beautiful countryside of Switzerland is by traveling on a train. Zurich is the starting point for most trips around the country. Its railway station is one of the busiest in Europe as some 2,915 trains pass through there every day transporting over 350 thousand passengers. Swiss trains with air-conditioned carriages are highly comfortable and always on time. Some trains have even ‘mobile offices’ where a passenger can work while traveling. There are also areas where children can play on some trains. Dining car is a common part of the train.

Narrow-gauge lines climbing to the mountains are certainly a Swiss phenomenon. According to, Glacier Express belongs among the most popular ones. On this train, passengers can travel eight hours between the two major mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt. Other famous railway is the Bernina Express. The biggest tourist attraction, however, is the highest railway station in Europe at Jungfraujoch. The trip to the 3,454 meters is not cheap. A train ticket costs approximately 234 Euro.

The Swiss railways even made it on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula - Bernina Landscape certainly deserves to be acknowledged. The Bernina Express goes from the freezing north to sunny south. The train travels through wonderful landscape offering passengers views of mountain lakes and beautiful valleys. Even though it is called an express, it does not hurry. A traveler can enjoy the views and take pictures from the typically red cars. The railway is 145 kilometers long and takes the passengers through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges.

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