In Rail on Wednesday 15th May, 2019

Champagne dining and incredible views: Inside Switzerland’s most lavish train

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The Glacier Express travels over the famous Landwasser viaduct (bridge). Source: Getty

Taking a train through Switzerland is an absolute must. The Glacier Express is one of Switzerland’s most popular panoramic rail journeys that travel through some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes.

The train clanks at a snail’s pace on an eight-hour journey between the two chic alpine resorts of St Moritz and Zermatt, passing through more than 90 tunnels and across 291 bridges.

And to make the experience even more spectacular, Glacier Express has launched a brand new ‘Excellence Class’ offering, which offers passengers spacious seats with unbeatable views, a five-course meal served alongside champagne, wine and beer, concierge service and personal tablet use.

There’s also coffee, juice, more champagne and brioche to start things off, followed by an appetiser paired with a cocktail from the train’s luxurious Glacier Bar. And if you’re still peckish, there are snacks available throughout the day.

Meanwhile, during the eight-hour train ride, you can see a procession of lakes, dramatic mountains, such as Matterhorn and the Oberalp Pass, deep gorges and pretty villages from the comfort of your train carriage seat.

Glacier Express train travelling through the Oberalp Pass in Switzerland. Source: Getty
Glacier Express train travelling through the Oberalp Pass in Switzerland. Source: Getty

The seats in Excellence Class are capped at 20 passengers per ride, and a one-way ticket will set you back CHF 420 (AU$600).

Have you been to Switzerland before? Would you like to go on the Glacier Express?

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