Switzerland X – The Glacier Express

Next in a long delayed tale of our travel in Switzerland, September 2009.

The Glacier Express is the most famous of the several named train journeys that criss-cross Switzerland.  We boarded at Samedan and would take it all the way to Zermatt.  An 8 hour journey.  It is extremely scenic and we took tons of photos – only to discover that taking photos thorugh windows, no matter how clean, is always sub standard, so apologies for the glare – although the glare did make for a few intersting shots.

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Waiting for the train to arrive at Samedan.

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Love the clouds hanging in the valley.

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An engineering geek’s dream.

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Everyone getting ready to take pictures of the Landwasser Viaduct.

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Going over the Landwasser Viaduct. Definitely an anti-climax as you can’t really see much of the bridge because you’re ON it. (it was also swathed in scaffolding as it was being repaired)

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The train steward who was selling souviners helpfully told me to just take a picture of his booklet. He said all the Japanese riders did it.

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Great castle peeking out of the mountains. Reminds me of the castles along the Rhine in Germany. This one probably served a similar function, controlling a major trade route.

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This shot shows the train – it was so long! The blue car was an extra-special ‘vintage’ car.

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The Vorderrhein Gorge along the Rhine River. These cliffs are like nothing I imagined to be in Switzerland. Sort of a cross between the white cliffs of Dover and the canyons in the American west. (also a good shot of the panoramic viewing windows, not as good as the ones on the Bernina Express)

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Oberalp Lake at Oberalp pass.  See the tunnel we’ll go through that protects the tracks from avalanches.

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Lots of people took photos of the passing train. This group totally could have been the Steffen siblings.

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Nice place to be a cow.

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A glacier. We were pretty OD’d on scenery by this point – so not quite as exciting. If you want to be excited about the glaciers I reccomend starting in Zermatt and doing the trip in the opposite direction.

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Beautiful shot with the sun on the mountain.

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The train after we had disembarked in Zermatt.

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Steve outside the train in Zermatt.

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One response to “Switzerland X – The Glacier Express

  1. Pingback: Switzerland XI – Zermatt « Schrockthehouse

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