Switzerland – There’s a romance to train travel. In this case much enhanced by the comfort of a first class cabin and its impressive curved windows, which allow a full panoramic view towards the impressive Alps.
We travelled from Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland, to St Moritz and the next day onward to the Italian town of Tirano where we stopped for a pizza and cappuccino. As one does whilst moving through
The area we contains Europe’s highest density of castles, there are mysterious gorges, world famous viaducts and 55 tunnels.
Crimson coloured train carriages, quaint villages on hills and in valleys, church steeples peeping out above tree line and freshly fallen snow capped mountains in the distance. The beauty astounds, as do the impressive masterpieces of the art of civil engineering. Railways loop and climb within the mountain, circling as they gain altitude. At the one point we saw the same Church three times as we progressed.
We travelled through a UNESCO World Heritage site over railroads planned and laid out over a hundred years before. When tunnels were chiselled by hand men took on the height of the giants.
Best bit, when planning that trip to Switzerland and once your flights are secured with Swiss Airlines, you can get a Swiss Pass in advance. Rail Europe are the official distributors for the South African market and can be contacted here.