Travel with the world's slowest train through the Swiss Alps - in 1930's style luxury. It's a leisurely trip through the mountains - and the views are fantastic.
While the trip normally takes 8 hours on a normal train, the Alpine Classic Pullman takes two days from St. Moritz to Zermatt - or vice versa. Pulled along by a vintage engine more than a hundred years old that has to be manually controlled, passengers will have the opportunity to see the Matterhorn, the oldest town in Switzerland - Chur - and the UNESCO site of Aletsch - the largest glacier in the world.
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The train crosses 91 tunnels and crosses 291 bridges on its journey, which will put you of pocket for 1 250 Swiss francs (about R17 340 at R13,88/CHF) for the all-inclusive train trip.
Inside the train, which doesn't offer a sleep coach, will have Pullman coaches, a Gourmino dining car and a Piano Bar. Your overnight stay will be a mountain inn in Andermatt - a traditional Swiss town with narrow streets and beautiful panoramic views of the mountains.
The train only runs on certain dates, which you can check on the website.
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Getting that train fever? South Africa's has a few classic train trips of its own to get those steam engines racing.
Dubbing themselves the world’s most luxurious train, Rovos Rail is all wood-panelled Victorian nostalgia and elegant silver service.
Linking famous African attractions like the red dunes of Namibia, South Africa’s glorious Garden Route and the game reserves of East Africa, Rovos journeys vary from 48-hours to a month. A classic is the six-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls trip.
Iconic Blue Train
Presidents and kings have travelled aboard South Africa’s five-star luxury train, known for her impeccable service and unbridled luxury. The name comes from the 1940s, when the Union Limited-Union Express line’s distinctive sapphire blue carriages were a symbol of luxury and were nicknamed ‘those blue trains’.
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The name ‘shongololo' is Zulu for millipede and that’s what the Shongololo Express resembles as she heads off in the name of adventure. Their train safaris are geared towards exploring the wildest and most wonderful southern African attractions – like Botswana’s vast Etosha Pan, the ancient red dunes of Namibia and the sparkling waters off South Africa’s Fairest Cape.
There's also other train trip to check out around the world, see this choo-tastic infographic for more information.
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Plan Your Trip to St Moritz, Switzerland:
- Do SA residents need a visa: Yes, a Schengen tourist visa - Read more about that here. It costs around R965.
- Currency & exchange rate: Swiss Franc - 1 CHF = R13,92
- Main Airport: Zurich-Kloten International Airport
- Airlines that travel there: Lufthansa, SWISS, KLM, Air France, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Austrian Air. Search for flights here.