On day 3, the time has come: at 08.52 , your journey starts on the world's slowest express train. The journey through the winter wonderland takes around 7 and a half hours. The Glacier Express inspires with technical masterpieces: You pass through numerous tunnels and drive over hundreds of bridges. You will always enjoy the view of unique winter landscapes through the roof-high panorama windows.
On the first section, you drive through the Mattertal valley. Here you can enjoy a fantastic view of numerous 4,000-metre peaks. From Brig, the train continues through the snow-covered Goms and through the Furka tunnel to Andermatt in the canton of Uri. The train climbs leisurely towards the Oberalp Pass. The Rhine rises nearby. Its source is at the small, mystical Tomasee lake at the foot of Piz Badus. The Rhine connects the Alps with the North Sea and is one of the most important rivers in Europe. So it was that, in the spirit of this connection between mountain and sea, the highest lighthouse in the world (2046 metres above sea level) is located on the Oberalp Pass. The next section of the route takes you into the Rhine Gorge. Ruinaulta is what the locals call the monumental gorge between Ilanz and Reichenau in Romansh. The gorge was formed 10,000 years ago by the Flims landslide and today forms a unique natural backdrop: turquoise-green water and rock faces up to 350 metres high.
Lunch: with the experience gastronomy on the Glacier Express you are well looked after. The offer includes a 3-course menu, which is freshly prepared on board and served to your seat.
In the Alpine metropolis of Chur, you have a good quarter of an hour to get a coffee or hot chestnuts for the onward journey - of course, you can also order your coffee at your seat. The journey continues on the UNESCO World Heritage route of the Albula Line: the line has been in existence since 1903 and thus dates back to the time of the railway pioneers. After passing Thusis and Tiefencastel, you will reach the most spectacular railway structure: the Landwasser Viaduct. At 65 metres high and 136 metres long, it impresses with its beauty and boldness - one of the most elegant bridge constructions in Graubünden and the most photographed work of art on the Rhaetian Railway.
The onward journey from here proceeds according to the chosen destination:
Option 1: Onward journey to Davos Platz (exclusive variant).
At 15.42 you reach Filisur, where you change to the train to Davos Platz. You have enough time to change trains, even with luggage, as the train departs at 16.04 hrs. The last stage takes you over the imposing Wiesner Viaduct and through the wildly romantic Zügen Gorge to Davos Platz, the final stop on your train journey today.
Option 2: Onward journey to St.Moritz/Celerina (classic variant)
Simply remain seated and travel on the Glacier Express to St. Moritz. There you change to the regional train to Celerina.