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Switzerland by Train–Part 2

I wrote recently about the first part of my upcoming train trip through Switzerland and I’m wrapping up what we expect to experience in the last half of the trip.

I will no doubt have lots more to say about this adventure after the fact, but I’m getting revved up by looking at the daily agenda and what is anticipated.

On day 7 after spending the night in Lake Geneva, we will visit the Chillon Castle and then travel through the scenic foothills of the Alps to Visp and board a train to the car-free mountain town of Zermatt, where we spend 2 days.

The most exciting part of these two days is the excursion to Gornergrat, a ridge overlooking the Gorner Glacier, arriving by Europe’s highest open-air cog railway for a ride to the summit, some 10,000 feet above sea level. We will get to see spectacular panoramic views of the Matterhorn and visit the Matterhorn Museum. The written information says we will learn about the history of alpine living and mountain climbing, which tells me we may get a bit of climbing in ourselves.

From Zermatt we take the Glacier Express, a famed train with cars specially designed for scenic viewing of the Albula Line, the Rhine Gorge, and the Oberalp Pass, to the Swiss resort town of St. Moritz. The next day we board the Bernina Express for a scenic ride on the highest railway across the Alps, winding over bridges and through tunnels along the UNESCO-recognized lanscapes en route to Tirano, Italy.

Our last day in Switzerland will be in Zurich where we will walk through Altstadt, the Old Town and enjoy views of Lindenhof Park, walk over the Munsterbrucke and see St. Peter’s Church and the city hall.

If you think I know anything about Munsterbrucke, the Lindenhof Park or St. Peter’s Church, you are mistaken, but I’ll know more about all of these marvelous places upon my return to San Miguel, and you can read all about them.

You now have a taste of what we will be seeing, taking pictures of, and gasping about on this 12 day adventure. All you don’t know is what we will eat, how good the wine will be, and how much money we leave behind in this picturesque country.

I’ll attempt to show those details in June posts…stay tuned.

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