July 21st ~ Zermatt, Switzerland
I was sad to leave our little heaven on earth in Pontresina where we had been welcomed like family and treated like VIP’s. But it was time to once again catch a train.
The bus stop was only two short blocks from our hotel so we
easily, without too much difficulty, schlepped our luggage down the street. I am reminding myself to go back to my smaller carry-on luggage in the future.
The bus dropped us off at the Samedan train station where we joined the Glacier Express train headed to Zermatt. We had reserved seats onboard.
Billed as “the world’s slowest express train”, it travels one of the most beautiful stretches of railway in the world, linking the famous holiday resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt. ~ http://www.glacierexpress.ch
There were several niceties to be experienced during this eight-hour journey, including having drinks and a full meal served to us with linen and glass set-ups at our seats. Also along the way whenever a bell sounded, we could put on provided headphones to listen to a short narrative describing a point of interest or historical information about the area we were passing by.
Of course it was the impressive scenery that once again was the highlight of the journey for us.
Curious what it looks like traveling by train? Perhaps this will help. Put yourself in one of these seats and glance out the window as we travel along…
Zermatt is a car free resort town sitting at the base of the famous Matterhorn. Relatively small, it is easy to walk from one end to the other along the main avenue, Bahnhofstrasse.
Most of the hotels have a little electric cart (kind of like a modified golf cart) which can meet you and haul you and your luggage to where ever you have booked for the night. We booked two nights at the Hotel Antika which was about .4 of a mile from the train depot.
The hotel had an interesting setting. Our balconied room was overlooking the cemetery, but also right beside the river.
But when we walk out the door and stand on the bridge over the river we could catch a magnificent view of the Matterhorn!
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to have been able to see the Matterhorn with my own eyes, and not be at Disneyland while doing it – not that there is anything wrong with being at Disneyland 🙂