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Glacier Express

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There is something romantic and exotic about train travel. Most trains today may be on the verge of speeding bullets, but as a culture we manage to keep a romanticized image of them that includes lackadaisical hours spent staring out the window and fine dinners consumed at a leisurely pace in luxurious dining cars.

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Maybe train travel still manages to feel exotic because taking even the fastest train isn't like flying on an airplane. Train travel gets us to truly slow down and take part in a different daily rhythm; what is more relaxing then watching the countryside fly by as you ride from one city to another?

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In Switzerland, the Glacier Express takes the essence of slow travel to a new level. The Swiss mountain railway takes passengers back and forth between St. Moritz in the north and Zermatt in the south. Despite its name, this train is anything but an express. One of Switzerland's most famous train excursions, the Glacier Express traverses the Swiss Alps in a 7 ½ hour trip, averaging about 22 miles per hour.

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Those 7 ½ hours go by seemingly quickly as the train travels across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and passes by the stunning unspoiled natural beauty that the Swiss Alps have come to be known for. If you were looking for a travel adventure that truly embodies slow travel, look no farther than this “slowest fast train in the world.” AB

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  • Prêt à Voyager

    November 20, 2008

    My dad is such a train guru he’ll love this. Thanks for the tip!

    Anne

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