The Glacier Express rises to 1,775m at St. Moritz
The world’s top match racers have made their way to Lake St. Moritz, Switzerland for the fifth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. For those making the short hop from Zurich Airport by train, the state-of-the-art Glacier Express provided a welcome panorama of the fantastic mountain landscape which hosts the regatta in the East Alps.
The full route, which runs from Zermatt to St. Moritz at 1,775m altitude, runs for 7 ½ hours and encompasses 91 tunnels and 291 bridges on the journey, running at speeds of up to 100km/h in places. For a large part of the route, the Glacier Express passes through the World Heritage Site known as the Rhaetian Railway amidst the Albula / Bernina Landscapes.
The history of the railway began in the 1920s as the area saw much interest from the alpine adventure enthusiasts that had begun travelling to the Swiss Alps, including remote villages such as Zermatt and St. Moritz. These places began to increase in popularity and train routes began building with the Glacier Express running for the very first time from Zermatt to St.Moritz in 1930.
Until June 1982 the Glacier Express was only able to run in summer due to safety and only in 1973, did construction work on the Furka basis tunnel between Oberwald and Realp begin. Since the completion of that, the Glacier Express now runs all year round.
For more background, visit: http://www.glacierexpress.ch