A ride on Christmas eve day from Zurich to St. Moritz Switzerland has been really rich in variety and beauty. Ed Waldrup, an US-American tourist, made three HD videos of that rememberable train journey. Enjoy the ride!
Part 1: Zurich Airport to Chur Switzerland
Train ride from Zurich to Chur leads from the Zurich urban area straight to the mountain area of the Canton of Grison. A Canton in Switzerland is a political unit similar to a State in the USA. The trains run on standard gauge tracks with an inner width of 1’435 mm or 4ft 8 1/2 in. The trains on this railroad line are run by SBB (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, in English Swiss Federal Railway). The train rides through the City of Zurich, along the Lake of Zurich, Lake Walensee with the Churfirsten mountains and the “Bündner Herrschaft” to Chur. Enjoy the ride!
Part 2: From Chur to Bergün Switzerland
From Chur to St. Moritz Ed Waldrup, a well known and welcome US tourist, was travelling with the RhB (Rhätische Bahn, in English “Rhaetian Railway”) on narrow gauge track. The tracks of RhB is a meter gauge track with an inner width of 1’000 mm or 3 ft 3 3/8 in like most mountain railways in Switzerland. Approximately 7% of the world’s railways use meter gauge tracks (Wikipedia). As the journey from Chur to St. Moritz is quite long and the scenery magnificent, it is split in two parts, parts 2 & 3. Part 2 is dedicated to the section from Chur to Bergün.
Part 3: From Bergün to St. Moritz Switzerland
The Albula line of the RhB (Rhaetian Railway) is a genuine treasure, that has been approved as part of the UNESCO World Heritage “Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes” in the month of July 2008. This approval as UNESCO World Heritage includes not just the railroad, but also the neighbouring countryside. Landscape and railway blend into one another in a number of imosing and wide expanses man-made historic structures, all watchfully embedded to the really steeply-sloping and narrow Alpine valleys. Man can not exist from the railroad alone, but they can put it to connect to the locatons that are worth visiting in 3 different cultural regions with three different mountain languages spoken. These attractions include such sights like the winding loop tunnels between the train stops of Bergün (1376 m / 4514ft 5 15/64 in) and Preda Station (1820 m / 5971ft 35/64 in).
Travel along the famous Albula line and see the Preda to Bergün Spiral tunnels area on this Unesco World Heritage route.