It takes approximately 10 hours from London to reach Chur, Switzerland’s oldest city and the first stop on our Glacier Express
itinerary, a truly iconic journey through winter landscapes.
Chur is also one of the gateways to the idyllic Engadine Valley. Despite the remote location in easternmost Switzerland, you can still reach the Engadine valley in a day from London, though it takes 12 hours and typically involves three changes after leaving Paris.
Bearing this in mind, we recommend that you break your journey with a night in Zürich
’s characterful old town. This makes for a more comfortable journey and also means you can appreciate the mountain scenery of the final part of the journey in daylight.
Refreshed from an overnight stay in Zürich
, choose a seat on the left-hand side of the train for fine views along the shores of two lakes, Zürichsee and Wallensee. Lake views give way to mountains as you change to narrow gauge railways to climb through magnificent scenery towards the Engadine Valley for winter breaks at the Hotel Meisser
, and the Pensione Privata
, and our Engadine Valley
summer walking holiday.