The Glacier Express is one of the world’s most famous railway. It travels from Zermatt to St. Moritz in around eight hours. The panorama carriage allows passengers to view the scenic landscape throughout the journey.
As we would be onboard the train for almost the whole day, we ordered a 3-course set lunch (CHF43, S$60) which was served to us at our seats. Set meal comprised of: Bouillion with fried pasta balls and mountain herbs, Roast pork filled with prunes, Spätzli with parsley and Steamed leaf spinach and Cherry cake as dessert.
I found the clear broth to be slightly salty but enjoyed the fried pasta balls in it. The roast pork was rather tender and portion was generous. The service staff even walks around to ask guests if they want a 2nd helping. Steamed spinach was pretty standard. The spatzli was something akin to pasta but with higher egg content. I also found the spatzli slightly salty for my liking.
Ended our meal with the sweet Cherry crumble pie.
For S$60, it seemed rather costly…but the ala-carte items weren’t any cheaper. Moreover the portion was huge enough for 2 of us to share and there were proper utensils and table set-up. Of cos, we could have prepared or brought sandwiches up the train to consume but we just wanted to enjoy a proper rail journey holiday experience for this “prestigious” leg of the trip.
I was kept entertained during the journey as they provided travel information through audio guide introducing the various region/sights as the train passes through. Some of the notable and interesting sights: Landwasser Viaduct – impressive five walled pillars leads in a curved path into the tunnel, example of an Engadin house adorned with wall paintings on the exterior facade, leaning tower of St Moritz.
PS When travelling from Zermatt to St Moritz, it is better to choose to sit on the right side of the train.
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