We had a "WOWSER" day on our tour of Switzerland. It was a long one, we left the apartment in Milan at 6 this morning and took the subway to the Visitors Center in downtown Milan. We had to meet there by 7 AM for our tour. Yikes! We made it but it was a hard trip. We are not used to getting up this early. :-) The bus took us to the train station in the town of Tirano, Italy. It was a fourteen hour tour, one of the best we have ever had. We rode the Bernina Express through the most beautiful parts of Switzerland we have ever seen.
I can't think of a better way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Switzerland and the Alps than a ride on the Bernina Express. Known as the ‘Little Red Train,’ the Bernina Express was built more than 100 years ago to scale the majestic mountain landscapes of the Swiss Alps. This historical feat of engineering still climbs up the 7,330-foot high Bernina Pass along a UNESCO World Heritage-listed route.
Our rail journey started amid the palms and oleanders of northern Italy, taking us over the spiraling viaduct at Brusio. I did my best to capture pictures of the front of the train going over the viaduct. After our awesome 2 1/2 hour train ride though the Alps, we arrived in the resort town of St. Moritz. Along the way we passed wild gorges and icy glaciers, we saw beautiful alpine lakes with huge waterfalls. Jerry and I both thought of Alaska with the massive mountains and waterfalls.
This north-south alpine crossing offers eye-catching vistas of stunning scenery from your rail car. We were able to open our window and hang out to capture incredible photographic views of the Alps. It was absolutely incredible! After the train ride we also visited the town of Saint Moritz, I am going to have to do a separate update on this stunning town in the Alps. Check back later for more from our awesome tour of Switzerland.