Europe 14 - Day 11
This time I was up at 5.50am, early enough to catch the sunrise. I had also discovered the time-lapse feature in my camera, so I switched it on, sat the tripod outside and went back to bed. You can see the outcome as a short video file below. We walked back to the railway station for the Glacier Express to St Moritz. It was a long day but the whole adventure was superb. I was even interviewed on the train for Swiss television! At St Moritz we walked the short distance to the hotel. By this time the cloud had come down and it was snowing. A good hotel, handy to the railway station, wonderful view and with reasonable food (it should be for the price).
Sunrise on the Matterhorn
I set the camera to take photos at 30 second intervals and went back to bed to keep warm.
The camera took 60 photos at 30 second intervals from 5.50am to 6.20am. To see the full effect of the sunrise on the Matterhorn, I have created short video. It runs for 18 seconds and you should be able to click on the image below.
If the video does not play, try downloading it: MP4 format
Zermatt to St Moritz - The Glacier Express
This train voyage had been billed as the highlight of our whole holiday. We had high expectations... The Man in Seat 61 describes the Glacier Express as "..Europe's slowest express, its a narrow-gauge train which takes 7½ hours [it took us 8.10 hours] to cover just over 290 km, at an average of around 40 km/h. But you won't mind, as spectacular Swiss mountain scenery unfolds outside the train's massive panoramic sightseeing windows while you eat lunch accompanied by crisp Swiss white wine.."
And that is exactly what we got !! But I think they could improve by using New Zealand white wine...
We got onto an almost empty train at Zermatt. We had booked First Class for the better seats, food and view and were the only people on our carriage, at first. The train made its way slowly down the valley to Brig where several large tour coaches were waiting, and the hordes descended. After a few minutes of chaos they all found their seats and we headed east for the long voyage to Chur.
Something that had puzzled me in the train descriptions was how it could go to Chur AND St Moritz. We found out. It bypasses St Moritz to get to Chur then changes engines and heads back to St Moritz on another line. Another time I would get off at Chur, stay there the night and get the Bernina Express from Chur the next day. If only they had explained that bit...
We had departed Zermatt at 08.45am and we had arrived at St Moritz at 4.55pm, a total journey of 8.10 hours. It was a fantastic trip and well worth the time and cost. It was spectacular to do it in early May while there was still some snow around. It would be even better in the middle of Winter. I had booked into the Waldhaus Am See Hotel on the shore of the lake and only a few minutes walk from the station. We needed the walk after sitting on the train all day. The weather was overcast and looked like snow on the mountains above us. We had a lake view room in the hotel and it looked over the lake and the town. I then went for a short walk around part of the lake, there was a fresh wind and light snow that made it rather cold. Spring was only just arriving here, with a range of mountain flowers just appearing. So back to the hotel for dinner. At this time of year there are few guests, the skiers have gone home and the summer hordes have not arrived. The restaurant was nearly empty, the food was good but not wonderful, the waiter was odd, but the view was great.
Last updated: 02/10/2014