Photo Essay – A scenic Alpine train journey to Zermatt

14 Jan

Just like a dream, I was recently invited by Swiss TourismMaison de Voyage and Rock-On Holidays by Thomas Cook India to experience Switzerland in a unique way. While enough has been said and written about the romantic / family vacations of Switzerland our idea was to leave out all the famous / touristy activities and instead  explore this country through a new lens i.e.  through the eyes and activities of a single budget traveler. Hence our itinerary included all kinds of adventure sports, walks and many new experiences that people normally don’t associate with Switzerland. And I continue my tales from where I left it in my previous post.

Typical Swiss wooden houses, enroute to Zermatt, Switzerland

Typical Swiss wooden houses, enroute to Zermatt, Switzerland

On day 3 of our trip, we finally bid adieu to Interlaken and took a train to Zermatt. Somehow during this trip I realized that as a group we had a thing for missing trains. The DDLJ moments regarding trains kept happening to us and this time it was nearly missing one. For this journey i.e. from Interlaken to Zermatt we had to take a train and  change connections three times.  During the last part of the journey (from Visp to Zermatt) we just had two minutes in between the two trains and had to run from one end of the station to the other. We literally ran for our lives and got into the train just as the doors started closing, that too with great effort others and just about managing to scramble in with much pulling and pushing of luggage.

But this train ride from Visp to Zermatt was one of the most scenic train journeys that I have done in Europe. First and foremost the train was designed to give the passengers a true panoramic view of the gorgeous landscape with 3/4 of the walls being glass. This helped me take photographs all along the journey too. The train kept chugging along, making its way into the hills and with each turn kept revealing newer stunning sights. And I just kept jumping from one side of the train to the other to capture all of them. All along the landscape was stunning with snow-covered peaks, trees in gorgeous fall colors of red, rust, yellow and gold, small villages with wooden toy houses & miniature gnomes, a river flowing along the railway tracks, patches of snow here and there, etc etc. Sharing some of these beautiful sights with you through this photo essay. These pictures are taken through a phone camera in a moving train, hence please excuse the reflections and quality. 🙂

First view of the snow covered peaks in the Swiss Alps

First view of the snow-covered peaks in the Swiss Alps

Meandering roads through the Alps :)

Meandering roads through the Alps 🙂

the long glass windows and the stunning views :)

The long glass windows and the stunning views 🙂

Love this pic with kind of a stony hill in the front and snow covered peaks in the background

Love this pic with kind of stony hill in the front and snow-covered peaks in the background

My picture postcard from this train ride

My picture postcard from this train ride

Train tracks, trees, trails and a tributary :)

Train tracks, trees, trails and a tributary 🙂

Small villages flying by and river flowing along the train tracks :)

Small villages flying by and river flowing along the train tracks 🙂

Loved the sky and the single tree in this pic. Gorgeous, isn't it?

Loved the sky and the single tall tree in this pic. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Do notice the trees with no snow and snow just above them

Do notice the trees with no snow and snow just above them

Beautiful trails that are just inviting you a hike :)

Beautiful trails that are just inviting you a hike 🙂

Snow in small patches :)

Snow in small patches 🙂

Loved this abstract pic. Its the light playing with the glass window of the train and my camera lens :) Love the pattern its making.

Loved this abstract pic. It’s the light playing with the glass window of the train and my camera lens 🙂 Love the pattern its making.

The return journey was even more stunning but that’s a story for another day. For today join me on his train ride and enjoy these beautiful autumn views 🙂

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24 Responses to “Photo Essay – A scenic Alpine train journey to Zermatt”

  1. margber January 14, 2014 at 16:56 #

    Gorgeous photo’s. I was recently in Switzerland for the first time. I fell in love with the breathtaking mountains. Beauty all around, everywhere you looked. Love this post of yours! : )

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    • getsetandgo January 19, 2014 at 19:48 #

      Thanks and I so agree with you… There are Alps everywhere you look and stunning landscapes with every bend in the road 🙂 I would love to go back and explore more of this country.

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  2. slightlyreworded January 14, 2014 at 17:33 #

    Beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing.

    Jimmy

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    • getsetandgo January 19, 2014 at 19:48 #

      Hi, thanks visiting my blog and the kind words 🙂

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  3. sougat818 January 14, 2014 at 18:26 #

    Ah the beauty. sigh. I have to visit swiss soon 😦

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  4. sindhoooo January 14, 2014 at 19:01 #

    Awesome artworks by nature! Wonderful captures!

    Regards,
    Sindhu
    Tantu
    The Arts & Me

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  5. pareshkale January 14, 2014 at 19:17 #

    Paradise on earth !

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  6. sueslaght January 14, 2014 at 19:55 #

    Stunning scenery! Some of the trees look like Larch trees whose needles turn yellow in the fall. They are in ‘our’ mountains and are a big attraction for hikers in the autumn. Wonderful to see them in another part of the world.

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    • getsetandgo January 19, 2014 at 19:56 #

      Thanks… Travel introduces you to many new sights and blogger friends help you understand it better 🙂 Super thanks for the info on the “Larch” tress and they were a beautiful sight all around 🙂

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  7. The Miss Adventure Journals January 14, 2014 at 21:22 #

    I would love to visit there one day. It is just how I imagine Switzerland to look

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    • getsetandgo January 19, 2014 at 19:59 #

      It is a beautiful place and should definitely be on everyone’s travel wish-list 🙂

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  8. Niranjan January 14, 2014 at 21:57 #

    Such gorgeous vistas. Lovely post!

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  9. literaryvittles January 15, 2014 at 00:12 #

    just simply amazing!! people always seem to miss out on the beauty passing them by on trains. Glad you took so many pics!

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    • getsetandgo January 19, 2014 at 20:03 #

      Thanks… I love everything about train journeys and love taking pics of the passing scenery. Also this one was too pretty to miss 🙂

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  10. Garrulous Gwendoline January 15, 2014 at 15:35 #

    Amazing shots! Switzerland is one of my favourite spots for train travel, The Reluctant Retiree

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  11. fullmooning January 17, 2014 at 08:37 #

    Wow, gorgeous photos! All trains should be like that…I’d take them more often. Now I will be adding Switzerland to my bucket list of places I want to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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    • getsetandgo January 19, 2014 at 20:17 #

      Thanks 🙂 And I agree with you that more trains should be like this…. Even our trains in India definitely need an upgrade.

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  12. amandainadress January 18, 2014 at 10:16 #

    This is BEAUTIFUL! How do you travel so much?!

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    • getsetandgo January 19, 2014 at 20:28 #

      Thanks… Just the sheer love for travel keeps me going 🙂

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