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Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz

Where: Switzerland

 

may be renowned for the quality and punctuality of its trains, but it's the majestic Alps—craggy and awe-inspiring against the brilliant blue sky—and sweeping chalet-and-cow-dotted green valleys that make the from to such a visual feast.

 

Fun fact: The train chugs through 91 tunnels and crosses 291 bridges on its seven-hour journey.

World's 15 Most Scenic Train Rides

In a relaxation showdown amongst trains, planes, and automobiles, trains win as the most laidback style of travel, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Luckily, some of the world’s most beautiful destinations are also home to the most scenic train rides—journeys ranging from a few hours to more than a week, costing as little as two movie tickets or as much as a luxury cruise, and traversing terrain as dramatic as snow-capped peaks or orange-hued deserts. Here's a look at 15 exceptionally scenic train rides.

 

By Donna Heiderstadt