Glacier Express in Graubünden/Grisons. Bild/Photo: TES.

Ninety years Glacier-Express

Ninety years ago, the first Glacier-Express of the Rhätische Bahn drove from St. Moritz to Zermatt via Reichenau, Disentis, Andermatt, Gletsch and Brigg.

The route has been adapted and extended several times and passes the cantons of Graubünden, Valais and Uri nowadays.

The tourists came from Europe in the early years. After 1950, the number of American tourists increased, partly due to the attention of television stations.

Since the 1980s, more and more Asian and Arab tourists use the Express.  The train carried more than eight million passengers from 1930 onwards.

Service and appearance changed since 1930. Luxury carriages and modern booking systems were introduced. It was not until 1986, however, that the train got the red colour. The magnificent Alpine landscape remains unchanged, however.