Setting out from Switzerland's oldest city, Chur, the Glacier Express makes a dramatic climb to peak at 6670ft at the Oberalp Pass
The iconic red Glacier Express cuts through the Rhine Valley, then over the 7,000ft Oberalp Pass
to pretty little Brig seven hours later.
There are more than 350-kilometres of footpaths around the combined resorts of Disentis Sedrun, including a walk to the source of the Rhine and, for seasoned hikers, the 100-kilometre Senda Sursilvana path from the Oberalp Pass
Rather, it was the road to the Rama Naidu Studios that was of interest to me - a series of tight hairpin bends all the way up to the top of the hill where the Studios are located, a drive that would in my mind be somewhat akin to some of the most famous mountain roads in the world like for example the Los Caracoles Pass in the Andes between Chile and Argentina, or Alpine roads in Switzerland like the Oberalp Pass
and the San Bernardino Pass and then of course there is the famous Stelvio Pass in Italy.
The train has panoramic windows and a glass skylight giving optimum views of the Alpine scenery as you climb over the Oberalp Pass
- the highest point of the route at 6,670 ft (2,033m).
In just under eight hours the Glacier Express winds its way up the 2,000m Oberalp Pass
, through the unspoilt natural beauty of a landscape of glaciers, forests and mountain valleys.
Eventually, as the train slowed to a crawl, we pulled up to the highest point of the route - the stunning 2,000m Oberalp pass
The complete seven-hour journey hurtles through 91 tunnels and climbs over the scenic 2033-metre high Oberalp Pass
Passengers quickly fill four panoramic carriages for a seven-hours tour past waterfalls and deep ravines, looping into the Engadine valley, through the famed Albula Tunnel and showcasing Swiss engineering at its best--91 tunnels, 291 bridges and the 2033-metre-high Oberalp Pass