Valais Weeks – A tribute to the canton of Valais
Ever wondered what home tastes like? Find out with the Glacier Express in autumn, during the “Valais Weeks”.
We wave happily goodbye to the summer from the red and white train. This is a particularly beautiful time of year. Warm, golden light floods our days, making each and every one shine in a very special hue. The fields are still green and luscious, but soon mother nature will be alight with flames burning red, yellow and orange.
It takes time to appreciate Switzerland in all of its glory at this time of year: not only to travel, but especially to enjoy the experience. This makes autumn the ideal time for a journey on the Glacier Express, the slowest high-speed train in the world. This is because the most famous alpine train offers you an autumnal snapshot view of our country. Furthermore, it makes the experience a pleasure, serving up freshly prepared dishes from the Canton Valais.
Tradition unites us
The Glacier Express was brought into existence by a feat of engineering excellence. In under eight hours, the red and white train takes you through the impressive mountain landscape between St. Moritz and Zermatt, going through 91 tunnels and crossing 291 bridges. Vast panoramic windows give you an unhindered view of the unique landscapes and nationally renowned constructions – the 400-metre deep Rhein Gorge, the Disentis Benedictine monastery, the 2033-metre Oberalp Pass, Engadin’s traditional sgraffito houses and the Matterhorn. All part of a route that has been running for 85 proud years.
From 31 August to 25 October, this sightseeing tour is combined with the culinary traditions of Canton Valais. In collaboration with the region’s top chefs, the Rhaetian Railway and the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn – the powers behind the Glacier Express – have put together a varied menu rich in Valais cuisine and using local ingredients. You can enjoy these regional treats, for example Goms Alpine cheese soup, Valais roast pork stuffed with apricots and creme brulée with Valais apple mousse. As always, all of these meals are freshly prepared on board the train and served at your seat. You will also find a selection of creations from five of Valais’ outstanding wineries, as well as schnapps from the Louis Morand & Cie distillery in Martigny. All to make the journey as delicious as it is breath-taking.