No other transportation network in the world is as complete and integrated as
Swiss trains are like the Energizer Bunny of transportation. They just keep going, and going, and going.
In a country where the economy depends upon the ability to adapt to the awesome magnitude of its mountainous geography,
Many trains have snowplows attached to the engine so tracks can be easily cleared during blizzard conditions. In
Boarding a train in winter is an adventure waiting to happen. Doors close and you are encapsulated in a cocoon where the cacophony of the terminal is suddenly hushed. Choose a window seat and wait. The gift of travel will unwrap itself for you.
Slowly, almost imperceptibly, the train glides from the station into a realm of glorious white. It is a world where silence has a sound of its own.
Snow dunes pile high on either side of the train. Wisps of miniature droplets of ice swirl past the window. Blankets of untouched crystalline fields gracefully unfold along contours of pristine snow-covered rooftops. Farmhouses and chalets coast silently by ever-changing panoramas.
Rail travel is one of the best ways to reach villages and towns in every corner of
Stein am Rhein
Stein am Rhein, with a population of less than 4,000, is a medieval jewel where
Among Stein am Rhein’s most popular attractions is the Benedictine
For the best view of the village,
At the meeting point of several alpine passes into
The RhB branch line from Chur to Arosa through breathtaking mountainous scenery is a masterpiece of engineering. The hour-long rail journey arrives at the popular ski area featuring nearly 40 miles of slopes nestled around a storybook village. Horse-drawn sleighs with jingle bell collars add the wintery ambience of this delightfully compact little burg.
In the evening, gauzy halos of light reflect upon silvery streets while inside visitors gather around crackling fires and drink mulled wine or hot chocolate.
With its Gothic Benedictine monastery, Einsiedeln has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. Situated in the Canton of Schwyz about an hour outside of
Einsiedeln is another destination where the joy of a journey is part of the fun.
Einsiedeln has been famous for the learning and piety of its monks a thousand years. Many saints and scholars have lived there and its library, which is still active today, is one of the great treasures of
Among the attractions in Einsiedeln is the Black Madonna which is carved of wood and painted black. She is said to be five hundred years old and Carl Jung believed she was a manifestation of
These are but three of a multitude of treasures that are accessible through the engineering marvels of the Swiss transportation system. Each village is an ideal place for a day trip from a larger base city or for an overnight stay in idyllic surroundings.
Travel by train in
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to
Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.
As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in
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