• Swiss Railways
The Swiss railways not only transport tourists from one sight to the next. They themselves are the attraction. For example, a large pride of Switzerland - Rhaetian Railway, which operates since 1888. At one time it was the highest mountain in Europe. It was built through incredible passes and ravines, so it is especially a lot of viaducts, tunnels and bridges. On it lie the most scenic rail routes - the Glacier Express and Bernina Express (about Bernina I talked in the post about St. Moritz). Segments of ways in which they follow, are included in the UNESCO heritage list.
The title of the highest in Europe Reytinskaya railroad eventually give way to the Jungfrau. Jungfrau is also located in the Swiss canton of Bern. Its construction was a particularly difficult and time consuming. It lasted 16 years and was accompanied by accidents and baykotami workers. But the Swiss would love to share with the world the opportunity to watch a stunning alpine scenery. And in the end it is the desire overcame all difficulties.
Today I'll talk about what that good Swiss Railways.
Swiss Railways (SBB) are considered to be the most comfortable in the world. Firstly, the road network in Switzerland is very dense, so the train can get to any city and in almost any village. Secondly, the trains run at a high rate: between large stations they ply at an interval of half an hour, and the change from one train to another, you can for 10-15 minutes.
The Swiss train virtually soundless, they are clean and comfortable. At the outputs of Russian unaccustomed eye of the normal steps. According to him quietly rises and a child and an elderly man, but not so on the steps in the Russian trains.
For the disabled have special lifts, no problems with loading physically challenged people in the train does not arise.
Until the middle of the last century at the trains were 3 classes of cars, but in 1956 Swiss Railways switched to two-class system. See how the interior looks.
In many trains have a socket and wi-fi, except during the trip will be to eat, and enjoy Swiss wine.
Trains are big and always clean the window. Most rail route passes through scenic wonder, therefore, important in trains - provide passengers with a good view.
For tourists here is valid Swiss Travel System (STS). It is ideally designed and cost-effective, includes the addition of water rail and bus routes. The map shows that this system is actually possible to get anywhere in the country. Train routes are marked in red.
The system is convenient for its transport tickets: for example, SWISS Travel Pass ticket can be as much as necessary to ride on trains across the country. It can be purchased for a period of four days to a month. It also acts in all forms of public transportation in 75 Swiss cities. And in addition, he is a pass in 470 museums in Switzerland.
Swiss Travel System includes the famous scenic routes: The Glacier Express, Bernina Express, the Golden Pass, Wilhelm Tell Express, and various others. If there is a travel on them, too, can ride for free. But some of the Noah will need to pay for a seat reservation in the car. For nature lovers and mountain landscapes such trips with nothing can not be compared.
For example, on the route of the Golden Pass you plenty behold fir forests and green pastures with grazing cows. From the height of the road can be admired lakes and snow-capped distant Alps. On the piedmont Express views of the steep cliffs and picturesque hills. And the Wilhelm Tell Express runs through the famous St. Gotthard Pass (the one on which Suvorov led the Russian troops in 1799). Trains overcome it through the tunnel.
This year in this place will open a new tunnel, which will be the longest rail tunnel in the world. Its length is 57 km. He will save passengers an hour. In the summer of his experience, then it will go on freight trains, and it is fully operational in December.
If you arrive in Switzerland, be sure to take a ride on the train.