Before long, we find ourselves in the fourteen kilometre long Rhine gorge. The area is famous for its intact flora and fauna and fantastic river kayaking. As the Glacier Express follows an ever widening, emerald green Rhine river I understand why this area is dubbed the “Grand Canyon” of Switzerland. In Grison’s capital city Chur we stop a second time and are entertained by a local folk dance group and their musicians in traditional dress.
The final stretch of our eight hour journey, by now deep in the eastern part of Switzerland, leads us past the earliest north-south European trading route and the well-maintained, proud castles of the Domleschg. The six hundred metre vertical Viamala gorge drop was conquered with a first bridge in 1739, which is said to have come about through a pact with the devil!
In Bergün, just before our final destination St. Moritz, we can observe Europe’s most famous tobogganing path – six kilometres long and illuminated at night – a thirty minute joyride with 416 metres difference in altitude.