Apr 19, 2011 - 2:11 PM
Hello RC. If you want to spend less time in the train, you may consider to skip either Zermatt or the eastern part of Switzerland/the Glacier Express trip. It's possible to get from Lake Como to Zermatt in a more direct way as well, using the connection via Bellinzona, Göschenen, Andermatt and Brig. This is part of the Glacier Express route too, but you wouldn't have to make the entire trip all the way from St. Moritz. The timetable
shows all connections and will help you plan your itinerary.
As for places in the eastern part of Switzerland: the Engadine in the south-east is absolutely beautiful. St. Moritz is a bit touristy and expensive, but nearby towns such as Celerina, Samedan or Bever are wonderful. Further to the north I'd recommend Walenstadt or another town along the Walensee.
When traveling to Munich from the eastern part of Switzerland, you can best get to Zurich first, where direct train connections are available. If you have a Swiss rail pass
, it will be valid up to the Swiss border and offer either free travel or discount for the Swiss leg. Additionally, you would have to pay for the German leg of the trip. Prices can be found through the timetable as well (just choose a connection, click Fare/Buy and follow the steps in the process until prices are mentioned).