Aug 19, 2016 - 8:03 AM
in reply to simplysymo
If you can afford the time to take an extra hour on this trip, I would highly recommend taking the Glacier Express as far as Andermatt. Going over the Oberalppass, the highest point of the route, is worth it, and the descent into Andermatt from high on the mountain (and the climb up the mountain on the way back) is really quite something.
I have attached some pictures showing the profile of the Glacier Express route, and a panorama of the area between Disentis and Andermatt to give you an idea of what you would be missing if you only went as far as Disentis :-)
The train trip to Andermatt and return would be an extra 1 hr 13 each way, compared with only going to Disentis, but the trip as a whole would only be 1 hour longer, because you would spend less time in Andermatt before taking the return trip.
When the train reaches the highest point of its journey, at Oberalppass, you will see a lighthouse. Rather strange, so high in the alps - no ships here!
It's all to do with the river Rhein/Rhine. By the time you get to Oberalppass, you will have been travelling along the Rhein, and through the wonderful Rhein Gorge with its white cliffs. Not too far from Oberalppass, in a lake called the Tomasee, is where the Rhein has its source. The lighthouse is a scale model of a lighthouse that formerly stood near the mouth of the Rhein in the Netherlands.
Enjoy the trip!
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