For a very high price, first class, from Brig to St Moritz last Saturday
a) I ate a lunch for 44 SFr no better than I got at school
b) the celebration of Grison week was described in their literature as
For a good half of its journey, the Glacier Express makes its way through Graubünden. The Glacier Express will now also celebrate the traditions of its home canton: From 9 May until 30 June 2015, the slowest express train in the world will, for the first time, host 'Grisons Weeks'. You'll be able to savour dishes like capuns "Sursilvans" (chard-leaf wraps), pizzoccheri (buckwheat pasta) and an "Älplerteller" (cold platter) with salsiz sausage, accompanied by full-bodied Alpine cheeses and home-made bread. And, en route, presentations at stations of folk traditions will help you to learn more about the region and its people, their heraldic animal and further peculiarities of this, the largest Swiss canton.
Puurchase of the 44 SFr lunch was actually for a fixed menu which precluded any of the above.
c) the en route presentations never occurred
d) almost every photo I took has the reflection of my companion. The Bernina Express panoramic cars are more modern, have curved upper window, integral to the lower. which are not effected. The "attic" window panes on the Glacier are hardly panoramic?
e) the attendant established quite quickly that no meant no; quite the rudest service I've ever come across
f) the SBB online ticket office is very fragile which might be an iPad associated problem. Making seat reservations on either the Glacier or Bernina Express lines is impossible; complain to the SBB and you're told that reservation is not essential; try getting on either of these trains without one! Rather annoyingly, the DB app works more reliably but you can't book anything on the SBB network.
The sensible way to do do the Brig-St Moritz journey is avoid the Glacier Express. The equipment is dated, tired as most certainly are the staff. Take the far cheaper Regional Express train; amongst other advantages you get to poke your camera out through the carriage windows, they open. You don't get the feeling you've been had or disappointed when the hype doesn't live up to reality.