Epic Europe


Travel by Train, Funicular, Cablecar or Boat Across Switzerland

The trains that crisscross this alpine countryside are as ambitious an undertaking as any engineering feat in post-industrial times. The renown of their punctuality and reliability are no exaggeration, and the country is as well-connected as anywhere in the world, a model for public transportation efficiency. While on a holiday, rail passes are a fantastic way to get around, and there is a flexible plan for any duration or budget.


Truly awe-inspiring are the alpine trains, accessing altitudes unheard of for trains until proven by the Swiss. Using cog-rail technology, they climb steeper than normal trains could manage, opening up the mountains for tourism over a century ago.


The Jungfraujoch rises high above the Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald valleys, pierces the mighty Eiger for over 30 minutes, and arrives at the top station, Europe’s highest gare at 3454m. Just as impressive is the Gornergrat, built 120 years ago, taking passengers high above Zermatt up to 3000m, for a view of the Monte Rosa and Matterhorn. Or the venerable Glacier Express train, which runs between Zermatt and St. Moritz, crossing the Oberalp Pass, with incredible views from its panoramic view glass cars.


Even steeper are the funicular trains like the Harder Kulm in Interlaken, the Pilatus in Lucerne, or the Schatzalpbahn in Davos, where you can sled down a dedicated luge-piste afterward. Or for a nostalgic ride, the historic Brienzerbahn and Furka Pass steam trains offer a glimpse into the golden age of rail travel.



  • The Glacier Express panoramic train, we recommend breaking this up into 2 legs: Zermatt - Andermatt & Andermatt - St. Moritz
  • Pilatus bahnen, the steepest rack railway in the world, rises from Lake Lucerne
  • GoldenPass Line, connecting Montreux to Lucerne, stop for the day or an overnight in Gstaad en-route
  • Gornergrat cog railway links the mountain village of Zermatt with the Gornergrat summit at 3,089m, overlooking the Matterhorn and surrounding 4000m peaks
  • The Chocolate Train to Gruyères and the Cailler Chocolate factory, aboard a historic Pullman Coach
  • Bernina Express, awarded UNESCO status for its innovative, historic railroad engineering and nearly miraculous construction of tunnels, loops and bridges that conquered mountains and connected villages at the end of the 19th century


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Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.

Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK


Would you like more information, or to have us create a tailored trip for you? We would be glad to begin the design process for your ultimate experience in the Alps. 

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