Swiss Win Rail-Tunnel Crown From Japan (for Now at Least): Chart

Switzerland will once again lay claim to the world’s longest railway tunnel when the 57.1-kilometer (35.5 miles) Gotthard opens on Wednesday. The last time the Alpine nation achieved this was with the initial 15-kilometer railway connection through the Gotthard massif in 1882. Still, the glory will be short-lived: Austria’s 64-kilometer Brenner Base tunnel is set to open in 2026.