Renowned the world over for stunning scenery, Switzerland is a charming country offering spectacular mountain panoramas, Alpine peaks glittering with snow, gushing waterfalls in hidden valleys and crystalline blue lakes.
The magic of Switzerland by rail
Magnificent vistas change at every twist and turn of the scenic rail journeys Switzerland is famous for, traversing the beauty of the Swiss Alps. Snow-capped mountain peaks and majestic glaciers suddenly part to reveal gushing waterfalls and breath-taking views over deep valleys, sheer rock face suddenly falling to deep blue lakes and winding rivers below.
The scenic rail routes through the different regions are iconic. The Glacier Express, slowest express train in the world, is the most popular route by far and is arguably the most beautiful rail journey in Switzerland. Rival to the crown is the Bernina Express, contrasting wild rugged landscapes with the Mediterranean flair of the Italian-influenced Ticino. The charming Golden Pass is an increasingly popular shorter route, winding through glowing vineyards and along the shores of Lake Geneva, before climbing up through lush pine trees and peaks to Interlaken. Rail travel in Switzerland is more than transport: it is an experience!
Interlaken: the heart of Switzerland
Interlaken is a rare holiday gem: a vibrant town, set between two famous lakes at the heart of the Bernese Oberland with views up to the infamous trio of mountains: the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Interlaken is a firm holiday favourite with Swiss and international visitors alike, particularly in winter as they are drawn to the town for the easy access to nearby slopes and the attractions for non-skiers.
Lucerne: the city that has it all
In a perfect setting by the shores of Lake Lucerne, flanked by Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, this beautiful city remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland. Walk through the cobbled streets of the Old Town and marvel at the painted facades and historic buildings. Or cross the river using the famous wooden Chapel Bridge with its triangular paintings, some of which date back to the 17th century.
Montreux: Panoramic and breathtaking views
Montreux itself is located on what's known as the Montreux Riviera - a scaled down version of the French Riviera and is very quaint. If you’re a fan of the band, Queen, this country should be at the top of your wishlist. There is a great statue of Freddie Mercury overlooking the Lake, so make sure to have your camera at the ready. Queen - The Studio Experience is located in the original Mountain Studios and you can visit this on our Deluxe Swiss Railways tour. They actually recorded a total of seven albums at Mountain Studios in Montreux, which the band owned between 1979 and 1996.
Although Montreux has many museums and attractions to fill the afternoon, taking a long relaxing walk along the edge of the lake, lined with flowers and Belle Époque buildings is simply wonderful.
Want to find out more? Travelsphere’s destination specialist, Amy, recently went on a trip to Switzerland to experience the places that feature on our Deluxe Swiss Railways tour. Read Amy's blog here to find out more