For those travelling around Switzerland using public transportation, the country offers incredible scenery to marvel at as you scroll past mountains, lakes and historic towns of the Alpine nation. Teaming up with Swiss Travel System, we've put together a list of the top routes with the best views.
Five panoramic train journeys
Zooming along the south of Switzerland is an express ride that is as one for the journey as much as the destination, ploughing through 91 tunnels and crossing 291 impressive bridges. The payoff comes in the jaw-dropping views that glide past you as the train descends down to 650 meters above sea level and then climbs up to 2033 meters in one sitting.
The Bernina line that service the South-East corner of Switzerland is wonder of civil engineering, and as the accolades states, it is a marvel to experience. The express starts from Chur and winds down to the Italian border town of Tirano in around 4 hours. Passing through glaciers and mountain passes, Bernina Express stops by skiing hot spot towns like St. Moritz, Preda and Davos Platz. The carriages come with panoramic views and a minibar on-board offers refreshments. The Bernina Express comes with a strict reservation policy of three month advance booking, so book ahead if you want to catch a mountain ride through the rugged Swiss landscape.
The Jungfrau Railway is a pioneering masterpiece among mountain railways. Being in service since 1912, the cogwheel railway takes passengers from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe, which at 3,454 metres is Europe’s highest-altitude railway station in a world of rock, ice and snow.
The Swiss Chocolate Train is a joint venture of GoldenPass Services and Cailler-Nestlé. Ride in first-class comfort in a "Belle Epoque" Pullman car, vintage 1915 and/or the modern panorama car affording stunning views of the vineyards surrounding Montreux and medieval Gruyères. The journey will show riders the production of this famous Swiss cheese as well as the creation of Swiss chocolate the legendary "Maison Cailler" in Broc.
Five great trips by bus and boat
Discover Lugano's architectural masterpieces and beautiful scenery with this bus ride through Switzerland's Ticino region. Strolling through the picturesque towns of Morcote and Bissone, travellers will zoom past Lake Lugano's Mediterranean landscapes. The cultural highlights include events such as the Lugano Estival Jazz or Blues to Bop.
Take a trip up the Bernese Alps to Eggishorn, a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and a place offering breathtaking views of the glacier and the peaks of the Bernese Oberland and the Valais. From the Fiesch village the cable car ascends to the 2212 meter-high Fiescheralp, where a second railway taking you to the ridge viewpoint. Here you enjoy 360º panorama views – although a mountain walk to the summit is still more than worthwhile and takes a mere 15 minutes.
Take a trip across the scenic Lake Sils (Silsersee), one of the highest lake in Europe with public transport facilities. The boats operate from Sils Maria to Maloja four times a day in the summer months. The scenic cruise stops at Chastè peninsula, Plaun da Lej and Isola, each offering unique views of the lake.
Enjoy an exciting trip through varied landscapes as you traverse from Brig to Saas-Fee via Visp and the Saastal Valley. Brig is home to Switzerland’s biggest open-air thermal baths; where guests can bathe in invigorating pools. There's much to see, including the delightful and picturesque Saas villages.
A train and boat ride that takes you to the birthplace of the Swiss nation, with scenery that is simply beautiful to behold. The world-famous Gotthard Line travels through many spiral tunnels climbing through the Alp and heads through the 15 km Gotthard Tunnel to Flüelen. From there, you’ll take the historic paddle steamer, passing such historic landmarks as Tell’s Chapel, Rütli meadow, and the Schiller memorial stone.
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