Why discover Switzerland by train? The Panoramic train trips which listed below, traverse a country full of natural and cultural attractions. Dominated by three quarters by the Alps, Switzerland has built a network combining train, boat and bus, connecting its more urban cities with charming villages and remote valleys. Through large windows, visitors can see mythical landscapes of mountains, glaciers, lakes and vineyards, where is located medieval cores that dazzle by its art museums and shopping venues. Enjoy the journey

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Lakes and vineyards of southern Switzerland, route between Geneva and Locarno

The Swiss Riviera hidden landscapes of inspiring beauty. One of them is covered by hillsides of vineyards that descend terraced to the shore of Lake Leman, between Lausanne and Montreux, it form the wine-growing region of Lavaux, the largest in Switzerland. This corner of dreams has given the name to Lavaux Line which from Geneva, runs the lakeshore, stops in the beautiful villas of Martigny and Brig, enters in Italy and finish his itinerary in Locarno, the most temperate city in Switzerland . It is a pleasant route that combines cosmopolitan cities like Geneva, full of shops and prestigious international organizations that have earned him the nickname of the capital of peace, and the wine landscapes that change color to the rhythm of the seasons.

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland

Lavaux vineyard terraces

Lavaux vineyard terraces

Museums and summer festivals

On the road between Geneva and Brig, the train pass through a set of towns full of life. The first is Lausanne, capital of the canton of Vaud and seat of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Museum. Below is Montreux, home to a prestigious jazz festival and beside Chillon Castle sits on the shores of the lake. Later Martigny appears, with its southern air and a rich historical and cultural heritage, from where it connects with the Mont-Blanc Express, a rack railway leading to the French town of Chamonix. Arriving in Brig, Stockalper, his palace is one of the most beautiful baroque ensembles in the country, the convoy is immersed in the Simplon tunnel to flow into Italian territory and head for Domodossola, among vineyards and chestnut forests. From Locarno to Domodossola the train circulates by the narrow line of Centovalli Express, a train ride that winds over bridges, deep gunboats, thundering waterfalls and locations of the Italian Piemonte that seem frozen in time.

Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzarland

Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland

Martigny

Martigny

Montreux

Montreux

Stockalper castle, Brig, Switzerland

Stockalper castle, Brig, Switzerland

Centovalli Express

Centovalli Express

Final at shores of Lake Maggiore

By changing the country, but no landscape, you get to Intragna, an Italian town that boasts high bell tower. After crossing the impressive viaduct over the river Isorno the train facing the end of the journey to Locarno. Located on the shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the peaks of Cardada-Cimetta, Locarno has its center in the Piazza Grande, the main stage of the famed International Film Festival.

Intragna

Intragna

Bell tower

Bell tower

Locarno and Lake Maggiore

Locarno and Lake Maggiore

Locarno, Piazza Grande,  International Film Festival.

Locarno, Piazza Grande, International Film Festival.

Through the Alps to Lugano, the Bernina Express, this line crosses the entire country from north to south

The best way to cross the Alps from north to south is definitely using the Bernina Express. This line is declared by UNESCO World Heritage for respect the landscape of Graubünden and the Italian Valtellina. But the spectacular journey is not only the landscape but also the works that make this possible: like Landwasser viaducts, 65 m high, 55 tunnels and 196 bridges that can overcome without zipper rises of up to 79%. One of the most exciting moments comes near the border when embedded in Brusio viaduct, the train describes a circumference of nearly 360 degrees. The cities of Chur and Davos offer incentives and attractive cultural comericales walks. Once in Tirano (Italy), the Bernina Express ticket allows extended excursion aboard the bus that runs along the Lake Como and returned to Switzerland to finish in the beautiful city of Lugano.

Bernina Express

Bernina Express

Landwasser viaduct, Switzerland

Landwasser viaduct, Switzerland

Brusio viaduc

Davos

Bernina Express on Brusio viaduct

Bernina Express on Brusio viaduct

Lugano

Lugano

Great crossing between glaciers, from Zermatt to St. Moritz aboard the Glacier Express

Known as the world’s slowest express, the Glacier Express depart from the village of Zermatt, in the shadow of the pyramid of the Matterhorn or Cerrvino (4478 m) during eight hours for crossing the Alps for arrive at the glamorous St. Moritz, another mythical mountain destination for centuries. The large windows of the train allow being immersed in the landscape, a succesion of natural monuments such as the Gotthard massif and the canon of the Rhine, where the convoy slips under walls 400 m high. The Benedictine monastery of Disentis, in the region of Graubünden, announces the cultural attractions of Chur, with 5000 years of history, is the oldest population of the Alps.

The Glaciar Express

The Glacier Express

The Matterhorn (Mont Cervin, Monte Cervino), Near Zermatt, Switzerland

The Matterhorn (Mont Cervin, Monte Cervino), Near Zermatt, Switzerland

Disentis

Disentis

Chur, Switzerland

Chur, Switzerland

Castles from the train

Next, the Glacier Express pass through the Domleschg valley, dotted with medieval castles and villages of houses with sgraffito from Engadine. The leaning tower of XII century welcomes to the idyllic and cosmopolitan Sankt Moritz, on the banks of a lake surrounded by mountains.

Between Chur and Thusis, medieval towers, castles and ancestral homes stand perched on rocks or loom up out of dark woods and villages.

Between Chur and Thusis, medieval towers, castles and ancestral homes stand perched on rocks or loom up out of dark woods and villages.

Engadine

Engadine

Sankt Moritz

Sankt Moritz

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