And here is the third and final part of Switzerland, the best route by train to discover the country, if you have not read the first and second part of this magnificent tour of Switzerland by train, you can do it now, here’s the links. Part I and Part II.
The line of The Three Cities
The train between Lucerne, Zurich and Chur, combines landscapes and culture
One of the most interesting railroad routes of Switzerland for its volume of cultural heritage is one that crosses the line of the Three Cities. Started in Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland and a medieval jewel, then the train pass by the most multicultural city in the country, Zurich, Switzerland’s financial capital of palace architecture and refined avenues and finally reaches the city of Chur, full of historical relics and surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. In less than two hours, aboard of this train you can discover historic cities that are authentic metropolis and many formidable lakes. It’s worth relaxing, enjoying the scenarios by the window and wander the cities along the route.
The Lake of the Four Cantons
The journey shows all its charms from the start in Lucerne, where the waters of Lake Lucerne reflect the snowy peaks that surround the city. The most famous is Mount Rigi (1798 m), known as the Queen of the Mountains, accessible with two mountain railways and cable car. Also the nearby Mount Pilatus (2120 m) displays a surprising range of activities, while the Stanserhorn (1898 m), at that will ascending in a cable car with the open top, is one of the most amazing viewpoints in Switzerland.
The train enters in Zurich with view of the sparkling waters of another lake, Zurichsee. Its stately air of financial capital should not lead to deception: Zurich is a lively city with new art spaces and 50 museums that have become one of the most vital cities in central Europe. The first thing that attracts visitors is the Bahnhofstrasse, a commercial avenue full of stores with luxury watches and chocolates with delicate flavors. Zurich also conquer with monuments, especially Fraumunster and Grossmunster church.
Back on track, the train skirts the lake of Zurich until Pfaffikon where is located the largest indoor water park in Europe. After flanking the Lake Walen and the Sargans Castle, arrive at Chur, a perfect base to enjoy the walking routes through the mountains of Graubünden. Shopping center and communications hub, the historic town of Chur shows the legacy of various Alpine cultures.
Regio-Express, urban walks
Lucerne, Bern and Valais are united by this panoramic line
The route of the Regio-Express runs between Lucerne, Bern and Valais canton on beautiful railroads with stunning views. After Lucerne the train pass through the Entlebuch Reserve of Biosphere, a natural place of idyllic alpine meadows, streams and pristine lakes that have as a backdrop the majestic peak Schrattenfluh. Then it goes into the nice Emmental region, a destination for foodies that crosses the fame of the legendary Swiss cheese to propose a varied gastronomy, as well as all kinds of outdoor activities.
Shopping in Bern
The Swiss capital surprises with its charming Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most attractive shopping trips to Europe. From Bern, the train sets course the canton of Valais in the old passage of Lotschberg, a beautiful hilly course with more than a century. Finally, through the valley of the Rhone, arrives at Brig, small historic village where blunts Stockalper Castle, symbol of Upper Valais.
The Switzerland of the hills
The Voralpen-Express offers a especatcular journey from St. Gallen
The trip with the Voralpen-Express start in St. Gallen, near the Lake Constance. The Benedictine monks bequeathed to the city, the baroque cathedral and its impressive library with the most beautiful rococo hall Switzerland; all the district of the cathedral was declared a Unesco World Heritage. After leaving behind the city and overcome the viaduct of Sitter of 98 m, is the highest in Switzerland, the train entry in the region of Appenzell, where you see the Aplstein massif and the Santis mount (2502 m), accessible at cable car from the village of Schwagalp.
Land of castles and grasslands
The convoy walks below for the district of Toggenburg, you can see the rolling hills, typical villages and the peaks of the Churfirsten. Upon reaching the lake of Zurich, the train pass near Rapperswil and its moated castle, crosses the estuary by a wooden walkway. In an environment of meadows and overlooking one of the most beautiful peaks of Switzerland, as the Rigi, the train runs along Lake Lucerne to finish in the city of Lucerne.
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
Swiss travel system
The various types of tickets or train subscriptions of the Swiss travel system, allow travel by Switzerland so comfortable and easy. They offer unlimited usage across the network of trains, including the most lines of Panoramic trains, buses, boats, 50% discount on the majority of ropeways and free entrance to over 480 museums.
Swiss Travel Pass, valid for train, bus and boat trips from 3-15 days from 179 CHF.
Swiss Travel Pass Flex, for travel on flexible dates throughout a month, from 203 CHF.
Swiss Half Fare Card, travel for 50% discount for a month, includes cableways and mountain trains from 120 CHF
Swiss Transfer Ticket, offers private transfers from / to the airport or to arrival / departure train station , very comfortable for short stays, from 141 CHF.
Swiss Family Card, under 16 yeras can travel for free, must be accompanied by a parent who have acquired a Swiss Travel System ticket.