Golden Pass Line: A Panoramic View of Switzerland
Route: Lucerne–Interlaken–Zweisimmen–Montreux (191 Kilometers, 5 Hours)
8 Lakes, 6 Cantons, 3 Mountain Passes, and 2 Language Regions
Known worldwide for their precision and comfort, Swiss trains will take you across breathtaking landscapes, causing your heart to beat faster. A journey on the Golden Pass Line is a great way to absorb the alpine beauty though the large panoramic windows, as well as having the opportunity to discover Swiss traditions along the way.
The Golden Pass Line runs from Lucerne to Montreux. The route, which takes about 5 hours, consists of three sections: Lucerne–Interlaken, Interlaken–Zweisimmen, and Zweisimmen–Montreux. It passes Lake Lucerne, Lake Brienz, Lake Thun, and Lake Lugano, and also runs over the bridge at the Brünig Pass. The Golden Pass is not performed by one direct train. Three sections of the line are operated by different railway companies, with first- and second-class coaches available along the journey.
The trains run regularly throughout the year, so no special reservation is required. However, reservations are needed for groups.
From May to October, there is the option of trying a Chocolate train courtesy of Cailler-Nestlé, or a Cheese train on the Golden Pass. Check out the vineyards of Montreux, or Gruyére and its famous cheese in a 1915 vintage coach or modern coach with its panoramic views.
Other options available include an overnight trip. This could include the Jungfraujoch, where you can visit the highest railway station in Europe, or the small city of Meiringen, where the famous private detective Sherlock Holmes lived during the last years of his life.
Enjoy a traditional Swiss experience while looking through the window of your panoramic carriage!