GOLDEN PASS LINE
The connection between the cities of Lucerne, Interlaken and Montreux
The GoldenPass Line is one of the most picturesque train routes in Switzerland. It links the Vaud Riviera to Lake Lucerne, which is the historic heart of Switzerland. It has direct connections to both Geneva and Zurich airports.
From Montreux to Lucerne in a panoramic coach. Three railway lines will take you from Lake Geneva towards the Alpine summits and then on down to Lake Lucerne, the birthplace of Switzerland. Two languages, three worlds, six lakes, one line: That’s the GoldenPass Line. In Montreux, palm trees and southern ambience still prevail along the "Swiss Riviera". A French atmosphere peppers the air. The golden panorama train squeezes through vineyards and gardens on its ascent, one last glimpse back at Lake Geneva, a tunnel; then black fir trees, fast-flowing streams, soon green pastures with grazing cows as well. Cosy chalets in the valley and on the slopes, above them peaks crowned with crags: the Saanenland, then the Simmen Valley. A change of trains in Zweisimmen and Lake Thun soon comes into view. You are travelling to Interlaken; the train, which waits here, wishes to acquaint you with Lake Brienz and the Giessbach waterfalls near Brienz, before moving on. From Meiringen onwards it starts to climb uphill, onto the Brünig Pass, and from there down to central Switzerland. Once again, mountain air, pastures, cows. There’s still Lake Lungern and Lake Sarnen to see on your descent, and then Lake Alpnach. You have reached the very heart of Switzerland. Lake Lucerne already awaits you after the short tunnel. Lucerne is just around the corner. You have arrived at the terminus of the GoldenPass Line.