Swiss Train Tours
- Winter in SwitzerlandFebruary 28, 2021
- Winter in Switzerland
Combine medieval Lucerne with the famous Chapel Bridge, Interlaken, the gateway to the three mighty mountains Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau and the car free village Zermatt at the foot of the spectacular Matterhorn. The highlights of this Switzerland tour are the excursions to Mt. Titlis, Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe and Gornergrat with the best view of the Matterhorn as well as 29 other 4,000 m peaks.
This tour shows you the highlights of Switzerland and the Swiss Alps. You will scale the most famous mountain peaks. Mt. Titlis with views over the mountains in central Switzerland will be the first stop. Then you will visit the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, the highest railway station in Europe, where you get to see the longest glacier of the Alps, the Aletsch glacier with 22 km length. Finally the most famous mountain in Switzerland, actually on the border to Italy, the Matterhorn will be visited. Not the mountain itself because the summit is only accessible to experienced mountaineers, but the Gornergrat at almost 3,000 m. It is from this viewpoint, where the greatest number of 4,000 m peaks can be seen on a clear day.
Whether from any of the 3 Swiss international airports (Zurich/Zürich, Basle/Basel or Geneva/Geneve) or by train from Germany, France, Austria or Italy, the package includes the train trip from Swiss international airports or the border station to Lucerne/Luzern and at the end back to the airport or border station, so no need to buy any additional train ticket. All travel within Switzerland is included! And as an extra benefit, with this package tour all further excursions by train, mountain train, cable car, boat or bus can be obtained for half the price.
When you have arrived in Lucerne there may certainly be some time to explore the beautiful city. Of course you can visit the historic district with the famous Chapel bridge. However, also the narrow streets are worthwhile a stroll and above all, the Lion Monument is a must see and also close by. Next to the Lion Monument, you can visit the Glacier Garden. Lucerne was covered by a glacier 10,000 years ago and the traces are still visible. The city is beautifully located on the Lake Lucerne and therefore a boat cruise in the afternoon is also highly recommended. In summer there are evening cruises so you can enjoy the sunset.
Overnight in Lucerne
From Lucerne you will take the train to the mountain monastery village Engelberg. Upon arrival there, and a short walk to the valley station, you board the gondola which takes you up to the Truebsee and on to Stand and finally the revolving Titlis rotair cable car (the first of its kind) takes you up to Mt. Titlis (3,020 m).
This glaciated mountain peak offers great views, for example you can see even the mountains near the Matterhorn, but you have to look closely and use a binocular. For a spectacular, close-up insight into a glacier, why don’t you visit the glacier cave. Alternatively you could ride the Ice Flyer chairlift. Get your thrills on the Titlis Cliff Walk, a spectacular suspension bridge at a height of 3,041 m. On the way back we suggest a stopover at the Truebsee station. Consequently you could undertake a hike around it. This is a good possibility to stretch your legs. Also the town of Engelberg is worth a visit on the way back. There is a monastery, founded in 1120, and it can be visited.
Overnight in Lucerne
After the Swiss breakfast buffet (included with all overnight) a short walk or taxi ride will bring you to the station. There, the Luzern Interlaken Express, the red train which is part of the GoldenPass Line, will be waiting for you, however, but don’t be late as the Swiss are famous for their punctuality. The train will leave on time!
After the departure you will enjoy the first part of the GoldenPass Line in the fully air conditioned panoramic train. Why don’t you enjoy a hot or cold meal, a beverage or a snack? There is a restaurant car located in the middle of the train. On your trip to Interlaken you will pass by 5 lakes. Especially the last one, Lake Brienz, is extremely beautiful.
After the 2 hours ride, you will arrive at your final destination for today, Interlaken Ost (Ost means east in english, Interlaken has 2 stations, East and West). After check-in at your hotel you can explore Interlaken with its famous “Hoeheweg” (promenade) facing the Jungfrau mountain. Another possibility is a ride with the Harder funicular to the viewpoint above Interlaken. You can get a good overview of Interlaken and see why it is called this way, Interlaken is Latin for „between the lakes“.
Overnight in Interlaken
Today’s full day excursion takes you up to a unique, high alpine glacier world. You will reach Europe’s highest altitude railway station (3,454 m) aboard the legendary Jungfrau Railway. This mountain railway was built back in the late 19th century and opened on August 1, 1912. Originally the engineers planned to reach the summit of the Jungfrau 4,158 m, however in 1912 the financials did not permit to go on with the construction and consequently World War I put an end to the project. Now the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe is the highest railway station and the highlight of every tour through Switzerland.
On December 5, 2020 the new Eiger Express opened and permits breathtaking views to the Eiger North Face. This very steep wall is one of the most difficult climbs in the Alps. It was the greatest climbing challenge in the 1930’s. Numerous stories about these climbs and fatal accidents can be told.
At the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe you can see the longest glacier of the Alps, the Aletsch Glacier, 22 km long! For instance, you can hike over the glacier to the nearby Moenchsjoch hut. Don’t miss the view from the Sphinx terrace, which can be reached by one of the fastest elevators in Switzerland. Subsequently, you can pay a visit to the Ice Palace and go inside the glacier and see the sculptures, in order to coplete your visit.
Overnight in Interlaken
After you have had an impressive day at the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe it is time to continue to Zermatt. First you will ride along Lake Thun, then, after a change of trains in Spiez, you will continue through the 34 km long Loeschberg base tunnel, which is Switzerland’s second longest, to Visp. Here you will take the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway train and eventuelly reach Zermatt on the foot of Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn. Zermatt is a car free village. All transport within the village is done by electric cars or sometimes even horse carriages. Above all, Zermatt is well known because of the Matterhorn, which was climbed for the first time in 1865. The first climb, however was overshadowed by the tragedy on the descent when 4 of the 7 climbers died because one of them slipped. When visiting the Matterhorn Museum, try to find the broken rope…
In the afternoon the cogwheel railway takes you to the Gornergrat (3,089 m). This magnificent viewpoint, not only has one of the best views of the Matterhorn, but also shows you the greatest collection of the highest glacier covered peaks of Switzerland. A wonderful excursion to finish your Highlights of Switzerland tour.
Overnight in Zermatt
It is time to say goodbye. However, even the journey back to the airport or border station follows through the beautiful Swiss landscapes. Depending your destination, we recommend a stopover in the city of Geneva, Bern or Zurich. Because all train stations in Switzerland are conveniently located in the centre of each Swiss city, you can easily go for a quick tour of the city. You can store your luggage safely in the luggage lockers, that you find at almost every station.
However, you can also add another tour, for example the Lakes and Glaciers tour. But you can also just stay a few extra days in Switzerland.
You can start or end the tour at any Swiss airport or border station.