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Episode 19: Grand Train Tour of Switzerland and Premium Panoramic Trains

May 4, 2021 Last Updated on May 26, 2021

Interview with Andreas (Andy) Nef, Market Manager for Swiss Travel System

Every train journey in Switzerland is scenic, so travelling from one destination to another can be just as much of a highlight as the destination itself.

For this reason, the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland was introduced. It’s a suggested route to help visitors combine journeys on the premium panoramic trains with visits to the country’s top highlights.

Andy Nef joins me in this episode to explain all about the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland and how you can incorporate rides on the premium panoramic trains in your Swiss rail itinerary.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • What is the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland?
  • The different legs of the Grand Train Tour and the highlights that can be seen along the way
  • The premium panoramic trains that are featured on the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
  • The best ticket/pass to purchase for the Grand Train Tour
  • Additional themed train routes for lovers of chocolate and cheese

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Show Notes

In this episode, Andy mentions:

>> Grand Train Tour of Switzerland: An 8-leg suggested itinerary combining Switzerland’s top attractions and premium panoramic trains.

>> Luzern-Interlaken Express: A premium panoramic train operating between Luzern and Interlaken.

>> GoldenPass Line: A scenic railway which connects Interlaken and Montreux.

>> Glacier Express: The world’s slowest express train, the 8-hour Glacier Express journey takes passengers from Zermatt to St. Moritz.

>> Bernina Express: Connecting St. Moritz and Tirano, the Bernina Express travels from glaciers to palm trees.

>> Gotthard Panorama Express: Starting in Lugano, the Gotthard Panorama Express takes passengers to Flüelen to connect with a boat for a leisurely cruise to Lucerne.

>> Chocolate Train: Departing from Montreux, the Chocolate train travels to Gruyères with a connecting bus to Broc. As part of the journey, passengers can delight in the tastes of the famous Gruyère cheese as well and enjoy a visit to the Nestlé -Cailler chocolate factory.

>> Cheese Train: Operating from both Montreux and Zweisimmen, the Cheese Train takes passengers to Chateau d’Oex where they can learn about cheesemaking and enjoy a traditional fondue.

>> Swiss Travel Pass:  The ideal transport pass to purchase for the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.


Useful Resources

You can get more information about the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland on the Swiss Railways website.

You might also find the following articles helpful with your trip planning:

The “Switzerland Rail Passes – How to choose the right transport pass for your trip” eBook also contains a detailed chapter on the Swiss Travel Pass. > Click here to learn more


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