As a continuing feature we will be highlighting a selected route from our guidebook ‘Europe by Rail’ written by Nicky Gardner & Susanne Kries, every week. Below is an extract from the book. To find out more, the guidebook can be purchased through our website for £15.99.
This week we are looking at: Route No. 36: “Swiss lakes and mountains” which begins in Zurich, passing through Lucerne and Montreux, ending in Geneva.
This route nicely explores the Switzerland of the imagination – a place full of Alpine meadows, cow bells and snow-capped peaks. With some of Europe’s most efficient rail services running even into remote Alpine valleys, there is plenty of scope for really getting off the beaten track.
We start in Zurich, heading south for a brief but tantalising encounter with Lake Lucerne, before striking south-west into one of the most serenely beautiful parts of the Alps. You’ll see a lot of the Bernese Oberland on this route. Our favourite section is the steep drop down to Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva. West from Montreux we cruise through the Lavaux Vineyards to reach Lausanne, before embarking on the final leg along the lakeshore to Geneva.