Switzerland is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Neighboring countries include Austria, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, and Germany. The geography of Switzerland is mostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes. With its reliable, efficient, clean and safe public transport network, it is easy for you to get around without a car. However, for full experience of the beautiful scenes here, travelling by train is a better option. With train, you can travel around faster and easily visit most destinations in just 8 DAYS. Here is the list of destinations you might get to see in this 8 days scenic train travel. Enjoy!
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Day 1:Zurich–Schaffhausen–St Gallen
You start in world-famous Zurich and pass through Schaffhausen, with its beautiful old town and Renaissance-era buildings, frescos and sculpture—perfect for strolling. Then St Gallen waits, with its awe-inspiring Abbey precinct, cathedral and library. While you’re there, why not plan the perfect excursion to Switzerland’s most traditional and quaint region, Appenzell? Or you could also get to the top of Mount Santis with cable car.
Rhine Falls, Neuhausen
Alp Vorderwengi, Kaltbrunn
Abbey of St. Gall, St. Gallen
Day 2: St Gallen–Rapperswil–Lucerne
Depart St Gallen on the Pre-Alpine Express and travel past Rapperswil, a picturesque medieval town. Once in Lucerne, enjoy town squares, churches and steamships on Lake Lucerne. Not to be missed: and excursion to Bern, a UNESCO world Heritage site, and home to one of the longest shopping promenades in Europe.
Sitter Railway Viaduct, Winkeln
Day 3: Lucerne–Interlaken–Montreux
Here’s your chance to take the beautiful GoldenPass Line over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken. Once in Interlaken, consider a side-trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe: a sparkling snow and ice wonderland accessed through the highest altitude railway station in Europe. Then, continue on through the scenic Simme Valley to Montreux on Lake Geneva.
Lake Lungern, Obwalden
Lake Brienz, Bernese Oberland
Harder Kulm, Interlaken
Lake Thun, Spiez Town, Bernese Oberland
Gruyeres Castle, Fribourg
Chilon Castle, Lake Geneva, Montreux
Day 4: Montreux–Martigny–Zermatt
From Lake Geneva, you’ll travel to Martigny—the gateway to Great St Bernard and Forclaz Pass. Continue on via Brig to Zermatt. Once in Zermatt, enjoy an excursion to Gornergrat for the finest views of the mighty Matterhorn via a century-old cog railway. A vista that includes 29 sky-high peaks is waiting.
Chablais Vineyard, Vaud
Aigle Castle, Aigle
Vispa River, Zermatt
Day 5: Zermatt–St Moritz
This legendary stretch includes a ride on the Glacier Express from the Matterhorn village traveling through Chur, Switzerland’s oldest city, before arriving at St Moritz. Its hundreds of serpentine turns and mountain tunnels at 3-6,000 feet are a photographers dream.
Stockalper Palace, Brig-Glis
Engadine House, Bever
Burgenland Domleschg, Reichenau
St. Moritz Village
Day 6: St Moritz–Lugano
Two routes lead to Lugano in Switzerland‘s sunny south. In summer, choose the Bernina Express train to Tirano (Italy), then bus to Lugano. In winter, travel by Palm Express PostBus over passes and through valleys. Don’t miss a 1.5-hour excursion on the Centovalli Express from Locarno to Domodossola, Italy a spectacularly stunning route that includes 83 bridges and 31 tunnels.
Bruso Spiral Viaduct
Lake Como, Italy
Chiavenna, Sondrio, Italy
Madonna Del Sasso, Locarno
Domodossola City, Italy
Day 7: Lugano–Lucerne
Few things will take your breath away like the Wilhelm Tell Express. Combining rail and waterway travel, this 5-hour trip starts with scenic rail before connecting to a spectacular 2.5-hour Lake Lucerne steamer boat ride. Add on a trip to Mt Titlis: take the world’s first revolving cable car to panoramic views of snow-capped summits and pristine Alpine landscapes.
The Castles of Bellinzona
Wassen Church, Uri
Lake Lucerne, Vitznau
Old Town Lucerne
Lion Monument, Lucerne
Day 8: Lucerne–Zurich
End on a high note with a trip from Lucerne that passes the picturesque lakes of Rotsee, Zug and Zurich. Finish big in the center of Switzerland’s largest and most multicultural city. But it doesn’t have to end yet. Why not take the Untersee-Rhein Cruise into the roaring white of Europe's largest waterfall— Rheinfall?
Lake Rotsee Refuge, Lucerne
St. Andreas Castle, Cham
This is the map of the scenic train routes, that's the area you will cover in 8 days.
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