Apr 23, 2013 - 5:02 PM
I have read through several similar threads but I would like a more direct answer to my concerns before doing something I cant reverse.
My wife and I will be travelling to Europe for the first time in July and I'm trying to plan our trip as best I can now. Understanding the rail and rail pass costs has not been terribly easy. I will be in Geneva for 1 week for work, then we are planning on visiting several other cities the next 10 days. What I'd like to do (in 1 day) is leave Geneva, travel to Mount Pilatus, and end in Zurich where we will take a night train to Berlin. Ideally I would like to take the Goldenpass panoramic train to Lucerne but after looking at the Zurich without missing my train to Berlin (correct me if I'm wrong). My first few questions are as follows:
1. There seem to be 3 main legs of the Goldenpass (Montreux-Zweisimmen, Zweisimmen-Interlaken, Interlaken-Lucerne). Is there any 1 of these legs that are more scenic than the other 2? I'm considering taking 1 slow/scenic panoramic train and 2 faster trains to save time.
2. Since I'm only travelling on swiss trains for 1 day do I need some kind of rail pass? I would think I could save money by just paying the full fare.
3. If we go on a panoramic train I would prefer the seats above the conductor so that we can see ahead and to the sides. After looking at the seat reservation for the panoramic trains on tickets.goldenpass.ch it looks like I am only being charged a reservation fee not the entire cost. Is there any way to correct this now, or do I just pay the difference when I arrive?
4. Next is the train to Berlin. From my quick research it looks like I could save money by buying a Bahn 25 card for my wife and myself. I havent decided if we want 1st or 2nd class, is one less secure than another?
Once arriving in Berlin we plan on 2 nights there, flying to Paris, 2 nights there, and flying to Dublin, 2 nights, then flying back to Boston, MA. I understand this is a lot to do in a short amount of time but with our work schedules we're not sure when the next time we can visit Europe again.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.