Jul 21, 2010 - 4:44 AM
Hello Krysia, and welcome! Lots of combinations for a 4 or 5 day train tour are possible. I'm not sure what you mean by Armatt. I guess it's Zermatt, which is a popular tourist resort, but it could be Andermatt as well. One option, including Geneva, Lausanne, Zermatt, Interlaken and Zurich could be as follows:
- day 1: arrival in Geneva, trip to Lausanne, stay in Lausanne;
- day 2: trip from Lausanne to Zermatt, stay in Zermatt;
- day 3: trip from Zermatt to Interlaken using the scenic Lötschberg RegioExpress which stops at Goppenstein and Kandersteg (not the tunnel between Visp and Frutigen);
- (day 4: if you manage to extend your stay to five days, you could use this day for a stay in Interlaken and another scenic trip, for example to the Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn. If you don't have time, you could skip this day and immediately travel on to Zurich);
- day 5: trip from Interlaken to Zurich via the Brünig Pass and Lucerne.
Most of these train trips require a couple of hours and aren't too long, which means that you'll have quite some time left to explore the towns after your arrival. You could stroll along the town centres, make a boat trip (from Lausanne, for example) or get up in the mountains, which is especially great with Zermatt and Interlaken as a base. Zermatt is home to many mountain lifts
such as Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn and Sunnegga, and Interlaken gives access to the stunning Jungfrau region. If you have time, definitely try to make a day trip
in this area.
As I said, there are many more combinations, in which you could use - for example - the Golden Pass
route between Montreux and Interlaken or (part of) the famous Glacier Express
between Zermatt and St. Moritz. You trips can be planned with the online timetable, which shows how long a trip will take and what's realistic.
For extensive train travel, a Swiss rail pass
may come in handy. The Swiss Half Fare Card
could be an economical solution in your case. For long train journeys, a Swiss (Saver) Pass
may fit your needs.
I hope this gets you started - and that it doesn't confuse you even more :-).
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