Jul 5, 2018 - 7:00 PM
in reply to jilly
Hi Jilly -
<<"Any scenic reason to choose one or the other route from Bern to St.
Bernard (via Lausanne or Visp)? It looks as though both are possible.">>
The run from Bern through Fribourg and Lausanne, then along the lake and on to to Martigny has a lot of very pleasant Swiss scenery, with a lot of variety. I've not done the leg from Martigny onwards.
If you instead take a train called "The Lötschberger " that starts in Bern, goes to Spiez, then goes up and over the historic old trans-Alpine route over the Lötschberg Pass via Kandersteg and down to Brig ( close to Visp) you add an hour over the direct route to Visp and have a very scenic ride .
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ L%C3%B6tschberg_railwa y_line
The computer normally routes you directly to Visp from Spiez via the new "Basis Tunnel." The scenery in the tunnel lacks quality.. To go up and over, insert "Kandersteg" in the "via" box.
The line along the Rhone Valley goes through Brig and Visp, so that is pretty much the same as going directly to Visp.
You won't see much of the detail from the train, but the "rail-trail" along the downward rail line on the south facing flank of the Rhonetal ( die Südrampe) has some interesting sights:
Last modified on Jul 5, 2018 - 7:01 PM by Slowpoke