Oct 8, 2019 - 11:01 PM
in reply to Swisslover19
Try not to focus too hard on the so called 'panoramic' trains. They have almost hyperbolic levels of marketing these days, but nearly all Swiss railway carriages have large windows so you see the same views, and in general terms virtually all railways in Switzerland are scenic in some way - if you don't see high mountains you will see other icons of Switzerland such as lakes, rolling pastures, farmsteads, cows etc. - so you will rarely be disappointed with any Swiss train trip. As such Bern is a great base for seeing lots of different areas don't ignore the Jura mountains to the north From the top of the Jura (and even from Bern city) you often get superb distant views of the Alps which can be as memorable as being in the high Alps themselves (for example: www.myswitzerland.com/ de/erlebnisse/route/ru ndwanderung-vue-des-alpes/)
As I say, being on a 'special' train hardly matters anyway as most modern Swiss trains have large windows, even if not officially panoramic. The key element of a ‘panoramic’ coach is ‘toplight’ windows above your head but in practice very few of the major views from panoramic trains are directly above your head, so the view through the normal trains windows on Swiss trains is perfectly fine.
If you get a Swiss Travel Pass, you can travel on any and all of the railway lines of the main Swiss national network, this includes any train on the so called 'panoramic' routes (which are all just normal railways with lots of normal trains services throughout the day.
A good publication to start with is:
www.bradtguides.com/sh op/europe/switzerland/ switzerland-without-a-car-3302.html
A look at this relief map will show you where the high Alps are and it shows the railways in context with the mountainous regions very well:
www.citymetric.com/sit es/default/files/artic le_body_2018/02/switze rland_without_trains.p ng