Oct 31, 2017 - 12:02 AM
in reply to tnell11
>> I was planning this train ride for Friday, November 10th ... With the bus transfers it says the entire trip will take up to 10 hours.
I can't work out how you came up with 10 hours. The normal trip Genève-Montreux-Zweisimmen-Interlaken Ost-Brünig Pass-Luzern-Zürich takes 7 hours 26 minutes. On 10 November, with the replacement buses over two short sectors of 15 minutes each, the whole trip will take 8 hours 26 minutes - just an hour longer (see attached timetable printout).
If it were me, I would stick to the Golden Pass route despite the two 15-minute bus trips. The bus through the Brünig Pass up to Brünig-Hasliberg should be a fantastic ride up winding roads with some hairpin bends. Some sections will be through forest, and from other sections you will have lovely views into the valley far below. At Brünig-Hasliberg you will transfer to the train for another great ride down to Giswil past the beautiful Lungernersee (lake), bordered by a picturesque village against a backdrop of mountains, forests and meadows.
>> If I take the panoramic train from Montreux to Zweisimmen, will I be able to take a train from there directly to Zurich?
No, you will need to transfer at Spiez or Bern. If you prefer to avoid the buses, that is a good option, but far less scenic.
>> Would love to see as much of the country as possible as I make my way to Zurich, but debating if perhaps I should choose one town to visit on my way OR make sure to use the panoramic trains.
If you choose the Golden Pass route, you could spend a few hours at Luzern. The iconic Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) and old town are very close to the station.
If you choose to go via Bern, you could stop off there for a few hours. Bern has a beautiful old town too. You could make use of the trams for getting back to the station to make the most of your sightseeing time.
In the end it's a matter of personal preference.
Last modified on Oct 31, 2017 - 12:07 AM by Alpenrose666
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