May 5, 2015 - 1:23 PM
My wife and I are going to be in Luzern this mid-June, and are planning to travel to Zermatt via the GoldenPass panoramic train. Based on my initial research, I understand that there are 2 options:
1. Take a Goldenpass Panoramic (GPP) train from Luzern to Montreux and from Montreux to Zermatt (normal train)
2. Take the GPP only till Interlaken and then the Lötschberger (via Spiez, Kandersteg and Goppenstein) to Zermatt.
Based on the above findings, would appreciate if you could help with the below questions:
1. Is the route on #2 as scenic as the full GPP ride. As in, should I skip the Interlaken-Montreux route (FYI - I will be taking the GEX from Zermatt to St. Moritz a few days later)
2. Is there a lot of difference is views via the panoramic vs. regular trains
3. Are both the GPP and Lötschberger, covered under the Swiss Travel Pass (is a prior reservation required for either?). I recall reading somewhere that the reservation is only required for 1st class but not for 2nd class - not sure if this is correct?
4. One unrelated question - if I have covered Mt. Titlis and Rigi/Pilatus in Luzern, is it worth going to the Matterhorn glacier? If not, do you have any other suggestions for Zermatt. Am planning to skip Jungfrau.
Many thanks and cheers...