May 31, 2018 - 12:09 AM
Regarding the 'Golden Pass line' is not really 'much more scenic' than any other railway in the Swiss Alps.
My suggestion is to keep it simple
You say you have a rough idea for Montreux - Zermatt but in practical terms there is only one way to go Montreux - Zermatt, ie Montreux - Visp on fast SBB IR train, connecting at Visp onto the Visp Zermatt (MGB) line.
Zermatt - Wengen:
Take the MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) train Zermatt - Brig (look up to the north on the way from Visp to Brig and you will see the route you will take next (ie the Lötschberg railway 'South ramp').
Change at Brig onto a Lötschberger train (ie a green and blue BLS railway train going to Bern via Kandersteg). Sit on the left in the direction of travel for famous and stupendous view of the valley as you climb up the valley side over a succession of famous viaducts.
Change at Spiez for a train to Interlaken
Wengen - Luzern
Simple 'ordinary' train itinerary Wengen - Interlaken (change to Luzern - Interlaken Express train - red and white colour). Interlaken - Brienz (sit on right hand side for lake) - Brünig Pass - Sarnen - Luzern
Luzern - Geneva
1) direct SBB main line train (no changes) goes via the Swiss 'Mittelland' so a nice change from the Alps
2) Via the Luzern - Interlaken Express (repeat) Interlaken then on the Golden Pass proper Zweisimmen Montreux (the MOB line) overall journey 6.5 hours
Last modified on May 31, 2018 - 12:16 AM by 1960man