Jul 20, 2010 - 8:39 AM
Hi Vlasta! I agree with Wandermann: the Golden Pass route is beautiful, especially between Zweisimmen and Montreux. So if you're able to plan this into your travel scheme, that would be great. I've read your previous posts and I'm not sure where and how you'll be entering Switzerland. If you enter in the north (say, in Zurich or Basel), you could pick up the Golden Pass Panoramic somewhere along the way (for example in Lucerne, Interlaken or Spiez) and use it for your trip to Martigny/Montreux. If you arrive at Geneva, this wouldn't be an option. In this case you could choose to simply take the Golden Pass Panoramic up to Zweisimmen and then return.
From Martigny, you can take the train to Zermatt indeed. The first section will be in the broad Rhone valley, where you'll see vineyards and pine trees. From Visp on, the train will gradually ascend into the Matter valley. This is a truly spectacular ride, as you really get into the mountains along the way. So the trip from Montreux to Zermatt definitely offers alternating landscapes.
You may want to travel from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen for the second part of your stay in Switzerland. If so, please be sure to select the train connection which doesn't use the tunnel from Visp/Raron to Frutigen, but the RegioExpress that crosses the Lötschberg and stops in Goppenstein and Kandersteg, as this is a scenic route as well. The timetable
will come up with this connection if you enter 'Goppenstein' as a via-station. Beautiful scenery is guaranteed on this track, too (provided that there aren't too many clouds of course ;-)).