Jan 10, 2018 - 12:51 AM
in reply to Raerovia
>> I am planning a trip around Switzerland for myself and one other adult in mid-April. Day 2: Go up to Gornergrat at sunrise to see the Matterhorn
Are you sure the sunrise trips are running in mid-April? As far as I know, the special sunrise trips are only for a limited time in the middle of summer.
>> We were thinking about doing the Golden Line Scenic Route for the portions between Zurich/Interlaken and Interlaken/Montreax.
The Golden Pass route starts at Luzern: Luzern-Interlaken Ost-(Spiez)-Zweisimmen-Montreux.
The standard route from Zürich to Luzern is pleasant, but nothing special. The most scenic route between Zürich and Luzern that I have found is to go via Zug and Arth-Goldau, which takes a bit longer. On that route, the train travels high along a hillside on the eastern side of the Zugersee, and you have scenic views down to to the lake, lakeside villages, and the mountains (including the Rigi) on the other side of the lake. Sit on the right.
The Golden Pass route will be operating, but there will be a short section between Château-d’Oex and Montbovon where all train passengers will have to transfer to replacement buses. This is due to construction works between 19 Mar and 1 Jun 2018. You won't be able to make any reservations between Zweisimmen and Montreux during this construction period. It will still definitely be worth taking the Golden Pass route though.