Hi, We are doing the below journey on 15 June - have completed it before and believe it is the best train trip that exists in the world for us.
After our Golden Pass journey as listed below we want to spend some time in Geneva. Husband is not interested in seeing the United Nations...
I was planning to see the following when we arrive in Geneva at 17.30.
Central Railway Station>Rue du Mont-Blanc 1201+1204 (Pedestrian Zone + over bridge)>See Fountain and Clock>Place du Molard (Square & Restaurants)>Rue du Marché (Square & Shops near lake) >Old Town> St Pierre Cathedral>Place du Bourg-de-Four 24 (In heart of Old Town, Square)>Rue des Granges (Old houses & view back to park) Maison Tavel (11th Century Oldest House in Geneva)>Treille Promenade (16 C Promenade built as observation & Artillery Post – Now romantic stroll)>Bastions Park (Park & Reformation Wall, University, Opera)>Place de Neuve (One of the main squares) Optional: Ariana Park
My question please, is there a tram or bus that will take us from the Old Town area to the station, to take us back to Montreux for the night please? I have bad knees and want to walk as much as possible, but when we have finished sight seeing would like to rest my knees as much as possible.
Golden Pass Journey:
Zurich>Luzern 8.04>8.49 45 mins IR2629
Luzern>Interlaken Ost 9.05>10.55 1.50 Hr Interlaken West
Interlaken West>Zweisimmen 13.11>14.19 1.08 Hr 22 Reg
Zweisimmen>Gstaad 14.25>14.51D3123 0.26 mins
Gstaad>Montreux 14.53>16.13 IR21231½ Hrs (8.04>16.13) 8¼ Hr Special
Montreux Plat 6>Plat 1>Geneva IR90 Ch 7 min Arrv 17.30
If there are any suggestions regarding our plans it would be appreciated.
We also plan to complete the Bermina Pass as well once we return to Zurich the next day.
Planned Trip 16 June back to Zurich
Part of Golden Pass>Bern>Zurich
Montreux>Gstaad 9.44>11.03 or 10.53>12.20 Arv Plat 1
Gstaad Plat 1>Ch @ Zweisimmen>Bern 11.23>13.20 or 12.23>14.20
Bern>Zurich 16.02>16.38 Hourly/Changes Other Times
Montreux>Bern via Gstaad+Zw’men 11.05 + 9.44>11.22 D3118
Zweisimmen>(Spiez 12.50)>Bern 12.01>13.20 3½ hours stopover
Bern Walk Plan from Train Station
Walk out onto the Bahnhofplatz. Here you will see a magnificent glass roof which was put up to protect the tram passengers from the weather. It is really beautiful and does its job well!
Leave the Bahnhofplatz and turn left down the Spitalgasse to the Bärenplatz, crossing over to continue down the Marktgasse to the next intersection – the Kornhausplatz - this will start you on walk in the arcades of the old town of Bern . This part of town is full of shops and department stores and if you wish to picnic then you can get your supplies in the Food Hall at Globus (in the basement) which has lots of take away food and drinks. There are also a lot of “confiseries” – sweet shops – bakeries and “charcuteries” – delicatessens – where you can buy material for a great picnic.
Entering the Marktgasse the old town of Bern awaits you. This part of town was rebuilt after a large fire in 1405 and you will immediately be struck by the architecture – houses joined together with arcades in front. In fact these arcades make Bern a great place to visit on a rainy day! Note the little “gasse” which run between the houses. You will find lots of little boutiques and cafés there. IF you can, plan your visit nicely to be at the Zytglockenturm just a little further along at 11.55am. At noon the clock chimes, a cockerel crows and all sorts of cute things happen! The clock dates from the 16 th century but the tower itself is 12 h century.
From here continue on down to the Nydeggbrucke. (The roads run one into another – Spitalgasse becomes Marktgasse, in turn Kramgasse and then Gerechitkeitsgasse)
I know I am asking a lot, so if you just want to comment on my first question - tram or bus to get us back from Old Town area to Geneva Station please? I thought I had read about something once in a blog but now cannot find it.. I
realise this time does not do Geneva justice, but we are away from Australia 9 weeks and cannot extend our trip any longer.
Switzerland is the country we will be spending the most amount if time in. It is indeed a beautiful country and we share this with all our fellow travellers.
Thank you for any kind assistance you could offer.