Mar 14, 2018 - 1:11 AM
in reply to Jlynncoop
>> What about the train ride from Vevey to Lucerne? Is the scenery as spectacular going that direction, as it is into Montreux from Lucerne?
Via which route? Via Lausanne or Lausanne-Olten? Via Puidoux-Chexbres and Palézieux?
The fastest routes for getting around in Switzerland (generally speaking) are fast because they go through the flatter parts of the country and/or take valley and tunnel routes, which is great for commuters.
However, if you are a tourist, you miss out on so much by choosing the fast routes over longer, more scenic ones. Scenic routes tackle the mountains and transport you through stunning scenery instead of zooming underneath it in a tunnel or detouring through the flatter parts of the country to avoid the mountains.
The route from Vevey to Luzern via Lausanne or Lausanne-Olten does not have much to recommend it in my opinion, and certainly can't compare with beauty of the Golden Pass route. You do, however, have a short scenic section between Vevey and Lausanne, as you travel along Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and past the Lavaux Terrace vineyards. However, if this is a winter trip, the vineyards do not look their best in winter, as the vines are bare.
The route via Puidoux-Chexbres and Palézieux starts off with a lovely trip climbing up through the vineyards, but that is a very short section, and the rest of the trip is nothing special in my view: that is, compared with what other routes have to offer.