May 26, 2011 - 3:10 AM
Are you planning on doing the trip from Grindelwald to Venice in one day? In that case, traveling via the Mont Blanc is really not an option. I guess that would take 12-14 hours or so, without any breaks. But you can best check the timetable
for traveling times.
As for the scenery I can recommend to travel via Spiez - Brig - Domodossola - Locarno - Bellinzona, which includes the Centovalli railway
. The leg Spiez - Brig can alternatively be done with the Regio Express that stops in Kandersteg and Goppenstein, so that you skip the new tunnel to have more views. But it will take longer.
Your alternative via Meiringen - Luzern (part of the Golden Pass) is beautiful as well. And then, depending on the season, there's a 3th option of traveling to Meiringen, take the postcar to Göschenen (Susten Pass) and continue by train from there. If you have not included any post car trips during your stay, I would look recommend to look into that.
In the end, it's all beautiful so it depends on what you like: Centovalli is a tiny train crossing a narrow valley in a Southern European landscape. The postcar is a very different experience, where you'll cross a pass in a Northern Alpine landscape. The Golden Pass crosses a low altitude pass and you'll see some typical Swiss towns along lakes. It's all different, but I hope this gives you some options to explore.