Feb 15, 2018 - 11:53 PM
In all likelihood there will be empty seats on your particular train, even in second class, so you will be able to switch sides to take advantage of the view which may be better on the left at one point, and then on the right. Here are the sides that I prefer and why. As you head north from Lugano, most of the time the train will be on the left bank of the Ticino river, so you would probably spend more time sitting on the left side of the train. Between Gironico and Lavorgo you will go through a double loop tunnel, and here the left is the better side for sure. After Faido, the view is better from the right side, so if you can be on that side, great ! You go into the long tunnel at Airolo and for that part of the trip you can take your choice ! But I would try to be on the right side when you come out of the tunnel at Göschenen. You will now be following the Reuss river flowing north to Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee). At first you will be on the left bank of the Reuss, so sitting on the right side is better for views. After you go into the first tunnel in Wassen, switch to the left side so you will see the church a bit below you and stay on the left through the second tunnel as the church will now be higher on the left. After Wassen, the train will be running on the left back of the Reuss, so the better views are from the right side of the train. After the tunnel at Amsteg, the train will be running on the right bank of the Reuss the rest of the way to Flüelen, so the best views are from the left side of the train
By the way, Rockoyster's suggestion of getting off the train in Flüelen and taking the lake boat north is a fantastic idea. If you don't have time to do the boat thing, make sure you stay on the left side of the train.
Last modified on Feb 16, 2018 - 1:56 AM by Peterli