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GoldenPass Line

Marvel at expansive views of the towering Swiss Alps, verdant valleys, sleepy mountain villages, stunning chalets, ancient castles, UNESCO World Heritage vineyards, and the Mediterranean surroundings of the Swiss Riviera aboard the GoldenPass Panoramic. This rail line is noted as one of Switzerland's oldest electric railways, as the Montreux-Oberland Bernois Railway completed the route in 1905. Passengers had a "Golden Time" traversing the 39-mile course between Montreux and Zweisimmen, and thus, the name "GoldenPass Panoramic" was coined.

Travelers can begin their travels in either Montreux, on Lake Geneva's shores, or Zweisimmen, surrounded by the majestic scenes of the Bernese Oberland. Trains depart hourly from both locations 365 days a year. Guests unlock Switzerland's immense natural beauty and cross the French-German language border during the ever-impressive 2-hour expedition from either direction.

All of the cars throughout the GoldenPass Panoramic are fully climate-controlled. Both First- and Second-Class travelers may order their favorite drinks from the Rail Bar during the journey. Boxed lunches can also be ordered in advance when booking a ticket.

Wherever passengers choose to sit for their trip, they are in for a voyage to remember. Beginning in Zweisimmen, vistas of the Swiss Alps surround. This typical Swiss village is filled with outdoor charm and is a hub for hikers, skiers, and naturalists. Quaint houses dot the valley below as the train hugs the mountainside. Proceed across bridges and through tunnels, emerging with incredible panoramas of pasture lands, evergreen forests, meadows, and charming towns framed by the Alps' grandeur.

The Goldenpass Classic Train

As an alternative to the panoramic train, some of Great Rail Journeys' escorted tours of Switzerland enable guests to travel in the GoldenPass Classic Train. This beautiful train recreates the Belle Époque style of the luxurious Golden Mountain Pullman Express which was in service during the 1930s. 

Reminiscent of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the GoldenPass Classic Train takes guests on a journey back into the golden days of luxury rail travel in the splendour of ornate, wood-panelled carriages with plush and indulgently comfortable seats. The Classic Train's large windows ensure that passengers enjoy outstanding views of the GoldenPass Line's remarkable landscapes and the train even has a dedicated 'wine cellar' carriage in which you may sample a variety of excellent regional wines.

 

 

The GoldenPass Classic Train

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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland in Winter
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JULIE GUTSCHENRITTER JUSTICE
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“Fabulous Trip. I was really worried about using the train system because I am not used to it. But everything worked out great. The train system was very easy to use and to move from city to city. The cities we stayed in were fabulous (Zermatt was my favorite). The scenic train rides were all fabulous (my favorite was the Excellence Class on the Glacier Express, yes the upgrade is worth it). We did not upgrade the hotels, but the hotels we stayed at were perfect for us (the Matterhorn Hotel in Zermatt and the Swiss Chalet in Interlaken were my favorite). But the prize of the trip were the excellent views from the top of the mountains.
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
20 Oct 2023
Franny
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“Beautiful. I recommend up grading to 1st class
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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland - An Escorted Experience
14 Oct 2023
NICHOLAS
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“Our Switzerland trip through VBR was beyond amazing & beautiful! Amazing train rides, saw so much & our free time was plentiful. Our tour manager Joe “Royal” Royale was so wonderful! He got us to our trains, our hotels & through a few situations of train breakdowns without panic & a smile on his face! Hotels were very nice & the included dinners were decent! The best part were the people on this tour, by the end of the trip we felt like family! Joe Royale thanks for the stories, your humor & the best holiday ever!
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Best of Switzerland by Rail
05 Oct 2023
MOLL, RICHARD
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“Extremely well coordinated throughout the entire trip out guide was superb; very knowledgeable, very concerned for all of us, and a tremendous sense of humor. Loved the fact that my suitcase was retrieved every morning and forwarded to the next hotel. Only one hotel was not up to snuff, but luckily we were only there one night.
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