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Lucerne-Interlaken Express

Spend two hours getting acquainted with some of the Swiss landscape's most magnificent features on the Lucerne-Interlaken Express. This 60-mile rail line extends through a picturesque region of the Swiss Alps bookended by lakeside Lucerne at one end and Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland on the other. Along the way, passengers are left in awe as the train meanders through enchanting mountainside villages and passes by no less than five pristine lakes, all filled with sparkling blue-green water.

As the train leaves the station in Lucerne, the track immediately skirts the foot of Mount Pilatus and follows a course along Lake Lucerne's shores. Attractive villages punctuate the lakeside and lead through the hills toward two more lakes: Sarnersee and the Lungernsee. The Lucerne-Interlaken Express continues past rushing streams and breathtaking waterfalls in pursuit of the highest reach on the line, the Brünig Pass, at over 3,300 feet. The train uses cogwheel technology to make the steep descent to Meiringen in the Aare Valley. Meiringen is simply charming, with its surrounding meadows and lovely old buildings. The village is known as the birthplace of meringue and where beloved fictional character Sherlock Holmes died.

Pressing forth, visions of traditional wooden chalets and expansive alpine meadows overtake the landscape as the train changes directions and proceeds through the Hasli Valley. Rich green forests and snow-capped mountain peaks join the vistas and compose an idyllic scene of Switzerland. Rich cerulean waters break on the horizon, and Lake Brienz comes into view. The Lucerne-Interlaken Express passes through the town of Brienz not long before arriving in Interlaken.

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Best of Switzerland by Rail
ANDREW Eisenstein
4 stars
“Excellent tour and tour guide. Opportunity for a great over-view of Switzerland and it's scenic trains. Nice hotels but the rooms were mid-range priced rooms, not upper-class rooms. Dinners provided by the tour were very poor. One night we were given a chance to select our preference between goulash and turkey and most people selected goulash but, when we arrived, only turkey was available. Limiting choices to only 2 items was not very good to begin with but, only providing turkey in Switzerland was ridiculous. How many Americans travel to Switzerland to have turkey for dinner? 2 dinners were provided in Zurich (both at the same restaurant) and the choices were limited to 3 not very attractive items. We skipped the second dinner. The tour guide was great, providing a great deal of commentary and direction throughout the tour. The tour was flexible and allowed people to do other things on their own if they didn't want to do the scheduled event. The train accommodations were very good and the train rides were comfortable and scenic. I would have expected a tour run by the train company would provide first class seat tickets (they did not) but, the second class arrangements were fine. And, providing the full Swiss travel pass (instead of the half pass that they said they would provide) to everyone was a nice touch. Overall, we were very happy with our tour.
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