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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Embark on Train Holidays in Switzerland to Discover the Stunning Alps and Beautiful Lakes

the Bernina Express with Piz Bernina in BackgroundImage via Wikipedia
By Dipika Patel

Those looking for lakes and mountains holidays should consider a rail journey to Switzerland. With the majestic Alps, beautiful lakes and countless other astounding scenes besides, train holidays in Switzerland provide the perfect relaxing break. And by taking trains such as the Bernina Express, passengers will be able to see the very best the country has to offer while sitting in comfort.
On the Bernina Express, passengers will be able to see incredible views, such as an alpine garden, mountains and waterfalls while travelling across some of the country's most ancient landscapes. Spanning 76 miles, the line is a popular and excellent way to see some of Switzerland's most magical scenes.

Making a rail journey to Switzerland is a wonderfully simple way to travel - and to see several areas of the country in one trip. Simply departing on the Eurostar from London, holidaymakers can then change for Luxembourg and travel to Brig in Switzerland.
This is the perfect starting point for those keen to get their first glimpse of the staggering scenery on offer in the country. Travelling to nearby Zermatt, visitors will be able to see the Matterhorn, one of the country's most famous mountains, well-known for the tragic story of the first attempt to ascend it. Meanwhile, taking the railway up to Gornergrat will provide outstanding panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Those looking to enjoy the country's fine lakes will find the Bernese Oberland an irresistible place to explore. Interlaken - so named due to its location between two lakes - is the perfect destination to start with. Travellers will be able to see the Brienz and the Thun, which are ideal places to photograph, as well as take boat trips on them if desired.
Meanwhile, travelling to the Jungfraujoch - Europe's highest rail station - is a must. Situated at 11,000 ft, it offers unparalleled views of the area.
To explore the Western Alps, there are two railways which traverse their beautiful scenery. The Centovalli Railway takes passengers through some of Switzerland's most attractive valleys, while the GoldenPass Line travels through mountain peaks to the luxury resort of Gstaad - a favourite location with celebrities.
After exploring the Western Alps, holidaymakers can board the Glacier Express, which - despite its name - is a relatively slow train. Ascending the Rhone Valley, this train affords beautiful views as it crosses the Oberlap Pass, which rests at 6,670 ft.
Arriving in Chur, passengers can then climb aboard the Bernina Express - a line so prized for its excellent engineering and beautiful route that it has been awarded Unesco World Heritage status.
Additionally, it is viewed with much social importance as it provides a vital connection to the Italian-speaking south of the country.
Spanning some 76 miles, this famous four-hour journey heads south from Chur and across the Italian border into the village of Tirano. During the trip, passengers will be able to see incredible views, such as frozen waterfalls, deep ravines and snow-capped mountain peaks.
Crossing the Bernina Pass, which is situated at 11,000 ft, is a breathtaking experience. Connecting the town of St Moritz to San Poschiavo, it is an extremely popular area for tourists to cross. Meanwhile, passengers will also find themselves passing through some 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, making the journey even more exciting. Additionally, stopping off in the Italian-speaking town of Poschiavo is well worth the trip.
Before returning home, holidaymakers should take some time to explore Chur, which is one of the oldest town in the country. Home to medieval alleyways and architecture, it can be as beautiful as the surrounding scenery. Fans of history will find it an absolute delight and may be particularly intrigued by the 12th century cathedral.
People keen to experience the imposing and majestic landscape of Switzerland will find rail holidays the perfect way to do so. Offering an easy and comfortable way to explore the country, passengers will be able to see an incredible amount of beautiful scenery from their seats.
Meanwhile, there will be many opportunities to explore some of the country's towns, as well as see its mountains and lakes up close. For a relaxing and picturesque holiday, there can be no better choice than Swiss rail holidays.
If you're keen to go on lakes and mountains holidays, why not consider train holidays in Switzerland? Home of the famous Bernina Express, here you can explore the stunning Alps and beautiful, tranquil lakes all during the comfort of your rail journey.

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