Zurich Journals

Scenic Switzerland

A July 2003 trip to Zurich by Sum

Quote: We spent four days in Switzerland with Zurich as our base. The Swiss rail system is efficient and perhaps the best way to see the country. The highlights were the trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne, the Golden Panoramic Train from Interlaken to Montreux, and the Swiss chocolates!!

Scenic Switzerland

Overview

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If you have three or four days in Switzerland, I would recommend basing yourself in Zurich or Geneva. The rail system is very efficient and you can get to Central Switzerland within three hours! There are a few scenic trains, and a ride in a Panoramic train is a must. It takes you through the heart of Switzerland--majestic Alps and rolling farmlands, half-timbered houses with flowers in the windows, and the numerous tunnels and viaducts! And you have to have a taste of the Swiss chocolates and cheese.Quick Tips: Swiss Rail pass or Eurail Pass is the best way to travel around. There are discounts on most private railways and attractions. Almost everyone speaks English.Best Way To Get Aroun...Read More

Marriott Zurich

Hotel | "Zurich Marriott"

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The Marriott is a short walk from the main Railway Station across the Limmat River. Mainly a "business" hotel, but caters for the holiday market as well. There are lake view and city view rooms.

We had lake view rooms with fabulous views over the old city and the lake. The room had king bed, mini bar, satellite TV, and daily American newspaper. The hotel is five-star and has all amenities one would require on holiday!

Since we were traveling mainly by train, the closeness to the railway station made it very easy.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2003

Marriott Zurich
NEUMUEHLEQUAI 42
Zurich, Switzerland
41-1-360-7070

Mt Pilatus

Attraction | "Mt Pilatus excursion"

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Lucerne is about an hour from Zurich by train, which leaves every 30 minutes. The tourist office in the station can do bookings for the Mt Pilatus Excursion. We took another train to Alpanchstad (20 minutes approximately) and then the Cog railway (40 minutes) to the top of Mt Pilatus. It was an exhilarating experience as the gradient at times was more than 40 degrees! At 2132 metres, there are two hotels and a couple of restaurants as well. There are well marked hiking trails as well. Hiking trails start from Fräkmüntegg. The views from the top were awesome! We returned via the cable car to Fräkmüntegg and gondola to Kriens and then bus No 1 to Lucerne. We would definitely recommend this...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2003

Mt Pilatus

Zurich, Switzerland

Golden pass

Attraction

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The Golden Panoramic Express is a scenic train which runs from Lucerne to Montreux through Central Switzerland--The Golden Pass. The entire journey is made up of three parts and involves change of trains due to different gauge. The routing is: Lucerne – Interlaken – Zweisimmen - Montreux. Swiss Pass, Eurail Pass, and Europass are fully covered on the entire journey.

The coaches have large panoramic windows and make a few stops along the way in pretty little villages. Gives a chance to see the quintessial Switzerland--rolling hills and half-timbered houses.

The full journey is about 6 hours, but you can do sectors on the Panoramic Express.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2003

Golden pass
Lucerne
Zurich, Switzerland