Switzerland Steam Railway Holiday
WednesdayWe are off! A morning Eurostar from St Pancras takes us in Standard Premium comfort to Paris from where we stroll around the corner to Gare d’Est. Our onward travel from here is in First Class via Strasbourg and Basel, arriving in Lucerne by about 20.00. After check-in there will be a “welcome” dinner at the hotel.
ThursdayWe reach for the sky – and just about make it there! – today with the first of the Peaks in the Lake Lucerne area – the Pilatus. Making our journey to the top and back by the world’s steepest cog railway, the Pilatus Bahn, then our first boat trip on Lake Lucerne itself as we make our way back to Lucerne’s own super Transport Museum, with its fantastic collection of cars, boats, planes – and, of course, railway exhibits!
Mountains galore today, as we head for the hills on the metre gauge Zentralbahn to Engleberg. You can stay in the town, but, if you have a head for heights, we’ll head for the Titlis Cable Cars, including the world’s first revolving cable car, to the very peak of the mountains north of the Susten Pass. Then it is on to another famous peak – the Stanserhorn, with its vintage funicular for the lower peaks and amazing double deck, open top cable car to the summit!
SaturdayToday, the Game’s Afoot for a unique day of mountains, steam, ships and Swiss surprises! We complete the Zentralbahn network over their ‘mainline’ climbing the Brünig Pass, engaging the trains cog wheel for the steepest parts, to take the famous Brienz Rothorn Steam Cog Railway to the summit with its stunning views across Lake Brienz to the Eiger. Back at the lakeside, we take the boat to Interlaken, then train back to deduce some of the attractions of Meiringen, where a certain famous detective appeared to meet his fate! We dine together locally before taking the journey back to Lucerne at the end of a full and varied day!
Underground and overground, we go ‘round in circles’ today to reach the heights of the world’s highest Lighthouse and tunnel our way to more steam! Using standard and metre gauge trains, we make our way up the Gotthard Pass via the famous corkscrew line, then, in the heart of ski-ing country, change to travel the route of the Glacier Express, turn around at the Lighthouse and make our way through a modern tunnel to travel back by lovely steam on the Furka Pass Railway, taking the old line past a glacier. Coach, funicular and boat combine to return us to Lucerne after an unforgettable day amongst (and inside!) the mountains!