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From Lucerne, we took the Golden Pass Panoramic train to Interlaken Ost.
There is a “Golden Pass line VIP seats” on offer by the Swiss railway site but I decided to ignore it and just followed the same route via regular train for a fraction of the price and which is covered by our Swiss Pass anyway so we just hopped on. With the VIP seat, you have to pay extra. I’m glad I made the right decision since the train we took was the same “panoramic” train but on 2nd class which is not really a big deal. You see exactly the same view.
This is a map stuck on all the tables on the train showing the mountainous journey from Lucerne to Interlaken. Travel time is a little over two hours.
By “panoramic”, you get a commanding view of the exceptionally picturesque scenery consisting of mountains, colourful Swiss chalets ….
…. pretty villages with their tall almost needle-thin church towers
..serene lakeside towns such as Brienz which is a good starting point to explore the Bernese Oberland
The train turns to cogwheel mode as it slowly climbs up the mountains
Finally arrived in Interlaken where my guests saw snowcapped mountains for the first time since arriving in Switzerland 3 days ago.
For 160CHF (206USD) and half an hour floating in the air, it’s an experience of a lifetime!