The Gotthard Panorama Express links two of Switzerland's most attractive regions: Central Switzerland and Ticino.
The trip starts in Lucerne as you board a nostalgic paddle steamer or motor vessel and cruise to Flüelen on Lake Lucerne in about 2 1/2 hours.
While you enjoy a hot or cold dish in the first-class restaurant, you can watch sleepy bays, picturesque villages and historic landmarks such as the Rütli and the Tellsplatte glide silently by on the starboard and port side. In Flüelen, only a few steps away from the pier, our guests board air-conditioned, first-class panorama cars of the Swiss Federal Railways.
The trip continues through the awesome Reuss Valley with its deep ravines and precipitous cliffs. The world-famous Gotthard line swiftly climbs from 470 to about 1100 metres above sea level to finally enter the 15-kilometer long Gotthard tunnel in Göschenen, Europe's most important north/south gateway.
Countless spiral and horseshoe tunnels, galleries and bridges testify to the remarkable achievements of the men who built this masterpiece of civil engineering. Then, after the 10-minute tunnel passage, you'll arrive in Ticino.
In the Leventina Valley, the Gotthard Panorama Express crosses breathtaking cantilevered bridges and passes charming villages on its way to Bellinzona. From here, you can continue to Locarno or Lugano: It will be up to you to decide.
Information and Booking:
- At all Swiss stations
- Through your travel agent
- via Rail Service on 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. from the Swiss fixed-line network) or on +41 900 300 300 from abroad.
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