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Ride the Rails in Style
Joe and I took the scenic GoldenPass train from Montreux (the unofficial capital of the Lavaux region) to Interlaken. The train links Lake Geneva with central Switzerland via the Bernese Oberland and the entire trip takes about six hours. Our noses were right up against the picture windows in the VIP panorama car front row—get seat reservations there for the best views on the Montreux-Zweisimmen portion of the trip which tends to fill up fast. We traveled all the way from Lake Geneva through the mountains to the alpine town of Gstaad. The "Golden Pass" is just one of Switzerland’s famous scenic trains—riding at least one of them is a not-to-be missed experience when you are traveling in this part of the world.
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All Aboard Switzerland's Chocolate Train!
Chocolate is synonymous with Switzerland, as are cheese and a wonderful train system. What better way to combine a love of these things, than a day-trip on a Swiss train, sampling cheese and chocolate? If you’re in Montreux and looking for an enjoyable family excursion, this can be a great way to spend your day.
The Swiss Chocolate Train is a joint venture of GoldenPass Services and Cailler-Nestlé, the world’s largest producer of chocolate products. Goldenpass, a private railway company, offers not only chocolate-themed travel, but also other excursions, such as panoramic rides up to the picnic grounds and lookout at Les Rochers-de-Naye.
GoldenPass organizes special trains for Swiss National Day and other holidays. On board, tour guides offer personalized introductions to the sights and activities of the day.
Morning coffee and croissants are included in the ticket price, and light snacks and other beverages are also available for purchase.