Switzerland's Accessible Hidden Gems


Despite their mountain barriers, Switzerland’s public transporatation system is a marvel. Trains and buses go everywhere… every city, every little town, every mountain pass. Steamboats cross the lakes. When you’re in the mountains, all manner of transport is ready to take you up to the peaks – cable cars, gondolas, funicular trains, cogwheel trains, steam trains, chairlifts, even elevators! You don’t need a car in Switzerland, but you do want a rail pass.

Many people have heard of the most famous Swiss trips. These are justifiably popular routes like the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St Moritz, the train to glacial Jungfraujoch in the Bernese Oberland, and the Golden Round Trip to Pilatus above Lucerne (an excursion by boat, cogwheel train, cable car, gondola and bus). These are all wonderful, but for too many people it stops there. What really amazes us, is the sheer depth and variety of transport options Switzerland has to offer. There are hidden gems all over the Alps that make for memorable excursions, perhaps quite popular with locals, but typically skipped on a quick-hitting trip to the highlights.

Journey through some of Switzerland’s lesser known, but not less worthy, scenic journeys and regions with this BAHN! series exploring all that this country has to offer. With our partners at Rail Europe and Swiss Tourism, we will take you through some of our favorite adventures and give you some insider information on how to fit these journeys into your trip and let you know what makes them so worthwhile!

Lucerne’s Scenic Excursions

For my first few years coming to the Alps, I thought of Lucerne as something of a quick stop on a larger tour of Switzerland – a place to see, but not necessarily to linger.  But the more time I spend here, the more I realize just how much this whole area has to offer.   Continue Reading →