GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS
Petit Futé's opinion on GOTTHARD PANORAMA EXPRESS
In the heart of the country, a true 360 degree panoramic journey is offered to you! The Gotthard Panorama Express links two magnificent regions of Switzerland, central Switzerland and the canton of Ticino. The history of the country unfolds before your eyes and, as you stop, you plunge into the vibrant past of ancestral myths such as that of William Tell. You can choose the direction of your journey from various starting points such as Lugano, Bellinzona, Lucerne or Arth-Goldau via the Rigi. The tour is optimal if you combine the boat and the panorama train as they guarantee totally different and complementary sensations and views. It is also advisable to take your time in order to optimize your discovery. We also suggest that you try the restaurant on board with its menu of authentic and typical dishes.
Departure by steamboat: in Lucerne, embark on a journey with an air of the Belle Époque on board your boat equipped with paddle wheels. You will sail on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Lucerne, gaze at the Rütli meadow, the Schillerstein, Tell's chapel and other historic sites of the founding cantons in 1291.
Panorama train tour: the experience is intensified by a further journey on the panorama train of the historic Gotthard line from Flüelen. The commentary by the guides along the route is a real bonus, so that you don't miss anything during the journey. It's a real thrill to see this condensed version of the Alpine and Southern landscapes pass by! One of the most emblematic passages is the 15 km crossing of the Saint-Gotthard railway tunnel. This titanic work dates from 1882. This "secret passage" in the mountain is a feat of engineering and a real place of legends which are commented on. After this unusual crossing, your panoramic train continues to the south of Switzerland to Bellinzona and Lugano. After this unforgettable journey along the historic Swiss rail route, you will be charmed by the dolce vita of Ticino. Ticino is waiting for you: another panorama, another lake, another language and above all other flavours to be tasted like wine full of sunshine.
The Gotthard Panorama Express is definitely a complete experience with multiple atmospheres!