DestinationsThe new train route will take visitors directly between Lake Geneva and the Thun and Brienz lakes.

Switzerland gets a lake up with direct rail access between lakes

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The plan to connect the lakes has almost a century in the making.
The plan to connect the lakes has almost a century in the making. Photo Credit: Adobe/Boris Stroujko

In the better-late-than-never category, Switzerland's century-old plan to link Lake Geneva and the lakes of Thun and Brienz will come to fruition on 11 December with the launch of the first nonstop train route between Interlaken and Montreux.

The new GoldenPass Express will combine metric and standard gauge rail, bridging the gap between mountain railways and high-speed trains.

Cars will feature first-, second- and Prestige-class seating, the latter of which will offer 18 rotating seats for passengers to enjoy 360-degree views.

The 3 hour, 15 minute journey will travel from the Vaud Riviera to the Bernese Alps via the Pays-d'Enhaut.

Source: Travel Weekly

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