Giovanni Bosi, Zurich / Switzerland
There is a convenient, sustainable and practical way to visit the most evocative places in Switzerland, with the possibility of moving widely along a public transport network of 29,000 kilometers. It is the Swiss Travel Pass, intended for tourists from abroad and with which you can not only travel freely on trains, buses and boats, but also take advantage of many other benefits such as free admission to more than 500 museums or mountain hikes in Rigi (the “queen of the mountains”, between Lake Lucerne, the Zugersee and the Lauerzersee), the Stanserhorn cable car and Stoos, an impressive viewpoint above Brunne. So here’s how it works.
(TurismoItaliaNews) Reach your destination by train, bus or boat in comfort and on time. For travelers arriving in Switzerland from abroad, the Swiss Travel System offers both a nationwide public transport network and a unique range of tickets for tourists residing in other countries for a set number of travel days. It is the simple rule of this opportunity that says a lot about the invitation to move while respecting the environment, but also about the possibility of using at the same time some of the most suggestive networks, such as the cogwheel trains. And if your destination is the extraordinary international region of Lake Constancethen the convenience is really interesting.
“With the Swiss Travel Pass – he explains Dimitri De Man, market manager of Swiss Travel System Ag for South West Europe and Brazil – it is possible to visit the most beautiful regions of Switzerland by public transport. Free movement covers trains, buses and boats, including premium panoramic trains, public transport in over 90 cities, mountain hikes in Rigi, Stanserhorn and Stoos, discounts on other mountain hikes and up to 30% discount on RailAway offers “. A train journey through Switzerland results in the discovery of four linguistic regions, impressive scenic routes and historic railway lines. In particular it Swiss Travel System includes in addition to the Swiss Travel Passalso there Swiss Half Fare Card (a sort of Half-Fare travelcard for one month) and the Swiss Family Card (a sort of Junior card) for families with children between 6 and 16 years old; with this card, very young people accompanied by at least one of their parents travel for free while the parent must be in possession of a valid ticket from the Swiss Travel System assortment.
Speaking of Swiss railways, one cannot fail to mention the Grand Train Tour, a real circuit in the cities of Zurich, Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Lugano and Lucerne using the train with hotel stays in places of equal beauty. In fact, the tour develops in the four linguistic regions, touching five Alpine passes, 22 lakes, 11 Unesco world heritage sites and two biospheres. “The Grand Tour of Switzerland – underlines Dimitri De Man – is basically conceived to be traveled by car and motorbike, but a variation of the tour, the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland in fact, combines the best railway itineraries forming a route with breathtaking views” . Not only that: the Grand Tour of Switzerland is the first road trip in the world for electric cars, with a network of 300 charging stations that provide energy over the entire route of more than 1,600 km.
The itinerary of the Grand Train Tour is extremely tempting: starting from Zurich, the itinerary winds towards Lucerne, then, aboard theInterlaken Express, we go to the city of the same name in the heart of the country; here the Jungfraujoch railway accompanies travelers to the highest railway station in Switzerland, at 3,454 meters above sea level. Back in the valley, the GoldenPass Line takes passengers to Montreux, on Lake Geneva. Followed by Zermatt and the famous Matterhorn, from which you continue to St. Moritz with the Glacier Express. The journey continues to Lugano, the largest city in southern Switzerland. The Gotthard Panorama Express it then transports travelers to Lucerne, from where they embark on a trip to the Pilatus. With the Pre-Alps Expresscontinue to San Gallo and, at the end, along the “sea line”(Lake line) you pass by Schaffhouse and back to Zurich. On Lake Constance you can move from one shore to another, from one country to another, using the boats of the Swiss company Swiss shipping company Untersee and Rhein Ag.
“The races between Schaffhausen and Constance / Kreuzlingen run from April to October – explains the director rowing king – the Schaffhausen trip to Stein am Rhein takes place through the idyllic and unspoiled river landscape of the Rhine. There is a highlight just waiting to be discovered: the bridge crossing at Diessenhofen is truly a sight not to be missed. Lake Constance certainly does not disappoint: here is the island of Reichenau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Napoleon Museum in Arenenberg Castle. A dream environment rich in culture, nature and picturesque villages awaits the tourists “. And on board the boats there is also a restaurant service.
Available to travelers is the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland App, a personalized digital guide on the smartphone (it is available in the App Store and in the Google Play Store for free and in seven languages) and with which you can obtain information on the attractions, curiosities along the itinerary and through which you can collect and share contributions. In short, emotions and suggestions traveling by train, which has always been the most romantic and fascinating means of transport. And here with an added value …
Giovanni Bosi, journalist, has made reports from numerous countries around the world. From Libya and Syria, to China and India, from the various countries of South America to the United States, to the various European nations and to Africa in its many facets. She particularly loves the theme of archeology and cultural heritage. From her articles, a passionate reading of the places she visits emerges, of which she recounts the experiences lived there. As a witness that she does not just look and report: the movements of the heart are always at the forefront. He is the author of books and publications.