Lavaux-Simplon-Centovalli Line

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St. Gallen
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““Wine is bottled poetry,” wrote the 19th century Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson who (although completing his “Treasure Island” while staying in Switzerland) never saw the shores of Lake Geneva. Had he done so he would have discovered that wine is poetry while still growing as grapes on the vine, even before the bottling process. Between Nyon and Morges the lakeside vineyards of La Cote take pride of place, followed from Lausanne to Montreux by the largest winegrowing region in Switzerland – the Lavaux. Many a traveller is tempted to take a leisurely tasting tour through the vineyards and medieval towns with their welcoming wine cellars. The train continues via Lausanne (home of the Olympic Museum), Montreux (famous for its annual International jazz festival), Martigny (gateway to the Great St. Bernard Pass) and Brig (with its splendid 17th century Stockalper Palace). The route then passes through the Simplon Tunnel linking Switzerland with Italy. From Domodossola the narrow gauge Centovalli Line brings passengers back across the Swiss border, passing chestnut woods, deep ravines and the Merlot del Ticino vineyards along its winding way.

Travel duration Geneva-Locarno (incl. change of trains): 5.20 h
Geneva-Brig (travel time 2.29 h)
Geneva-Domodossola (travel time 0.28 min)
Domodossola-Locarno (travel time 1.54 h)

Palais des Nations – European headquarters of the United Nations
Jet d’Eau – 140-metre-high water fountain in Lake Geneva and famous city landmark
International Red Cross & Red Crescent
Lausanne and region
Olympic Museum – history of the Olympics from ancient times to the modern day
Lake Geneva cruise – for almost 200 years ships have been sailing on Lake Geneva
Martigny and region
St. Bernard Dog Museum – the history of the St. Bernard Pass, including its legendary dogs
Mont-Blanc Express – by narrow gauge cogwheel railway to Chamonix (France)
Locarno and region
Cardada – from this scenic summit you can see the highest (Monte Rosa massif) and the lowest point (Maggia Delta) of Switzerland
Verzasca Valley – where the jade-green waters of the Verzasca flow peacefully over pristine, polished rocks”

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