GoldenPass in Switzerland named one of the world's most luxurious railways

GoldenPass in Switzerland named one of the world's most luxurious railways

From the Orient Express, the Flying Scotsman and the Trans-Siberian Railway to regular public transport services like the S-Bahn, trains have always captured the public imagination. Now, none other than National Geographic has named the GoldenPass Express in Switzerland as one of the most luxurious trains in the world.

GoldenPass Express ranked among the world's great railways

According to the international magazine, the GoldenPass ranks alongside the Venice Simplon Orient Express and the Royal Scotsman as one of the world's most luxurious railways. The line runs from Montreux, Canton Vaud - home of the famous jazz festival - up through the hills overlooking Lake Geneva to the mountains, passing through the lush fields and peaks of the Gruyère region and Gstaad before arriving in the ski resort and Swiss adrenaline capital, Interlaken, Canton Bern.

Specifically, National Geographic recommended taking the GoldenPass Express or Panoramic, although the GoldenPass Belle Époque is also well worth it - services use antique carriages from the Belle Époque era! For the magazine, the highlight was a 128 franc place in “Prestige Class” on Express services, featuring comfortable swivelling seats which offer stunning views through the massive panoramic windows. 

GoldenPass: See the Swiss Alps while sipping champagne

When travellers stop being glued to the view passing by the window, National Geographic also recommends the food on board. While a more frugal fare is available, they praised the “caviar from the neighbouring town of Frutigen and Duval-Leroy Brut champagne.”

This isn’t the first time that the GoldenPass has found itself in the headlines, with the company recently releasing a new advertisement featuring recently retired tennis star Roger Federer and comedian Trevor Noah. Take a look:

Video: MySwitzerland / YouTube

To see what other railways made the list, check out the National Geographic article.

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Jan de Boer


Jan de Boer

Jan studied in York and Sheffield in the UK, obtaining a master's in broadcast journalism and a bachelor's in history. He has worked as a radio DJ, TV presenter, and...

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