Thursday, May 29, 2014

Next stop...Montreux

So,after we finished in Bern, we took the train to Zweissimmen where we would catch the Golden Pass train to Montreux. Here is the station in Zweissimmen.

We had about two hours to kill before our train. Sadly there is nothing to do in Zweissimmen when it is raining. We walked around a little bit, found no interesting shops, it started to pour, so we stepped into a small bar and had a beer.

We booked the late train, because I wanted the VIP seats in the front of the train, for the best views. Here's the  train, and a pic of the front where our seats were located:

Now,doing this in the rain isn't ideal, but it isn't bad. The landscape is misty and wet, but still pretty. The distant mountains were lost in the low clouds.

The ride starts here in Zweissimmen in the lower part of the mountains, then climbs up to the ritzy ski resort of Gstaad, then through the pass, and finally down to Montreux on the shores of Lac Leman (better known in English as Lake Geneva). Our panorama car was completely empty except for a nice pair of Canadians sitting next to us in the front row.

A few pictures from the ride...sorry, taken through glass and raindrops....

When we came through the last tunnel, and started down into Montreux, it had gotten very cloudy, and a little dark, and I have no good shots. You couldn't even see the lake until we got close.

But we arrived, and our hotel, the Grand Suisse Majestic, is conveniently located across the street from the train station. We checked in, and went up to our room. Oh my, what a view from our balcony, even in the foggy weather.

Dinner that evening on the hotel restaurant. It's quite fantastic. We both had sole meunière..almost as good as Paris. The restaurant has a tremendous view of the lake, we're happy sunset is so late (about 9:30PM).

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