“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. The Lavaux is Switzerland’s largest wine-growing area, tempting many a traveller to take a leisurely tasting tour through the vineyards and medieval towns with their rustic cellars. But there’s also much more to see on the journey from Geneva to Brig. The Olympic city of Lausanne, Montreux (home of the famous International Jazz Festival), and Martigny at the gateway to the Great St. Bernard Pass all contribute to the allure of this region.
RouteGeneva – Brig: travel time 2.29 hours
GenevaGeneva’s Palais des Nations is the European headquarters of the United Nations. It’s open to visitors – take a look at the Assembly Hall and the Council Chamber with its magnificent murals.
LausanneLake Geneva’s Belle Epoque fleet has been a byword for captivating cruises for 140 years. But if you prefer a more contemporary experience, then climb aboard one of the silent solar powered Aquarel boats.
MontreuxThe Rochers-de-Naye (2042 metres) is home to various species of marmots from three continents. Another attraction: an overnight in a Mongolian yurt.
BrigThe Stockalper Palace was built in the 17th century but remains the imposing emblem of the Upper Valais. It was built by wealthy banker Kaspar Stockalper, known in his day as the “King of the Simplon”.
Dining & WiningNo catering facilities (between Geneva and Brig)
TimetableDeparts Geneva 04.56 (arrives Brig 07.32) departs 05.33 (arrives Brig 08.02) and every half hour (xx.33 & xx.03) until 20.33 (arrives Brig 23.05)
Departs Brig 04.28 (arrives Geneva 06.57) departs 05.28 (arrives Geneva 07.57) and every half hour (xx.28 & xx.58) until 21.28 (arrives Geneva 00.05)
All connections on www.sbb.ch
ReservationNo seat reservations – free choice of seats
Did you know?
- Lausanne is the Olympic “capital”. The Olympic Museum features fascinating films, documents, and exhibits tracing the history of the Games from ancient times to the present.
- The Lake of St. Leonard between Sion and Sierre (one hour from Brig) is the largest natural underground lake in Europe which can be explored by boat. The trip takes 30 minutes.