When asked why he felt the area was so popular, an American tourist said, “Interlaken and its surroundings are exactly how we imagined Switzerland would be.” The setting between the two lakes and the mountains means that its Swiss essence has been preserved.” A one-of-a kind trip is the rail journey with the Jungfraubahn to the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe. A true pioneer of all mountain railways which is celebrating its centenary in 2012.
At the end of the 19th century this spectacular and innovative, historic railroad engineering and nearly miraculous construction of tunnels, loops and bridges conquered mountains and connected villages. The meter-gauge (in order to enable hairpin turns) Rhaetian Railways (RhB) pioneered train travel with the longest narrow-gauge network in Europe.
Lucerne has it all: the great transport museum, the first and the steepest cogwheel railways, a narrow-gauge panoramic train, and historic steamships on Lake Lucerne. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the impressive mountainous panorama and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi and Mt. Pilatus, the town is a destination for many travel groups on their journey through the Lake Lucerne Region.
Swiss Federal Railways is Switzerland’s largest transport company and provides the country with links to the European high-speed network.