Traveling by train and boat through central Switzerland
06.17.2013 - 06.17.2013
They advertise it as one of the world’s most beautiful journeys, and I think they may be right. The trip from Lugano to Luzern wows you. You travel by train and boat from the Swiss Med—Ticino—to elegant Lucerne, passing mountain valleys, waterfalls, castles, and the Swiss Alps.
The Swiss stereotype of efficiency holds true. The trains arrive on the minute. And the train attendants make sure you get on quickly. “Get on now!” we’re told. And we do. When you transfer to the boat in Fluelen, they vigorously direct you to the pier.
We were planning to save a few Euro and not go 1st class. The only difference is you don’t ride in the panoramic coach. But I think, we may never do this again so I spent the extra 75 Euro for the four of us.
The boat ride is so mellow. It’s in a paddle steamer built in 1901, but it’s in beautiful condition. Everything is in perfect condition in Switzerland, it seems. My grandfather was in the U.S. Navy and served on Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet—the first fleet to sail around the globe using steam engines. So I’m mesmerized watching the engine work. The boat’s personnel are polite, professional, and kind.