The Golden Pass is one of Switzerland’s more gentle travel concepts. It is a journey by rail to be savoured and lingered over. In both winter and summer the 253 kilometres between the beautiful city of Luzern on the shore of the Vierwaldstattersee to the international playground of Montreux on the banks of Lac Leman reveal the country in all its perfection. Lakes, rivers, alpine meadows and towering mountains in profusion are all paraded before the traveller. This one hour documentary programme explores the whole route together with several side trips. The most notable of these is to the very top of Europe at Jungfraujoch, 3454 metres above sea level.
The journey begins in Zurich, one of the gateways to the Golden Pass, (the other is Geneva where the programme ends). The Golden pass itself begins in Luzern, but there is time to look at the city and climb the Pilatus and Rigi mountains. before setting off on the metre gauge line over the Brunig Pass to Interlaken. The tiny train winds its way over the mountains to that wonderful town between the lakes of Brienz and Thun.
The journey is interrupted in Interlaken to travel the Jungfrau and Schynige Platte railways and a visit is also made to the famous Schilthorn.
The onward journey is by a train of the Bern-Lotschberg-Simplon Railway beside lake Thun and then along the Simmen Valley to Zweisimmen where a return is made to the narrow gauge. This time its the wonderful blue and white train of the Montreux-Oberland-Bernois Railway that awaits you and the final part of the Golden Pass to Montreux is as stunning as anything that has gone before. Mountains and flower strewn pastures flash past the large windows of the Panoramic Express which at last, plunges through the mountains to emerge high above the sparkling waters of Lac Leman. The town of Montreux is far below, first one one side of the train and then the other as the twisting descent is made.
This programme will forever be a reminder of a most memorable travel experience or, for those who have yet to travel the Golden Pass, an irresistable invitation.