From southern Switzerland to its historic heart, from Lugano and from the beauty of its lake a Bellinzona to then cross the Gotthard pass tunnel until Flüelen, on Lake Quattro Cantoni and from here to reach Lucerne, elegant and dreamy. This is a journey to discover the most beautiful Switzerland (the photos in the gallery above), to be done in as many days as you like, but always by train, on the super-technological and panoramic “Gotthard Panorama Express», And by boat with excursions to the most beautiful mountains (for those who want) to look at the world from above.
A “green” trip, without cars with very low CO2 emissions, and the same trip for which you will leave Michelle Hunziker, the exceptional ambassador – after Roger Federer – of Switzerland Tourism.
We met her on the eve of her departure (set for August) at the impeccable table Carlo Cracco in his restaurant in the Vittorio Emanuele gallery in Milan, in a lunch whose menu was created together with the Swiss chef Andreas Caminada (three stars at her Schloss Schauenstain, to be tried at least once in her life), happy to be able to make this trip to her country of origin and to be able to do it in a green key: “In Italy we are used to thinking of Switzerland through the usual clichés, instead it is full of wonderful and unexpected places. Nature is spectacular, I remember when my dad used to take me for a walk in the woods as a child as a special moment ”she says. Michelle Hunziker lived near Bern but moved to Italy for many years: “Some of the places we will visit aboard the Gotthard Panorama Express I don’t know them, I’ve never been there, I’m very happy to see them ».
Her journey, which can be followed on social networks through photos and videos, is a first start to promote the beauty of Ticino and the Lake Lucerne Region, and later will also bring it to Andermatt and St. Moritz. A journey that was born in the Swisstainable project, a true manifesto of green tourism, and a program of experiences in contact with nature and sustainable offers. Switzerland has been committed to sustainability for decades, from the intensive use of water energy, to car-free locations and the expansion of the public transport network throughout the country. Every day 9,000 trains travel the approximately 3,000 kilometers of the railway network of the Swiss Federal Railways.
A journey, above all, in a surprising country, for the most part mountainous that welcomes, where the mountains open into wide valleys, cities of culture. An area that for 8% is protected by 19 natural parks, which for 30% is covered by woods, a country that has 49 peaks that exceed 4000 meters, 1500 lakes and imposing glaciers (including the Aletsch in Valais , the longest in Europe). All to see from the train window, to start.
From Lugano to Flüelen by train along the historic Gotthard tunnel and then by boat to Lucerne. This panoramic itinerary combines two means but also two “Swiss” different in language, vegetation and culture. From Lugano and Bellinzona you pass from the southern Mediterranean to the north crossing the heart of Switzerland and the 1882 Gotthard tunnel and crossing the Swiss Alps. From Flüelen, passengers continue by boat on Lake Lucerne, through places full of history, such as the Grütli meadow, the Schillerstein and the Tell chapel. In the evening, we reach the port of Lucerne, very close to the famous Kapellbrücke bridge. There are many visits and excursions to do along the way, from the Castles of Bellinzona, Unesco World Heritage, to the boat trip on Lake Lugano, up to the Pilatus, the legendary mountain of Lucerne.
From September to December it will be possible travel on Eurocity trains at discounted prices. The initiative represents an incentive to use the trains that connect Milan, Bologna, Genoa and Venice with the main Swiss cities. The Gotthard Panorama Express travels from Tuesday to Sunday until 24 October 2021. For information, prices and reservations: www.myswitzerland.com