To Switzerland with the Green Train of the Alps


Posted on 15th July, by sapori in Where, When, How. No Comments

To Switzerland with the Green Train of the Alps

Special offer to discover the Swiss valleys

Domodossola-Bern August 1-2 and August 8-9

The first two weekends of August (1-2 and 8-9), with departure every hour from Domodossola, the Green Train of the Alps runs across the vallies of the Swiss Lötschberg region until it reaches the city of Bern. With the special one-day BLS ticket you have the possibility to benefit from a select number of services to discover an extraordinary corner of Switzerland.

The route from Domodossola to Goppenstein passes from northern Piedmont right into the heart of the Swiss Alps, crossing the Divedro valley until it reaches the Simplon tunnel connecting Italy with Switzerland. Framed by the Simplon Pass is the town of Brig and the impressive Stockalper Castle, waiting to be discovered. Continuing through the Rodano Valley, after a slight ascent among sunny slopes, you reach Goppenstein: the door to the Lötschen Valley.

Departing from Goppenstein, it takes eight minutes for the train to cross the century-old tunnel in the direction of Kandersteg. From here the train proceeds towards Frutigen crossing a 1655 meter long spiral-shaped tunnel and spectacular viaducts. The majestic Kander viaduct, just before arriving in Frutigen, is the most photographed on the Lötschberg line. The journey progresses to Spiez then to Thun, a quaint town immersed in the alpine landscape called “the gateway to the bernese Oberland” before heading for the last stop in Bern, whose old town has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The price of the ticket includes, apart from the roundtrip Domodossola-Bern, one of the following excursions:

1. Guided visits to Brig - Guided visit to the city of Brig, the Stockalper Castle, the Museum of the Swiss Guard, the Museum of the Naters Fortress

2. Lauchernalp in the Lötschen Valley - Roundtrip with Post Bus from the Goppenstein train station to Wiler im Lötschental, return cable car ride from Wiler i. L. to Lauchernalp and drink coupon at Restaurant Zudili (equal to CHF.- 5)

3. Lake Oeschinen above Kandersteg - Return cable car ride to reach Lake Oeschinen, 3 rides on the toboggan run OR 30 minutes in rowing boat

4. Boat ride on Lake Thun - Navigation on the lake in the steam boat “Blümlisalp” or in motorboat with coupon for restaurant on board (equal to € 10)

 

Rates                              2nd class                    1st class 
Adults                                 € 49                                 € 59
Children 6-15 yrs           € 29                                 € 39

 

OFFERTA PERNOTTAMENTO

Overnight stay in Thun – € 195 per person (adults)
The price includes: 2 one-day BLS tickets
overnight stay in double room with breakfast

Overnight stay in Berna – € 150 per person (3-star hotel) € 159 per person (4-star hotel)
The price includes: 2 one-day BLS tickets
overnight stay in double room with breakfast

SPECIAL GROUP OFFER WITH GUIDE

Lauchenalp Tour – Sunday August 2nd
Departure by train from Domodossola at 8.54 a.m. (meeting at 8.30 a.m.)
Return transfer with Post Bus from the Goppenstein train station to Wiler im Lötschental
Return cable-car ride from Wiler i. L. to Lauchernalp
Drink coupon at Restaurant Zudili
Price: € 49 adults, € 29 children (6-15 yrs)

Oeschinensee Tour – Sunday August 9th
Departure by train from Domodossola at 8.54 a.m. (meeting at 8.30 a.m.)
Return cable-car ride from Kandersteg to Lake Oeschinen
3 rides on the toboggan run OR 30 min in rowing boat on the lake
Price: € 49 adults, € 29 children (6-15 yrs)

IMPORTANT: On the return trip, the train is divided in Spiez. The first two carriages will proceed in direction Frutigen – Kandersteg – Goppenstein – Brig – Domodossola while the rest are destined for Zweisimmen. Pay attention when you get on the train, assuring to find a seat on one of the carriages with destination Brig-Domodossola.

For tickets and information:               click here

 

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