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The Pre-alpine Express

from Rapperswil to Lucerne

The journey begins in Rapperswil on Lake Zürich and takes you to Lucerne on the lake of the same name, the historical heart of Switzerland. Climb aboard and discover some of the loveliest mountain and lakeside scenery in the Swiss Pre-Alps - from the train window!

Voralpine Express, Photo: Schweizerische Südostbahn AG

Comfortably and easily.

..the Pre-Alpine Express connects Eastern and Central Switzerland, Lake Constance and Lake Lucerne, Romanshorn and the town of Lucerne. In particular we would recommend the section between Rapperswil on Lake Zürich – with its interesting old town and an impressive castle - and Lucerne, the main town on the lake of the same name. Here, of course, is the wooden Chapel Bridge across the River Reuss, the weeping lion, not to mention the history of the Swiss Confederation, which is well worth exploring. The first cantons to be formed were Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden. And who hasn’t heard the story of William Tell and his son, who originated from Uri?

If you want to take a trip around the lake, the Axen road on the southern bank of the lake provides a splendid panoramic drive!


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