July 24th ~ Lausanne to Murren, Switzerland
OK, it is not really difficult to get from Lausanne to Murren, but it does require several connections, some of which are very short and it helps if someone points you in the right direction.
Here is what our schedule looked like:
The section from Montreux to Zweisimmen was on one of the special scenic trains – The Golden Pass, also known as the Chocolate Train. I’m not sure why it got that name, because I certainly was not served any chocolates 😦
But the scenery certainly did not disappoint!
The last part of the trip was especially fun, as to get up to where we were staying in Murren, we had to take a cable car and then a tiny cog train. They take your luggage in Lauterbrunnen and put it in a wagon that hangs below the cable car, and the same wagon is then pulled behind the train. You collect your luggage again when you arrive in Murren. In our case, our hotel was just across the street. We were met by a porter from our hotel who whisk away our two large bags, and the next thing we knew they had been delivered to our room, even before we arrived!
Our hotel room did not have a view, but it was large, clean, delightfully furnished and very comfortable and well located for our three night stay here in the Bernese Overland area.
Overnight: Hotel Eiger, Murren
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for Swiss efficiency and well staffed train cars and stations. We found it easy and convenient at each transfer as there was always a staff member readily available to point us in the right direction for our next train or tram. Although I was a little unsure about the close connections, everything worked smoothly and without a hitch.