Gotthard Panorama Express
The Gotthard Panorama Express was conceived as a replacement for the popular Wilhelm Tell Express, which was known for its comfortable travel options, stunning scenery, and the opportunity to experience both train and boat travel in one journey. This scenic train passed through the Gotthard Tunnel, the construction of which was based primarily on the desire to improve the interconnection of European nations from north to south.
Nowadays, the Gotthard Panorama Express offers an extraordinary tour. It is like traveling back in time – from the villages on the shores of Lake Lucerne, which witnessed the founding of Switzerland in 1291, to the history of the 10-year construction of the Gotthard Tunnel.
During the three-hour boat ride, passengers enjoy the serene beauty of the lake and the surrounding mountains in a historical region of Switzerland. Upon arrival in Flüelen, the Gotthard Panorama Express is waiting for its passengers to take them along another important Swiss route. In Wassen, the train must climb dramatically over a relatively small distance. This route has gained significant popularity because to achieve such an ascent, two spiral loops had to be dug into the rocks of the mountain. The Gotthard Panorama Express continues to climb until Göschenen, where it takes the old Gotthard Tunnel to Airolo. The route concludes in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino, Switzerland's southernmost canton. The final destination is usually Lugano, a beautiful city known for its Mediterranean ambiance, charming promenades, and picturesque lakeside setting.
The Gotthard Panorama Express is a testament to Switzerland's engineering prowess and commitment to improving its transportation infrastructure. It has become a symbol of modern Swiss innovation and remains a crucial component of the country's railway network.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO CONSIDER
The paddle-wheel steamers are operated by SGV (Schifffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees). There is a total of 5 operational steamboats. However, under special circumstances, regular motor vessels will be used instead of the steamers.
The Gotthard Panorama Express train operates every day of the week except Mondays.