TTN was invited to a familiarisation trip to Switzerland and travelled from Zurich to Crans-Montana in the Valais canton and then to Lugano in Switzerland’s Ticino region.
We are travelling east from Crans-Montana en route to Lugano on Lake Lugarno in the canton of Ticino. Bellinzona is the capital of Ticino and its three medieval castles make for a Unesco World Heritage site.
The train passes eastwards through deep river valleys, pine-clad forests and mountains and one can see many vineyards on the south-facing slopes. There are the traditional Swiss chalets and villages peppered along the landscape and one can see a glimpse of the Aletsch Glacier, the longest and most voluminous glacier in the European Alps.