True Milano to Geneve

Milano to Geneve

This journey between northern Italy and western Switzerland had tended to be eclipsed by the other routes through the Gotthard and Lotschberg mountain passes.

However, those train journeys between Milano and both Basel and Zurich (see below),are still fabulous, but they have been diverted away from what had been the most spectacular parts of their routes, due to the opening of two of the world’s longest railway tunnels.

However, this route between Milano and Geneve has escaped that fate.
 

The first highlight of this journey is the skirting of the shores of Lake Maggiore, either side of Stresa - the views over the lake are on the right (when heading north).

The lake comes into view north of Arona and these two images below were captured as the train passed through Meina between Arona and Stresa.

From Milan to Geneva by train

From Milano to Geneve by train
This image below was captured to the north of Stresa.
The Milan to Geneva train journey
Once the trains leave Lake Maggiore behind, the best of the views remain on the right. The next highlight of the journey is this view below over Domodossola to the north of the station.
The train from Milan to Geneva
As the train approaches the Simplon Tunnel the valley begins to narrow - with the best views of the gorge over to the left (though this image below was taken just before the gorge on the right).
The train from Milano to Geneve
After the passage through the Simplon Tunnel, which for much of the 20th century was the world's longest railway tunnel in regular service, the train will enter Switzerland and pass through the towns of Brig and Visp.
The trains between MIlano and Basel via Spiez and Thun have shared the route that these trains take between Milano and Visp, but now they divert off and head north towards Bern.

The route between Visp and Lake Geneva isn’t quite a match for the most spectacular routes through the Alps, but it’s still a highly pleasing journey through the vineyards on both sides of the line - though these pictures were taken on the right.

Thee two images below were captured between Visp and Sion.
To Geneva from Milan on the train
North of Sion the railway shares a valley with the River Rhone and crosses it north of Saint Maurice, but we think we took this view between Sion and Saint Maurice.
From the train between Milan and Geneva
Then north of Aigle around 10 mins before the train arrrives in Montreux - Lake Geneva comes into view on the left.
Look out for the Chateau de Chillon, which can be seen to the south of Montreux, shortly after the train is beside the lake.

Between Vevey and Lausanne the train hugs the shore of Lake Geneva - though the weather has to be just right for the mountains on the opposite shore to be fully appreciated.

These views below were captured either side of Montreux.
The view over Lake Geneva from a train south of Monetreux.

The views from the train between Vevey and Montreux

The highlights of the journey are more or less over once the train has reached Lausanne, the views over the lake are fleeting between Lausanne and Geneva - particularly from a single deck train, such as the EC trains that are used for this journey.

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