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Voralpen Express at RapperswillThe Pre-Alpine Express is a standard train route connecting through cities rather than specialized scenic excursion train, traveling from Lucerne to St Gallen and on to the shore of Lake Constance at Romanshorn, passing through Arth-Goldau and Rapperswill along Lake Zurich. It is not the fastest route to get through Eastern Switzerland, but the most scenic, yet still a direct route. The Pre-Alpine Express departs every hour on a regular schedule, and requies no special ticketing. With a rail pass you can get on or off at some of the stops along the way. The coaches are first and second class with no meal service.

The Pre-Alpine (VorAlpen) Express does not go over any mountains, but travels along the sloping foothills and flats, hence the pre-alpine. Instead of jagged rock faces and deep gorges, you see the charming hills of the Appenzellerland and Toggenburg. Stop at Rapperswill for the resort town and its wooden foot bridge walking across the water of Lake Zurich which parallels the rail bridge, or in St Gallen for its magnificent Baroque Abbey Library. In Romanshorn at the edge of Europe’s largest inland lake, Lake Contance (Bodensee in German), head east to the Rheinfalls at Schaffhausen, cruise the lake shore and along the wide flat Rhine which feeds the lake, or if leaving Stwitzerland, take a ferry across to Germany, or train routes eastward toward Munich or Friedrichshafen. © sbr

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