We will be taking a train from Heidelburg, Germany to Lucerne then to Bern. Where would be the best place to get a scenic train ride into the Alps?
My choice would be from Bern to the Jungfraujoch. Then again, you've got the Brunig line from Luzern to Interlaken on your way to Bern which is quite scenic and has chances for stops if you've the time (Meiringen, Brienz, Rothorn maybe?).
Or, you could go from Bern to Zweisimmen, change trains and go the Golden Pass route to Montreux, then along the lakeside to Lausanne, and back to Bern via Fribourg. (Or, get off at Montbovon, take the Gruyeres train to Palezieux and then Fribourg/Bern).
This link is for the scenic rail journeys from the Swiss Travel site which may be useful to you.
As nice as the views are from the window, the experience is hundreds of times better if you can get all your senses into the act! I encourage you to get yourself onto the mountain with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and the fresh air in your nose --
So I'd just find a cable car or train up to the mountains, and the trip to the Jungfraujoch suggested by RacingRog would be a good one. You don't have to do any hiking, just walk to the mountaintop restaurant and soak up the views. You can even stroll a few meters down an Alpine trail just to experience it.
There are a lot of cable cars and trains up to the peaks that you can take from Bern, so if you don't like the sound of the Jungfraujoch, you can choose from many others.
Glacier Express is great :
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