We boarded the steam powered paddle boat the Belle Époque in Luzern and had a terrific cruise along Lake Luzern. Lunch in the first class dining room was part of the deal, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. When I heard the whistle blow I went down to see the steam engine fire up and there was half a dozen other blokes there as well, all hanging over the rails and watching the machinery. It must be a male thing, I think. At Flüellen we disembarked and after a short walk and a brief wait, we boarded the train and settled into our seats in the panorama car which allowed terrific views of the passing scenery. What made this part of the journey even more memorable was the fact that we were accompanied by a guide who talked about what we were seeing, showed us schematics of the spiral tunnels on her iPad, and also showed us a short film of the building of the new 57k tunnel that will open in 2016. We changed trains again not long before we arrived at Lugano. Highly recommended
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