4 European countries in 7 days ~ 11 trains & 2 ferries

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Here is a basic photo record of this journey, not a 'real' trip report. Names have been changed to protect the innocent...

Correction... 12 trains

First stage ~ Moulins sur Allier, France -> Geneve, Switzerland - Sunday 5 September 2021


Departed from here, although photo taken at the end of the journey
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Modern regional TER train, horribly uncomfortable
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Seats look good though
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Country town Paray le Monial. Station a little neglected due to lack of traffic or Covid?
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Lyon major French city where we make our first train transfer. Also a little neglected which was a surprise as it's a very busy station - same day
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Older TER Inter City from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve main station
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Only seatback in front is in focus (sorry), but it gives a picture of the older style interior. Pretty comfortable too.
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Amberieu, France near the Swiss border. Pretty small town station which looked well cared for.
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Geneve, Switzerland. Next we transfer to an ICE train - same day
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Second stage ~ Geneve, Switzerland -> Kusnacht ZH, Switzerland - Sunday 5 September 2021


Lac Leman (Geneve) close to the train station
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Geneve, elegant lake Ferry
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In the distance the massive Jet d'Eau
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Beautiful Italian style lake launch
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Geneve main station, busy for a Sunday afternoon
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Our 3rd train of the day, Swiss ICE from Geneve to Zurich. Seating ok but no air circulation working. Warm day and this double decker left Geneve about 80% full. Warm and humid until we reached Bern when about half the passengers got off, followed by the train filling completely for the remainder of the journey to Zurich. The heat and humidity making things very unpleasant on the upper deck, on top of which with no air circulation the Covid situation springs to mind. Relieved to reach Zurich and leave the train. Of course it may only have affected the car we were in, or the whole train?
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Lac Leman, was far more beautiful than this photo shows
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Arriving at the enormous Zurich HBF probably on level 2, thought we had arrived in a Mall
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Should be on level 3 now, watching our local train (#4 for the day) weave it's way down the slope to take us a short way down the Zurichsee to Kusnacht ZH. We stay here for 2 nights, and 1 day before heading into Austria.
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You didn't stay overnight in Geneva?
No we didn't although it's an attractive bustling and cosmopolitan city. We were headed to Zurich to meet up with friends we hadn't seen for 18 years, people are a bigger draw for us these days.

Why do you ask?
 

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No we didn't although it's an attractive bustling and cosmopolitan city. We were headed to Zurich to meet up with friends we hadn't seen for 18 years, people are a bigger draw for us these days.

Why do you ask?
I'm planning an early 2022 Europe trip, since it's looking a little more practical than the US right now, and was looking for a hotel option near the HBF. (I'd love to do the Schweizerhof, but the budget disagrees.) We're hoping to cash in some airline points that have been stagnant during the pandemic and do trains between Frankfurt and Milan.

Enjoying your report and tagging along vicariously.;)
 

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Yes Geneve is known to be tres expensive, so why not a hotel outside the city along the lake rail line and train in for the day? For such a large lake it is very very beautiful.

Later in this trip we visit Munich, our 3rd or 4th visit. That is a hidden gem of a place to wander or even to live. Not so many traditional sights but has just about everything in else bucket loads, one of the places in the world we could live, and a great rail station too.

Sounds like a good plan that you have there, all the 4 countries we visited came across as handling Covid in a grown up manner, we felt comfortable almost everywhere.
 

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Third section ~ Zürichsee, Switzerland... a day on and by the lake - Monday 6 September 2021


Kusnacht ferry pier, looking towards Zurich
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Ferry arriving
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Beautiful day, beautiful lake
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Switzerland has a very integrated transport system. Western lake rail line for international and intercity trains. Eastern rail line for local trains. Stations on both sides connected either by the passenger ferry or the vehicle ferry.
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Another pier, another rail station west side
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In lively discussion with our friends, the ballerina and the professor. What a way to spend a day, in great company, cruising a lovely lake in beautiful weather. And to top it all mountains rising in the distance.
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Rail station at the bottom of the lake, Rapperswil. Photo taken after stepping off the ferry pier. From here we returned to Kusnacht by train.
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From the train at Uetikon station (east side) looking across the lake
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Local train, east side
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This ordinary looking platform has a downwards ramp at the far end, a little like Alice's rabbit hole. Down the ramp, 30 yards and up another ramp will bring you out into a street of elegant houses. Our friends live just along from the rabbit hole. We used this station 3 times and each time we thought it felt as though they have their own personal railway station, it was that close. 50 yards to the left of the platforms is the ferry pier, the lake shore is accessed by another tunnel. If you enjoy using public transport this is an amazing place to live. s64516a.jpg




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Switzerland has a very integrated transport system. Western lake rail line for international and intercity trains. Eastern rail line for local trains. Stations on both sides connected either by the passenger ferry or the vehicle ferry.
If ever there was a place where a car is unnecessary, it’s Switzerland. We stayed in Lucerne several years ago as a mid trip rest and recover spot. Absolutely loved that it was so easy to take day trips combining rail, bus, ferry. Enjoyed the transport museum there while my wife had a lazy day. Thanks for your excellent trip report.
 
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Later in this trip we visit Munich, our 3rd or 4th visit. That is a hidden gem of a place to wander or even to live. Not so many traditional sights but has just about everything in else bucket loads, one of the places in the world we could live, and a great rail station too.
It's my dream to live in Munich eventually, my favorite city.
 
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Fourth section ~ Kusnacht ZH, Switzerland -> Jenbach, Austria on 6th & 7th trains of the trip, then up to Achensee, Austria - Tuesday 7 September 2021


Local train from Kusnacht ZH to Zurich HBF brought us to a lower level of Zurich HBF. Our first sight of the upper level was the large departure board, quite impressive.
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A pair of regional trains
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There is obviously a full renovation of the original section of the station being undertaken, modern facilities do their best to hide most of what must be a classical exterior.
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The original train hall? empty and awaiting renovation. Current upper level platforms at the far end of the hall.
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Zurich HBF main concourse from the east side entrance. Note: 44 platforms.
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Train backing in, not many waiting to board. Destination is Graz, Austria.
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Swiss SBB sight-seeing car as part of the consist
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Near the Swiss - Austrian border
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In the Austrian Tyrol
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We were collected at Jenbach, Austria station by friends from Germany and brought to this chalet at Achensee at the upper end of the lake, our home for the next 3 days. (Jenbach is near the lower end of the lake).
We are here only because Klaus and Annette had written early in the year they were taking a week's holiday at Achensee and would we like to pop over to see them, seemed like a nice idea.
Klaus and I worked together in the German Ruhr for a year when we were 21 years old, he then moved to Berlin for 12 years and we lost sight of each other for 35 years. We now meet up as often as is practical, and Achensee is certainly a great place to have a reunion.
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Fourth section ~ Kusnacht ZH, Switzerland -> Jenbach, Austria on 6th & 7th trains of the trip, then up to Achensee, Austria - Tuesday 7 September 2021


Local train from Kusnacht ZH to Zurich HBF brought us to a lower level of Zurich HBF. Our first sight of the upper level was the large departure board, quite impressive.
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A pair of regional trains
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There is obviously a full renovation of the original section of the station being undertaken, modern facilities do their best to hide most of what must be a classical exterior.
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The original train hall? empty and awaiting renovation. Current upper level platforms at the far end of the hall.
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Zurich HBF main concourse from the east side entrance. Note: 44 platforms.
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Train backing in, not many waiting to board. Destination is Graz, Austria.
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Swiss SBB sight-seeing car as part of the consist
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Near the Swiss - Austrian border
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In the Austrian Tyrol
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We were collected at Jenbach, Austria station by friends from Germany and brought to this chalet at Achensee at the upper end of the lake, our home for the next 3 days. (Jenbach is near the lower end of the lake).
We are here only because Klaus and Annette had written early in the year they were taking a week's holiday at Achensee and would we like to pop over to see them, seemed like a nice idea.
Klaus and I worked together in the German Ruhr for a year when we were 21 years old, he then moved to Berlin for 12 years and we lost sight of each other for 35 years. We now meet up as often as is practical, and Achensee is certainly a great place to have a reunion.
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Wonderful trip Jamie, we're envious!
 

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Wonderful trip Jamie, we're envious!
It was, and we are very lucky to have the friends and opportunity to follow our dreams. I bet you can guess how much we would give to be able to visit the US again, life isn't always perfect but still pretty good all the same.

Is there a chance you will go to the Gathering? Good to hear from you Jim.
 

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Fifth section ~ Achensee, Austria for 3 days - Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 September 2021

Wednesday 8 September, a lot of catching up with our friends, walking, eating and a little drinking.


View from our balcony before the sun rose over the mountains.
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An hour later looking towards the top of the lake. Achensee appears more fjord like than the Zurichsee, the colour of the water is almost turquoise in places too.
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The top of the lake where the river enters Achensee. The lake ferry in the distance is just leaving to head south
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While Rosie was having a nap, I am starting to research a future travel project with a view and a cup of tea.
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It was, and we are very lucky to have the friends and opportunity to follow our dreams. I bet you can guess how much we would give to be able to visit the US again, life isn't always perfect but still pretty good all the same.

Is there a chance you will go to the Gathering? Good to hear from you Jim.
Thanks, you surely are correct about friends and following your dreams.

I'm sorry yall can't be here this year, but as Scarlett O'HARA would say, 2022 is a New Year!

For several reasons, I will NOT be going to Chicago including Work,Family,Medical and COVID, as Chicago won't be much fun with its Restrictions and so many places closed and lots of friends like yall not being there the Sad State of the Texas Eaglet @ insane prices for what's on offer.

I was lucky to make the trips I made earlier in the year before COVID once again as in reared its ugly head!

I have received my Booster Shot of Pzifer and also the Senior Flu Shot as they're predicting a Big Flu Season here.

I have a good friend ( a young woman) who I worked with, that just moved to London to marry a Frenchman and start her new life.

Lovely pictures, best to Rosie, I really like the Pic with your feet up while you drink a cup of tea!😎
 

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Oh, my, so beautiful. I recognized your photo of Lac Leman from the slope above, over the vineyards. When I was in college, I stayed some time with a family at Yverdon. I saw that view as the train climbed up the slope above Lausanne (on a different rail line). That was the year I really learned to speak French, after eight years of studying it. There is a big difference between mental translation, and thinking in a language. I knew I had arrived when I began to *dream* in French! Your photos are taking me back to Europe, and making me want to travel again (in my dreams...).
 

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Fifth section ~ Achensee, Austria for 3 days - Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 September 2021

Thursday 9 September, a lake day. Achensee in beautiful weather.


If you have to wait for a ferry, why not here?
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