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    Crossing to Lucerne, Switzerland by Boat


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    By far, the best way to get around Switzerland is by public transportation. With one of the best systems in the world, comprised of trains, buses, trams, metro railways and boats, you can travel 26,000 kilometers throughout this beautiful European country on one ticket.


    Public transportation is so well-organized in Switzerland that you only have to step aboard, with no waiting for the next connection and knowing that everything will run on time. From the highest mountains to gorgeous blue lakes, Italian towns to French cities and Swiss-German burgs, the Swiss Travel System connects them all. It includes UNESCO heritage routes, open-air observation trams, the highest altitude aerial cableway and the world's first panoramic rail route.


    One of the most spectacular journeys in the Wilhelm Tell Express. Connecting the southern, Italian-style town of Lugano with Lucern, this route follows the famous Gotthard route and the story of Swiss national hero, Wilhem Tell. This journey is unique and spectacular partly because it combines both train and boat travel.


    The railway snakes along steep mountainsides, often taking a series of dramatic switchbacks and crossing through many tunnels deep in the Alps. Once arriving at Fluelen, the trip moves from train to boat for crossing Lake Lucerne to the city of Lucerne.


    Here, imposing mountains tower over charming villages that dot the various arms of the lake that are crossed by boat, passing the historic Tellsplatte rocks on which Tell leapt while making his escape while being ferried across the lake.


    This photo is one of the many charming stops along the way, taken from the boat about halfway through the journey from Fluelen to Lucerne.


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