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Centovalli Railway

Via Frenzoni, 1, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
41 91 756 04 00
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Locarno
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Activities: Hiking
Description: Scenic train operates between Locarno, Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy, traveling through the breathtaking "Hundred Valleys."
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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The original route till the final station is long (2 hours) the views are magnificent although half way is enough. Ask for the tourist ticket it is cheaper than the regular one

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We had been looking forward to this trip for a long time and were not disappointed. It exceeded our expectations, offering some beautiful views of the Piedmont countryside and that of Ticino. In the same day we travelled from Domodossola to Locarno and back, as part of the SBB RailAway "Cardada/Cimetta" special offer (which also included the Madonna del Sasso... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Starting underground the train travels beneath Locarno before busting into the sunshine and following the course of the river up into the mountains. It can be hard to appreciate the view in places as the track side trees have reached dense proportions. We only went as far as the border, a charming little village but at a slight distance from... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Even on a rainy day at Lago Maggiore this proved a great day out. Either start from Locarno in Switzerland to Domodossola or like us start in Domodossola and travel to Locarno, in both cases return to your starting point by boat on the lake. Mountain villages completely unseen by normal road, high peaks with refuges, waterfalls and sheer drops... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Picturesque Swiss and Italian towns, snow capped mountains, waterfalls. This is an amazing train ride. This ride is must if you are going to Europe.

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We took this trip as part of the Lake Maggiore Express package. We first had to travel to Domodossola on an Italian train that some vandals had spray-painted so that we could not see out of the windows. It was, therefore, a breath of fresh air to get onto the Swiss Centovalli train. It was much larger than it appears... More

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

first tip, if travelling from locarno to domodossola sit on the left side and of course if travelling form dom to locarno then sit on the right! the ride takes you through beautiful open countryside then on suspended track above spectacular gorges, we had lovely sunny weather which makes all the difference,at times seemingly suspended in mid air.A must when... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This can be done as a return trip or a circular which includes a boat trip on lake maggiore. Yes take first class for space and less crowding but not for any extra comfort!! Seats are the same as second class in the new panoramic trains (indicated in red in the timetable) and for which there is a 2 Sfr... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This train ride simply takes your breath away constantly. And the Swiss precision of train times takes away any guesswork.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Loved the ride through Italy with the wonderful views. The train was new and had beautiful clean windows to take in all the beautiful scenery. Ended up in Locarno. A gorgeous city.

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