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At the end of the lake there is a sudden transition into the western end of the deep Rhone Valley, which the railway follows all the way to Brig. Under mountains whose summits are often out of sight, above even higher side-valleys, the railway passes castles, wineries and one of the finest pine forests in Europe. After connecting with the railway to Zermatt at Visp, the train turns south from Brig through the Simplon Tunnel into Italy. Near journey’s end is another lakeside stretch beside Lake Maggiore.
Connoisseurs of secondary, scenic railway journeys have lots of choice along the way: Montreux for the rack railway up Rochers-de-Naye and the MoB to Gstaad and Lenk; Martigny for the line to Chamonix and St Gervais; Aigle for three narrow gauge lines, to Les Diablerets, Leysin and Champéry; Bex for Villars; and Visp for Zermatt
Stops include Lausanne, Montreux, Sion, Domodossola, Verbania, Stresa and Arona.