If you ever find yourself in Switzerland, be sure to visit Montreux. For an immensely thrilling experience, go to Rochers de Naye from Montreux by train, you are sure to be blown out of your mind. The Rochers de Naye train ride reveals the many wonders I call one of Europe’s “God & Man” collaboration. The trip takes less than one hour but begins with its best view when the train passes the first stop before the summit at La Perche.
It becomes even more interesting when you find out some part of the rail structure has been in existence since 1892. The Rochers de Naye trip leads to a destination that is absolutely magnificent but the journey itself is very intriguing. The view from the top gives credence to the wonderful works of God and the beauty of man’s ingenuity. How could “man” have transformed God’s work into this? I wondered.
The destination is located at 2000m above sea level; it’s got a panoramic view of many rock formations at different elevations, and in various shapes and sizes, making the whole view look like a work of art. One could even argue that it was shaped by one of the world’s greatest sculptors.
Somewhere in between 1000m & 1500m, there is a view from the train that will blow your mind. It’s a mixture of green vegetation well laid out on the rock formations, and the background view of the Lake Geneva showing various buildings at different elevations. It was like a Hollywood movie setting. To me, it is indeed one of the many wonders of the world!
Between 1200m and 2000m above sea level, you can see as the train enters into huge rocks and emerge on the other side. Salute to the men and women who constructed those tunnels. At some point in the journey, the train tracks lie at the very edge of the mountains; looking out of the window, you will feel the force of gravity from the circa 1500m valley on the side of the train tracks.
With the combination of sharp bends and speed, you get the feeling that the train will make the drop from the lofty height but no, the whole experience is very safe. The lofty height experience can come off as scary but even the faint hearted will ask for more. At the top (the final stop is at Rochers de Naye), you can walk through a circa 150m tunnel carved into the mountains that leads to another panoramic view of the mountains formations.
This train ride is the ride of a lifetime and it will surely take your breath away. I went in Summer but the destination was cold. I imagined what the journey would look like in winter; when the green vegetation turns white and the mountain formations become “different shades of white”. I look forward to going back some day.