People who have seen the BBC series “Great Railway Journeys,” know that you hit more by train than on your digs or at work. These are the eight most beautiful train journeys you can make in Europe.
1. ST. MORITZ – ZERMATT (275 KILOMETERS)
The Swiss Glacier Express is apparently the slowest express train in the world. At seven o’clock time you drive from St. Moritz to Zermatt, a ride along mountain landscapes, glamorous resorts, deep gorges, beautiful valleys, 91 tunnels and 291 bridges.
2. LISBON – PORTO (275 KILOMETERS)
On a three hours’ time, you ride to the authentic Lisbon to the beautiful harbor of Porto. Along the way enjoy the scenery all you have to do.
3. COLOGNE – MAINZ (180 KILOMETERS)
The Romantic Rhine route is often sailed with the boat, but the 180 kilometers are also fun to travel on a train. Especially the stretch between Koblenz and Bingen is breathtaking with its ancient castles and vineyards. Just under half an hour, you are at your destination.
4. BERGEN – FLÅM – OSLO (520 KILOMETERS)
Beautiful nature, dramatic fjords, steep slopes and snowy peaks, you see them all at the 7-hour train ride between Bergen and Oslo. The highlight is the Hardangervidda, the largest mountainous plateau in Europe. But the travel from there is also very worthwhile, is off at Myrdal and then via the Flåm railway for 20 kilometers 865 meters decline until the end of the mighty Aurlandsfjord. Cost: approximately 90 euros.
5. BOLOGNA – PISA – CINQUE TERRE (260 KILOMETERS)
The Apennines you drive nearly three hours from Bologna via Florence to Pisa, past charming villages like Lucca and Montecatini. Cost: approximately 23 euros. And from Pisa you an hour in the fantastically beautiful Cinque Terre. Cost: around 10 euros.
6. FORT WILLIAM – MALLAIG (70 KILOMETERS)
The West Highland Line runs through the beautiful Scottish Highlands. With a steam train, which was used in the Harry Potter movies, you bounce for 2 hours over the Glenfinnan Viaduct with its 21 arches, past Britain’s highest mountain, deepest loch and the shortest river. Finishing is done in one of the most picturesque fishing villages in the world: Mallaig. The train runs this year between May 12th and October 24th. Cost: 48 euros.
7. NICE – CANNES (35 KILOMETERS)
No, you hit perfectly well in other ways than in Cannes with the speedboat. At 35 minutes you take the train from one seaside town to the other. Cost: about 7 euros. And Nice-Monaco is perfect to do on the track, in 20 minutes you’re in the Principality. Cost: about 9 euros.
8. ROSSLARE – DUBLIN – GALWAY (370 KILOMETERS)
From Rosslare to drive across the mountains of County Wicklow along the coast to the in Dublin, where you switch to the train to Galway. The train journey takes about 5.5 hours. Cost: 25 euros.