Nothing quite beats the amazing and memorable experience of traveling through the beautiful rail journeys covering the stunning views of mountains, lakes, forests and so many varied gorgeous landscapes. Thanks to the spectacular engineering of these railways which offers a fantastic and picturesque journey in the continent of Europe. Here we list down some of the most amazing train journeys one must try.
Glacier Express, Switzerland
The train travels from Zermatt at the foot of Matterhorn and St. Moritz in the The Engadin skiing area and is Switzerland’s most scenic train journey. The view of the spectacular Swiss mountain by this Europe’s slowest express-narrow gauge train, is what makes this journey memorable. The route of this train takes you through the three cantons of Valais, Uri and Graubünden, while offering breathtaking and panoramic views of the country.This journey is a sheer pleasure for eyes and palate.
West Highland line, Scotland
This train takes you through the beautiful scenery which you might have witnessed in the Harry Potter movies since this is the railways which was portrayed as the Hogwarts Express. This train travels across the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct and takes you through some magical scenery of Scotland’s Western highlands, and is one of the top things to do in Scotland. It is often called as the greatest train journey of the world and takes you past the most impressive extremes.
Starting at the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, and visiting Arisaig, it passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river of Britain, River Morar and after that Lock Nevis. This is a one day train journey that takes you through some of the most renowned scenic beauties which was also part of acclaimed movies like Skyfall, Highlander and Harry Potter.
Bernina Railways, Switzerland to Italy
The Bernina Express is another beauty which takes you through the stunning alps and is also a popular UNESCO site. The railways connects Switzerland to Italy and takes a route through the stunning landscape of deep alpine valleys and soaring snow-capped mountains. The journey covers the beautiful scenery of Chur, Davos Platz or St. Moritz in Switzerland right across the border to Tirano in Italy.
The Cinque Terre Express, Italy
One of the best ways to witness the beautiful country of Italy is by this train which covers the beautiful seaside towns surrounded by colorful homes and magnificent vineyards. The train goes through the five charming and most scenic villages of Cinque Terre where it makes a stop at each of these five villages and connects Levanto to La Spezia Station. It leads to exploration of the beautiful area of the Italian coastline with stunning views filled with steep terraces, fishing boats and so much more. This train service is regular and cheap and is the best way to see the beautiful sights.
Flam Line, Norway
One of the must do train journeys in Europe. It is the world’s steepest railway line dropping 867m in 20 kms and it lets you admire and appreciate the wonderful beauty of the place. The train travels across southern Norway from Bergen to Oslo – northern Europe’s highest mainline railway and climbs over 2838 feet height to reach the mountain plateau of Myrdal in less than an hour. The journey lets you enjoy the stunning sights of the fjord, along with mountains, the picturesque Lake Ringedalsvatnet and myriad waterfalls of Rjoandefossen waterfall with a free drop of 459 feet and Kjosfossen waterfall where the train also makes a photo stop during the summer time.
El Transcantábrico, Spain
Enjoy northern Spain’s luxurious five star train journey from León to Santiago de Compostela which takes you to the historic towns with gorgeous scenery. The train has lavish compartments with 1923 Pullman coaches with all the luxuries and modern comforts. This vintage train is known for its spacious suites which makes the journey easy and comfortable. Train makes stops like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the beaches of Ribadeo while on the longer trip , hiking in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Picos de Europa National Park. If you take the route from Galicia to the Bay of Biscay and offer a lot to the passengers from regional gastronomy, art, monuments and landscapes from the comfort of a five star train hotel.
Rhine Railways, Germany
Also popularly known as Linke Rheinstrecke in German- meaning Left bank of the Rhine, this scenic train route follows the west left side of the river Rhine which has the most picturesque views and goes from Cologne to Mainz. The journey promises gorgeous views of Rhine Gorge and its surroundings and makes its stops in the small towns and vineyards.
Le Train Jaune, France
Le Train Jaune is a beautiful century old metre-gauge yellow train, built in 1909 and covers the journey of the French Pyrenees from Villefranche-de-Conflent to Latour-de-Carol. The ride is all about the dramatic mountains of the mountains of the Parc Naturel Regional des Pyrenees Catalanes. It makes a stop at France’s highest railway station Bolquere-Eyne which is at 1592m above the sea level and then drops down to a high Pyrenean valley, to its terminus at Latour de Carol.and crosses Pont Gisclard and railway suspension bridge.
The Inlandsbanan, Kristinehamn to Gällivare – Sweden
This scenic train route in Sweden takes you all the way to the Arctic Circle, taking you through the majestic forests and bogs, spotting the reindeers from your train window. It covers the expansive and beautiful landscape from Mora to Gallivare and links isolated Lapland settlements with distinctive attractions. Along the way, the train also crosses many large rivers, running from Scandinavian mountain range to the Baltic Sea.
Bohinj railway, Slovenia
Journey of this vintage train surely gives you an unforgettable experience taking you from Jesenice to Trieste.The guide on the train makes the journey entertaining while sharing important pieces of knowledge. The rides promises the stunning views of Lake Bled while passing through numerous gorges, the longest tunnel of 6327m which is really impressive. There is a restaurant carriage in the train serving the selection of light snacks and drinks. If you wish to enjoy a special trip of heritage steam trains, where the staff wears the uniform of the old Austro- Hungarian Empire, make a booking between May to November which takes you through Jesenice and Nova Gorica.
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