The Independent has an article on the ten greatest rail journeys in Europe. While I haven’t travelled on all of those in the article, I’d like to add a few of my own:
- Tirano to St Moritz: like the Glacier Express, this part of the Bernina Express route, from Tirano to St Moritz ,provides you with amazing views of snow-covered peaks, as the stereotypically bright-red Swiss train winds its way up the peaks. Unlike the Glacier Express, this train is covered by your Eurail pass – no expensive supplement required.
- Salzburg to Villach: if you’re heading to the Balkan region from northern Europe, then this route through Austria is a good choice, as it takes you through the eastern Alpine region, with views of a spectacular gorge.
- Ã…ndalsnes to Dombas: while not as well-known or well-travelled as Norway’s highly popular Oslo to Bergen route, the Raumabanen travels past more of Norway’s mountain peaks, including the famous Trollveggen.
- Koblenz to Mainz: If you’re travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt, avoid the fast intercity express trains, and instead catch the slower, regional trains which take a different route with wonderful views of the Rhine and the surrounding gorge.
What are your favourite European rail routes?