Most Scenic Rails in Europe
Europe hosts some of the most amazing train routes in the world, due to the construction of railways across the most difficult terrains. This way, nowadays Europe offers the most scenic journeys by train, some great and unique experiences for every traveller. Let's see the best railways of this continent, passing through high mountains, stunning fjords and carved valleys.
Central Rhine Railway (between Bingen and Koblenz, Germany) is a great opportunity to admire romantic German landscapes, from stunning castles rising from swirling waters to gorgeous rocky mountains. So you choose this route and have the chance to follow the left bank between Mainz and Koblenz, where the train stops in all stations. The itinerary is 61 km long, it lasts for an hour and the best time for it is spring and autumn. Don't miss ascending the Loreley bluff in Saint Goarshausen.
TGV from Paris to Nice, France, is about visiting the famous south of the country, with its enchanting colours and lights. See the wonderful Cote d'Azur, the purple lavender fields and the sunny landscapes, including vineyards. The journey starts in Paris, leads you through the famous purple fields and finally you arrive in Provence. Then it comes the French Riviera, so don't miss that part, with beautiful beaches, a dramatic coastline and picturesque villages.
Semmering Line (from Wiener Neaustadt to Bruck an der Mur, Austria) is a spectacular route, an unforgettable experience over 100 curved stoned bridges and 16 viaducts. It is a great alpine railway which was opened in 1854, being the highest line in the world at that time. Beside being the highest then, it is one of the most beautiful now. It was especially designed to harmonize the railroad with the natural beauties around.
Eurocity, from Germany to Austria, than to Italy, takes you from Munich to Verona, than to Venice or Bologna, in a six-eight hours ride through the mountainous scenery of the Alps. You will pass near the most beautiful rivers, peaks and alpine villages from the three countries, having the opportunity to see many different and famous landmarks in a single journey.
The Rauma Railway (Norway) leads passengers from Dombas to Andalsnes, the most recommended period for this tour being between May and August. Be prepared to see gorgeous alpine meadows and deep gorges and to hike, because the train makes some stops at several hiking trails. The main highlights are the emerald green Rauma River, the Trolls' Path and of course, the beautiful fjords.
Glacier Express (between St. Moritz to Zermatt, Switzerland) is another spectacular route that passes over 291 bridges, through more than 90 tunnels, and leads you for more than seven hours close to the best landscapes of the country. The main highlights are Oberalp Pass and the Swiss Alps, of course! But also Rhone and Rhine Rivers, that you'll be able to see closely.
Inlandsbanan, (Sweden) is a famous railway between Kristinehamn and Gallivare, known especially because it passes through the Arctic Circle. Departures are available from June to August and from December to April, the route is 1400 km long, lasting for 14 hours. And you won't only pass over the Arctic Circle, but you will also have the chance to see polar bears, elks and seals. You don't want to miss this route!
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