Europe’s Most Spectacular Train Journeys
Sure, it’s not the fastest way to get from A to B, but train travel has ten times the romance of that hectic and overcrowded flight you’d normally be squashing yourself into and it’s a hell of a lot better for the environment. So why not slow down the pace of life and enjoy not just the winning, but the taking part? Here we share a few of the most stunningly scenic train journeys through Europe – so pack your bags and hop aboard!
The Bergen Line
Route: Bergen to Oslo Time: 7 hours
Boasting the highest altitude train track in Europe, the Bergen-to-Oslo journey is often described as one of the most beautiful in the whole world. Journeying between striking mountaintops, deep blue fjords, stunning glaciers and sprawling pine forests, you’ll feel like you’re voyaging through an enchanted kingdom, millions of miles from the nearest civilisation. Built in 1875 and the highest point standing at 1,222m above sea level, the Bergen-Oslo journey is nothing short of magical. Check out nsb.no for more information.
The Bernina Express
Route: Chur, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy Time: 4 hours
Travelling from Switzerland’s Chur to Tirano in the northern tip of Italy, the Bernina Express snakes quietly through the beauty of the Swiss Alps, with its rolling hills and alpine lakes. Along the way, you’ll pass through the World Heritage Site of Albula and Bernina, as well as across 196 bridges and through 55 tunnels. Whether you choose to travel through the sun-dappled meadows of summer or the snowy wonderland of winter, the views from the Bernina Express will never disappoint.
Route: London to Prague via Paris and Berlin Time: 2 days
This one’s for the adventurers among you: a bucket-list journey through a few of Europe’s finest cities. Beginning in London, the Eurostar will effortlessly take you through the rolling English countryside to your first stop – the forever romantic Paris – in just two hours. From there, travel in style with the luxurious ICE trains, taking in the scenic greenery across Germany’s magical rivers and rugged mountains, arriving into the capital 8 hours later. Give yourself time to soak up this vibrant centre of culture by grabbing yourself a hotel in Berlin overnight and you’ll be all ready the next morning for the final leg of your journey to the fairytale-esque Prague. Now that’s a train journey!
So there you have it, three train journeys across Europe that are sure to tickle your adventurous spirit and save on carbon emissions at the same time. What are you waiting for?