There are many incredible railway journeys which link different European cities and holiday destinations.
Thanks to the low-cost airlines there are now more city-break destinations available for UK tourists to choose from than ever before. An exciting development here at Cities Direct has been the growth of multi-centre breaks. On many of these holidays the holiday-maker will make their way from one town or city to another by rail, often giving them the opportunity to view some wonderful scenery along the route from the comfort of a railway carriage.
Here I’ll take a look at some multi-centre breaks which include some spectacular railway journeys:
Oslo, Bergen & Copenhagen
On day 3 of this Scandinavian adventure you travel by train from Oslo to Bergen on Norway’s west coast. The journey takes nearly 7 hours and is considered to be one of the world’s most scenic railway journeys, crossing a high mountain plateau. The journey from Oslo takes travellers from grassy plains through a landscape of snow-covered mountains to the fjord country around Bergen. Also on this holiday there is an included trip on the legendary Flåm Railway to the village of Myrdal, where you change trains to the Bergen Railway. Overall, it’s an amazing experience. I had the good fortune to travel on the Flåm Railway a number of years ago, but the stretch of line from Oslo to Bergen still remains on my “to do” list.
Italian Lakes, Swiss Mountains and A Taste of the Glacier Express
This 10 night holiday not only features a trip on the incredible Swiss Glacier Express train but also includes two other railway journeys in Italy. The first of these takes passengers from Milan to Como, a chic resort on the shores of beautiful Lake Como. If that wasn’t enough, the holiday then includes a ride on the railway from Como to Stresa on Lake Maggiore, changing in Milan en-route. The whole journey only takes a few hours but it’s jam-packed full of views of stunning scenery. This really has to be one of the most scenic rail holidays of a lifetime. The holiday ends with a couple of nights in Lucerne, and even the rail journey from Lucerne back to Geneva airport has plenty of scenic views to offer. The railway travels along the shores of Lake Geneva for much of the way with views across the lake in the foreground and high snow-covered peaks in the distance.
Munich, Salzburg & Vienna
It would be difficult to write a blog about scenic European rail journeys without mentioning the stunning ride from Munich to Salzburg. It s not a long journey but it is certainly very scenic. After spending a couple of nights in the capital of Bavaria, you take the train from Munich to the delightful Austrian city of Salzburg. Leaving Munich the scenery is pleasant but unspectacular; it becomes increasingly dramatic as you cross into Austria with a feast of scenic views to enjoy. Apparently a tip for travellers is to sit on the right hand side of the train for the best views of the Alps.
To sum up, there are many scenic railway journeys to enjoy in Europe and the three that I’ve mentioned here are some of the best, to whet our appetites for some of the amazing possibilities available to us when travelling between some of Europe’s most attractive city destinations.