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Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

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Balkan Flexipass, Serbia, Montenegro - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

So many great sites in Europe – the railway is one of the best ways seeing them. All you have to do is sit comfortably in your seat and look out the window. Here are ten great and versatile itineraries, that not only take the passengers from one place to another, but also introduce to some of the most amazing European landscapes!

1. Bernina Express, Switzeland to Italy
There are not many places in the world where 2 ½ hours will take you through a landscape from ice-age glaciers to palm trees, but that’s the Bernina Express route. This Swiss scenic train serves cities including Lugano, St. Moritz, and Chur to Tirano. You’ll ride with ease from Switzerland to Italy, relaxing as you glide through the countryside, enjoying sweeping vistas of Alpine crossings and dramatic gorges. You’ll pass over 196 timeless bridges and through 55 winding tunnels – all viewed through spectacular panoramic windows in First or Second Class.
Bernina Express, Switzeland to Italy - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

2. The Great British Heritage Route, United Kingdom
There are plenty of historic sites to discover in United Kingdom, particularly the castles. The BritRail offers to combine its pass with the Great British Heritage pass and choose from many exciting itineraries. It can take 15 days to see 580 attractions, including Lindisfarne, Dover and Bamburgh castles, or you can plan a shorter trip by picking the most interesting sites for you.
The Great British Heritage Route, United Kingdom - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

3. The Rauma Railway, Norway
A trip on Rauma Railway is a unique opportunity to experience one of the most spectacular scenic areas in Norway. Rauma Railway goes between Åndalsnes and Dombås with four daily departures all year, and the trip takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. The experience can easily be combined with a trainride on Dovrebanen, between Oslo and Trondheim. If you are aleready in Møre og Romsdal, you can choose a shorter trip from Åndalsnes to Bjorli, a fantastic trip from fjord to mountain in one hour.
The Rauma Railway, Norway - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

4. Madrid and Oviedo, Spain
From the capital of the country to the capital of the Principality of Asturias – the trip is beloved by the travelers. The railway crosses the small Spanish villages – a classic southern European countryside. In Asturias the ride becomes especially stunning, as the train rises to the Picos de Europa mountains.
Madrid and Oviedo, Spain - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

5. The Scottish Highlands, Scotland
The Scottish Highlands, known locally simply as the Highlands are a historic region of Scotland. The region became culturally distinguishable from the Lowlands from the later Middle Ages into the modern period, when Lowland Scots replaced Scottish Gaelic throughout most of the Lowlands. The term is also used for the area north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault, although the exact boundaries are not clearly defined, particularly to the east. The Great Glen divides the Grampian Mountains to the southeast from the Northwest Highlands.
The Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

6. The Chocolate Train, Switzerland
The Swiss Chocolate Train is a joint venture of GoldenPass Services and Cailler-Nestlé. Ride in first-class comfort in a "Belle Epoque" Pullman car, vintage 1915 and/or the modern panorama car affording stunning views of the vineyards surrounding Montreux and medieval Gruyères.
The Chocolate Train, Switzerland - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

7. Balkan Flexipass, Serbia, Montenegro
The Balkan Flexipass delivers one exciting rail ride through the cities, villages, and stunning landscapes that defined the start of European civilization: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey. And the pass lets you decide where and when you want to travel—in either consecutive or non-consecutive days.

Balkan Flexipass, Serbia, Montenegro - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

8. The West Rhine Railway, Germany
The West Rhine railway is a famously picturesque, double-track electrified railway line running for 185 km from Cologne via Bonn, Koblenz, and Bingen to Mainz. It is situated close to the western (left) bank of the river Rhine and mostly aligned to allow 160 km/h operation between Cologne and Koblenz and between Bingen and Mainz. Line speed between Koblenz and Bingen is restricted by the meandering nature of the Rhine.
The West Rhine Railway, Germany - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

9. Train des Pignes, France
Discover this private railway, that passes the most beautiful regions in France. Since Provance is famous for its nature and picturesque landscapes, the trip is indeed a good idea. On its way the train passes rivers, bridges, small gorgeous villages like St Andre les Alpes and Entrevaux until its final destination – Digne les Bains – the capital of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region.
Train des Pignes, France - Top 10 Train Routes in Europe

10. Venice-Munich Railway, Italy, Germany
Direct train from Venice to Munich guarantees plenty of beautiful sites. Passing through Italian valleys and small villages, Alps and snowy peaks, then reaching Bavaria – one of the most beautiful parts in Germany. Driving along the river Isarco in a shadows of Dolomites is particularly striking.
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