Train journeys are the ultimate way to discover more of your favourite travel destinations. Train travel is having a moment right now and we’re all for it! Immerse yourself in breathtaking mountain ranges and majestic landscapes by journeying to the heart of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Take a look at our pick of five of the most scenic train journeys in Europe to discover your destinations from a unique perspective.
1. Board the Jacobite Steam Train for the best of the Scottish Highlands
Venture back to the golden age of travel with the Jacobite Steam Train to discover one of Scotland’s finest routes. This great stream train was introduced in 1984 and was praised for its ability to traverse the demanding terrains of the Scottish Highlands. For an authentic luxury travel experience, you can travel in the original carriages and treat yourself to first-class service, while taking in the breathtaking views. Journeying from Fort William to Mallaig, the train leads you straight to the heart of the world-famous Scottish Highlands. Adventure at its finest!
2. Board The Venice Simplon Orient-Express to discover Central Europe in Style
Board the world-famous Orient Express for a journey across Europe unlike any other. As the name suggests, the train starts off its journey in romantic Venice. From there, you will travel through Italy’s breathtaking Dolomite Mountains, considered as one the most beautiful mountainous landscapes in the world. The next stop is Switzerland for some equally unbeatable Alpine views. The Venice Simplon Orient-Express is not only famous for its stunning views, but also its spectacular 1930s art nouveau-decorated carriage. Travel in style with your own luxurious private cabin, attended by a cabin steward 24/7. Now that’s travelling in style!
3. Board the Bergen Railway to get to the heart of Norway’s Wild Natural Beauty
Undoubtedly one of the world’s most breathtaking train journeys, the Bergen Railway is well-worth a spot on your bucket list. The railway connects the Norwegian capital Oslo to the southernmost part of Norway where unbeatable views await. Stay cosy and comfortable in the train’s lush carriages as you traverse wild landscapes at a uniquely high altitude. Some of the journey’s highlights include the imposing mountain of Norefjell, the beautiful Hallingdal Valley, and the highest station en route of Sub-arctic Finse (4,009 feet high!). We recommend starting your journey in Oslo, to explore Norway’s cultural capital before venturing to the country’s scenic villages and wild nature regions.
4. Board the Glacier Express to traverse Switzerland’s magnificent mountains
Snow-clad mountain ranges, scenic blue lakes, colourful meadows…. enjoy the ever-changing views of this glorious train journey across Switzerland’s finest landscapes. The journey begins in the South-East town of Chur, which is actually the oldest town in Switzerland. You will then travel to the heart of the Swiss Alps, passing across impressively tall viaducts and through spiral tunnels burrowing through the mountains. The highlight of the journey is the panoramic view of the glorious Matterhorn as you travel amidst the clouds. Round off your journey at Zermatt, to explore the charming Alpine village and taste local delicacies. This train journey gives you a taste of Switzerland at its finest!