7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss

7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
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By Amanda Hoffman

Train travel excites everyone, especially if it takes place in Europe, where the experience is truly amazing! Train journeys are one of the best ways to experience some of Europe's most stunning regions. This magnificent continent has dozens of scenic train routes to experience the vast forests, beautiful rivers, crystal-clear lakes, and dramatic mountains that will leave you in awe.

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Here are seven of Europe's most scenic train rides you can't miss.

Bernina Express, Switzerland

7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
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The Bernina Express is another must-do train ride in Switzerland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This route takes you from Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy, climbing over the Bernina Pass at a staggering 2,253m. The scenery is highlighted with views of glaciers, mountains, and valleys.

Glacier Express, Switzerland

7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
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The Glacier Express is without a doubt, one of the most magnificent train journeys in Europe. It takes you through the pristine alpine landscape between Zermatt and St. Moritz. You'll start in the shadow of the great Matterhorn, then cover 300km of scenic delights in around eight hours. With 91 tunnels and 291 bridges, the Glacier Express is an incredible feat of engineering. The most impressive view is when the train passes through the Oberalp Pass, 2,044 meters above sea level, surrounded by snowy peaks and glistening ice sheets.

Bergen Railway, Norway

7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
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The Bergen Railway (called Bergensbanen) is a scenic train journey between Oslo and Bergen in Norway. The seven-hour trip takes you through some of Norway's most incredible scenery, including mountains, fjords, and waterfalls. The train climbs to Finland, Europe's highest railway station, at 1,222 meters above sea level.

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The Centovalli Railway, Switzerland

7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
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The Centovalli Railway train journey runs between Locarno in Switzerland and Domodossola in Italy. It takes about an hour and a half and covers some of the most beautiful scenery in the Swiss Alps. The train also passes through several tunnels and bridges, offering stunning views of the valley below.

The Jacobite Steam Train, Scotland

7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
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The Jacobite Steam Train is a popular tourist attraction in Scotland. The train takes passengers through the Scottish Highlands, hills, lochs, and castles. The train is also famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films.

The Venice Simplon Orient Express

7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
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If you are looking for a luxury train journey, the Venice Simplon Orient Express is the perfect option. This train travels between London and Venice and is known for its luxurious carriages and excellent service. The journey takes around 24 hours and is a great way to see some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.

The Rhine Valley Railway, Germany

7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
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Germany's Rhine Valley Railway is a gorgeous train ride that follows the Rhine River. The tour takes passengers through vineyards, forests, and charming towns. The train also passes over Lorelei Rock, a famous landmark in the Rhine Valley.

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There you have it, train lovers! So, pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready for a truly unforgettable adventure!

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Travel Magazine: 7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
7 of Europe's Most Scenic Train Rides You Can't Miss
Europe's train travel experience is amazing. Here are seven of Europe's most scenic train rides you can't miss.
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