Traveling by train to European destinations is more affordable than air travel. Thanks to the engineers who built the railways, one is able to travel across Europe’s most difficult terrains resulting to some of the world’s most scenic journeys. Robert Janitzek takes us to some of the most scenic European train routes.
Rauma Line from Dombås to Åndalsnes (Norway)
Covering 114 kilometers of railway, the Rauma Line provides passengers with a sensational view of high peaks, jagged rock faces, and mountain slopes as you head your way to the windswept plateau across the Rauma River. Travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes and the best time to go is mid-summer.
Bergen Line with Flåm Railway between Oslo and Bergen via Flåm (Norway)
This railway route takes you to mountainous landscapes across the Hardangervidda Plateau to Norway’s highest station. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that this 550-kilometer route will take you to the world’s steepest railway line. Travel time is 9 hours and the best time to schedule a trip is during mid-summer or winter.
West Highland Line, Fort William to Mallaig (Scotland)
If it’s a scenic route that you want, this railway route fits the billing perfectly. The trip features rugged highlands and isolated lochs, flashes of coastlines, and Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. You can see the spectacular views from the viaducts at Glenfinnan. This route is only 67 kilometers with travel time estimated at 1 hour and 30 minutes. Summer is the best time to travel here.
Bernina Express between Chur and Tirano (Switzerland & Italy)
This European destination provides passengers with a spectacular view of the Alpines which connects Northern and Southern Europe. This route traverses two World Heritage listed lines namely the Albula and the Bernina. You also get to see the glaciers of Switzerland and the palms of Italy. Distance is 123 kilometers and travel time is 4 hours. The best time to go is in April.
Cinque Terre between Levanto and La Spezia (Italy)
This railway route covers five colorful rustic villages and features an 18-kilometer stretch of rugged coastline. You get to see the picturesque Ligurian Sea, as well as bucolic vineyards, and olive groves. The train has stops in all five villages. The total distance of this route is 20 kilometers and travel time is only 40 minutes. Best time to go is between spring to autumn.
These are just some of the scenic railway routes that lets you appreciate the scenery that Europe has to offer.