Europe's Most Scenic Train Journeys

Europe is home to soaring mountains, vast lakes, bustling cities and ancient history, and much of the continent is well connected by rail, making for some of the most scenic train journeys on the planet.

When it comes to scenic train journeys in Europe, there are two that usually come to front of mind - the Glacier Express in Switzerland, and the Flam Railway in Norway. The first of these, the Glacier Express, snakes through the Swiss Alps, taking you from one luxury ski resort - St Moritz - to another - Zermatt. Winding around mountains and crossing a staggering 291 bridges, this 186-mile journey promises eight hours of phenomenal views, or you can do just a small section of it as part of a bigger, just like in our London to Zermatt by train itinerary. The second of these, the Flam Railway, takes advantage of natural beauty of another type - the fjords. Running for just over 12 miles from sea level at Flam's Sognefjord right up to the mountainous station at Myrdal, this hour-long experience is one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, and an absolute must for anybody visiting the southern fjords, or making the journey from Bergen to Oslo (or vice versa) by train.

Want to swap snowy mountains for lush landscapes? Head further south in Europe to Portugal, where you'll find the Linha do Douro, connecting the vibrant coastal city of Porto on the west coast, to the village of Pocinho in the Douro Valley. Winding along the path of the Douro River for 100 miles, the three-and-a-half-hour journey showcases some of Northern Portugal's most spectacular scenery - especially between Pinhão and Pocinho where the landscape is dotted with rolling vineyards - and you can make multiple stop offs along the way to explore, whether you want to go wine tasking, hiking or boating.

For another taste of the Mediterranean by train, Italy is the place to go. Much of the country is connected by train, and there's nothing more lovely than a leisurely scenic train journey through its varied landscapes, connecting history-rich city with cultural countryside. One of the most famous scenic routes is the one connecting the five villages of the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. The 13-mile route running along the Italian Riviera takes just one hour, meaning that you have plenty of time for stopping off at one of the five main villages - Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore - to stroll, shop, eat and drink, enjoying unbelievable sea views as you travel between stops.

Once you've decided which of these scenic European train journeys you'd like to take (or any of the others we are in love with), our team of passionate experts are on hand to help you create a tailor-made itinerary around it to suit you. Whether you want to get wild in Scandinavia and learn how to forage for food; whiz from Europe's wine capital to its gastronomy capital; or city hop and soak up culture across the continent, we can ensure that you have the best experiences possible in each destination. Plus, you'll also have access to our range of additional services, including our local Concierge who is on hand to help with last minute requests and recommendations, whether you need to change your train ticket or are after the hottest table in town for an indulgent dinner.

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