Taking the train is one of the fastest ways to travel. Nonetheless not everyone is keen on sitting in a carriage for hours. We do, however, have some arguments to change their minds. Here are some of the most scenic iron highways in Europe, alongside icy fjords, meandering rivers and snow-peaked mountains.
1. Bergen Line with Flåm Railway between Oslo and Bergen (Norway)
Along mountain landscapes you travel straight up on the world’s steepest railway line. This awe-inspiring train journey will show you some of Norway’s very best sceneries.
Time: 9 hours
2. West Highland Line (Scotland)
Originally this railway takes you from Glasgow to Mallaig. The first part from Glasgow to Fort William takes you on the same route as the West Highland Way, giving you splendid views on Loch Lomond and the surrounding Highlands. Once in Fort William you can catch a glimpse of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak. However it’s the second part of the journey that is most famous. In Fort William you step on the Jacobite, a steam train better known as Hogwart’s Express in the Harry Potter movies, through rugged Highlands, finally ending in Mallaig.
Time: 6 hours
3. Bernina Express between Chur and Tirano (Switzerland and Italy)
This is only one of the many scenic railway journeys Swizerland has to offer. This train has panoramic windows to explore the alpine views. Do we really need to convince you that this is one of the best train journeys you can make?
Time: 4 hours
4. Glacier Express (Switzerland)
Connecting Zermatt and St Moritz, two of Switzerland’s most reputable ski resorts, you will witnes some of the very finest peaks in the Swiss Alps. Zermatt is most famous for its views on the Matterhorn, world’s most iconic mountain. Price for a ticket is quite expensive though.
Time: 7 hours
5. Semmering Line (Austria)
Over 100 curved stone bridges, the 4,700ft-long Vertex Tunnel and 16 viaducts are only a few of the highlights to soak in during your journey starting at Gloggnitz and leads over the Semmering to Mürzzuschlag.
Time: 1 hour
6. Inlandsbanan (Sweden)
This journey takes you across the Arctic Circle in Sweden. It traverses some of the wildest terrain in Scandinavia. Be sure to look out for bears and moose.
Time: 14 hours