If you want to explore Europe better and don’t shy away from slightly longer journey times and trains crashing through beautiful landscapes, you should check out the following list of the most interesting routes compiled by Reuters this year:
Amsterdam – Austria
OBB has been available for a long time at the OBB as a service, which can be an important addition on longer journeys. The Austrian railway operator has expanded its existing service with new routes, and from the spring the Nightjet would connect Amsterdam and Austria with a night service. For the time being, it is not yet possible to get to the Netherlands directly from home with the Nightjet, the service only works on trains departing from Austria and Germany.
This year, the Swiss Mount Rigi Railway, which is also the oldest mountain railway company, is celebrating its 150th birthday. To celebrate this year, the company announced a series of events, including a one-week festival from July 28 to August 8. Even an 1873 steam locomotive will be put to work on the section between Vitznau and Rigi Kulm on May 21, as it will be exactly 150 years since the company’s first train set off.
Rigit is bordered by three lakes, Lucerne, Zug and Lauerz, the easiest to reach by train from Lucerne.
If you stay in Switzerland, GoldenPass flights provide a direct connection between Montreux, Gstaad and Interlaken. The routes offer wonderful views of Lake Geneva, the Simmental Valley, Lake Thuni and of course the Alps. And it’s worth trying not only for the route, but for the rail car itself: thanks to Italian design company Pininfarina, the new GoldenPass Express cars are equipped with huge windows to see as much of the landscape as possible. Unfortunately, these will not be conceptualized until December 2022.
Berlin – Krakow
Destinations can already be combined with the Eurocity Wavel service: you can take a break in Berlin, for example, before arriving in Krakow. With a morning departure and a 7-hour train ride, you can reach Kraków for dinner and lunch in the dining car.
Prague – Rijeka
Last summer, the Czech RegioJet launched a new night flight between Prague and the Croatian coastal city of Rijeka. The flight is expected to resume between July and September this year, carrying passengers daily during peak hours and three times a week during other periods. The train passes through five countries, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia, and has seven stops, including in Csorna, Ljubljana and Bratislava. The route has a fairly good value for money, with a sleeper cabin a one-way trip between the two terminals costs 30 euros.
Poland and World War II
The Railway Touring Company, which specializes in historical heritage and legacies, has announced a new path for 2021: World War II in Poland. History lovers will be able to take this trip for the first time in June 2021. During the 10-day trip, travelers will visit Warsaw, Krakow and Wroclaw to discover more famous historical sites such as the Warsaw Ghetto, Oskar Schindler’s Factory and the Stalag Luft Prison Camp in Sagan. Such a trip is being advertised by the company for £ 1395.
Berlin – Hamburg – Stockholm
The Swedish Snalltaget has announced that it will launch a direct night flight from Berlin and Hamburg to Stockholm from 31 March. For the first time, the flight will only depart on weekends, but from June 5, passengers will be able to use it on a daily basis.
Basel – Locarno
The Swiss Südostbahn (SOB) launched a new scheduled flight between Basel and Bellinzona last December. This will be extended from 5 April to Locarno. The road is called a panoramic road, not in vain, as it provides a beautiful view of the Alps. The journey takes about 4 and a half hours, but the SOB is comfortable, this can be done on Stadler Traverso cars.
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