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What are the most beautiful tourist trains in Europe?

The Bernina Express train between Switzerland and Italy

Boarding this panoramic train means taking the highest route through the Alps. Between the starting point – Chur, Switzerland – and your final drop-off point – Tirano, Italy – you’ll even climb to the highest point of the Rhaetian Railway, the Bernina Hospice, located 2,310 meters above sea level. altitude ! It is also an opportunity to cross no less than 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, including the Landwasser viaduct and the spiral viaduct of Brusio.

The “Trinichellu” in Corsica

Affectionately nicknamed by the inhabitants of the Island of Beauty, the little Corsican train takes a Y-shaped railway from Ajaccio to Bastia. A junction also connects Ponte-Leccia to Calvi, via Ile Rousse and the beaches of Balagne. On board the train, the landscapes you will see passing by will be varied, between mountains, rivers and cliffs.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train

A true international rail legend, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express allows the lucky few who can afford the journey to cross Europe. Passengers board one of the seventeen original carriages of the Orient Express, which have been restored. From now on, the line provides connections several times a week between London and Venice, or Verona, via Paris, as well as more rarely with Berlin, Vienna, Prague and Budapest. Once a year, the train makes the legendary route of the Orient Express, joining Istanbul.

Linha do Douro, Portugal

This Portuguese railway line follows the Douro River, starting from the center of Porto. Destination: the picturesque little village of Pocinho. Travel time: 3.5 hours. Cost: just over ten euros. No need to say more, just enjoy this pleasant walk and admire the view of the river and the terraced vineyards on the hills.

The Transcantabrico, in Spain

This luxury train promises its passengers a 5-star journey in the north of Spain, “green Spain”. To travel from Galicia to the Bay of Biscay, via Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Castile and León, there are two options: the very luxurious “Grand Lujo” version, and the “Costa Verde Express”, which is a little less so. Beyond a clear difference in price, the first follows an eight-day route, while the second makes a six-day journey.

The Yellow Train, in the Catalan Pyrenees

A true Catalan symbol, this French tourist train is nicknamed “the canary” by the locals, because of its color. While it was originally used to connect the high plateaux of Cerdagne to the rest of the Pyrénées-Orientales, the yellow train now makes a journey of 63 kilometers, between Villefranche-de-Conflent and Latour-de-Carol, at an average speed of 30 km/h.

The Belgrade–Bar line

This 476 kilometer long railway line, which links Serbia to Montenegro, is certainly one of the most spectacular in Europe, especially on the section that crosses the Dinaric Alps. This is where the train crosses the highest railway bridge in Europe, the Mala Rijeka Viaduct. Night or day, trains run every day of the year, allowing you to travel in the Balkans with complete peace of mind.

The West Highland Line in Scotland

From Glasgow to Mallaig, or from Mallaig to Glasgow, via Oban or Fort William, the West Highland Line connects the Scottish Highlands to the center of the country in four days! The most popular section is usually the one between Fort William and Mallaig, with its steep landscapes.

The Semmering Railway, Austria

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (it was the first railway to be listed), this railway line was built between 1848 and 1854, to cross 41 kilometers of high mountains. It is still today this magnificent mountainous landscape that you can discover between Gloggnitz and Semmering, via 16 viaducts and 15 tunnels.

Flåmsbana, Norway

Elected “the most incredible train journey in the world” by the Lonely Planet in 2014, this railway line has one of the greatest vertical drops in the world: over the 20 kilometers of journey, it makes a descent of 865 meters with a gradient of 5.55%. From inside the train, you can see rivers, waterfalls and snow-capped mountains.

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