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Europe is one of the smallest continents, but with more than 50 countries to explore, it sure is perfectly formed! With such diverse landscapes, and over 200 languages spoken, travelling by train around Europe could be the perfect answer to pack the most in to your next holiday. Here are some exciting and hassle-free holiday destinations which allow you to pass through spectacular scenery from one country to the next. Once you’ve booked your tickets, all you’ll need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your journey. Choo choo… We’re here to help you find some of the best travel deals available.
London to Amsterdam
Yes that’s right! Say goodbye to lengthy queues at airport security, two hour check-ins and strict baggage restrictions. With a flight time of little over an hour, we spend more time at the airport than on the plane itself. So hooray for the Eurostar news we’ve been waiting for. You can now get a direct train from London St Pancras to Amsterdam. The speedy twice-daily service, allows you to simply step off the train when you arrive in Holland rather than having to go through more security or hang around for your baggage. Plus there’s free WIFI, and food and drinks available on board.
When you get to Amsterdam, why not stay at the uber cool 4-star Sir Adam Hotel. With its bold presence in Amsterdam’s A’DAM Tower, Sir Adam resonates with the vibrant energy of the building’s present occupants, including MassiveMusic, ID&T and Gibson. It’s just behind the city’s Central Station and overlooks the IJ River. Make sure you check out the rooftop for stunning 360-degree views of the city.
Zermatt to St Moritz
All aboard the Glacier Express! Switzerland’s favourite tourist train between Zermatt and St Moritz has been delighting passengers since 1930. The whole route is eight hours of scenic delight, with breathtaking panoramic views. The climb to the Albula Tunnel is also an engineering marvel with its spiral tunnels and viaducts. Trains in Europe
The Giardino Mountain is a 5-star luxury hotel in Champfèr, 3.1 miles from St. Moritz. During winter, chef Rolf Fliegauf, who was awarded 2 Michelin stars, offers gourmet cuisine at the Giardino Mountain. The hotel also features a spa area with an indoor pool and a gym.
Vienna to Venice
Railjets are Austrian Railways’ premium trains. They zip through central Europe at up to 140 mph and include free WiFi, complimentary wine and leather armchairs (Business Class) and at-seat service (First Class). The eight hour scenic journey takes in the Semmering railway (a Unesco World Heritage Site), 150-year-old viaducts and mountain pastures.
Or why not opt for the cosy Nightjet sleeper train, the Vienna-Venice Express, which arrives at the Grand Canal at 8.24am. Just in time for breakfast! When you arrive in Venice, Hotel Alle Guglie will offer elegant accommodation in a renovated historic building next to Ponte Alle Guglie. Set in a very typical area filled with open-air markets and shops, Hotel Alle Guglie is only a ten minute walk away from Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. Piazzale Roma, the main arrival point of Venice, is just as close.
Villefranche-de-Conflent to Latour-de-Carol
This little yellow train has been winding its way through the French Pyrenees for more than a century. The journey is only 63km long and takes around three hours. But the views are to die for, with the dramatic mountains of the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes. It also stops at France’s highest railway station, Bolquère-Eyne, which sits at 1592m above sea level, and crosses the Pont Gisclard suspension bridge.
Set in a park and offering a seasonal outdoor pool and barbecue, Village Club d’ Yravals is located in Latour-de-Carol. Rooms and cottages offer a private bathroom and balcony. The cottages also have a seating area and fully equipped kitchenette.
Koblenz to Mainz
Follow the curves of the River Rhine as it makes its way from Koblenz to Mainz – one of the shortest yet sweetest rail journeys in Germany. It’s only a fifty minute ride, but you’ll see fairytale castles and vineyards along the river’s slopes. Or if you want to make more of the trip, take the slow train that stops in laid-back riverside spa towns.
The Hyatt Regency hotel in central Mainz offers elegant rooms and free use of the spa area with indoor pool. It overlooks the River Rhine and is 550 yards from Mainz Römisches Theater Train Station. The hotel is combined with Fort Malakoff, a 19th century castle. All rooms have a spacious bathroom, large desk, tea and coffee-making facilities and bathrobes.
Mandas to Arbatax
Sardinia’s little green train only comes out for the summer, but it takes you into the wild heart of the island at a relaxing slow pace. There are four lines to choose from, but the one going from the southern town of Mandas to Arbatax on the east coast has the most charming scenery. You’ll pass prehistoric dolmens known as giants’ graves as the train passes soaring mountains suitably nicknamed taccu (heels).
Featuring an outdoor pool surrounded by gardens, the Arbatasar hotel in Italy is centrally-placed in Arbatax and offers a traditional restaurant, and free WiFi. Rooms at Arbatasar Hotel come with a balcony, air-conditioning and a flat-screen TV. The professional staff will be delighted to organise tours around Ogliastra, on foot, horseback, bike or quad. With an extensive railway network crisscrossing Europe, catching the train from city to city, or country to country is easy, convenient and speedy. Admire the changing landscapes, relax and watch the world go by. And unlike airports, train stations are usually located in the centre of cities. Forget long taxi transfers or bus journeys and arrive ready to hop off the train and into the middle of the action. For more reasons why your next journey should be to travel by train around Europe, compare the best travel deals at Made4Travel.