15 Most Scenic Train Routes in Europe

Europe is a beautiful continent with great scenery, huge mountain ranges, and lakes. Because each route has its unique combination of attractions and scenery, all of the train lines on this list are the most scenic. Below is a list of the 15 most beautiful railway routes in Europe.

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Kristinehamn to Gallivare

Distance: 1,300 km
Country: Sweden
Highlights: Gallivare, Jokkmokk, Arjeplog, Arvidsjaur, Sorsele, Storuman, Vilhelmina, Dorotea, Stromsund, Ostersund, Berg, Harjedalen, Harjedalen, Orsa, Mora, Vansbro, Kristinehamn, Gulf of Bothnia, Ornskoldsvik (town), many tiny Lakes.

The ‘Inland line railway’ runs through the center portions of northern Sweden and was built between 1908 and 1937.

Lucerne to Montreux

Distance: 226 km
Country: Switzerland
Highlights: high-alpine mountains, chalet-filled villages, vineyards, lakes, historically important cities.

Many attractions and beautiful landscapes can be found across Switzerland. Villages, mountains, lakes, and cities are all along the railroad route.

St. Moritz to Zermatt

Distance: 330 km (7 hours)
Country: Switzerland
Highlights: It passes 291 bridges, Oberalp Pass, 91 tunnels.

The route passes through Switzerland’s panoramic Alpine heartland and the Swiss Alps from east to west. The trip from St. Moritz to Zermatt takes around 7 hours, and the route is available to visitors both in the summer and the winter, however, reservation costs are higher in the summer than in the winter.

Myrdal to Flam

Distance: 20 km
Country: Norway
Highlights: The Nali Tunnel, Tremendous fjord views, Kjosfossen waterfall, Scenic stops, picturesque nature.

The Flam line is a 20-kilometer railway line that goes through the Flamsdalen valley and links to the mainline with Sognefjord. The construction of this railway line began in 1924 and was completed in 1940. This road has become Norway’s third most popular tourist destination.

Domodossola to Locarno

Distance: 52 km (2 hours)
Country: Switzerland and Italy
Highlights: Stone cottages, waterfalls, hardwood forests, idyllic vineyards

The Domodossola–Locarno railway runs from Domodossola to Locarno and is a metre gauge railway. Surprisingly, it transports nearly a million passengers each year. This rail line, which began service in 1923 and includes 22 stops, passes through a number of minor communities.

Offenburg to Konstanz

Distance: 159 km (2 hours 30 minutes)
Country: Germany
Highlights: Green forest, Titisee and Schluchsee lakes, Hell Valley, Farms and Villages, Stretches, Scenery of the Black Forest.

Tourists may enjoy a view of the lake, valley, and forest for around two and a half hours. Take a detour to Donaueschingen, the Danube’s birthplace. On this route, there are several tunnels that break the view for a brief time.

Koblenz to Mainz

Distance: 100 km
Country: Germany
Highlights: Katz and Maus castle, Island, River, Marksburg castle, Stahleck, Fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, Bacharach city, St. Goar.

Germany’s Rhine villages are connected by this famous tourist railway route. On the train from Koblenz to Mainz, the trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This road is known for its vineyards on the hillsides, rivers, and historic castles that may be discovered along the way. And the trains stop in communities along the way for a short rest.

Wiener Neustadt to Bruck an der Mur

Distance: 95 km (1 hour and 20 minutes)
Country: Austria
Highlights: 4,700 ft long vertex tunnel, 10 viaducts, over 100 curved stone bridges.

This famous railway line, known as the ‘Semmering line,’ was opened in 1854. It was the world’s highest railway line at the time, with breathtaking scenery visible during the ride. The route’s bridges are stunning and one-of-a-kind constructions.

St. Moritz to Tirano

Distance: 64 km (1 hour 17 minutes)
Country: Switzerland, Italy
Highlights: Glaciers, Lakes, Peaks, and Villages high above the Swiss Alps

This is a well-known road that connects St. Moritz (Switzerland) with Tirano (Italy), passing via numerous breathtaking bridges and tunnels, as well as panoramic vistas of lakes, peaks, and villages.

Bergen to Oslo

Distance: 464 km (7 hours)
Country: Norway
Highlights: Deep fjords, Snow-covered Mountaintops, Frozen lakes, Grassy Plains.

This line is known as the ‘Bergen railway line,’ and it is one of Norway’s most popular tourist routes, with numerous magnificent scenery. Aside from it, trains provide a variety of amenities and services, notably for package tourists.

Innsbruck to Bludenz

Distance: 138 km (1 hour and 40 minutes)
Country: Austria
Highlights: Trisanna Bridge (length of 211 m and height of 87 m), Castle Weisberg, Paznaun valley, Arlbergtunnel (6.4 miles).

The Arlberg Railway (Innsbruck to Bludenz) is one of the oldest and steepest railway lines in Austria, originally constructed in 1884. The railroad that runs from Landeck in Tyrolea, via Langen am Arlberg, to Bludenz in Vorarlberg.

Paris to Nice

Distance: 975 km (8 hours)
Country: France
Highlights: Villages, Beach Bodies, Blue Water, Vineyards.

The journey from Paris to Nice takes 6 hours and 975 kilometers, making it one of France’s longest railway lines. Many extra trains are available depending on the number of tourists that book on Fridays, Sundays, and during the summer months.

Dombas to Andalsnes

Distance: 114 km (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Country: Norway
Highlights: 6 tunnels, 32 bridges, River Rauma, Trolls’ Path, Fjord views, Kylling Bridge, Trollveggen, Picturesque Mountains.

Rauma Railway runs the line between Dombas and Andalsnes. Andalsnes-Bjorli-Lesjaverk-Lesja-Dombas are the five stations on the Rauma Railway line. Within the valley, on bridges, on mountains, riverbanks, and within tunnels, the journey takes an average of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Levanto to La Spezia

Distance: 26 km ( Around an hour)
Country: Italy
Highlights: Villages, Vineyards, Seafood, The Ligurian Sea

The railway route is one of the shortest scenic train lines in the world, stretching just 25 kilometres and with almost half of it located along the Ligurian Sea’s shore. The trip takes you through Villages, Vineyard, and the Ligurian Sea. During the journey eat seafood, hike villages, trails within beautiful places.

Amsterdam to Groningen

Distance: 200 km (2 hours 30 minutes)
Country: Netherlands
Highlights: Dutch landscape, Windmills, Dutch tulips full bloom (during April), Bridges.

Enjoy the gorgeous scenery, lots of windmills, beautiful bridges, and passing through little towns and villages on your route from Amsterdam to Groningen.

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