Europe’s most beautiful train journeys

(CNN) – It’s a place where the “shy ride” movement was born and it’s no surprise – Europe is home to a much better railway industry, with some truly amazing journeys that have rested on their own. Here are 10 of the best rides.

Derry-Coleraine Railway, North Ireland

On Causeway Beach is seven miles of unbroken golden sand. On a calm day, with calm sea and rocky sun, you can see the Scottish Islay on the other side. This is the perfect beach for a relaxing break.

Michael Palin called this “one of the best train rides in the world” – what else can you see? The trip is 38 minutes behind the Foyle River outside Derry, weaving inland until it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Benone Strand, one of CNN Travel’s favorite beaches. The trails run straight along the sandy side here, though you can go back down to Castlerock if you can’t avoid walking along the beach.

From there, the train turned again inland, behind the present -day Bann River, to Coleraine. You’ll follow in some important footsteps – the first human settlement on the entire island of Ireland is Mountsandel Fort, high above the Bann plateau. It lived from 7600-7900 BC.

Florence in Naples, Italy

The Tuff Mountains below Orvieto, Umbria, Italy.

The Tuff Mountains below Orvieto, Umbria, Italy.

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Only in Italy can some of the country’s major highways be beautiful. The great north-south line of Italy runs from Milan to Naples and while the upper side takes or leaves it, through the flat plains of the Po valley and then through the mountain tunnels from Bologna to in Florence, continue south, roll between the others. of the oldest countries of Italy.

You pull out of the grounds of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, see the famous Duomo, then climb the Arno, before heading through Tuscany, rolling hills on each side, then Umbria and Lazio.

Sit on the south side to see the Apennines; Choose the right, and you’ll see Orvieto, one of the most beautiful ancient cities in central Italy, first carved from a tuff stone wall by the Etruscan people. When you come to Rome, go before the walls of the old city. Have more time? Stay behind Rome to Naples for amazing views of Vesuvius on your wind in the city.

Barcelona in Montserrat, Spain

The Cremallera rack carries visitors to the mountain side.

The Cremallera rack carries visitors to the mountain side.

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Barcelona’s great Plaça d’Espanya is the departure point for the most awe-inspiring trip to Montserrat, the tooth-and-tooth mountain that feeds a short distance behind the seaside town, and home to a Benedictine abbey from the 11th century ( Although the present building dates from the 1800s). The 23-mile railway line runs through Catalan territory to the foot of the mountains, where the Cremallera railway lined the mountain side from 1892 (with a break from 1957-2003).

It was a truly amazing run, climbing 1,800 feet in the first 2.5 miles, aided by tug -of -war. Once you are on the level of the monastery, you can take in a new attraction, Sant Joan, that rises higher than the peaks. From there you can run to the mountains.

Semmering Railway, Austria

The Semmering line was built to connect Vienna and Trieste.

The Semmering line was built to connect Vienna and Trieste.

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Nearly 200 years after it opened in 1854, the Semmering Railway is one of the most beautiful railways in the world – and enjoys a UNESCO World Heritage status. Even better, you can take this with you if you’re traveling between Vienna and Venice – it’ll be the perfect way to travel between two of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Running for 25 miles between the Austrian Alps between Gloggnitz and Semmering, Semmering weaves mountains, carrying 16 tunnels, 15 bridges and more than 100 bridges, with a hike on a mountain trail at nearly 3,000 feet and interesting peaks.

It built Europe’s first mountain railway, designed to connect Vienna and Trieste (the port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), one of the most important. If you take it in the form of a long trip, you’ll see the Semmering area not only from great views, but the 57 buildings built for railroad workers separated along the line.

Kaaahi Bohinj, Slovenia

The Bohinj line connects in Slovenia, and takes you over the world’s largest stone bridge.

The Bohinj line connects in Slovenia, and takes you over the world’s largest stone bridge.

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Slovenia is an interesting place to travel by train, thanks to its location – its 800 miles of railway lines are part of the broadband lines that connect Italy to Hungary, and Austria to Croatia and Italy. This is no small feat – it is part of the line connecting Prague with Trieste, or, in other words, between central Europe and the Adriatic Sea.

One of Slovenia’s most famous trails, the Bohinj takes 28 tunnels (some of them under 17,500 feet long) and 65 bridges – with the Solkan Bridge, the world’s largest stone bridge, flowing. measuring the Soča River.

Bergen Railway, Norway

Finse, on the Oslo-Bergen road, is the only small village that can be reached by train.

Finse, on the Oslo-Bergen road, is the only small village that can be reached by train.

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Built in 1909, the Bergen Railway connects the Norwegian capital with its two cities. This isn’t a standard commuter train, though – it’s a seven -hour train ride between Norway’s mountain plains, past lakes, hikable mountains, and a village that can only be reached by train: Finse, at the highest point of the train.

In Myrdal, you can join the pleasant Flåm Railway, whose long -distance journey takes you along the side of high cliffs, greenery and an amazing waterfall – a list of typical Norwegian beauty.

Good on Ventimiglia, France, Monaco, Italy

The Nice and Ventimiglia line will sweep you under some of the beautiful villages of the Med.

The Nice and Ventimiglia line will sweep you under some of the beautiful villages of the Med.

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You’re here for ideas, of course – beautiful views of the glittering Mediterranean, amidst some of its fun cities. But this route takes 50 minutes for your internal tour, although it takes no less than three countries in less than an hour, starting in France, entering Monaco, returning to France and ends on the other side of the Italian border.

For most of the tour, starting from Nice Riquier station, you’ll find beautiful views, clonking past Art Deco villas, and alternating between snatches of the Med among the trees, and rattling on the whole bay, with the towns fixed to the cliff. You’ll walk through the most famous cities on the Cote d’Azur, such as Èze (above) and lemon-filled Menton, as well as discover great views of Monte-Carlo. You will find that you have touched Italy when the scent of bougainvillea blossoms wafts through the air.

Sarajevo in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Sarajevo-Mostar route takes you through canyons carved by the emerald river Neretva.

The Sarajevo-Mostar route takes you through canyons carved by the emerald river Neretva.

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The path between Bosnia’s amazing capital and its tourist destination, beautiful Mostar, is beautiful; but the two -hour train journey is another level, winding under small green mountains and steep cliffs that follow the emerald Neretva river. You’ll arrive in Mostar – one of CNN Travel’s favorite small towns in Europe – just above the famous bridge, built by the Ottomans before it was destroyed in 1993 by Croatian troops and rebuilt. rock for rock in 2004.

West Highland Railway, Scotland

The 1,250 -foot West Highland Railway was used on the "Harry Potter" movies.

The 1,250 -foot West Highland Railway line was used for the “Harry Potter” movies.

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You’ll probably see the Glenfinnan Trail, which flows 1,250 feet through the Scottish Highlands, trains running across the Finnan River at an altitude of 100 feet – from “Harry Potter,” if not something else.

No wonder this is one of the world’s most amazing train rides – epic scenes on Scotland’s most famous rail line take you straight to the Highlands without having to leave the car. Leaving Glasgow, it heads straight northwest, all the way to Mallaig, where you can take the ship to the Isle of Skye.

Along the way, you’ll be dropped off at Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (yes, if you hit the side of the loch), before Ben Nevis and through Rannoch Moor, where the line “floats” on peat mounds – with red deer and stags often at your nearest neighbors for miles.

Lidköping in Mariestad, Sweden

Sweden's most beautiful line takes you over the Kinnekulle plateau.

Sweden’s most beautiful line takes you over the Kinnekulle plateau.

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As a home of the “shameful ride” movement, Sweden has no shortage of beautiful railways – the Stockholm to Narvik line (on Norway’s Arctic Circle) is a real symbol. However, planning will take a long time.

For short, there’s the Lidköping line to Mariestad, voted Sweden’s best train route by train users in 2018. The only train route is around the country’s largest lake. Land, Vänern, running to the Kinnekulle plain to view the lake. head east. Tired of looking inside? Watch out for the deer and moose around the line in the winter, or go to the spring when the wild card is covered in the field.

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