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Ride the Rails

Submitted on Wed, 01-October-2014

Europe has a well-connected railway system. Not only does this make travel super convenient, but it also shows off some of the best views in Europe. From coastlines to alpine peaks, you can see the most scenic vistas of Europe.

The Swiss Chocolate Train is one of the sweetest rides in Europe.
The Swiss Chocolate Train is one of the sweetest rides in Europe.

The Douro Line in Portugal travels from Oporto (coast) along the Douro River to Barca d´Alva (inland). Many of the stations in between make you feel like you’ve gone back in time when steam engines ruled transportation. The train runs through port wine country. To see more coastline, travel along Cinque Terre, a series of villages from Levanto to La Spezia in Italy on the Mediterranean Sea. Although this line is short, you can see charming coastal towns and spectacular sea views. Stop at each town to experience the unique traditions of these colorful seaside villages.

Views like this quaint countryside town is just one of the sights you’ll see on the Oslo Bergen Line.
Views like this quaint countryside town is just one of the sights you’ll see on the Oslo Bergen Line.

Alpine peaks are best experienced on the Glacier Express in Switzerland. This train passes from peak to peak from Zermatt to St. Moritz. Travel through untouched mountain landscape and stop at glamorous resorts. For a short and sweet mountain adventure, try the Swiss Chocolate Train with the added bonus of visiting the Nestle Chocolate Factory. Travel in the vintage 1915 car for historical charm or a modern panorama car for splendid vistas. Another scenic journey includes stops for those seeking a little outdoor adventure. The Bergen Line in Norway starts at Oslo by the sea and travels to the majestic Fjords.

Cinque Terre in Italy is one of Europe’s most beautiful places you can reach by train.
Cinque Terre in Italy is one of Europe’s most beautiful places you can reach by train.

Not only will you see great views, but the European Rail system makes travel easy as well as affordable. Buy a Eurail pass to travel between countries or within a country. Passes may suit your schedule and budget better, and you’ll be able to take in more of Europe’s beautiful scenery without having to worry about navigating a rented car.