Train Travel in Europe – An unforgettable experience
Europe has endeared itself to us with its charm and elegance whenever we have had the opportunity of travelling there. We have always been bowled over by its natural beauty and old world charm which has a dreamlike quality. Europe for us has always been a beautiful and ethereal dream.
But this post is not an ode to the beauty of Europe but rather a paean to the excellent Rail network that connects the cities and countries of Europe. You can travel from easily from Zurich to France to Venice to Amsterdam in the comfort of these beautiful carriers which transport you over the lush European countryside and across snow clad mountains.
The fact that the Schengen Visa allows one to travel to 22 countries in the EU makes the travel by Rail hassle free.
In our last trip to Europe, we covered most of Switzerland, Paris and Venice in a space of 5 days thanks to RailEurope which is a distributor of European rail products representing over 50 railroads throughout Europe.
We had conveniently booked our tickets online well in advance in our local currency (INR) and had the tickets couriered to us. We had opted for a multi-country pass for 5 days and this proved very economical and convenient to us as we moved across Switzerland from Zurich to Lucerne and Interlaken marveling at the natural beauty of the land. One word of caution here is that the pass is not valid on the Mountain trains for which one needs to take tickets separately. We also travelled from Zurich to Venice and from Venice to Paris and again back to Zurich on the TGV.
We travelled first class and the coaches were pretty much empty with impeccable interiors and service. The train travel itself was an experience we would never forget as we looked out at verdant meadows, snowy landscapes, we did not fail to admire the Swiss watch precision of the trains as they ran like clockwork.
We would like to go back again and again to Europe and every time we do that we shall board one of the European beauties (read train).
We would recommend hassle free and comfortable travel by train to all travelers, check out the following sites for more information:
You can check out RailEurope.
You can also watch our short video about Swiss Trains. If you liked this post, you can check our other post – The enduring romance of trains. We recommend you to check out our fellow bloggers’ post on itinerary and costs here and choosing a Eurail pass here.