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Overview

Whether you’re a first-time visitor doing the grand tour or a seasoned traveler planning a multi-country itinerary, Frommer’s Europe by Rail is a must. The official guidebook of Rail Europe, this user-friendly volume has everything you’ll need to plan a successful train trip through Europe, from descriptions of the best scenic lines and high-speed rail routes to detailed information on reservations procedures and all of the rail passes available to visitors. We’ve also included a wide array of options in a variety of price ranges, from large hotels and world-renowned dining rooms to charming guesthouses and simple cafes. There’s something here for every taste, interest, and budget.

Just because we’re covering such a wide territory doesn’t mean that we’ve skimped on the details. You’ll find an astounding depth of accurate, up-to-date information, including timetables, detailed city and route maps, exact prices, open hours, metro stops, rail pass options, train station amenities, train interior photos, and more.

We’ll take you to Europe’s major cities and most charming towns, where we offer complete sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife coverage and review the best accommodations and dining for the rail traveler. But we don’t stop there. We’ve designed easy-to-follow point-to-point itineraries that help you make the most out of your time in Europe, including special itineraries that highlight Europe’s best dining, architecture, scenery, and historic castles. With Frommer’s Europe by Rail you’ll tour the medieval towns of Flanders, the chateaux of the Loire Valley, the sunny resorts of the Costa del Sol, the hill towns of Tuscany, and the spectacular scenery of the Alps.

It’s all accompanied by color maps that have been carefully keyed to the text. You’ll also find a glossary of handy rail terms, the latest trip-planning advice, money-saving tips, and a free color fold-out rail map!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764599514
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/20/2006
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series , #191
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 881
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 1.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Darwin Porter, a native of North Carolina, was assigned to write the very first edition of a Frommer’s guide devoted solely to one European country. Since then, he has written many bestselling Frommer’s guides to all the major European destinations. In 1982, he was joined in his research efforts by Danforth Prince, formerly of the Paris bureau of the New York Times, who has traveled and written extensively about Europe.

American expatriate Lesley Logan, a freelance travel writer and editor, has lived in London for over a decade. She’s written several travel guidebooks, including the Unofficial Guide to London, London Day by Day, and the Berlitz Pocket Guide to London. She is currently working on The Florman Guide to Europe’s Best Restaurants.

George McDonald has lived and worked in both Amsterdam and Brussels as deputy editor of the KLM in-flight magazine and as editor-in-chief of the Sabena in-flight magazine. Now a freelance journalist and travel writer based in Germany, he is the author of Frommer’s Amsterdam and Frommer’s Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg, and a co-author of Frommer’s Europe from $70 a Day.

Hana Mastrini is a native of the western Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary who became a veteran of the “Velvet Revolution” as a student in Prague in 1989. She began contributing to Frommer’s guides while helping her husband, John, better understand his new home in the Czech Republic.

New-York based Sascha Segan is a freelance journalist who has lived on three continents and spent quite a lot of time riding the rails of Europe. He has worked for Expedia Travels magazine, ABCNEWS.com, and The Guardian in the U.K. He is currently a columnist at Frommers.com and is the author of Frommer’s Fly Safe, Fly Smart and Priceline For Dummies.

Born in Chicago, Theodora Tongas traveled around her parents’ native Greece many times as a child. After earning a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she went to work as a reporter for the Associated Press in Athens, and has lived there ever since. With Athens as her base, she has toured the entire mainland—and many islands—by plane, train, and automobile.

Andrew Princz is a freelance travel and culture journalist who regularly contributes to the Wall Street Journal Europe. He is the author of Frommers Budapest & the Best of Hungary, and the editor and publisher of the Budapest-based cultural portal www.ontheglobe.com.

A native New Yorker, Naomi Kraus is a veteran editor at Frommer’s and a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She’s logged lots of miles on European trains while touring that continent.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps.

1 Touring Europe by Rail.

1 1-Week Itineraries.

Itinerary 1: Europe’s Best Castles & Palaces.

Itinerary 2: Small Cities of the Benelux.

Itinerary 3: Riding the Scenic Route.

Itinerary 4: Eastern Europe.

Itinerary 5: Exploring the Scandinavian Triangle.

2 2-Week Itineraries.

Itinerary 6: Europe’s Best Art & Architecture.

Itinerary 7: Europe for Food Lovers.

Itinerary 8: Warm-Weather Europe.

Itinerary 9: Great Cities of Europe.

Itinerary 10: The Grand Tour.

 2 Planning Your European Rail Trip.

1 Visitor Information.

2 When to Go.

What Time Is It, Anyway?

3 Finding Your Rail Route.

4 Choosing the Train That’s Right for You.

Cleaning Up.

5 The Price of Rail Travel.

No Passes Please, We’re Basque.

Pricing the Difference: Fast vs. Slow Trains.

6 The Train Passes .

Validating Your Pass.

7 The Rail Experience.

8 When a Train Just Won’t Do.

The Rules of the Road: Driving in Europe.

9 Getting to Europe.

10 Money Matters.

Non-Euro Countries.

11 Tips on Accommodations.

3 Austria.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Riding Historic Rails.

Fast Facts: Austria.

2 Vienna.

City Transportation on the Cheap.

Boating on the “Blue” Danube.

Coffeehouses inside the Ring.

The Heurige of Grinzing.

3 Salzburg.

A Panoramic Stroll.

Cafe Society.

4 Innsbruck.

The Most Beautiful Spot in Tyrol .  

4 Belgium.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Fast Facts: Belgium.

2 Brussels .

Special Brussels Experiences.

Heading Out to Waterloo.

3 Bruges.

4 Liège.

5 An Excursion to Luxembourg City.

5 The Czech Republic.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Useful Czech Train & Travel Terms.

Train Designations in the Czech Republic.

Fast Facts: Czech Republic.

2 Prague.

Kavárna Society.

An Excursion to Karlstejn Castle.

3 Western & Southern Bohemia.

Spa Cures & Treatments.

Seeing the Cesk; Krumlov Château.

For Beer Lovers: Touring a Beer Shrine.

6 Denmark.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Fast Facts: Denmark.

2 Copenhagen.

The Old Sailor’s Port at Nyhavn.

The Town’s Hottest Date: Half Woman, Half Fish.

3 Highlights of Jutland.

Ferries to Sweden & Norway.

7 Finland.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Speeding to Estonia.

Fast Facts: Finland.

2 Helsinki.

Paying Homage to Finlandia & Sibelius.

Olympic Memories & a Flying Finn.

Exploring the Fortress of Finland.

Traveling On to St. Petersburg.

8 France.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Fast Facts: France.

2 Paris.

Saving on Travel.

The Famous Cafes of Paris.

3 The Loire Valley.

4 Provence & the Riviera.

9 Germany.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Fast Facts: Germany.

2 Berlin.

A New Wall.

The Love Parade.

3 Munich.

4 More Highlights of Germany.

A Cruise on the Elbe.

Traveling the Romantic Road by Bus.

10 Great Britain & Ireland.

1 Essentials.

Festivals & Special Events in Great Britain.

Fast Facts: Great Britain.

2 London.

Discount Transportation Passes.

3 Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Festival: Art & Tattoos.

4 Irish Rail Essentials.

Festivals & Special Events.

Fast Facts: Ireland.

5 Dublin.

Which Dublin Station?

11 Greece.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Useful Greek Train Terms.

Greek Train Station Phone Numbers.

Fast Facts: Greece.

2 Athens.

Traveling to the Ancient City of Thebes.

The Athens Festival.

3 Highlights of the Peloponnese.

4 Thessaloniki & the Northeast.

Scaling Mount Olympus.

An Excursion to the Lake at Hévíz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .527

12 Hungary.

1 Essentials.

Festivals & Special Events.

Useful Hungarian Train Terms.

Fast Facts: Hungary.

2 Budapest.

Coffeehouse Culture.

Music for a Summer Evening.

3 The Lake Balaton Region.Herend: Home of Hungary’s Finest Porcelain.

13 Italy.

1 Essentials.

Fast Facts: Italy.

2 Rome.

I Left My Heart on the Piazza Navona.

Brindisi: Gateway to Greece.

3 Naples.

Sicily: Land of Myth & Legend.

4 Florence & Tuscany.

5 Venice & the Northeast.

A Ride in a Gondola.

6 Milan & the Northwest.

14 The Netherlands.

1 Essentials.

Festivals & Special Events.

Fast Facts: The Netherlands.

2 Amsterdam.

Special Amsterdam Experiences.

Smoking Coffee Shops.

3 The Hague.

4 Maastricht.

15 Norway

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

The Essence of Norway.

Fast Facts: Norway.

2 Oslo.

Scandinavia’s Greatest Painter.

Ringing the Doorbell at Ibsen’s Apartment.

3 Bergen.

Strolling Medieval Bergen.

Norway’s Most Dramatic Train Ride.

16 Portugal.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Fast Facts: Portugal.

2 Lisbon .

Strolling the Alfama.

To Market, to Market.

The Songs of Sorrow.

Northward Ho!

3 The Algarve.

17 Spain.

Festivals & Special Events.

1 Essentials.

Fast Facts: Spain.

2 Madrid.

Death in the Afternoon.

Tasca Hopping.

The Exotic Sound of Flamenco.

3 Seville.

4 Granada.

5 Barcelona.

Rambling Les Rambles.

A Taste of Catalán Bubbly.

Festivals & Special Events.

18 Sweden.

1 Essentials.

Sweden’s Most Famous Rail Journey.

Fast Facts: Sweden.

2 Stockholm.

A Walk Back into Time.

3 Gothenburg.

Scenes from Gothenburg Life .

A Picnic in the Park.

19 Switzerland.

Festivals & Special Events .

1 Essentials.

Fast Facts: Switzerland.

2 Zurich.

A Summer Walk along the Quays of Zurich.

Discoveries along Medieval Streets.

Sailing Lake Zurich.

3 Bern.

On the Hoof through Bern.

4 Lausanne.

A Walk through the Middle Ages.

5 Geneva.

Sailing the Waters of Lac Léman.

6 Switzerland’s Famous Scenic Rail Lines.

Appendix: Eastern Europe & the Balkans.

1 Bulgaria.

2 Croatia.

3 Macedonia.

4 Poland.

5 Romania.

6 Serbia & Montenegro.

7 Slovakia.

8 Slovenia.

9 Turkey.

Index.

List of Maps.

Itinerary 1: Europe’s Best Castles & Palaces.

Itinerary 2: Small Cities of the Benelux.

Itinerary 3: Riding the Scenic Route.

Itinerary 4: Eastern Europe.

Itinerary 5: Exploring the Scandinavian Triangle.

Itinerary 6: Europe’s Best Art & Architecture.

Itinerary 7: Europe for Food Lovers.

Itinerary 8: Warm-Weather Europe.

Itinerary 9: Great Cities of Europe.

Itinerary 10: The Grand Tour.

Austria.

Vienna.

Vienna Public Transport.

Salzburg.

Innsbruck.

Belgium.

Brussels.

Bruges.

Liège.

Luxembourg City.

The Czech Republic.

Prague.

Scandinavia.

Copenhagen.

Odense.

Finland.

Helsinki.

France.

Paris.

The Loire Valley.

Orléans.

Tours.

Avignon.

Aix-en-Provence.

Cannes.

Nice.

Monaco.

Germany.

Western Berlin.

Berlin Mitte.

Berlin U-Bahn & S-Bahn.

Munich.

Munich U-Bahn & S-Bahn.

Dresden.

Great Britain & Ireland.

London.

Edinburgh.

Ireland.

Dublin.

Greece.

Athens.

Patras.

Thessaloniki.

Hungary.

Budapest.

Italy.

Rome.

Florence.

Venice.

Milan.

The Netherlands.

Amsterdam.

The Hague & Scheveningen.

Oslo.

Bergen.

Portugal.

Lisbon.

The Algarve.

Spain.

Madrid.

Madrid Metro.

Seville.

Granada & the Alhambra.

Barcelona.

Barcelona Metro.

Stockholm.

Gothenburg.

Switzerland.

Zurich.

Bern.

Geneva.

Eastern European Rail Routes.

PRICING ALERT

In 2006, in order to cope with foreign currency fluctuations, Rail Europe moved to a non-fixed pricing scheme similar to the ones used by the airlines. Though prices in this book were correct at press time, the new system means that the price you’re quoted may differ from the ones in the text. We strongly advise that you confirm all prices before purchasing any tickets or passes.

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