Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide: 17th edition

Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide: 17th edition

Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide: 17th edition

Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide: 17th edition

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Overview

One-stop solution for planning your European rail travel adventure. Fifty key routes to follow or use as building blocks for longer itineraries. Includes Britain and Ireland. Best ticket deals, booking tips and rail pass information. Perfect for Eurail and Interrail. Long-standing guidebook that combines evocative writing with practical advice. Useful tips on where to stay and what to see along the routes. Written by two highly experienced travellers who have roamed the rails for years. Classic routes and popular journeys such as the Glacier Express, the Rhine Valley, French Riviera and the Scottish Highlands. New routes to Slovakia, Romania and Greece, plus enhanced coverage of the Alps and Adriatic regions in this brand new edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783945225035
Publisher: Saltway
Publication date: 04/26/2022
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 216,541
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Nicky Gardner is a Berlin-based travel writer who weaves words about Europe's finest rail journeys. She also writes about cultures and communities.

Susanne Kries believes firmly in the social and community value of public transport. Susanne has worked with Nicky Gardner on many projects, including several editions of Europe by Rail.

Table of Contents

A word of welcome 8

Fifty years of Interrail 11

How to use this book 14

Overview: The 50 routes 16

Planning your itinerary 18

Getting the best deals on tickets 21

Key shipping links 29

Europe in colour: Journeys of discovery 33

Routes 49

Discover Britain and Ireland 50

1 Following Brunei to Cornwall 52

London

Reading

Exeter

Plymouth

Penzance

Sidetracks A: Cornish Branch Lines 58

2 Cathedrals, castles and glens 59

London

York

Durham

Edinburgh

Inverness

Kyle

Sidetracks B: The Hebrides 68

3 The rural route to the West Highlands 69

Rotterdam

Hull

Settle

Edinburgh

Fort William

Mallaig

4 Across England and Wales to Ireland 78

Rotterdam

Harwich

Chester

Dublin

Killarney

Sidetracks C: Irish Questions 87

5 West to Europe's Celtic fringe 88

London

Cotswolds

Mid-Wales

Dublin

Galway

The Low Countries and Germany 96

6 Through Flanders to Amsterdam 97

Lille

Bruges

Antwerp

Den Haag

Amsterdam

Sidetracks D: Belgium's Coastal Tramway 103

7 From Hauts-de-France to the Rhine 104

Lille

Brussels

Liege

Aachen

Cologne

Sidetracks E: Creature Comforts 109

8 From the Netherlands to Lake Geneva 110

Amsterdam

Maastricht

Luxembourg

Strasbourg

Lausanne

9 Exploring the Rhine Valley 117

Cologne

Koblenz

Heidelberg

Triberg

Zurich

Sidetracks F: Rhine vs Moselle 125

10 Across northern Germany 126

Cologne

Dusseldorf

Hannover

Helmstedt

Berlin

11 Steaming through the Harz Mountains 133

Hannover

Goslar

Wernigerode

Quedlinburg

Magdeburg

12 From Berlin to the Alps 138

Berlin

Leipzig

Weimar

Wurzburg

Munich

Salzburg

A taste of France 147

13 From London to the Mediterranean 148

London

Paris

Nevers

Clermont-Ferrand

Nîmes

Marseille

14 Paris to Geneva

The slow way 156

Paris

Dijon

Beaune

Lyon

Annecy

Geneva

Sidetracks G: Exploring the Jura 163

15 Exploring the French Riviera 164

Marseille

Bandol

Toulon

Cannes

Antibes

Nice

16 The Seine Valley and Normandy 171

Paris

Giverny

Rouen

Lisieux

Bayeux

Cherbourg

Sidetracks H: Carriage Design 175

17 The Loire Valley and Atlantic coast 176

Paris

Angers

Bordeaux

Biarritz

San Sebastian

18 To the Pyrenees 182

Paris

Dordogne

Toulouse

Latour de Carol

Barcelona

Iberian connections 189

19 From the Alps to Catalonia 190

Geneva

Aix-les-Bains

Avignon

Perpignan

Portbou

Barcelona

Sidetracks I: Mediterranean Islands 198

20 Historic Spain 199

Barcelona

València

Despeñaperros

Cordoba

Seville

Cádiz

Sidetracks J: South from Spain 206

21 High-speed Spain 207

Barcelona

Madrid

Córdoba

Málaga

22 Pilgrim route to Santiago 213

San Sebastián

Burgos

Leon

Santiago de Compostela

23 The Atlantic coast of Iberia 219

Santiago de Compostela

Vigo

Porto

Lisbon

Sidetracks K: Grand Stations 226

Scandinavia and the Baltic 227

24 Great maritime cities 228

Amsterdam

Hamburg

Odense

Copenhagen

Stockholm

25 To the Skagerrak and beyond 238

Fredericia

Aarhus

Hirtshals

Oslo

Stockholm

Sidetracks L: Slow Boat to Icelano 245

26 Sampling Scandinavia 246

Copenhagen

Goteborg

Oslo

Bergen

27 North to the Lofoten Islands 254

Oslo

Lillehammer

Trondheim

Bodø

Svolvær

28 Night train to Narvik 260

Stockholm

Boden

Narvik

Svolveer

Sidetracks M: Norway's Far North 267

29 From northern Sweden to Russia 268

Boden

Oulu

Tampere

Turku

Helsinki

St Petersburg

Sidetracks N: The Communal Carriage 278

30 Baltic adventure 279

Hamburg

Lübeck

Stralsund

Szczecin

Gdansk

Warsaw

Sidetracks O: Baltic Trains 288

Central and eastern Europe 289

31 Bohemian byways 290

Nuremberg

Plzen

Karlovy Vary

Prague

32 Four capitals in a day 296

Hamburg

Berlin

Prague

Bratislava

Budapest

Sidetracks P: Named Trains 304

33 To the Black Sea 305

Vienna

Budapest

Sighisoara

Bucharest

Constanta

34 Exploring Slovakia 314

Vienna

Bratislava

Poprad

Košice

Budapest

Sidetracks Q: Carpathian Connections 322

35 East from Berlin 323

Berlin

Poznan

Warsaw

Kraków

Przemysl

Lviv

Sidetracks R: Through Ukraine 331

36 Through Serbia and Montenegro 332

Budapest

Subotica

Belgrade

Bar

Bari

Sidetracks S: Through Albania 339

37 From Saxony to the Tatra Mountains 340

Dresden

Görlitz

Wroclaw

Kraków

Zakopane

Sidetracks T: Crossing Frontiers 346

Alpine adventures 347

38 Crossing the Alps 348

Munich

Mittenwald

Innsbruck

Bolzano

Verona

Sidetracks U: The Alps by Bus 354

39 The Arlberg route 355

Zurich

Feldkircn

Innsbruck

Salzburg

Vienna

Sidetracks V: Night Train Perspective 364

40 Over the Bernina Pass 365

Zurich

Zernez

St Moritz

Tirano

Milan

41 The classic Gotthard route 370

Basel

Lucerne

Gotthard

Locarno

Stresa

Milan

Sidetracks W: Through the Simplon 377

42 Following the Glacier Express 378

St Moritz

Andermatt

Brig

Zermatt

43 Swiss lakes and mountains 383

Zurich

Lucerne

Interlaken

Montreux

Lausanne

Geneva

Sidetracks X: To the top of Europe 391

Italy and the Adriatic 392

44 Habsburg connections 393

Vienna

Semmering

Graz

Ljubljana

Trieste

Sidetracks Y: Railways and World Heritage 401

45 From the Riviera to Florence 402

Nice

Monaco

Sanremo

Genoa

Cinque Terre

Pisa

Florence

46 Tuscany and Umbria 409

Verona

Bologna

Florence

Siena

Orvieto

Rome

47 North Italian cities 416

Genoa

Milan

Cremona

Mantua

Verona

Venice

Trieste

48 South to Sicily 424

Rome

Naples

Messina

Taormina

Siracusa

49 By rail and ship to Greece 431

Venice

Bologna

Rimini

Bari

Patras

Athens

50 From the Danube to the Adriatic 439

Budapest

Lake Balaton

Zagreb

Split

Ancona

Gazetteer 446

A country-by-country guide to exploring Europe by rail in alphabetical order

Albania 447

Andorra 447

Austria 448

Belarus 449

Belgium 451

Bosnia and Herzegovina 453

Bulgaria 454

Croatia 456

Cyprus 457

Czech Republic 458

Denmark 460

Estonia 461

Faroe Islands 463

Finland 463

France 465

Germany 467

Great Britain 469

Greece 472

Hungary 473

Iceland 475

Ireland 475

Italy 477

Kosovo 479

Latvia 479

Liechtenstein 481

Lithuania 481

Luxembourg 482

Malta 484

Moldova 484

Monaco 484

Montenegro 485

Netherlands 486

North Macedonia 488

Norway 489

Poland 491

Portugal 492

Romania 494

Russian Federation 495

San Marino 497

Serbia 498

Slovakia 499

Slovenia 501

Spain 502

Sweden 505

Switzerland 506

Turkey 508

Ukraine 510

Vatican City (Holy See) 511

Reference Section 512

A word on place names 512

City links: travel times between principal cities 513

Planning overnight stays 518

Night trains 520

Cruise trains 523

When a train is not a train 524

Rail pass briefing 525

A-Z of travel in Europe 529

Index 534

Postscript and feedback request 544

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