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InfoRailMap

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Discover Your Europe

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InfoRailMap 2020

Available for purchase from Amazon online book stores

Purchase includes PDF of complete InfoRailMap including PDF for Switzerland and Austria
Super detailed InfoRailMap also included is surrounding borders countries of Germany, Italy, France, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia

InfoRailMap purposeful design

InfoRailMap has been specifically designed for planning global (Europe wide) Interrail/Eurail RailPass

InfoRailMap is icon enhanced providing instant identification of the most impressive and historically important locations throughout the whole continent. For example major UNESCO listed protected heritage sites, monument, medieval old world towns and beautiful landscapes.

Discover the most impressive locations to visit in an instant

Discover the endless opportunity of the Interrail Pass

Discover Scenic Europe

InfoRailMap includes clear and instant identification of scenic routes for the whole of the European Railway network


Super detailed InfoRailMap 2020

InfoRailMap includes super detailed Atlas for all the amazing alpine routes so you can plan your route in the full knowledge of what to expect and how to plan around the stunning scenery.

InfoRailMap 2020 - Planning tool

Deciding where to travel in Europe is a really hard decision as you are completely spoilt for choice. InfoRailMap clearly identifies where to focus your attention instantly so you know which routes to take and what locations you want to visit and explore.

InfoRailMap is completely unique

The Interrail/Eurail product covers 33 European countries and InfoRailMap covers all these countries plus North Africa and Iceland. InfoRailMap contents page provides page numbers and flags for easily location of the country you want to find. Also included are super detailed InfoRailMap page numbers. Page numbers are also included on the Back Page in hand map form.

InfoRailMap Legend

The comprehensive Legend is what makes InfoRailMap a completely unique planning tool. Everything you need to know about the legend has been condensed into one page.

InfoRailMap 2020 Interior

What can you expect?

63 pages of European Railway A4 letter size quality Atlas

InfoRailMap Index

A-Z index includes all the major tourist rich destinations in Europe

InfoRailMap is super easy to navigate with grid referenced Index entries

A-Z index makes it super easy to locate to your favourite locations

InfoRailMap Index is a also a top destination guide

Capital cities are indicated in Red bold
Last page includes handy currency info table

InfoRailMap back cover

Back cover includes handy quick access Legend guide, essential Country name/location, page numbers for both main Atlas and the Detailed Atlas pages for Switzerland  and Austria.

Quality print product

InfoRailMap has hard wearing glossy laminate covers

InfoRailMap's strange proportions?

InfoRailMap has had to be substantially reduced in some regions in order to fit nicely! For instance Scandinavia (is vast!) and therefore has had to be reduced in size to at least one third of its aspect ratio size in comparison to its neighbours of Finland and Denmark. The Skagerrak Sea that separates Denmark and Norway has been almost completely removed!
Iberia (Spain and Portugal) has been reduce to fit nicely over four spreads and is not to geographical scale in relation to North Africa.
United Kingdom and Ireland are both much larger than their aspect ratio to France and Benelux.

InfoRailMap PDF is a major part of product purchase

RailPass InfoRailMap print and eBook publications include awesome PDF downloads which are easily found from selecting the [Menu] or PDF options from the top bar or toggle the top bar [Menu] and select [PDF downloads]
A password protected page will load and provide instance access to downloading the PDFs. Beware full InfoRailMap is a big 15K file.
PDF will initially take time to build depending on your device cache memory size. The advice is to download to PC and then move to a SD card. Please see the PDF download page for more info.
Clear instructions and password is provided within the paperback InfoRailMap Atlas and end chapter of the eBook.
PDF does not include Atlas info boxes which include ferry discount and schedule info etc.

Introducing InfoRailMap as a learning tool

Europe's Roman, medieval, Christian and modern heritage is encapsulated by InfoRailMap Icons which together depict the very essence of what makes Europe the most history rich continent on the planet.
There really is no comparison to many of the most magnificent UNESCO listed artifacts that make up the fabric of European culture.
Top of the list for awesome buildings is Venice and at the height of the Roman Empire c.11 the stunning Basilica was built and dedicated to St Mark (Baxelega de San Marco).
The winged lion is the symbol of the saint of Venice and is featured many times on this sumptuously adorned building.

InfoRailMap Location Icons

Including location icons enables instant identification of the essence of what makes that particular location special .. ie castle, UNESCO listed, cathedral etc.
For example Czech Republic southern city of Brno is home to the completely unique equestrian statue of Margrave Jobst of Luxembourg. The statue is huge and dominates the tree lined square opposite the cathedral.

Discover awesome Castles

Germany is home of many of worlds most famous and interesting castles to visit and explore
Würzburg is one of the largest fortified castle structures in Europe and is perched high on a hill top with truly vast external walls. The Castle is clearly visible from train as you approach.

InfoRailMap clearly identifies top tourist destinations to seek out

England has many fantastic market towns to explore. Shrewsbury is near the border with Wales and is located in middle England and is most famous for being the birth place of Mr Charles Darwin and he has an instantly recognisable statue outside the local town library.
Shrewsbury is also famous for its preserved Tudor half-timbered houses and medieval red brick old town make this a very endearing spot to visit. There is a castle, cathedral, beautiful statues, old world charming pubs, beautiful river walks and all easily accessible from the train station.

Discover historical Europe

Zagreb Capital of Croatia is a beautiful city to explore and you are greeted by this fantastic equine statue of the first king of Croatia King Tomislav made by the famous sculptor Robert Franges Mihanovic which is adjacent to the Glavni Kolodvor Train main city train station.

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Discover Scandinavia

Please note that InfoRailMap is not to physical scale and Scandinavia has been substantially reduced in size.

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Discover Central Norway

Top designation in Central Norway is the Flam scenic train and the bus route to the vast and hugely impressive UNESCO listed fijords of Preikstolen. Flam railway is one of Norway's most dramatic scenic routes and is a private railway and does attract a discount for global and Norway in-date RailPass

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Discover Denmark

InfoRailMap is not to physical scale and seas surrounding Denmark haves been substantially reduced in size.

Discover Your Europe

Esbjerg - Denmark - Men by the Sea
Completely free to visit art installation

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Discover Iberia - Spain and Portugal

InfoRailMap is not to physical scale and Iberia has been reduced in size.

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Discover Northern Portugal

Although Portugal is not very easily accessible by super frequent rail services from Spain it is however easily reached by budget airline connections from all over Europe. Top locations of Lisboa, Sintra, Evora, Porto and Viana do Castelo.

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Discover Southern Portugal and North Africa

InfoRailMap is not to physical scale and Strait of Gibraltar has been reduced in size

Lisboa - Capital of Portugal

Capital city Lisboa is famous for its amazing metro artwork and impressive street installations. No metro stop is the same and some are super impressive with huge art installations to admire.

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Discover South of France

InfoRailMap is not to physical scale and South of France has been reduced in size and only the major sea side resorts are included

Discover Avignon

The walled city is surrounded by impressive medieval stone ramparts which surround the impressive Palais des Papes.

Discover Marseille

Ancient Greek built port of Marseille is super fun to explore. Regular ferries depart for Mediterranean Islands of Corsica and Sardinia and North Africa.

What is Interrail / Eurail? Just in case you don't know!

The single ticket whole European RailPass


The Interrail/Eurail RailPass enables single or multi country access to the entire European railway network including Turkey, UK and Lithuania as a single ticket .. for between 4 days to three months.
The only exception is High Speed (EuroStar, THALES, EuroCity (EC) etc), some InterCity (IC) trains that cross boarders and private scenic routes where an additional mandatory supplement and seat reservation is required.
Basically you have the freedom, flexibility and convenience to turn up at any station .. take any train (within the product) .. at any time you want .. without any restrictions.
The Interrail App has an excellent off-line timetable that clearly details trains that require additional mandatory supplements and seat reservations. Click here for more info.

InfoRailMap purposeful design for Global RailPass Holders

InfoRailMap 2020 - Alternative 2020 print editions Cover

InfoRailMap 2020 - Alternative 2020 print editions Cover

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How to navigate the Atlas Legend

The comprehensive Legend is what makes InfoRailMap a completely unique planning tool. Everything you need to know about the legend has been condensed into one page. For instance .. how to located capital cities .. which train connections require additional supps and seat reservations .. which locations are UNESCO listed?

Europe's capital cities are awesome places to visit and explore

How to locate capital cities and major tourist destinations

Capital cities and main line railway connections are super easy to identify

Capital cities usually have ancient historical backgrounds

Top tips

Capital cities always have ample budget accommodation options and make for a great base to further investigate the rest of the country.
Capital cities also make perfect destinations for single country RailPass or Eurail regional pass.
For example Wien, Capital city of Austria has regular RE trains to Bratislava which is the capital of Slovakia and makes for a perfect day out. Also easy to get to is Gyor in Hungary which is just over the border.
InfoRailMap enables you to quickly navigate possible awesome days trips from a base location.

Discover the Republic of Ireland

Ireland although on the outskirts of Europe is home to increasingly popular capital city of Dublin. Only a few hours distance by regular train service is Belfast the capital of Northern Ireland and a great base for exploring the natural wonders of Giants Causeway and Game of Thrones landscapes.

Discover the Netherlands

Major cities and their transport hubs are easily identified with related icons and connections. Holland has many modern new build train stations and Rotterdam is one of the most modern. NB. Most train stations have electronic barriers. Use the bar code on Interrail/Eurail Pass to activate.

Discover Central France

Central French city of Dijon is a perfect location to unwind from the busy capital cities and lots of interesting buildings to explore and admire.

Discover Northern Italy

Coastal port of Genova is a highlight of northern Italy and perfect stop off on the route between the south of France and all routes heading to central Italy

Discover Southern Germany

Beautiful Bavarian town of Füssen in southern Germany is a showcase of protected historical significant locations which are kept in tip top condition and are awesome places to explore. Also well worth seeking out is Lindau.

Discover Central Italy

Central Italy is blessed with some very beautiful locations and Lucca is well preserved wall city which includes some amazing churches, squares and park spaces. For the best full on appreciation of this remarkable location is to head left from the train station entrance and enter the city via Porta San Pietro gate which has attractive statue and big imposing gate pass through.

InfoRailMap

Learn how to navigate the European Railway network

InfoRailMap clearly identifies high speed routes, scenic routes and all the regular railway network routes

High speed trains

The mainline railway as displayed by InfoRailMap is the European network .. high speed services often run on these tracks and many in France have dedicated TGV only tracks .. and therefore to aid in navigation InfoRailMap displays coloured connections in Orange highlight and Purple highlight to make it very obvious which connections are extra cost to the RailPass purchase and which are clearly time saving high speed routes.
High speed trains completely take the hassle out of international travel eg cross boarder connections between France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and between France and Spain and between Germany and Poland especially where local trains have limited services.
InfoRailMap clearly identifies the intercity high speed routes where compulsory reservations and supplements are required with bright orange lines eg TGV, THALES, EuroStar and AVE.
High speed trains in Spain (AVE) and Belgium (THALES) incur additional mandatory supplements and compulsory seat reservations that need to be booked advance. This can easily be done at major city train station or via the Interrail App
InfoRailMap clearly identifies intercity high speed routes with bright orange highlighted lines.
IMPORTANT: These connections have been made additional to the actual network lines as many of these routes use the same railway lines.
RailPass holders get special price see Eurostar website or the interrail.eu app for more info.

Bright Orange highlights are clearly marked to enable instant identification of high speed routes.
Top Tips: High Speed trains in Spain are the only sensible way to get around this huge country. For many routes there are no regional (RE) train alternatives. Supplements and reservations can be quickly booked at any major Spanish city train station and can be booked many months in advance. Costs are standard regardless of length of journey.

Train Ferries

Highlight of the Italian Railway is the ferry train between Villa san Giovani and Messina on the island of Sicily. Train divides and pushed onto the train .. the ferry makes the short journey across the sea and is pulled back to shore.
Top Tip: Famous train ferry departs twice daily from Naples and arrives at Siracusa/Palermo 9++ hours later. NB. Always remember to book a window seat on the right hand side of the train in direction of travel for the best seaside views as it is very scenic as the train hugs the coastline. There is a night service too - book bottom bunks if you can as there are no security bars on the top and middle bunks.

Quickly identify high speed routes

Bright Orange highlights are clearly marked to enable instant identification of high speed routes where additional seat reservation and supplement must be purchased before boarding.
High Speed trains in Sweden like in Spain offer the only viable way of intercity travel and seat reservations can be easily purchase in majority of mainland European countries. Particularly good are German DB major station reservation booking service have access to the entire network.

Main line routes in Eastern Europe

Many Greek and Eastern European (ie Romania and Bulgaria) mainline connections require compulsory seat reservations
Best advice is always check Departure listings before you board any train in Eastern Europe.
Top Tip: Seat reservations can be purchased in any German or Austrian train station and can be booked many weeks in advance.

Germany is the exception for high speed train services

Purple lines indicate high speed services where no additional mandatory supplement or seat reservation is required.
German DB network is easily top of the list for RailPass awesomeness .. the entire DB network (only exception is cross boarder trains with Belgium, France, Denmark and Czech Republic) is free to travel on. This means all intercity ICE and IC trains.
Top Tip: German ICE/IC/EC high speed trains: YOU MUST CHECK the seat for reservations. Electronic display is located above the seat or for a small number of trains at the side.
It is acceptable to sit in a reserved seat .. but expect to be moved when the reservation holder turns up .. then you are obliged to move and find another seat. Sitting/standing in the corridors is common place especially at busy times of the day.
Try and avoid busy commuter times for example between 8am-10am and 4pm-6pm if you want to claim a seat.
It is possible to reserve a seat with an Interrail Pass. Always remember to request a window seat at time of booking!.
German DB timetable info can be found here. Online timetable covers most of Europe's big city connections. There is no off-line version unfortunately you do need internet connection. Also really useful on ICE/IC trains is free internet for limited use and access to timetable.

Local trains

InfoRailMap includes majority of local RE, RB, REX and REGIO connections which are all included in Interrail and Eurail RailPass product
Top Tip: S-Bahn is included in RailPass Product. But you must remember to complete your Travel diary. Failure to complete Travel diary can mean a BIG fine! Don't get caught out.
S-Bahn trains are particularly useful if you arrive and depart from German Airports as many are connected to S-Bahn network. Only exception is Nuremberg which is only connected by U-Bahn.

Local RE, RB, REX, REGIO:

Always double check that commuter trains and metro services between for example The Hague and Rotterdam are included. Many big city Metro service are not included although they look and feel like regular regional (RE) trains. Metro stations usually have electronic controls before boarding. This usually means they are not part of the RailPass product.

How do you know which are connections are local railway connections?

Best advice is always check the departure listings which are always present at train station and double check your train does not incur a seat reservations or additional supplement
Interrail app is perfect for double checking where connections need additional seat reservations or mandatory supplements. Link for Interrail app is here

Learn all about Europe's Super impressive scenic routes

InfoRailMap clearly highlights and identifies all the very best scenic routes on the entire network

InfoRailMap super detailed pages for awesome Alpine routes.

InfoRailMap clearly identify the super scenic routes that you simply can not miss.

Discover Austria

OBB state run local trains (RE) are always preferable to faster intercity railJet services. Although railJet is awesome for high speed routes between Wien and Salzburg/Graz much of the gorgeous countryside is screened off to allow faster train speed. railJet services only stop at the major city and bigger towns and detour around much of the windy/hilly routes which make for the stunning super scenic views.

Also railJet trains services do not have much space to move around in .. and usually most of the window seats are reserved in advance.
Top Tip: If you have time, especially in central and western Austria, always opt for the local train network.

Discover super scenic Switzerland

Regional trains in Switzerland provide some astonishing scenic services.
All (well most!) Swiss trains are included in Interrail/Eurail product. The exceptions are the private railway branded tourist trains like the Glacier Express .. see further on for detailed explanation of this amazing train. Depending on the train route ie Golden Pass there are usually additional compartments/carriages/seats which include additional seat reservation costs.
If you do happen to sit in the wrong carriage you will be asked to find an alternative seat.
The little Gruyres Express train is between Bulle and Montbovon which is one of the most beautiful scenic routes in Switzerland. With a perfect stop in between for the amazing Gruyres Castle and grounds.

SBB - Swiss Federal Railways

SBB operate one of the most amazing train networks in the world and perhaps most famous for their seemingly effortless punctuality.
For a RailPass holder the instant availability of super modern train services transporting you around with stunning scenery to enjoy and gorgeous medieval old towns to enchant you.

Switzerland has the worlds most impressive scenic routes

InfoRailMap super detailed Atlas pages clearly identifies all of Switzerland's most epic alpine super scenic routes .. for example the famous Glacier Express. See the the Menu option for Switzerland to learn more about all the famous alpine routes that are featured.

The Glacier Express is an extraordinary Route

Famous route is clearly identified on InfoRailMap detailed pages. Specially built train carriages which are branded, some with the Swiss flag and some with huge domed windows so you get to experience the whole vast vistas. St. Moritz is a great place to train spot all the different trains which travel around the mountains.

Discover Scotland's stunning lochs and mountain scenery

Although not quite in the league of Alpine visas, Scotland's moody mountains are simply stunning

Croatian's scenic railway routes

Mainline route down to Split is one of the most sublime and interesting on the network. Journey between Zagreb and Split takes approximately 6 hours. There is also a convenient Night Train services.
Seat reservations are compulsory and can be booked months in advance at any German (DB) or Austrian (OBB) train station. Always book in advance for summer months as Split is a very popular destination and remember to ask for a window seat at the time of booking.

Norway's scenic routes

Not to be missed is Oslo to Trondheim. Norway is famous for its fjords - inland lakes - the route begins in Oslo and passes along the shore of lake Mjøsa to its northern tip at Lillehammer which once hosted the winter olympics in 1994.
Route then continues through the Rondane National Park and then Dovrefjell Sunndalsfjella National Park on its way to the beautiful coastal city of Trondheim

England's top scenic routes

South of England boasts many beautiful scenic routes and each have their different attractions depending on the time of year. Tree lined routes between Salisbury and Bristol are beautiful both in spring and autumn.

Greece's top scenic route

Beautiful and varied scenic route between Athens and Larissa and is best viewed from the back of the train
Seat reservation is compulsory on this route on the IC direct train. Always remember to request window seat at time of booking.

InfoRailMap clearly identifies all the super scenic private railway routes

Private railway routes for example services departing from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the route to the 'Top of Europe' are not included in RailPass offering.

The cog railway between Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch is included in the all in one Swiss Travel Pass and not to be confused with the Interrail/Eurail Swiss country specific railpass which is just covers the main Swiss railway network and excludes discounts and bus services.
Scenic routes which are privately owned and not included as part of Interrail/Eurail product are clearly identified by Green highlighted line.

Private Railway Scenic Routes

Austria has a beautiful privately owned Zillertalbahn railway line between Jenbach and Mayrhofen
Mayrhofen is Austria highest major Alpine ski resort and also a fantastic location to hike in the summer months. Tickets for the super little train can be bought from the conductor or at Jenbach train station.

Zillertalbahn private Railway is absolutely beautiful

Tickets for the little red train can be bought at Jenbach mainline platform ticket office or on the train from the conductor

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Bus routes

Bus connections are included where there is no train alternative ie Scandinavia. Bus services in Switzerland are included in the Swiss Travel Pass (www.sbb.ch) which is not part of the Interrail or Eurail product.

Learn more about Swiss Bus connections

Swiss bus services also provide access to the beautiful Leponitine Alps.

Learn more about Free bus service between Luleaa and Kemi

Scandinavia, in particular northern Norway, due to the size and terrain has limited railway services. InfoRailMap displays bus routes where there are no railway services.

InfoRailMap Atlas includes popular ferry connections

InfoRailMap (print editions only) provides discount info and www.links for all the most popular ferry routes including between Spain and North Africa, Scandinavia, Baltic Sea, UK and Mainland Europe and the Greek islands including Turkey, Cyprus and Crete.
The fastest way for getting between Sweden and Finland (without flying) is by ferry. A grand tour of Europe is just not complete without visiting Finland and it is really easy to organise the regular daily ferry route between Stockholm and Turku. RailPass holders are entitled to big discounts.
Access to the port is easy with public transport connections at Stockholm and at Turku port it is a very pleasant 30 min walk along the estuary or regular bus ride to Turku train station.
If you want to book a night sailing there are budget options which is similar in price to a 6 berth couchette on a night train. Daytime crossings is one of the scenic rich ferry crossings in Europe and you will not be disappointed.
InfoRailMap clearly identifies the most popular ferry crossings for the whole Mediterranean Sea including Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and the Balearic Islands.

Inland lakes

Detailed InfoRailMap for Switzerland details inland lake ferry services ie beautiful Gotthard Panorama Express route includes a ferry journey

Learn more about Greek Islands and popular ferry routes departing from Athens for Crete and Cyprus

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UNESCO Listed World Heritage
UNESCO icon

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) historically significant sites are abundant throughout the European Continent.
InfoRailMap clearly identifies the most popular, railway friendly, UNESCO sites to visit.

UNESCO Icon includes historically significant world heritage, significant Roman Artifacts, and protected landscapes

For example Toledo in Spain which is just a short 40 min train journey from Madrid Atocha train station

UNESCO sites include ancient Roman artifacts for example Bath Spa in England

UNESCO sites include ancient Roman sites for example Lyon in France

UNESCO sites include ancient Roman structures for example Segovia Aqueduct in Spain

The Castle icon

Castle icon indicates cities that include awesome Castles, Forts, Bridges and Citadels.
Spain is usually associated with its beaches on the east coast .. look closer and you will find some of the largest and most magnificent castle structures in Europe and some locations just can't be missed for example Avila.
Switzerland is famous for many castles one of the most impressive locations is Bellinzona in Southern Switzerland.
Another amazing Swiss castle is Gruyres which is free to visit and admire and has super walled hill top citadel to explore.
Oslo the capital city of Norway has a huge completely free to explore castle which towers over the port area and makes for a great destination for a brilliant view of the beautiful bay below.
Wales in United Kingdom is home of many amazing legends. Caerphilly just a short journey from the Capital city of Cardiff is an ancient castle and free to admire from the outside.
Napoli in Italy is home to a vast castle perched on hill and provides huge views of the coastline and port below
Passau in Germany is a beautiful river location with ancient Medieval old town, beautiful domed cathedral and free to visit castle which has impressive views of the city below.

The Cathedral icon

InfoRailMap clearly identifies all the many huge and beautiful Cathedrals, Mosques, Monasteries and Abbeys

Italy has many famous and stunning Cathedrals to visit - top of the list is hill top Citadel of Oriverto

Finnish capital of Helsinki has two beautiful Cathedrals to admire. Helsinki Cathedral dominates over the port area and can be clearly seen from afar

Melk's in home to Austria's most impressive Benedictine monastery which towers over the small town with some tremendous views of the surrounding country side

Turku is Finland's oldest documented town and has impressive stone build cathedral

Verona's city centre is one of Italy's finest and the picture perfect
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore has his remarkable statue at the entrance

Ancient roman city of Lyon in France is packed full to the brim of top tourist sites and stunning Cathedrals to admire

Milano in northern Italy is home to one of the worlds most handsome Gothic inspired Cathedrals

The Historic Old Town icon

Warsaw capital city of Poland is home to some of the most moving memorials in Europe. Almost completely destroyed by the Russians in the Second World war, Warsaw Old Town has been completely rebuilt and now makes for a fine stroll around.

Zagreb the capital city of Croatia upper old town is home to super colourful 13the Century church roof

Utrecht is one of Holland's oldest towns and has some handsome street statues

Brugge in Belgium is home to one of Europe's most impressive Medieval town halls

Limberg in Germany is famous for its pretty and colourful half-timbered old town
Scotland is the land of legends and Aberdeen honours its most famous Robert the Bruce

The Medieval icon

Nuremberg in central Germany is a fine old world town with many painted fresco buildings to admire
Lindau in southern Bavaria and displays beautiful fresco building artwork
Ceský Krumlov is one of Europe's most magnificent medieval old world towns and easily reached by train services from both Praha and from Linz in Austria

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InfoRailMap clearly identifies places you might not think to visit
for example beautiful Leuven in Belgium

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Many local regional town-to-town trains in Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland are super modern double deckers with big doors

Top tip

Departure listings are the FIRST place to go as soon as you arrive at any destination and check out that the next train you want to catch is departing when you expect. It is always worth checking out the location of the platform number as well. For instance in Zurich there are underground platforms which take about 2-5 minutes to get to depending on how busy the station is.
Knowing where your next train departs from and familiarizing yourself with the platform and how to get there makes for a less stress when you arrive for your next connection ..

Discover Your Europe

Train listings are present at all stations .. and usually found at the start of platforms. There is always time spare while you are waiting for your next train .. it is interesting to find out where trains have come from as well as where they are going to!

Discover Your Europe

Awesome Germany

Konstanz on the Swiss/German border and is a delightful location on the banks of Lake Constance (Bodensee).
Lake Constance is Europe's third largest inland lake. The biggest inland lake is Lake Balaton in Hungary is and then Lac de Geneve in Southern Switzerland.
Konstanz is almost part of Switzerland .. and train stop and start here .. so if you only have a Swiss Travel Pass don't worry! It really is a beautiful location to chill out.

Discover Your Europe - Geographical features - Beach

Europe is surrounded by the sea except the boarder with Russia. Coastlines from the tip of Scotland to the beautiful Greek islands is varied and is the stuff of legends! The United Kingdom is perhaps the most loved and varied of all the coastlines in Europe and particular favourites is the impressive South coast Chesil Beach and little Isle of Wight are very popular.
A few miles along the coast is wonderful Isle of Wight which is easily accessed by regular ferry services from Portsmouth. From the Ferry port there is little single line train which takes you to the beach resort at Shanklin. There is bit of a walk .. 20 mins to the beach and coast is absolutely beautiful and on a bright sunny day in the summer you are fooled into thinking you are somewhere almost exotic!
Isle of Wight single train line is between Ryde Esplanade and Shanklin. The little re-purposed London Underground Tube Train bounces up and down and speeds along at a frightening pace! Tickets can be purchased from the conductor and the whole line is super scenic. Best time of year to visit is definitely during spring and summer for the best weather.
Scotland has extraordinary coastline to enjoy, unfortunatly not much is accessible by regular train services except on the East Coast. The northern most town of Thurso is easily reached from Inverness and there is empty beach as far as the eye can see! Due to the natural bay it is popular with surfers.
Beach in Italy is a different experience to much of the rest of Europe and most beach across the whole of Italy is privately owned and rented out by the hour or day .. this is a bit of a culture shock for non Italian visitors
Popular coastal cities in Eastern Spain have easy access to beach and some beaches you need to pay .. but in general much is still free to roam.
Holland has endless super clean beach to its eastern border with the English Channel and makes for a super day out. Top of the list for a long beach walk is to take the train to Zandvoort aan Zee from Amsterdam. Then head left along the free to roam beach for a 8km walk to Den Haag beach resort which has famous De Pier, cantilevered wheel and bungee jump. There is a regular tram back to The Hague just beyond the sea front..
Ireland also has some superior beach to admire and a short distance from Dublin is popular seaside resort of Bray which has a lovely train station to admire right on the beach. North of Dublin is Howth which is a little island and just perfect for a day out from the busy Capital city of Dublin.
Portugal has beautiful beaches and a short distance from Lisboa is the coastal resort of Cascais which has a castle and old world town to explore and perfect day out from Lisboa.

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Switzerland

Switzerland's railway network is the envy of the world and magical scenery to match! Although the actual Country space of Switzerland is small in comparison to its neighbours of France, Germany and Italy it makes up for it in diversity. Switzerland is split into cantons and each has its own identity, language and different train RE local rolling stock.

Three different countries in one!

It is possible to start in Geneve which is French speaking .. pass along the southern aspect down to Bellinzona which is Italian speaking and then north to Schaffhausen which is German speaking .. all in the space of one day .. three almost different countries. This makes Switzerland very special and its effortless railway system with its assortment of super modern double deckers to old world age worn carriages that have windows that open.

What else makes Switzerland different?

Another distinct difference to anywhere else in Europe is the ubiquitous availability of printed timetable and quality tourist information related to the train network. Tourist info boards are abundant at every train station which are always a good point of reference at the start of any new destination exploration. Switzerland operates an integrated transport system which means bus service are linked to railway timetables so services are always ready and waiting after your train departure. Bus stations are usually located right next door to the train station.

Super detailed InfoRailMap includes major mountains names and elevation in meters height .. lakes .. rivers .. national parks .. everything you need to properly understand exactly what is on offer via this amazing railway and integrated transport network.

Super detailed InfoRailMap For Switzerland includes border countries of Germany, France, Italy and Austria.

Super detailed InfoRailMap For Switzerland is spead over 6 Atlas pages

Learn more about getting around Switzerland

If you need a train station which has everything that you need then head to Zürich HB Train Station. The vast shopping center is underground and there are multiple levels containing everything you could possibly need including showers, toilets, 24/7 lockers, chemists, book shops, patisseries, candy stores, magazine shops, supermarkets and even more train platforms.
The ground/street level departure platforms has a must-visit Train Information/Ticket Office where you can pick up quality printed material covering the whole integrated transport system. In fact most major stations have free quality printed material including timetables, maps and tourist info available so always worth checking out while you wait for your next train.

Learn more about Switzerland's amazing purpose built railway network services

Super detailed InfoRailMap Atlas pages includes extra highlights for all the purpose built super scenic railways lines

Discover Switzerland's famous UNESCO heritage railway

UNESCO Bernina Express shares part of the same route as the Glacier Express and starts is journey at Chur and passes through Fillsur to Bever. There is a detour either via Pontresina or via St. Moritz.

The Piz Bernina mountains range is easily the most enthralling of all the Swiss alpine routes and try and find a window that opens for even more enjoyment. Train winds its way down the valley to Tirano which make for breathtaking valley views .. it really is very awesome!
The route goes directly between the Piz Bernina Ospizio and Piz Hospiz mountain range hence the name.
The route can be extended by the Bernina bus along the northern Italian border and back into Switzerland where the final stop is Lugano.

Bernina Express route passes through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges between Chur and Tirano
Train track travels along the shore of crystal clear Lake Bianco
Always check to see if there is a carriage where the windows open for big majestic views of the approaching valleys. The route really is breathtaking at some points.
Bernina Express is a whole different experience in mid winter! Be prepared for the cold!
Bernina Express route is still well worth doing even when there is low cloud. The big mountain vistas do disappear .. but instead there is snow!
For more Bernina info visit:
rhb.ch/en/panoramic-trains/bernina-express

Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn Express

Regular RE services run between Visp and Zermatt. The route heads up the mountain to the famous Zermatt ski resort with onward connections to the Matterhorn viewing platform and ski resort.
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn Express is included in Interrail/Eurail product. Train has interesting route info in the train carriages which is useful if you do not know the area.
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn Express train makes it way up the hill a lot slower than the downward journey! Which makes super slow scenic journey which follows the little stream up the mountains which is very attractive especially on a bright blue sunny day!

Discover Zermatt

Little town of Zermatt really just runs to one main road and has expensive ski equipment shops and there are supermarkets and bakeries etc. It is a perfect location for hiking in the summer months.
Directly opposite the train station entrance is the ski lift to the Matterhorn. Beware the cost of getting to the Matterhorn viewing platform is super expensive. If you decide that this is what you want to do you might be better off with purchase of the   Swiss Travel Pass  which includes this journey.
Zermatt is also the start/end station for the amazing Glacier Express Train.

Discover Famous Glacier Express Route

Glacier Express route is between Zermatt and St Moritz

Super modern branded carriages are not included as part of Interrail/Eurail .. but the almost 90% of the route can be done by regular RE trains at no extra cost.

The dictionary definition for glacier is "an extended mass of ice formed from snow falling and accumulating over the years and moving very slowly, either descending from high mountains, as in valley glaciers, or moving outward from center's of accumulation, as in continental glaciers".
The Impressive Glacier Express route travels along the valley at the base of the vast Trugberg Mountain range which has an elevation of 3,933 metres.

Glacier Express travels over 291 bridges and passes through 91 tunnels

Glacier Express is definitely a route to do in both directions - once is just not enough!

St Moritz train station has a little room dedicated to the Glacier Express

There some really interesting photos of the original Glacier Express built in 1930's and the men that built this amazing feat of engineering.
For more Glacier Express train info visit:
www.glacierexpress.ch/en

Discover Switzerland's sublime and beautiful Golden Pass route

Full route (Swiss Travel Pass - branded carriages) is between Luzern and Geneve. These services include super modern dedicated carriages with restaurant facilities and much more. Services depart in each direction daily and do get booked up in advance in peak tourist seasons ie summer holidays and Christmas.
The actual Golden Pass is between Zweisimmen and Montreux and is free to travel on regular RE trains which are super fun old world worn and ancient carriages where most of the windows open which is just fantastic.

The Beautiful Golden Pass Route

The Golden Pass alpine visas will be in your memory for ever! This is no exaggeration .. if you are lucky and get a good weather the scenery really is simply stunning.

Departing from Montreux the RE route heads to Zweisimmen via Gstaad

Route passes through Gruyères National Park - Chateau-d' Oex is perfect stop for a walk about

Golden Pass route has some breathtaking vistas to admire including rolling hills, forests, typical swiss chalets and huge mountain landscapes
Golden Pass route is gorgeous no matter what time of the year
Golden Pass route is between central Switzerland and Lake Geneve and as the train approaches Montreux the lake and French Alps in the background are in clear view. It really is very beautiful.
Golden Pass route - interior of RE carriages which form part of the same train as branded carriages are completely free to travel on with an Interrail Global pass
For more info visit www.goldenpassline.ch

William Tell Express:

Luzern - Lake Luzerne - Flüelen - St Gotthard - Bellinzona - Lugano

Departing from UNESCO listed Luzern the route follows the coastline of Lake Lucern on a vintage paddle steamer and passes through one the deepest inland lakes in Switzerland and past the famous Rigi mountain.
The route then heads to the south eastern shore to little town of Flüelen, just a short walk and the amazing fully curved dome windowed panoramic train speeds you south along the original alpine route between Erstfeld and Goschenen. This route has been morphed for high speed routes into the 'New ' Gotthard tunnel.
From Goschenen the train disappears through the 'old' Gotthard Tunnel to Airolo and then the amazing alpine railway circles around the mountains to reach the top with the mighty Cima Dell Uomo mountains to Bellinzona and then down hill all they way to the last station stop which is Lugano.

How to get to the Top of Europe - Jungfraujoch

Interlaken Ost - Wilderswil - Zweilütschinen - Lütschental - Burglauenen - Schwendi bei Grindelwald - Grindelwald

The Bernese Alps in central Switzerland is home to the Jungfraujoch and is the second highest mountains in Europe
The route begins its journey from Interlaken Ost and there are two alternative ways to reach the Jungfraujoch viewing platform. Journey is not included interrail or Eurail RailPass but is included in the Swiss Travel Pass.
Unfortunately the final leg of the trip to the amazing viewing platform .. the top of the Jungfrauhoch is super .. super expensive .. so almost as good is the budget option which is to just pay the cost to get to Grindelwald and enjoy the view from afar!
The journey to the mighty Jungfrau - Top of Europe has some little hut stops and all have tourist info about where you are and what to look out for especially useful if you are intending on hiking in the area.

Learn more about Swiss trains

Swiss trains are varied and always super clean, punctual and simply awesome!
Top Tip: Try and avoid peak commuter routes between the major cities between 8am-9am and in the evening between 4pm and 6pm. Services get really busy and you will struggle to find a seat. Time your day so you are sight seeing during these peak travel times and save yourself a whole load of unnecessary hassle and crowds. Zurich and Bern train stations are particularly busy at these time of the day and best avoided if you can.

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Bern - Capital city

Capital city of Switzerland Bern is not like any other Swiss city. Bern gleams on a bright sunny day and really is best visited in the summer months. Visit during winter it can be a harsh cold experience! First place to head to is the super stocked tourist office on the top floor of the Train Station complex. Just keep heading up the escalators to the very top. Bern was the easiest city in Switzerland to protect due to is vantage point on almost an island and the Old Town area is perched on a hill and surrounded by the river Aare. Basically the town consists of one very long road with little similar roads running parallel which are just as interesting as the main road (Kramgasse) to explore and is UNESCO listed.
Bern's famous old town clock, Zytglogge, is not the first big stately clock you pass if you are walking or on the tram from the train station .. so don't mistake them. The first clock you pass, the Käfigturm which was built in the 17th Century has the trams running through .. keep walking and you meet the daddy of all town clocks the impressive Zytglogge which was built a century earlier!
Bern is packed full of things to do and see including some interesting building artwork. Top thing to do is make your way to the river Aare and walk in either direction around the river bend and then find a vertical set of steps to climb up to get back to the main part of the town.
There are many windy little path ways which are simply lovely and really give you a taste of what it might be like to actually live here and you will be glad you experienced this part of the old town.
Top places to find are Einsteinhaus which is the 1900's rented second-floor flat of the most famous of all Bern's recent inhabitants Albert Einstein. The flat is now a museum and can be explored for a small sum which is quite fun. At the top/begriming of the Kramgasse Road is the famous Zytglogge colourful painted mechanical clock tower and astrolabe. Very nearby is the beautiful Cathedral of Bern which is free to explore.
Bern Cathedral is just around the corner from Einstein's haus. Interior of the Cathedral is free to explore.
Bern Old Town has some interesting signage and colourful painted buildings. There is street chess board which attracts a bit of a crowd no matter the season!
Bern Town Hall and Swiss Government buildings are rather attractive with interesting statues and big gardens to explore. Plus some amazing views of the hill beyond.

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Zurich

Zurich is Switzerland's financial hub and busiest train station and at peak commuter times is super busy. Zurich is a big city and the Old Town stretches across both sides of the river estuary. If you are staying in the city, and like all major Swiss cities, free transport pass is provided at check-in which is really useful .. especially for a town as big as Zurich.
Zurich HB Main Station concourse has huge blue departure board detailing imminent departures both by mainline railway and the super effecient S-Bahn.
Head down any of the escalators from the main departure hall and you enter into a deeply psychedelic experience of vibrant colours .. everything you could possibly imagine is here. Best time to visit is late in evening when the crowds have disappeared.
Zurich HB train station building is rather nice. Front door which faces the main shopping street is even more interesting with statues etc. Head for the back entrance (as in this photograph) and then Bahnhofbrücke bridge for quicker way to the Old Town, Coop Supermarket and trams for Eastern/uphill part of the town which is home to the Univeristy and Zoo.
Head away from the Old Town and exit the big open side entrance at the train station and there is a huge green space along the river bank which is perfect spot if you need to wait for your next train. Walk to the end of the park area and there is fantastic view of the fast flowing river.
Zurich Old Town is based around the estuary and has nice bridges providing super views of the buildings and walkways. There is a lot to do in Zurich so best advice is head to the very excellent Tourist Office in the big Hall located in the Train Station building (follow the signposts) and pick up some free info.
St Peter's church tall tower dominates the western part of the town.
Stalks have a significant presence in the Old Town.
The Iconic Grossmuster is well worth exploring inside and this part of the town is super interesting too.

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Basel

Basel is located in the north of Switzerland is borders with France and Germany. For trains heading to Mulhouse and connections for Strasbourg in France follow the signposts for the border. The impressive train station is one of the nicest in Switzerland with big paintings and original wooden fixtures.
Basel is famous for its Fine Art Galleries and top of the list is Kunst Museum.
Basel has a huge history as you will discover once you start exploring .. the city is divided by fast flowing River Rhine which is the natural border between France and Germany. With the advent of the railway network and road haulage the river has reduced prominance! But you can imagine just how busy it must have been .. the big tall buildings that line the river are awesome!
Basel used to be a walled city and the Spalentor Gate has been restored and is a rather fine building! The beautiful stone changes colour and is at its best at sunset. It really is rather amazing! This part of the Old Town is perfect for an evening stroll in the summer.
Basel Spalentor is free to explore .. albeit a single little building! But definitely well worth seeking out.
Basel is super interesting and with a huge amount to do and see .. there is art everywhere!
Basel is famous for its painted Town Tall and it really is simply astonishing .. best views are on a bright sunny day when the tiled roof red bricks just come alive. From Basel SBB train station take Tram 8 (pink line) to Marktplatz.

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Schaffhausen

Northern Swiss town of Schaffhausen is one of Switzerland's top destinations. Tourist information is abundant and you do not need a guide book or Google maps to find your way around! Instead there are well placed info/map boards so all you actually need to do is just follow the boards around the gorgeous little riverside town.
There are impressive baroque buildings with big bay windows, high windowed roofs and beautifully decorated facades. Perched on a hill in the centre of the town is the 6th-century Munot Fortress which is completely free to explore.. it is a bit of a hike up the many .. many stone stairs. Once at the top you are rewarded with a super view of the pretty town below.
Easy to find because of its high Gothic steeples is the church of St. Johann which is famous for its acoustics. The little town also boasts a Benedictine monastery which includes a Roman cathedral.

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Zug

Pretty little town of Zug is a delightful lakeside location with a huge clock, medieval wooden buildings and decorated facades. The Old Town is a 10 min walk from the train station and there are fantastic views of lake Zugersee and snow capped mountains beyond.
Zug is a perfect spot for lunch at one of the open air restaurants on the lake shore and then a stroll along the tree lined promenade.
Zug is has a pretty Old Town area which painted buildings and big beer houses. This building is Althus Restaurant and is rather nice inside as well .. there are a row of restaurants here in the summer months they spill out with seats and tables in the lake promenade.

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Luzern/Lucerne

The famous and UNESCO listed ancient Old World Medieval town of Luzern is well worth at least a day exploring. The center of the town just a few mins from the lake shore .. and as you make your way out of the super modern train station you are greeted this handsome statue on the city arch. Walk through the arch and you soon arrive at the jetty area for ferry rides across this beautiful lake.
Walk through the arch and you soon arrive at the jetty area for ferry rides across this beautiful lake. Lucerne is also the start of the William Tell Express which includes a paddle boat trip with outstanding views of the surrounding mountains as it head southwards. If you can find this big tourist infoboard then you are at the William Tell Boat Stop.
The famous wooden Kapellbrücke bridge connects the old town across river estuary link to the bigger lake. Also well worth seeking out is the wooden Spreuer Bridge .. just walk another 10 mins or so, which displays some beautiful artwork further north which is the main bridge over the river Reuss it really is remarkable.
Its colourful Altstadt (Old Town) is bordered on the north by 870m Museggmauer (Musegg Wall), a 14-century rampart. The covered Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), built in 1333, links the Altstadt to the Reuss River's right bank. Luzern also has a castle (Wachtturm) which is up a hill and also home to the famous painted clock tower, which dates back to 1535. The Old Town of Lucern really is very beautiful with amazing painted buildings kept in tip top condition and very photogenic with plenty to go wow at!

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Luzern to Interlaken Express

Be completely wowed by this special little train and the wonderful scenic journey. Super modern RE train service makes this regular journey.
Route really is super scenic and very special .. even on a rainy glum day! There are far reaching views of Lake Brienz as the little train makes its way around the mountains. Stopping off in any of many stops away is recommended as there is a regular hourly service between Luzern and Interlaken Ost. Route passes along the northern shores Lake Brienz and basses along the Brünig Safari and the huge 'Top of Europe' Jungfraujoch which looms in the distance and towers over Interlaken.

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Murten/Morat

Super little town of Murten/Morat is a German speaking medieval town south of the lake Murten and a bit off the beaten track and an absolute delight to explore. Little train station is serviced by S-Bahn local trains departing Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Kerzers.
Murten/Morat castle which is now a museum has super views of the little lake below.
Murten medieval central town really is special with some gorgeous streets to wonder around. The baroque German Church has a 15th century wooden pulpit and beautiful a stucco ceiling.

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Thun

Thun is known as 'Little Bern' .. and is almost like a miniature version of Bern and actually more attractive and easier to negotiate than the Capital city! There is a wonderful Old Town to explore, hill top turreted Castle built in the 1100's. There is lovely parks and pretty cathedral. For simply stunning views of Lake Thunersee head up hill from the train station (30 min walk max) towards the Castle and you are rewarded with very fine views of the city beneath and surrounding mountain vistas beyond.

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Lausanne

Lausanne is south of the country and on Lake Geneve and between Geneve and Montreux.
Lausanne's Museums and Art galleries display their work on boards all over the Old Town with colour coordinated artwork which is attractive.
Lausanne has an impressive Gothic cathedral dates back to 1,100 century. Inside you can find ornate painted portal, belfry & vibrant rose window. Cathedral is located within a hill top walled citadel and has stunning views of the lake and surrounding town. It really is a handsome place to wonder about .. although it is a bit of a climb to get there .. it is well worth the effort.
Citadel has some hansome buildings and is actually colour cordinated with the art boards that take up the open spaces.
Lausanne really is worth taking time to explore as you wonder about you happen upon some really unusual artistic works.

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St Gallen - UNESCO world heritage

St Gallen is special .. and is best visited on a bright sunny day for maximum impact for this blistering coloured building extravaganza!
Haus zum Greif painted buildings are rather interesting .. and taking your time to really explore this this area is rewarded with some fine memories. The excellent Tourist Office is just here too.
Abbey of Saint Gall has an inner court yard and there stands this chap .. larger than life! The beautiful cathedral which dates back to 18th Century during Gothic times is completely free to visit and very beautiful.

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Solothurn

Solothurn is on the route between Geneve and Zurich and is well worth stopping off to explore. The amazing Town Clock Tower can be viewed by the cafe in the square.

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Geneve

Geneve is an ancient city with a huge past. Consequent is home to the United Nations office for the EU which is rather nice to visit with all the national flags etc.
Geneve Train station has been recently moderized but the two beautiful murals still remain in the older part of the station building and worth seeking out. There is one of Switzerland and opposite is a larger European map.
Geneve Old Town has some serious history and top art installations to admire is the statues dedicated to the Reformation .. there are lots of statues here and lots of open space so perfect for a picnic!
Geneve is has a hill top citadel with some handsome buildings and ornate roofs to admire. Old Town Geneve is a bit of a walk from the train station .. basically you need to head towards the lake .. head right .. over the river and then up the hill. You will be rewarded with amazing cathedral dominated citadel with ancient old buildings, narrow cobbled streets and much more.
Geneve Old Town has many ornate roofs and interesting narrow streets to admire.
Geneve is also has an amazing little island which has handsome statues and colourful clock tower.

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Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel nestled on the northern bank of Lake Neuchâtel is the super little hill top castle to explore which was built in the 12 century. The beautiful gothic church is free to visit and well worth exploring for the statues inside which are amazing. Outside are some wonderful views of the little town and lake beyond.
Neuchâtel has some very fine and interesting architecture which it kept in tip top condition. There is a port area which is really nice and plenty to do around the shore which makes for great spot for stretching your legs. With the town center behind you turn right along the port area for a nice long walk along the lake shore.

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Bellinzona

Bellinzona is a seriously impressive destination located at the very southern tip of Switzerland and you feel like you are in Italy! This is a magnificent location to explore and super easy to get to from either Milano in Italy or from anywhere in Switzerland.
Bellinzona is only a short 2 hr direct journey from Milano and only 1.5 hrs from Zurich.
Bellinzona is the capital city of southern Switzerland’s Italian speaking Ticino canton and easily a must-visit destination for a grand tour of Switzerland. The district of Bellinzona is right in between two big mountains on the west side is Cima Del Uomo (base of the beautiful Leponitine Alps) and to the east is Piz Marmontana which borders with Italy.
Bellinzona has three main castle structures. The Castle of Bellinzona is north of the town and in complex contains further castle structures and is the UNESCO listed site. Castello di Montebello is the central structure and provides the best views of the town and all the castles and is magnificent! The southern castle is Sasso Corbaro Castle which is perched on a hill and it a good walk to get to.
All the castles are free to visit and explore and depending on the weather .. on a windy day and direction of the wind you really feel the down trust as the wind hurtles down the valley! Best time to visit is in spring time with the flower bloom but no matter what season you will not be disappointed with this remarkable town.
Bellinzona Old Town has beautiful old world buildings and the town clock is made of marble which changes colour depending on the time of day and sun strength which is rather attractive.

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Lugano

Lugano is just a short distance from Bellinzona and on the border with Italy and is a popular lake side resort which regular ferry services which circle the lake!
Lugano definitely feels like you are already in Italy. Heading out of the train station there is a choice of a long walk down hill .. which is rather attractive as you pass this super church and some nice views of the lake beyond ... or from the train station basement there is a funicular which makes regular trips to the town and back.
Lugano is beautiful on a bight sunny day and the surrounding mountains almost completely disappear when there is low cloud which makes for a disappointing trip if you are here to see the interesting shaped mountains. Little ferry port has regular services around the lake and displays when the next departure is.

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Austria

Discover Austria

Austria is a tale of three landscapes. To the west, and the border with Switzerland, are the mighty Tirol Mountains. The northeast half of the country is low lands, bordering with Germany and Czech Republic, with attractive rolling hills and dominated by the river Danube and beautiful UNESCO Wachau landscape which passes from Melk and onwards to the capital city of Wien. The southern half of the country which boarders with Slovenia and Italy is dominated by the Otztal and Gurktal Alps and vast Nockberge Biospharen UNESCO park.

OBB Austrian Railway

Austrian state railway OBB provides exceptional services from super fast railJet services which connect major cities to the awesome IC trains with big windows that open to local RE three carriage trains that visit all the little towns not visited by the inter-city trains. Services are punctual and trains are super clean and super modern.

Austria's railway network is the passes through some of Europe's most beautiful alpine scenic routes

The round trip from Salzburg heading south to Bischofshofen - Zell am See - Kitzbuhel - Wörgl - Kufstein - Rosenheim - Prien a Chiemee - Tesisendorf - Salzburg is one of the most scenic rich in the alps and a must-do route and particularly beautiful in late spring.

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Learn more about Capital City of UNESCO Wien

Wien Hauptbahnhof is a super massive modern multi-story shopping center and just a couple of metro stops away from Stephansplatz on RED line Metro 1, which is the very center of the beautiful inner ring and busy city center.
Good to Know: In the basement of Wien Hauptbahnhof is a big Coop supermarket and the top street level has tourist office which hands out free city maps, train ticket office and self-service ticket machines for City Transport Pass (24/48/72 hrs).
The inbetween levels have all manor of shops, shower facilities and luggage lockers .. just follow the signposts for what you need. The station is well connected to the tram system, local trains and U-bahn. Tram is the way to see this city unless you are in a hurry then hit the super efficient Metro.
Capital city of Wien is one of Europe's most popular old world imperial destinations with a huge amount to do and explore from over 50 plus museums, art galleries, world famous opera houses, manicured gardens, big open parks and Europe's oldest Zoo. Wien central inner circle is serviced by tram D which connects to Wien Hauptbahnhof main train station and a super way to see the main sights if you just have a few hours to spend here.
The Time Card is the 24/48/72 hour urban transport card and is called the Vienna ticket .. don't get confused with the Vienna Visitor City Card (which includes Urban transport) which is the tourist card which has discounts for museums etc. both are easily purchased from automated service points located just under the big blue departure boards at Wien Hbf.
Wien central inner circle is serviced by Tram D which connects to Wien Hbf main train station and a super way to see the main sights if you just have a few hours to spend here. Follow the sighposts for the Tram Station .. it is opposite end of the station heading away from the big blue Departure boards.
Wien is an imperial city which means is has a huge and dominant past .. old world Vienna had administrative power across a whole swath of land covering most of central Europe which comprised of Southern Germany, Bohemia, Austria, Hungary and Northern Italy and was then refered to as the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its dominating position on the River Danube and its connections with southern Germany and its flat and fertile surrounding lands makes for an epic history lesson. The River Danube is home to some magnificent cities!
Make your way to the inner circle and the inner sanctum of the Hofburg Palace and you are greeted with Emperor Franz I's bold statue looking down as he invites you into his fascinating world! This is a great place to start any tour of the beautiful city.
Located just outside the inner ring is the beautiful Karlskirche 18th century Habsburg domed cathedral with a 32m platform with views of the beautiful double ornate frescoes/columns and city below. The cathedral has a water feature and surrounded with gardens which makes for a perfect spot for a picnic!
Wien is big on statues and this is Prince Eugene and his steed .. and located just outside Neue Burg half circle 19th century palace and museum displaying Kunsthistorisches collections and fine armoury. Behind the building is beautiful park area and statue dedicated to Mozart.
Wien Hofburg/Habsburg Palace complex is a huge affair with ornate buildings, baroque interiors and sumptuous imperial apartments. This is the very heart of the famous Museum district in down town Wien and there is more here to see and explore than you can do in a week! The inner sanctum is free to visit and admire but only from the outside .. and to venture inside to the many beautiful collections on show you do need to pay. Vienna/Wien City Card (click here) is excellent value if that is your thing which includes discounts, hop-on-hop-off tour and the urban transport network as well.
Inside the dome is beautiful sculptures and statues and really is rather attractive! Clocks in Wien are numerous and this is clock tower just opposite the Hofburg.
Art and statues are around every corner in Wien and many shops have beautiful ornate signage displaying the shop owners title making is super easy to find what you are looking for! Also worth finding to have a look is the Denkmal zu Ehren der Soldaten der Sowjetarmee - Memorial, constructed in 1945, commemorating Soviet soldiers killed during WWII's Vienna Offensive. If you are taking Tram D from the inner circle to the main train station then you will pass this memorial.
Old Town Wien which is also known as the inner circle really is magnificent and is the past 20 years of renovation has now been completed - result makes this one of the most beautiful capital cities to spend time exploring.

Trains in Austria are super modern

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Austrian railway network passes through very beautiful alpine landscapes

Top of the list for amazing scenic railway journey is between Salzburg - Worgl - Innsbruck
This super scenic routes should only be done by local REX and S1 trains to get the best views.
The railJet fast trains do the similar route but much of the scenery is screened off and the trains just goes too fast to really make that lasting impression. railJet trains sometimes require additional supplements depending on time of day and where they go ie .. Wien to Budapest now requires mandatory seat reservations. EC trains departing Innsbruck to Bolzano requires mandatory seat reservations.
Top locations to stop off and admire is Zell am See which is a sweet little lakeside town with impressive views.
Zell am See is surrounded by the Schmittenhöhe and Kitzsteinhorn mountains and has lifts and trails summer hiking and winter ski slopes.
Viewing platform at Gipfelwelt  3000 is easily reached from the Talstation which is located just behind the train station in the opposite direction from the lake. Zell am See has a famous Roman Church dedicated to St Hippolye which is rather attractive and centrepiece of the popular little town.
On a bight sunny day the views are breathtaking .. and it is possible to walk around much of Lake Zeller See.
The super scenic route between Kitzbühel - Wörgl is simply beautiful and at its best in the summer months. Remember the local trains do the super scenic routes and not railJet super fast trains.

Austria has simply stunning tree lined mountains to admire

Landeck Zams is great spot for hiking and mountain spotting but not much else really goes on .. most of the land is given out to farming.
Innsbruck to Feldkirch (an onwards to Sagans in Switzerland) is one of the most dramatic in Europe for awesome mountains vistas and the mountains like they are razor sharp!
Austria Has some super scenic castles hidden away with in the forests and built on top of hills .. which is very charming.

Austrian UNESCO heritage

Kufstein

German/Austrian Border town of Kufstein has a Medieval castle perched high on a hill and visible as you approach the station in either direction.

Austrian UNESCO heritage

Graz

Capital of lower Austria, Styria, is beautiful medieval old world city of Graz. The main city centre straddles the river Mur and has a pedestrianized center which makes for a perfect spot of lunch at one of the many open air restaurants and cafe.

Graz is famous for its large 17th Century baroque pastel coloured buildings which are are signature of many Austrian central town.

Austrian UNESCO heritage

Salzburg

Salzburg is a very beautiful city and the gardens of the Mirabell Palace are free to visit and the best place to start any tour of the city including wonderful views of the hill top Fortress Hohensalzburg.

Mozart

Salzburg is most famous for its connections with Mozart and expect to be impressed!
Salzburg is a fantastic city to get up and about walking with some absolutely fantastic hillside walks providing amazing views of the Fortress and city beneath .. all the many hills which surround the city are paved and easy to access.
Salzburg is one of Europe's most elaborate cities and you will be impressed. The city is completely dominated by the Fortress Hohensalzburg .. and there is a funicular to take you to the top .. but to be honest .. it is much more fun to go on foot and you are rewarded with some super views. All the hills around this part of the town can be walked and you will happen upon the second Castle/Fortress in Salzburg which is really interesting as well!
Salzburg castle is the center peice of the city and breathtaking views of the city below from the viewing platforms.
Salzburg Old Town sparkles on a bright sunny day.

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Steyr

Historic medieval old world town of Steyr located on the banks of river Salzach. Beautiful castle dominated location packed with history and colourful art worked buildings.

Austrian UNESCO heritage

Melk

Melk is located on the southern bank of River Danube and is most famous for its UNESCO 11th Century Abbey and Monastery which is perched high on a hill top. The inner courtyards are completely free to visit. But to see inside the Abbey does incur a reasonable cost and bag search.
Melk town is just a short distance from the train station with a lovely walk up hill to the Abbey which provides some wonderful views of the countryside and town beneath.
Melk is short 1 hour RE regional train journey from Wien Hütteldorf or change trains at St. Pölten Hbf and makes a fine day out from the capital city. Wien Hütteldorf is connected to Wien Hbf by U-Bahn and S-Bahn and takes about 20 mins.
Melk is a hill top Monastery and a is vast structure and has a number of linked super impressive courtyards. The biggest and main court yard contains free to visit Art galleries and Museum type installations all of which are free to explore. Even the gift shop located at the entrance is worth a look for the beautiful artwork and stuff available to purchase. Tickets for the Basilica can be purchased at the very last courtyard from the entrance and clearly signposted. There are also free to use toilets etc.
Heading out of the Monastery there is a huge garden area which is delightful and free to visit and provides handsome and far reaching views of the beautiful countryside beyond. There is a cafe/restaurants in the gardens just opposite the main entrance to the Monastery.
This is a huge site and well worth spending time properly exploring as it is quite unforgettable .. the views are beautiful and form part of the UNESCO heritage Wachau cultural landscape.

Austrian UNESCO heritage

Innsbruck

Innsbruck is at a crossroads and on the main line between Salzburg and trains heading to Switzerland and between Munchen and trains heading south to Italy.
Innsbruck old town is just a 15 min walk from the busy train station. Basically head right from the entrance and then left at the main junction and keep walking. Innsbruck is home to the impressive and Habsburg residence with the famous Golden roof which is decorated by 2,657 shiny golden tiles. Which in a clear sunny day is fabulous!
The tall and beautifully preserved building is now a museum showcasing Innsbruck's fascinating history. The building, like many in Innsbruck is covered in amazing sculpture and artwork.
Innsbruck is not a big city and consequence is shortage of budget accommodation. But due to its location is easily reached from either Munchen or Salzburg. The beautiful town is well worth a whole day exploring with many historic and awesome free to visit churches to explore. There are numerous open air cafe/restaurants and no matter the time of year Innsbruck never fail to impress.
The town is located on the southern shore of the mighty fast flowing river Inn which is well worth seeking out as the water colour is interesting! Head for the Innbrucke bridge which is the most central and the views from both directions is awesome. The vast Nordkette mountain looms over the city and is home to the Alpine Zoo Innsbruck. The little Hungerburgbahn funicular takes you to the Nordkette cable car/funicular. This then takes you Seegrube and last stop is Hafelekar ski resort and viewing platform.
Both funicular are privately owned and so not part of the Interrail/Eurail product. Access to the Nordkette Cable Car is north of the town area adjacent to the Hofgarten.

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Italian Alpine routes and North East Italy

Northern Italy has some remarkable landscapes to enjoy from lakes, mountains, forest, gorges and rivers. The Romans were the first to build easy to navigate and maintain transit routes across the Alps.

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Crossing the Alps - Six beautiful mountain routes to choose!

Crossing the Alps via
Verona - Bolzano - Brenner

 1  The very first railway route to central Europe was via the Brenner Pass. Intercity trains require compulsory seat reservations for the Italian part of the journey. Regular RE trains do the route but with a change of train at Bolzano.
The Brenner Pass route was the very first well trodden road from Northern Italy which was originally dominated from Venice which crossed the Alps. The mountains really are particularly beautiful and the surrounding countryside is at its very best on a bright sunny day.

Crossing the Alps via
Milano - Lecco - Lake Como - Colico - Tirano

 2   The most scenic rich is route which has regular departures from Milano Central station and heads towards Lecco. Route then travels along the eastern banks of Lake Como which is very beautiful and just when you have your camera ready to take a perfect snap you are in a tunnel! From the little town of Colico the route heads eastwards to the final Italian stop at Tirano at the border with Switzerland. Trains heading onwards form the beautiful Bernina Express.
Even if you are unable to continue to Tirano .. for example if you have a RailPass just covering Italy then Colico is a great place to catch the next train heading back down the mountains.
Little town of Tirano has perfect cafe outside the train station while you wait for the next train to arrive.
The Italian/Swiss border is the building behind the signpost.

Crossing the Alps via
Milano - Domodossola - Brig

 3   The quickest route to get to central Switzerland is via Domodossola - Brig - Bern which passes through the Simplton Tunnel and all high speed services require mandatory supplement and seat res. There are regular RE services which stop at Domodossola.

Crossing the Alps via
Torino - Modane

 4   Trains heading for Central France are via Torino and Chambery. TGV trains all require additional supps and seat reservations. There are RE trains that service just the border at Modane, but best advise is to go via Domodosola - Brig - Bern - Basel - Mulhouse for central France.

Crossing the Alps via
Milano - Lugano - Bellinzona

 5  Probably the most interesting in terms of different landscapes traveled through ie lowlands, big lake vistas and mountains is between Milano - Lugano - Bellinzona.

Crossing the Alps via
Treviso - Udine - Villach

 6   The final route is between Venice - Udine - Villach and onward either to Ljubljana or Wien. This route is super scenic and high speed trains require additional supps and seat res. Local trains stop at Tarvisio Boscoverde. There is a lot less frequency for local RE trains. The recommendation is go via Brenner pass to Innsbruck and then make your way by fast railJet services within Austria.

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Northern Italy

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Bergamo

Discover stunning Bergamo just a short journey from Milano. Hill top citadel Citta Alta is accessible by an up hill stone step walk (signposted just next to the cable car payment station) or the regular cable car.
Exploring Bergamo Citta Alta is completely free and there are beautiful churches, big awesome views of the city below and surrounding countryside.

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Brescia

Discover Brescia and the ancient Dumo Vecchio. Not much to look at outside but inside is stunning and completely free to explore. Brescia has easy to access Roman Artifacts enclosed in a huge open air museum, huge castle to explore and many fine buildings.

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Verona

Top of the list for any tour of Italy the ancient city Verona and is a wonderful place to take your time exploring with extraordinary cathedral, river walks, free to explore hill top castle and super impressive Roman Amphitheatre. Perfect stop between Venice and Milano.
Verona Porta Nuova has a handy Die Bahn train booking office though which is really useful for maps etc!
Verona stretches across the meandering River Adige and has super bridges connecting the central city.
Verona is an ancient roman city and has walls and boasts the only remaining complete Roman Arena. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance.

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Venice

Venice is Italy's most popular location to visit outside of Roma. Every location benefits from a bright sunny day .. and Venice comes alive in the sunshine. In the first photograph the view in the background is of little island which is home to Church of San Giorgio Maggiore (ferry stop San Giorgio) and second photograph is famous Plaza San Marco taken from a ferry.
Venice is even more beautiful at sunrise and sunset. On dull days where there is cloud cover the mood of the city changes dramatically .. water in the canals turns turquoise and the buildings change colour .. it is just as wonderful .. but just a different Venice!
If you are lucy enough to spend a few days in Venice then invest in the great value Venice City Transport Pass includes all ferry services including trips to beautiful islands of Murano and Burano. If you are staying in Venice Mestre the pass is valid on the regular tram from the Mestre city center which is a 10 min walk from the brand new hostels that are now located in Mestre and just 5 mins walk from the train station.
Learning how to navigating the ferry system is very easy once you know how! From the Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia entrance head to the info boards located at the quay side. It is literally 2 min walk down the steps as you alight from the station entrance.
There is also a very handy map of the major locations to look out for especially useful if you only have a short time here. Perfect little walk is to do a circle from the Station entrance .. so left over the first bridge .. the canal walkway parallel to the Station .. keep walking .. past the park and then next bridge on the right .. which is the bus/tram station location and then back to the Train station .. takes about 30 mins if you are taking your time! This is a nice little introduction to Venice!
Once you are armed with your Venice Travel/ferry pass then get to know the ferries! There are two main ferry stations. Directly outside Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia train station .. these are however always super busy and sometimes have big queues to get on the ferry which is a bit of a waste of time and very frustrating!
Alternatively .. head towards the bus station and there are alternative ferry start points here. These ferries head to the Islands of Murano, Lido etc.
Once on a ferry .. bag a window seat or sit outside if there is room and enjoy the view! Lido is the famous island that hosts the Venice Film Festival .. out of festival season it is very quiet .. but head to the end of the long island for some sweeping views of the sea and solitude! Regular bus service for Lido is included in Venice Travel Pass.
The Islands of Murano and Burano are a bit of an effort to get to .. but easy enough .. if you get lost .. or need directions just ask and everyone is usually very helpful and will show where you need to be.
Murano is a much bigger island and famous for its Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli which dates back to C.1188  and legendary Church of Saint Peter Martyr both of which are completely free to explore and admire.
Murano is famous for its glass blowing and there are numerous shops selling all manor of glass ware. The island is similar to Venice but on a much smaller scale and is a very pleasant day out. To get to Burano you need to go from Murano and a little walk.
Burano is famous for its brightly coloured buildings and super little canals and perfect location to walk around and admire the surrounding vento and island village life. Burano is at its best on a bright sunny day where the buildings are brighter and canals sparkle .. on a dull day like these photographs it is a bit weird really!
But don't let a dull day put you off .. it is just the camera that is not able to capture the same colour scheme as the bright sunny day!
Typical brightly coloured buildings in Burano make it a top destination to visit. Be prepared for intensity!
Typical buildings are colour coordinated on purpose for maximum enjoyment .. and is very photogenic. Even street names have interesting font design!
Be prepared to be impressed with this town .. the locals are remarkably friendly considering the volume of tourists who pass through.
Venice is easily one of the most impressive locations on the planet and no matter how many times you might visit is a different place. Again the weather makes a huge difference! But you can't see Venice in one day .. or even 10 days .. there is still more to see and explore!
Venice by ferry is different to Venice on foot .. and doing a bit of both is the recommendation. The Venice Ferry Pass for one day is a great idea if you have perhaps just a couple of days to explore.
Venice's centrepiece attraction is Plazza san Marco and is probably best found by ferry service first .. and then walk back to where ever you need to be. The Plazza is huge and dominated by the beautiful Saint Mark's Basilica which is simply exquisite and well worth exploring inside.
Saint Mark's Basilica is sensational and well worth taking the time to properly look at .. there is so much going on that it can be a bit much all in one go .. every nook and cranny has something to admire and it really is the masterpiece of beautiful colour, shape and texture.
Wondering around Venice is wonderful and you do happen on all sorts of beautiful buildings, canal, bridges, churches and amazing shops selling everything you can possibly think of!
For many people Venice is their home and this photograph is nice snap shot of live down town Venice!

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Lecco and Lake Como

Lake Como is the biggest inland lake in Northern Italy. Lecco is the beautiful lake side town on the south eastern aspect and on the route between Milano to Tirano which is the start of the beautiful Swiss UNESCO Bernina Express

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Milano

Milano has a huge history and a fine big city destination and perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of Italy. Milano is famous for its big statement installations and huge mostly free to explore castle. Central Dumo is extraordinary and makes Milan is one Europe's most popular locations to visit.

Milano Dumo

Duomo di Milano is extra special and located in the huge square with plenty of space to take in the magnificence of the totality of the building. The whole structure as seen today took over 600 years to complete which in itself is an extraordinary feat of continuity by the population of Milan. Top thing to do .. just walk around it .. and take time to look at the front doors which are one of the highlights. Booking for admission is best done in advance and well worth the Euro .. remember bags are searched and size of bag matters you will be turned away with a big backpack.

Milano Centrale Train Station

Milano Centrale is a very impressive station has high speed connections to Rome Termini, Torino Porta Susa, Zurich and Venezia Santa Lucia.

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Trieste

Trieste is a truly beautiful location. The Train station is one of the nicest in Europe and has impressive high ceilings and artwork. Upon leaving the train station head along the big main road and follow the huge sigh post .. where all arrows lead in the same direction!
Trieste has a huge history and back in the day .. 1st Century Roman times was the port of choice for easy access to the Adriatic Sea and all routes heading south. The port area is vast and now a commercial shipping port and pretty much inaccessible and developed into a modern working port.
The old town of Trieste is based on a grid system so easy to navigate has influence from Austria and Slovenia and you could easily mistake yourself being somewhere other than Italy! There is huge amount to explore here from a hill top castle with spectacular views and some of the most impressive churches in the Region.
Sea food is taken very seriously here and look out for the amazing fish on display at the many fish shops .. it really is worth a good look!
Free to explore Teatro Romano di Trieste dates back to 1st century and well worth seeking out.

Trieste Centrale Train Station

The Centrale Train Station is neo classical design and worth exploring.

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Southern German regions of Bavaria

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Germany is split into distinct regions and the south of Germany is has two regions Baden-Württemberg which borders with Switzerland and France and to the west, Bavaria which borders with Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria.

Deutsche Bahn State Railway (Die Bahn)

Die Bahn is easily the most impressive, all inclusive, railway network in Europe and pretty much all trains are free to use with the only restriction being ICE (InterCity Express) and IC (InterCity) trains you can't sit in a seat that has been reserved. Only trains that continue past a border incur additional supps and reservation eg Belgium, France, Denmark and Poland.
Die Bahn also operate the best online international service timetable offering which is found here www.bahn.de. You can enter almost any destinations on the network and it will find a route. It is a bit patchy for Eastern Europe, Greece and Iberia.

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Top tip - S-Bahn

S-Bahn services in Germany, Switzerland and Austria are all included in Interrail and Eurail produce. NB. You must remember to complete the travel diary otherwise you can be fined!

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Bavaria

Bavaria is Germany's most popular tourist destination and includes Munchen and the beautiful southern Alpine resorts of Mittenwald

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Munchen

Munchen is a stunning city packed with a lot to do and see. Top of the list is nearby Nymphenburg Palace and Blutenburg Castle. Tourist office has moved from its convenient station office and instead located just one block to the left of the main entrance as you leave the station complex. Top advice is to visit and grab a free Map and the current free info for making the best time in this huge city. There are vast parks to explore and all manor of old world beer houses to admire .. tourist info if essential for a quality city like Munchen.
Munchen was under covers for almost 15 years as city spent time renovating all the major center piece buildings .. and now it is complete and suddenly you spot the impressive buildings .. and beautiful stone which gleams on a sunny day.
Munchen Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) is super impressive and makes for the top destination to start your tour here. Take the S-Bahn from the main train station which is easily accessible from the basement of the station complex. Station stop is Marienplatz.
Munchen once upon a time was a walled city and many of the original city gates still remain.
Munchen is famous for film making and has a museum dedicated to Alfred Hitchcock.

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Füssen

Top of the list for day trips from Munchen is the Bavarian town of castle dominated Füssen.

Füssen is most famous for its amazing UNESCO listed Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles

The little town of Füssen is very beautiful with a fee to explore castle, delightful riverside walks and medieval working Altstadt to admire.
Füssen is picture post card stuff and is very beautiful. As you alight the train most arrivals head straight away for the nearby buses which await for direct connections for Schloss Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein and then on their return just wait for the next train back .. this is a HUGE mistake! The little town of Füssen is adorable!
Füssen has a little free to explore gothic castle (Hohe Schloss) and walking in the area around is super fun! The inner courtyard is a showcase of illusion .. and upon closer inspection .. not is all that it appears!
Walking around Füssen is a unique experience is super fun. Because most visitors head directly to Hohenschwangau the little town of Füssen is almost emply in comparison!
Füssen's Altstadt is fascinating to explore .. it really is very charming.
Regional RE trains are super modern and super frequent.

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Lindau

Super little island location of Lindau is a perfect day out from Stuttgart, Munchen or Augsburg.
The medieval old town is most famous for its town hall and amazing painted fresco buildings. Walking around the little island is great fun .. you can't get lost so ditch google and just amble!
The island is based on the eastern shore of Lake Constance and has a little harbour and marina, light house and statue of a Lion. The harbour area is surrounded by open air pubs/restaurants and gets very busy in the evenings.
Lindau old town has lots of interesting street signage and painted buildings around every corner. It really is a fabulous location.

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Passau

Not to be missed in Bavaria is the ancient Roman border town of Passau. Famous for its awesome hill top castle, old world medieval old town and beautiful cathedral.
Passau old town is a like many German towns has undergone massive investment with reconstruction and restoration. Passau is a jewel in the crown of Bavaria and is some where you will never forget you visited! There is a free to explore castle perched high on a hill .. walking is the recommended way to go .. albeit a bit of a hike for fit people only! The views as you approach to top are breathtaking and the city below in full view.
Passau old town is a dominated by green domed St. Stephan's Cathedral and is free to explore inside.
Passau St. Stephan's Cathedral has this moving statue on the outside wall which is well worth seeking out to have a look.
Passau is split in half by might river Danube and the river Inn. The Schaibling Tower is on the banks of river Inn. The Danube location is why Passau has such an display of opulence and big castle structure to defend!
Passau castle walks are fantastic .. there is a big defence wall and walk way to the inner castle which is very attractive. The walk is a good 40 mins from bottom of the big main bridge over the river Inn .. up hill all the way .. follow the zig zag path and you meet the main defence wall structure and these amazing views of the river and city beyond.
Once you have made it to the top .. the inner castle is huge and there are many approaching court yards to navigate before you finally reach the inner sanctum and the wooden bridge to gain entrance to the inner court yards.
The view from the castle gardens is extra ordinary! With the Old Town in view .. it does get busy .. so if you want to miss the crowds get up early!

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Ragensburg

The emormously impressive town of Ragensburg is on the River Danube and what a hansome town it is!
Ragensburg is on the main line between Nürnberg and Passau. The town is most famous for its bridge - the 12th century Stone Bridge, a 310 m long icon with 16 arches and is rather wonderful!
The central Gothic 13th century centerpeice Cathedral has twin spires. The outside of the building is astonishing! Entry is free .. the inside .. like many German cathedrals and churchs is almost completely plain in comparison with the external afront to the senses. This is kind of a German thing!
Ragensburg Town Hall has larger than life super massive fesco painting!
Ragensburg is also famous for its beautiful pastel coloured streets. Which do shine and sparkle on a sunny day .. but alas this day was a bit dull! But you do definitely get a sense that the paint job is designed for the sunshine.

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Nuremberg

Further north of Munchen is the rebuilt and improved beyond recognition and gorgeous town of Nuremberg and the second largest city in Bavaria and just off the Super Detailed InfoRailMap 2020 Edition.
Nuremberg is a perfect day trip from Munchen as train station is located on the southern end of the town walls which ring the city. Just head out of the train station/hauptbahnhof and keep walking .. really useful tourist office is clearly signposted just 3 mins walk from the station entrance as you walk towards the town.

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Central and Western Slovenia

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Slovenia is one of Europe's smallest countries and sandwiched between Austria and Croatia. Its most popular tourist attraction, other than its beautiful low key capital city of Ljubljana is Lake Bled. Also worth exploring is medieval old world town of Maribor which is located on the route between Graz and Ljubljana. Also popular is the Adriatic port of Koper and nearby Piran which is easily reached by regular bus service from Koper. For a nice day trip from Ljubljana is little Roman town of Kamnik.

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Slovenia has many gorgeous landscapes

Top route is between Villach in Austria and Ljubljana the capital city

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Lesce Bled

Lake Bled is UNESCO listed and train station Lesce Bled has regular bus services
Lake Bled really is stunning and you will be super impressed
Route between Lesce Bled and Ljubljana is very scenic.
Route between Lesce Bled and Ljubljana passes through some delightful train stations along the way.

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Ljubljana is capital city of Slovenia

The Old Town is a 20 min walk in a straight line directly out of the main train station. International trains stop a good 5 min walk from the main station complex. Bus station is directly outside the main entrance. Train station is rather nice with a pink marble train reservation/booking office.

Little hill top castle over looks the old town and the grounds are free to visit and explore which makes for a nice after noon stroll .. there are some nice parks behind the castle. There is a restaurant inside and guided tours.
Tourist office is easy to find on the castle side of the main bridge.
Ljubljana old town is very attractive. Beer is also very popular here with some old world pubs to sit and chat with who ever else is in there!
There are some interesting churches and novel doors!
Ljubljana castle has the hill top clock tower which is rather nice up close and personal!
Ljubljana is located along the Ljubljanica River and has a small hill top Castle which is either visited by a tree lined walk .. or the funicular. The river is the heart of the old town and in the summer months comes alive with open air cafe and restaurants with big sofas and it feels like your living room is outside and you have guests over.

The Scenic Train to Zagreb

Heading out of Ljubljana to Zagreb is a stunning scenic journey .. for Global Pass holders .. Ljubljana is on the mainline route between Villach in Austria and Zagreb capital of Croatia. This route is one of the most interesting and scenic in the region and not to be missed.
Route follows the River Sava pretty much all the way which has some stunning views of the tree lined valleys.

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Southern Czech Republic - Bohemia

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Czech Republic is a magical country and Praha as its capital city is one of Europe's most popular locations .. not just for the gorgeous Medieval old world town and historic Castle district .. but most important it is very budget friendly and accommodation is considerably cheaper than in Germany or Austria. Top locations to head for are Ceský Krumlov and nearby České Budějovice. Main InfoRailMap pages has connections for the northern cities of Spa town of Karlovy Vary and impressive medieval and famous beer production town of Plzen. Also well worth seeking out is castle dominated medieval town of Brno which is on the main line between Praha and Bratislava.

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Ceský Krumlov

Ceský Krumlov is home to impressive gothic, renaissance and baroque castle with unique and impressive round bell tower. Top advise is to walk to the town from the train station .. route is almost all down hill and you do get super impressive views of the castle as you approach. Regular buses service the train station so perfect for the way back to the train station.
Český Krumlov's beautiful bell tower really is super special and can be explored for a small cost .. you are rewarded with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Český Krumlov is almost an island as it is surrounded by the Vltava River and the castle dominates the little town. It really is a wonderful place to visit and explore.
Train journey between České Budějovice and its close neighbour Český Krumlov is rather nice .. rolling hills and farmland

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České Budějovice

Ceské Budejovice is a must stop destination. There is a lot to like about this pristine town and a perfect day trip from Praha with regular RE train services. Old Town is just a few mins walk from the Train Station.
There are narrow streets and delightful shops .. it really is a charming location to stretch your legs..
České Budějovice is the largest city in Southern Bohemia
The centre of town is Přemysl Otakar II Square which has statue topped and pastel painted buildings, colourful façades and  baroque Samson’s Fountain.
Take the time, if you can, to explore the whole Přemysl Otakar II Square as every corner leads somewhere interesting!

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Brno

Brno is on the route between Praha and Bratislava/Wien. There are two train stations .. and train station Brno Dolní Nádraží is for international destinations and Praha.
There is a bit of a walk to the main sights but it only takes about 20 mins and is not difficult to follow the main roads. Just head for the Castle! There is a bus .. but you do need local currency and it is more fun if you walk!
Brno is a like no other city in Czech Republic and is big on art installations. There are statues everywhere! New .. old .. marble, bronze, super modern, very super wierd and interesting!
Brno is has a big central square and lots of roads lead to even more interesting things to discover. Tourist office is in the central town hall and clearly signposted as you make your way around the town..
Brno has a big castle (Hrad Špilberk) to explore and surrounded by big park which is rather nice to get away from the busy streets. Castle has amazing views of the city beneath. There is a small fee to enter the main courtyard, tickets are purchased in the small building opposite the entrance, within the castle but the outside and surrounding park area is free to roam.

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Western Hungary

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Hungary has many delightful old world medieval towns to explore. Top of the list is Sopron and Gyor both of which are really easy to get to from Austria and Slovenia.
State run MÁV-START hungarian railway network provides an efficient and modern RE train network. Trains heading towards Romania are old stock carriages that have definatly seen better days. The advantage of these carriages is that you can usually open the windows which means great for picture taking! Local trains heading north to beautiful Estergom are some of the most modern in Europe which makes for a very pleasant air conditioned ride.

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Győr - Transdanubia

Gyor town center is just a delightful 15 min walk in a straight line from the entrance of the train station.
Old world medieval town is super clean and beautifully preserved buildings makes this a super day out from either Wien, Bratislava or Budapest with regular RE regional train connections.
Győr train station is well worth exploring which some interesting artwork and maps in the waiting room. If you are waiting for a connecting train .. there is quite a lot to see just adjacent to the entrance if you need something to do for 20 mins.
Győr was an important trading stop between Wien and Budapest and located on a tributary/stream which flows into the mighty river Danube which flows between Wien and Budapest. There is a lot to like about this pristine little town center.
Győr is super easy to navigate and the town centre is based on a grid system around a central square so super easy to make your way around. Győr Basilica is an ancient church and the photograph is of the oldest part of the bygone structure and is accompanied in the square with a cast bronze statue of King Szent of Laszlo. This is a particularly interesting part of Old Town and well worth seeking out to admire the little castle and Old World buildings and the area is littered with artwork depicting the many rulers who have played their part in the history of the town.
Gyor has many attractive buildings to admire and in 2,000 the city spent a lot of money cleaning up and improving the buildings. Result is a super attractive destination to enjoy. Szechenyi Square displays this beautiful marble statue dedicated to Maria Oszlop and is Gyor's oldest public sculpture and was made in 1686 by Lipo Kollonich to mark the end of rule from the Turkish Crescent Moon. The central square is very popular and always hosting some kind of event and is the central hub of the central town.

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Sopron

Discover ancient Roman town of Sopron

Sopron is steeped in history and been a casualty of many wars between the Ottomans and the Hungarians .. Austrians and Hungarians and who ever wanted to control this prime real estate! Recent history and following the break up of the Austro-Hungarian empire and World War II it suffered bad bomb damaged not that you would every realise now.
In 1989 a protest by East German exiles who crossed the border here marked the begriming of the fall of the Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989.
Sopron famous fire town is in the very center of the little town area and well worth sitting down on the benches which surround the court yard and enjoying the view.
There is a tourist office on the approaching street and lots to enjoy. The city was encircled by a roman wall and a castle was here. Some of which has been developed into a museum type installation which is well worth a look around.
Sopron town center is a 20 min walk from the busy and colourful train station and the central old world town area is a circular road so easy to navigate.

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Siófok

Siófok is easy to get to and located on far eastern shore of Lake Balaton which is Europe's biggest inland lake. The lake is more long than wide so you can easily see the adjacent shore line. View is of the Benevolent Angel of Peace who presides over the lake. Siófok is a the biggest port and marina on the eastern side of the lake and has big park and nice walks.
Little town of Siófok is the easiest port location for taking a boat around the lake and has regular RE connections with Budapest.

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Dresden is a top destination in Eastern Germany and this statue is found at the top level platforms of train station.
Step outside the train station and there is a convenient supermarket. The town is a brisk 20 min walk in a straight line passing through main shopping precinct before long you are there bang in the middle of the town and the big domed baroque Frauenkirche church.

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Thessaloniki is a top destination in northern Greece and home to lots of interesting antiquity

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Goteborg is a top destination on the coast of Sweden and has some fine street monuments

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Genova is often a missed destination when visiting Italy as it is located conveniently for getting to the South of France .. but if you are doing the Milano - Roma route or the Venice - Roma route then it is a little bit out of the way. Do not make the mistake of not visiting this amazing city.
Genova is steeped in ancient history. What makes it perfect for a visitor is the amazing tourist information which is everywhere .. big map boards .. easy to read directions so you don't miss out on anything.
Genova is like no other city in Europe and its buildings are similar .. sort of .. to Venice in their height but without obviously the canals inbetween. Expect to get super lost .. much like Venice .. but not for long as you will soon start going round in circles and remember your routes. Genova has Royal Palaces, packed churches, big marina and is budget friendly. Top of the list for places to seek out is Cattedrale di San Lorenzo.
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo Romanesque cathedral with a frescoed interior and unique holy relics.
Genova is also home and birth place of Christopher Columbus and his childhood home has been reconstructed and near to Porta Soprana which is prominent landmark. Mr Columbus is featured all over the city and this famous statue is outside the mainline Genova Piazza Principe train station as you exit for the city.

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Lyon in central France is a top destination and the amazing hill top La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is adorned in awesome statues

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