7 Cities to discover
Wondering how to plan a vacation without flying? Whether for environmental or financial reasons, the answer is simple: travel by train!
With a widespread awareness of the carbon footprint left by global tourism, rail vacations in Europe are becoming increasingly popular. The expansion of the rail network proves that the continent is easily accessible by train and the beauty of the landscape often makes these trips memorable. From the cultural cities of the north to the sunny destinations of the south, we’ve selected seven fantastic destinations in Europe that you won’t have to fly to.
For a mountainous landscape: Bern
The Swiss capital is a real postcard landscape, on the banks of the river Aare and surrounded by the snow-capped Alps. It is also home to 6 km of shopping arcades with numerous bars, wineries, cafés and craft stores. For a sumptuous view of the old town, climb the 344 steps to the top of Bern Cathedral, the highest tower in the country at 101 meters.
Direct trains connect Bern from Paris and Frankfurt in 4.5 hours. From Brussels and London, the trip takes 7.5 hours with one change.
To organize your trip: www.myswitzerland.com
Cities to discover: For gourmet pleasures Florence
It’s impossible to pick just one place for foodies in Europe, but Florence is a particularly appetizing choice. With a focus on local, sustainable and seasonal foods, you can enjoy schiacciata bread at every meal, delicious tagliatelle with truffles or porcini mushrooms from the region or papardelle with wild boar and to finish off the best gelato in the country.
Night trains will take you to Florence in 10 hours from Munich, making the city the ideal destination for a night train vacation. From Geneva the trip takes about six and a half hours.
Find your inspiration at visitflorence.com
For culture: Amsterdam
Thanks to its famous painters like Van Gogh and Rembrandt, Amsterdam is the city of art. Home to the works of the masters in the Rijksmuseum and modern pieces in the Stedelijk, it’s easy to see why the Dutch capital is considered one of the cultural centers of Europe. As you walk around you will discover a lot of exciting things about art in Amsterdam. Small independent galleries, sculptures in the city…
Direct trains from Frankfurt every four hours, from London in three and a half hours and from Paris in three hours.
Plan your stay on iamsterdam.com.
Cities to discover: For a guided tour in the sun – Seville
The southern Spanish city is a dynamic destination that rewards travelers willing to go the extra mile. It’s a city steeped in history with architectural highlights like the world’s largest Gothic cathedral or the magnificent Royal Alcazar Palace. A beautiful setting, winding streets bathed in sunlight, delicious tapas and a good dose of flamenco will not leave you indifferent.
Organize your trip without a plane on spain.info.
Cities to discover: For fascinating architecture – Cologne
Cologne is a fascinating mix of ancient Roman walls and medieval churches. The twin spires of its Kölner Dom cathedral are iconic, and the magnificent view from the South Tower is well worth the 533-step climb. This structure is also home to the world’s largest free-throw bell, which weighs 24 tons.
You can get to Cologne from London in four and a half hours with a change in Brussels. From Paris it takes three hours.
For more information: cologne-tourism.com
For lush vineyards: Bordeaux
Bordeaux is undoubtedly the wine capital of France. It enchants visitors with its beautiful vineyards, characterful wines and chateaux. In the city itself, the ultra-modern Cité du Vin is an impressive venue that aims to bring wine and its heritage to the younger generation.
Bordeaux is a two-hour TGV ride from Paris. You can get there from London or Amsterdam in 5.5 hours with a change in Brussels.
To organize your trip: bordeaux-tourisme
Cities to discover: For imperial grandeur – Vienna, Austria
The Austrian capital is known as the city of music thanks to its prestigious heritage: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss. You can visit the Musikverein where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra plays or participate in an interactive experience at the Haus der Musik museum. You will also discover the imperial heritage left by the Habsburgs at the Hofburg Palace which dates back to the 13th century.