Riding the Rails - Train Travel
Collected by Sherry Ott , AFAR Ambassador
Enjoy some of the most memorable and scenic train journeys around the world. This nostalgic form of travel never gets old.
3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
A 20-minute cogwheel-rail journey followed by a rideon Europe’s highest tram (or, in winter, a snowy hike) brings you to a lodge at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Most of the alpine-style rooms have terraces that face the Matterhorn. From $362....
7379 Squire Ct, West Chester Township, OH 45069, USA
Ninety minutes south of Columbus and just to the north of Cincinnati, OH, EnterTRAINment Junction houses the world's largest train display - over 25,000 sq. ft. of model trains in an 80,000 sq. ft. facility. The indoor train display was built with...
Pedro Montt 2078, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
by Steven Bodzin Valparaiso has the world’s biggest concentration of hillside railways, known locally as ascensores, or elevators. Victorian developers built 30 of them to shuttle residents and their goods up and down the city’s steep coastal...
Lugar Bulnes, 22A, 33554 Bulnes, Asturias, Spain
There are no roads to the small village of Bulnes, located in the Asturias region of northern Spain. To reach the village, locals and wandering visitors must either ride the funicular (cable railway running through the mountain) or hike about an...
Hatton, Sri Lanka
Train travel in Sri Lanka is like stepping back in time - old locomotives, old tracks, and slow service. But it's the best way to really see the middle of the country. Some stations like this one in Hatton are really busy - and you have to be...
Guillemins, Liège, Belgium
I looked out my train window and saw curved white iron beams, symmetry, and bright sunlight – unike any train station in Europe I had ever been to. The Liege train station is worth getting off the train for. For me, train travel is not just about...
4970 Rødby, Denmark
"Wait a minute - how are we getting over that body of water on this train" I thought as I was looking at big expanse of blue on my GPS on my phone. Problem solved: To my surprise, our train turned into a boat. No, it wasn't magic, it was a typical...
895 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H3B 4G1, Canada
Take the Ocean Route from Montreal to Halifax - an overnight train journey along the St. Lawrence before crossing the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It’s a scenic ride traveling 836 miles through rural communities of the Lower Saint...
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