Published on : Friday, February 15, 2019
Train travel is making a comeback among modern travelers who appreciate the convenience, value, and air of spontaneity – not to mention amazing views of passing landscapes along the way. Adding to the growing appeal, most train stations are located in city centers for easy access and few rail companies charge baggage fees.
To learn more about traveler’s behavior when traveling by train in Europe, Klook, a world-leading travel activities and services booking platform, analysed internal data and found that over 60 percent of travelers preferred to visit multiple stops in a single country for their Eurotrip on rail. So what are the top destinations? According to Klook’s booking data since fall 2018, the most frequently booked Eurotrips by rail traverse Switzerland, UK, Italy, and Germany.
From architecture crawls to foodie trips, Klook shortlists the most popular routes for single-country sojourns:
Route: Zurich → Lucerne → Interlaken → Jungfraujoch → Montreux → Geneva
Keen to see several natural wonders in one trip? Make a beeline to Switzerland. After touching down in Zurich, make your way to the beautiful city of Lucerne, where you can soak up unparalleled views of Mount Pilatus from the comfort of an aerial cable car. From there, go hiking in Interlaken, ride to the peak of Jungfraujoch – home to the world’s highest rail station and one of the world’s largest glaciers – and wind down in the resort town of Montreux, located on the banks of glorious Lake Geneva. Cap off the nature-packed journey in the glorious city Geneva. Ringed by imposing mountains, this is a hiker’s paradise. The most accessible choice is Saleve mountain, just south of the city, where you’ll find over a dozen hiking trails to choose from.
Route: London → Edinburgh → York → Bath → Cardiff
Many people assume British food is limited to simple pub food, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Thanks to its diverse population and centuries of international trade, the country has developed an incredibly exciting food scene. Ready to eat your way through Great Britain? Start in London, one of the best food capitals in the world. You’ll find everything from Michelin-starred eateries to Indian cuisine, Instagrammable cafes, age-old bakeries, and more. From there, take the train to Edinburgh, Scotland, to seek out the best local eats. Need a hand? Join Secret Food Tour, which tempts you with traditional Scottish dishes such as Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties. Next, venture to the walled city of York, which brims with Roman, Viking, Normal and Tudor influences. Don’t forget to try some world-famous Yorkshire pudding, commonly served with roast beef and vegetables. Cap off the trip in Cardiff, Wales, which is fast becoming a must-visit culinary destinations thanks to an influx of new restaurants and cafes.
Route: Rome → Florence → Venice → Milan
Grab your partner for a romantic getaway in Italy. Kick things off in Rome, where world-renowned monuments and artwork such as the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum set the tone for an unforgettable adventure. Next, travel inland to Florence to experience a few wine tastings, the Duomo and Renaissance art tours, then over to Venice where romantic canals, artisanal Murano glass, and unique dining traditions await. Heading west, historic Milan will spoil you with architectural marvels like Piazza del Duomo, La Scala opera house, and an impressive collection of Da Vinci’s masterpieces, including The Last Supper, at Santa Maria delle Grazie church.
Route: Munich → Heidelberg → Cologne → Hamburg → Berlin
Start your adventure in Munich, where the Romanesque Revival-style Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspiration behind Disney’s Cinderella castle) awaits in all its grandeur and glory. Don’t leave without taking the Romantic Road tour through stunning Harburg Castle, the preserved medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and the famed Romantic Road, weaving through the countryside of Bavaria. Next up, set off for Heidelberg. This romantic city promises cobblestoned streets, 16th-century castle ruins, and beautiful old bridges.
Heading northwest, Cologne is the perfect pitstop for architecture, thanks to the vast collection of Gothic and Neo-Romanesque buildings, including highlights like the Cologne Cathedral. From there, explore Hamburg’s architecture on a Discovery Walking Tour, which passes by the neoclassical Town Hall, St Nikolai Church, and Speicherstadt — a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest warehouse district in the world. You can’t visit Germany with stopping in Berlin. In this multicultural city, a half-day East Berlin Walking Tour hits historic landmarks, including the Brandenburg Gate, Chapel of Reconciliation, remnants of the Berlin Wall, and Tunnel 57 which was once used as an escape route.
Tapping into the rail renaissance, Klook recently partnered with Rail Europe, representing over 50 railways throughout Europe. With this landmark partnership, travelers can now book sought-after Eurail Passes and point-to-point ticket sales in more than 100 markets across the region via Klook’s innovative mobile app and website.