Air travel does save time, but you would end up missing the fun sitting in a wonderfully old-fashioned way in a train enjoying the spectacular landscapes along the journey. Air travel is focused on reaching the destination in the minimum possible time, while train travels are about enjoying the journey before reaching the destination.
Here are 4 most picturesque train journeys that you must definitely take some time to explore nature’s untouched beauty.
This train, which runs between Zermatt and St Moritz in Switzerland, definitely has the potential to leave you spellbound. It carves its way from the majestic Swiss Alps to the green valleys. It is a seven-hour journey and gives you a complete picture of what Switzerland is known for. During these seven hours, it passes through 291 bridges and 91 tunnels. You will be mesmerized by the sheer beauty that nature has to offer. Plan to stay in St Moritz for at least 2-3 days and enjoy the breathtaking Alps region. You can find a lot of accommodation options like chalets, campgrounds, lodges, homestays, and more.
The Rocky Mountaineer Train
One of the finest touring trains in North America, this train has a capacity for only 23 passengers. It offers a six-day trek, traveling 635 miles covering the Canadian Rockies from Calgary, to and fro. During the trip, the passengers visit many tourist spots like the Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, Gold Rush Town of Fort Steele, World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump etc. While on the train, you can also enjoy live music in the evenings.
The Flam Railway
This train has the distinction of taking you on one of the steepest journeys in the world. It starts from Flam, which is at ocean level and in one hour it travels up an altitude of 3000 feet to reach Myrdal, which is on a mountaintop. Along the way, you pass through 20 tunnels, breathtaking waterfalls, slopes, and verdant valleys.
Al Andalus Express
Take a ride in this train to enjoy the gorgeous sights of the Andalusia region. It is a luxurious train, which gives its passengers a six-day tour of Spain covering the historic towns of Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Jerez. On the way, you see hills of citrus and olive trees and the foothills of Sierra Nevada. The itinerary is made such that passengers have enough time to explore the places on routes like Mezquita – the 8th-century mosque-turned-cathedral, Ronda bullring, and Alhambra.
The train journeys, especially those that take you through breathtakingly beautiful sceneries, have a different kind of romance and glamor associated with it. You should definitely take these journeys and enjoy the changing landscape as it speeds through. It is like watching the world go by out of the window.