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Travel Europe By Train: Routes From Major Cities Across The Continent

Inside Hamburg German Train Station

Europe is a continent of rails with some of the best opportunities for train travel in the world. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to ride routes in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and plenty more. Despite the ease and affordability (with planning) of train travel in Europe, I’m still surprised to meet people from overseas who treat the continent like they’re flying into Phoenix, renting a car as soon as they land. In reality, train travel is often much faster, shedding as much as a few hours off your travel time when compared to automobiles, especially when looking at long distance routes covered by high-speed rail.

Below is everything you need to know about traveling Europe by train including information about the various high-speed train lines and how long it takes to travel between some of the most popular routes on the continent. Obviously, there are some omissions, but we’d be here all day if I typed out every route, especially once we get into central Europe. But by the time you’re done with the first couple sections, you’ll know how to search and plan your own train trip through Europe.

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Munich Sightseeing with a Chilean and a Brit

Munich Marienplatz Sunrise

I’m getting a tour of Munich from Gustavo, a Chilean with seven years of living in the Bavarian capital under his belt. Gustavo is no tour guide, but you’d be forgiven for thinking he is. First, he looks the part, dressed in a warm black overcoat, a scarf wrapped around his neck, and he’s armed with a tall umbrella that could just as easily be used to corral a group of straggling tourists. Second, he knows his history.

But before we get to all of that, we get off the tram near Müllerstraße for a short jaunt over to Fugazi for breakfast. Fugazi typically operates as an Italian restaurant, but it’s all about the brunch on this cold, November Saturday morning. We both opt for the Englisch Rustik –two fried eggs, sunny side up, sausages, bacon, and baked beans mixed with roasted tomato in a soup cup.

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