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The Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous Train Rides in Europe [Copy link] 中文

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7. Rauma Line, Norway

TROLLS PATH, NORWAY | ANDREY ARMYAGOV/SHUTTERSTOCK

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Åndalsnes to Dombås
Distance: 70 miles
Cost per ticket: $30

The Rauma has one of the most dramatic descents of any rail line: It hits 2,000ft above sea level and works its way down to just 13ft on 100-plus km of track. On the ride you’ll take in an obscene amount of mountain porn, with views of the turquoise-colored Rauma River, the Reinheimen National Park, and the famous Trollveggen (Troll Wall) -- Europe’s highest vertical mountain wall. It also crosses 32 bridges, including the Kylling Bridge that sits 200ft above the charging river beneath. There’ve been talks of replacing the Rauma with a high-speed railway, so get on it before it’s gone for good.

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8. Central Rhine Railway, Germany

PFALZGRAFENSTEIN, KAUB, GERMANY | LIANEM/SHUTTERSTOCK

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Mainz to Koblenz
Distance: 40 miles
Cost per ticket: $20

This is the most German of all German trains; a breathtaking dive through the Rhine Valley’s dramatic slate mountain passes and terraced hillsides dotted with 14th century castles. The line from Mainz to Koblenz hugs the meandering Rhine and the most picturesque wine country in Europe, stopping off at each and every little junction along the way so you can see the castles of Marksburg, Stolzenfels, and Burg Pfalzgrafenstein. The latter is a former 14th century toll station protruding from the middle of the Rhine.

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I only see rail lines or trains in 4 of 9 posts.
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8. Central Rhine Railway, Germany

PFALZGRAFENSTEIN, KAUB, GERMANY | LIANEM/SHUTTERSTOCK

Informative thread: I didn't know those German rail lines.

For those in search of spectacular and unusual railway travel experiences, I recommend the JUNGFRAUBAHN in Switzerland. It is a cogwheel railway of 11 kms that takes you from an Alpine town at 2200 meters above sea level to a peak surrounded by a  glacier at 3457 meters above sea level. The line is almost entirely inside the mountain called "Jungfrau " (Virgin" in English). On the mountain top you will have a marvelous panoramic view, weather permitting. The air is pretty thin up there (it's about as high as Lhasa in Tibet).

To get to the lower terminus of the Jungfraubahn, you have to start at Interlaken, go all the way to a first terminus, change trains, then change a second time. The whole journey up to the peak takes around 3 hours. This is on purpose so that people do not develop high altitude sickness.

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