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(By Daniel Cole via Thrillist)


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For the lazy traveller who wants to sit back and watch beautiful scenery unfold while someone else does the work, trains are mighty appealing, and no one has mastered the art of train travel better than Europe. As the industrial revolution took hold of Great Britain, railway lines spread across the continent connecting Europe’s most majestic cities, slicing through rock faces and some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth. Here are the most visually spectacular voyages you can take.
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1. The Jacobite, Scotland (GLENFINNAN RAILWAY VIADUCT, SCOTLAND | SAMOT/SHUTTERSTOCK)

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Fort William to Mallaig
Distance: 42 miles
Cost per ticket: $45

The steamy Jacobite train is movie-star famous -- you may recognize it as the Hogwarts Express from Harry Potter. This is the same route featured in the HP series and passes through unspoiled Scottish wilderness along the West Highland Railway Line. The scenery does not disappoint; from Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, to the serene Loch Nevis, the train travels alongside 14th century castles, farm houses, and villages until it reaches the sea at Port Mallaig.

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2. The Bergen Line, Norway (BERGEN, NORWAY | TATYANA VYC/SHUTTERSTOCK)

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Oslo to Bergen
Distance: 230 miles
Cost per ticket: $100

Switzerland has the Alps, but Norway’s panoramic splendors are nothing to sneeze at. Not only is the Bergen Line among the most scenic mainlines in the world, at over 4,000ft above sea level it’s also the highest in Northern Europe. From Oslo, the train passes above the Hardangervidda plateau, over islands, fjords, and desolate snow-laden passes. The second leg of the seven-hour journey becomes a smorgasbord of lakes, forests, and little red Scandinavian huts probably featured on a postcard somewhere. No matter what time of year, the sunset will be at maximum awesomeness.

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3. Berlin, Germany to Budapest, Hungary

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Berlin, Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest
Distance: 427 miles
Cost per ticket: $39

Berlin’s central station of Hauptbahnhof is a traveler’s dreamworld where trains leave hourly to nearly all major hubs in mainland Europe. The most spectacular is an 11-hour journey leaving at 9am daily that moves through the baroque city center of Dresden before hitting Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest. The route traverses the beautiful Elbe Valley with views of the Danube River, 13th century palaces, and immense sandstone mountains along the way.

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4. The Glacier Express, Switzerland

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St. Moritz to Zermatt
Distance: 180 miles
Cost per ticket: $150

One of the most stunning high-altitude routes in the world is also the slowest. Starting off in the shadow of the Matterhorn, the Glacier Express crawls its way through the Alpine expanse to the glamorous resort of St. Moritz, passing through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges, plus the 213ft-high Landwasser Viaduct (a UNESCO World Heritage site). The train hits its highest point at a mountainous 6,670ft before descending back down to the Domleschg Valley, where you’ll spot age-old castles and ruins.

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5. Linha do Douro, Portugal

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Porto to Pocinho
Distance: 100 miles
Cost per ticket: $15

Nothing quite compares to the theatrical splendor of Portugal’s wine region. As it rambles through the Douro River Valley (another World Heritage site), this 19th century train line hugs rugged cliff faces along massively uneven terrain, gifting views of the vineyards and olive groves. From Porto to Pocinho you’ll pass villages of whitewashed quintas and century-old train stations.

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6. Sarajevo to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Sarajevo to Mostar
Distance: 70 miles
Cost per ticket: $5

This is easily the most gorgeous train through Eastern Europe, cruising the emerald-blue Neretva River as it transports passengers across the lush Balkan countryside.You’ll pass glacial lakes, farming villages, immense jagged rock outcrops, and 5 miles-worth of viaducts and bridges. The best is saved for last when you reach the insanely cool Lord of the Rings-esque town of Mostar, with ancient neoclassical architecture and a centuries-old, World Heritage-listed bridge. Plus, it’s only $5 to ride.

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