When you come to Europe, you know that there are not only international metropolises, but also natural beauty away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and the extensive railway network allows you to easily reach remote corners of many countries by train, allowing you to enjoy the paradise of various places. Mountains, beaches, waterfalls, canyons and more can be reached by train. Take a look at these 10 natural wonders in Europe. Have they made you excited?
1. The Italian Dolomites
Dolomite is a mountain region in northern Italy with 18 peaks and a maximum altitude of over 3,000 meters. Outdoor activities that can be achieved here include hiking, cycling, paragliding and my favorite rock climbing. Climbing here is actually climbing the mountain with the help of steel cables. In addition, due to its high altitude, Dolomites is also a professional training place for many athletes. I once met two Olympic training teams. How do I get to the Dolomites? It’s very simple, just one hour by regional train from Verona or 47 minutes by regional train from Bolzano to Trento.
2. Salou, Spain
A 75-minute southbound train ride from Barcelona’s Sans Station will take you to the famous resort of Salou Beach. The warm Mediterranean climate will make you quickly fall into discomfort, coupled with the sprawling beaches-the most famous is Llevant Beach, a rocky coast, and a natural coastal promenade suitable for couples to stroll. You can also check out the beautiful IIuminosa fountain-located at the end of the coastal pedestrian street-where there are music fountains every night.
3. Fjords of Norway
The fjords of Norway may have the most magnificent views across Europe. From Oslo, take an Oslo-Bergen train to the mountain station Myrdal, and then transfer to the Flam Railway to experience the stunning scenery deep in the Aurlandfjord. Lonely Planet magazine calls this route Europe’s most beautiful railway route. Then you can take a cruise from Fram to Gudvangen to cross the fjord and enjoy the suffocating peaks and lakes.
4. Bled, Slovenia
You can easily reach Bled by train from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Vintgar Gorge is 4 km away. If you want to see the bones here, you have to climb a mountain wall 50 to 100 meters high. Although it sounds risky, climbing is actually safer, which is also a very popular outdoor sport in the local area. If you want to relax, take a walk by Lake Bled, or go to Bled Island in the middle of the lake-this is the only natural island in the country!
5. Swedish Aurora
Abisko in Sweden is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the aurora. You can enjoy the light show of nature here between November and March every year. From Stockholm, take a night train to Boden and transfer from Discipline to Abisko. The journey takes 17 hours. There are two railway stations in this area: Abisko Ostra Station and Abisko Tourist Station.
6. Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany
If you want to see the most beautiful mountain views in Germany, you must come to Berchtesgaden National Park. Dangerous peaks and rocky cliffs are here, and it is one of my favorite hiking spots in Germany. The most interesting attraction here is the Schellenberger Ice Cave, but you can’t go alone, you must join a group to visit. In Berchtesgaden, you can hike for about 3 hours, or you can take the cable car. From Munich or Salzburg, Austria, you can easily reach Berchtesgaden by taking the Railjet high-speed train, and then take a 45-minute bus to the national park. The peaks of the national park will get higher and higher as you approach.
7. Chamonix, France
Chamonix has the highest cable car in Europe, taking you directly to the Aiguille du Midi at an altitude of 3,842 meters. At Aiguille du Midi, you can have a coffee at the coffee shop or buy some lunch while admiring the majestic scenery of Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe and the highest mountain in the Alps. Once you reach the summit of Mont Blanc, you can also take a cable car across the Glacier du Geant to Pinte Helbronner. By regional train from Lyon, you can reach Chamonix-Mont-Blanc station in about four hours. Remember to sit by the window so that you can enjoy the unique scenery outside the window.
8. Krimml, Austria
The waterfall in the Kremlin National Park is 380 meters high and is the highest waterfall in Austria. The rumbling sound of the water is inaudible. It is not difficult to climb to the peak of the waterfall, which takes 45 minutes, but there are other hiking options in this national park, including some very steep peaks and glaciers! You can take a regional train from Salzburg to the snow-capped peaks and glaciers of the Kremlin. The whole journey takes just over 3 hours.
9. Saturnia hot spring in Tuscany, Italy
You may have rarely heard of this place because the locals rarely publicize the hot springs here, and they are secretive about protecting the hot springs as a secret. The Grosseto Springs are thousands of years old, and the Roman ruins here can be traced back to the 2nd century BC. In addition to the hot springs, there are two waterfalls nearby. The Grosseto Spa is open year-round and is free. The nearest train station is Albania. From here, you can take a 45-minute bus to Manciano, and then change to the bus for another half an hour to get to Grosseto. It is well worth visiting!
10. Beaches in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Almost everyone will fall in love with Dubrovnik’s beaches. The beaches here are diverse, ranging from fine sand, gravel, and rocky. The best known are Banje Beach, Uvala Lapad Beach, and Copacabana Beach, and the nightlife on these beaches is also very rich at night. You can also take a boat to the nearby Elaphiti Island to enjoy more beaches, and diving is also very popular here. Due to the fact that Dubrovnik is too far south, the Croatian railway line does not extend here, but you can take the train to Split first and then take a ferry or bus to Dubrovnik.