Europe By Rail: The Definitive Guide (Paperback)

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Europe By Rail: The Definitive Guide By Nicky Gardner, Susanne Kries Cover Image


Whether you are making a long grand tour or just a short break, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes over 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and—brand new for this 16th edition—now also the British Isles. Each route can be followed in its entirety or used as a building block in a longer itinerary. Beyond the main routes you will find worthwhile excursions well off the beaten track. The routes are organized under the following headings:
  • Discover Britain and Ireland
  • A taste of France Through France to Spain 
  • Iberian Connections 
  • The Low Countries and the Rhine 
  • Prussia, Bavaria and beyond 
  • Central Europe 
  • Scandinavian Forays 
  • Alpine Adventures 
  • Roaming Italy 
  • Balkan Journeys 
  • Exploring East 

Written by two highly experienced travelers, Europe by Rail contains useful tips about how to plan your journey, what tickets to buy and where to stop off along the way. There are special sections for holders of rail passes, including Interrail and Eurail, as well as information on night trains. The country guide summarizes key information about traveling by train through each of the four dozen countries listed. Apart from being full of good advice and up-to-date information, Europe by Rail is also a great read with plenty to entertain and inform for armchair travelers. 

About the Author

Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries are the coeditors of hidden europe magazine. 

Praise For…

"The book is an alluIing combination of evocative writing (“Speed soaks up detail as poppies in the fields of Flanders become a red haze”) and practical advice. . . . t is also a history of Europe in 50 train routes. —Independent

“There is much guidance on planning, buying tickets and finding accommodation, recommending the best and most user-friendly websites. All in all, this is a fantastic book which is perfect for any traveller, even the armchair variety." —Ilkley Gazette

"Europe By Rail could have been a dry, practical guide and still been an invaluable book, but where the writers really score is in evoking such a strong sense of place. Each route is carefully described with tightly-written guides to and descriptions of the destinations involved that make the fifty route chapters eminently readable as pieces of travel writing in themselves." —Charlie Connelly, author, Attention All Shipping

"The last publication to continue the fine traditions of Thomas Cook, the father of modern tourism whose first travel guide was published in 1873. In short, get on board a European train armed with this guide and you'll be in for a fascinating journey." —Engineering & Technology Magazine

"Each chapter is peppered with insights into culture and heritage, and practical information for making the most out of a journey. . . . A guidebook that proves both inspirational and informative." —Go Eat Do

"Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries have created, in Europe by Rail, a book which combines essential practical information with romantic descriptions of places familiar and otherwise. Now in its fifteenth edition, the book is the perfect guide for today's rail traveller. Fifty main routes are suggested, and alternative timings give the option of frantic dashing or leisurely trundling. Sometimes the journey is the thing, passing through glorious countryside and watching the landscape change as borders are crossed. More often, however, the proliferation of routes and options allows the traveller to meander, loiter, sample local cuisine, maybe take in a museum or two before moving gently on. A lot can be experienced in a few days without hurtling madly from city to city. Highlighting the green credentials of rail travel, the flexibility of the continental network and capturing the sheer excitement of Europe's towns, cities and landscapes, the book also gives useful links to websites offering tickets, route plans and more. Side panels offer historical background and railway trivia as well as a taste of local life in the many stops. For instance, there's an awful lot of coffee in Trieste, and this book tells you the best place to drink it. What comes across more than anything is a genuine love of Europe and a huge enthusiasm for exploring different countries and cultures. Living in Berlin, the authors are at the very heart of Europe, and the routes and diversions they suggest give everyone the chance to sample the excitement of having a whole continent spread out before us, offering sights, sounds and flavours for the price of a train ticket." —Grove Bookshop 

“This guide most certainly lives up to its name: it is a most definitive guide, and is packed with all the information that you will need to plan your rail travel across the continent. Do not leave home without it.” —Fiona Richards, Timeless Travels

“Europe by Rail is a book of sheer possibility, a love letter to a continent that also tells you where to buy the ring and how to get to the jeweller's.” —Charlie Connelly, The New European

“Whether you use it vicariously, imagining trips from the comfort of home, or as an essential part of your travelling kit, Europe by Rail is a wonderful publication.” Ben Jones, The Railway Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9783945225028
ISBN-10: 3945225027
Publisher: hidden europe publications
Publication Date: January 1st, 2020
Pages: 544
Language: English