Europe’s magic lies in its immense cultural, geographic, and culinary diversity. It’s the perfect place for an epic railway journey, with every stop taking you to a whole new dimension and historical period. Exploring Europe by train is easy with the Eurail pass. You can take advantage of three types of train passes and tailor your Euro trip to your preferences. So, all aboard! Here are five stops you don’t want to miss in Europe.
The City of Lights in one of those places you never get tired of visiting. There’s always something going in Paris, and exploring its streets is like walking through a giant outdoor museum. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the magnificent interior of the Notre Dame Cathedral, first-time visitors to Paris will have their hands full. If you’re making a return trip, head underground to the Catacombs of Paris, hang out with the locals on the banks of Canal Saint-Martin, and visit lesser-known museums like the National Museum of the Middle Ages.
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Just like Paris, Rome is a city you must visit at least once in your lifetime. It’s a city of romance and great food, and it’s a city that will make your neck stiff as you gaze at its glorious classical architecture while on a walking tour. Don’t miss the recently renovated Spanish Steps, the Vatican Museums with St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, the magnificent Colosseum, and the Pantheon. Above all, enjoy exploring the city on foot and peeling back the layers of time around every corner.
This stylish Spanish city on the Mediterranean coast has all the makings of a memorable visit, with great weather, fantastic food, eclectic architecture, and a rich history. There’s plenty to see in Barcelona, and you can easily spend a full week or make a quick stop along your train journey.
Follow the footsteps of grand architect Antoni Gaudi, to the jaw-dropping Sagrada Familia to the quirky masterpieces in the center of the city. Stroll down Barcelona’s most famous avenue, La Rambla, and stop at the Mercat de la Boqueria, which is arguably the best market in town. Get lost in the Gothic Quarter and have some tapas with the locals at El Vaso de Oro. Barcelona has it all!
One of the most charming cities in the world offers much more than just coffee shops and the red-light district. Amsterdam wins you over from the moment you exit the central train station, with its maze of canals and streets with those narrow brick homes that defy the laws of gravity.
Amsterdam is a food lover’s paradise, with fresh produce at the Saturday Noordermarkt, top cheese shops like Da Kaaskamer, salty herring sandwiches at spots like Frens Haringhandel, and the best French fries in the world. In addition to the food scene, pay a visit to world-class museums, royal palaces, and the famous flower market.
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Vienna’s main draw is its rich history, which is best discovered on foot. Go for a stroll along the Ringstrasse from the State Opera (Staatsoper) to the City Hall (Rathaus), pay a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, rediscover the glory days of the early 20th century at Hofburg, and learn about Vienna’s most famous family — the Habsburgs — at the Schönbrunn Palace. Don’t forget to taste the strudel!
So are you ready to hop on board and explore Europe by train?
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