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List of best train trips and train routes in Europe--journeys that go through the Swiss Alps, Siberia, Venice, London, Paris and some of the other most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. These are the best European train trips you can take while backpacking through the continent. Each gives you a different side of Europe, but all of them are superb.

Some of these trips are on the popular Eurorail system, allowing you to buy Eurorail tickets and follow the European train schedule. Other train trips are made mostly for tourism and take you to fun, offbeat tourist destinations in Europe.  Train trips are something so unique outside of the U.S. that if you had the opportunity to go on one, you should take it. They take you through areas where you would not be able to go on your own and offer amazing views. These are the top 10 travel trips in Europe by train.
Francisco de Goya is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Train Routes in Europe
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Francisco de Goya


Route: Paris to Madrid
Duration: 13 hours, 30 minutes

Leave Paris in the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner and the increasingly rural scenery, slumber to the soothing rhythm of the rails, and wake the next day as you arrive in Madrid, rested and ready to tour the third-most-populous city in the European Union. Grand class includes a welcome drink, gourmet dinner, breakfast, and an in-room bathroom with shower.

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Venice-Simplon Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Train Routes in Europe
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Venice-Simplon Orient Express


Route: London to Venice
Duration: Two days, one night

Step aboard the VSOE, as the train is known, and the calendar turns back to the 1920s and ’30s, the golden age of rail on the Continent. The operator spent $16 million restoring 35 sleeping cars to their original art deco sophistication; passengers are expected to dress elegantly for dinner: at a minimum, suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women; black tie and gowns encouraged. Awake to the sight of the snowcapped Alps and learn the story behind each of the restored carriages.

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The Bernina Express is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Train Routes in Europe
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The Bernina Express


Route: Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy
Duration: 4 hours, 14 minutes

This narrow-gauge, vertigo-inducing train takes on seven-percent inclines, a 360-degree spiral, 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges—reaching an apex of 7,391 feet and then descending 5,905 feet before coming to a stop. The word “express” refers to the availability of short-notice seat reservations, rather than the train’s velocity as it courses through the Alps south from Switzerland’s oldest town to a charming Italian town of just under 10,000 people. Part of the route is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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The Flam Railway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Train Routes in Europe
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The Flam Railway


Route: Flam to Myrdal, Norway
Duration: 1 hour

A must-do on any tour of fjord country, the Flam Railway, rising from a village on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, mounts a steeper climb than any other non-cog, normal-gauge railroad in the world. In just 12 miles, the train climbs over 2,838 feet to reach the mountain plateau of Myrdal in under an hour. See the Rjoandefossen waterfall with a free drop of 459 feet, and the Kjosfossen waterfall, plunging 305 feet, where the train makes a photo stop during the summer.

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