Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Riding the rails of Europe’s fantastic train network is a great way to explore the continent. I love the flexibility that comes with being an independent rail traveller in Europe and designing my own itineraries and the length of time I want to stay in each place makes my European holidays uniquely my own.

On my visits to Switzerland over the years I have been lucky enough to to enjoy a number of spectacular train rides in this picturesque country. Switzerland does train travel so well and with panoramic windows offering jaw-dropping views, it's no wonder this form of transport is so popular even though the country is relatively small.

If you’ve chatted with family or friends who’ve travelled in Europe, you have probably heard the term Eurail Pass mentioned. In this Eurail Pass guide you’ll learn all about travelling Europe by Eurail and why it is a great option to consider.

France and Italy are two of the most visited countries in the world and with so many beautiful cities, such amazing history and architecture, and so many world-class sights, it's no wonder. This is an itinerary I designed for friends (two couples) who wanted to visit some of Europe's famous cities on their holiday.

 

Rail travel is a popular way to get around Europe and the United Kingdom.  It's fast, convenient and allows you to sit back and enjoy the scenery. Here are twelve reasons why you should consider travelling by train.

This itinerary was designed for a couple who were attending a conference in Berlin and wanted to visit some of the other European cities before flying home to Australia. All rail travel and accommodation was pre-booked and pre-paid by the travellers before they left Australia.

With such a vast, efficient railway network in Europe, it's little wonder that train travel is so popular. Whilst travelling by train is relatively easy (and very relaxing), there are a few things you should be aware of before you get to the station to ensure you have a smooth departure.  These are the procedures I followed recently when travelling by train around Europe. (Updated August 2015.)

 

Switzerland offers some of the most spectacular train rides in the world, some of which are more well known than others.  I've had the opportunity to travel on a number of scenic trains in Switzerland and each one offers something a little different.  One thing they all offer, though, is magnificent views from the comfort of your seat.

The Eurostar train is one of the fastest and most convenient ways of travelling between London and Paris or Brussels with thousands of commuters using the service each day. The city-to-city service is popular with both business travellers and tourists who prefer the ease of rail travel to long waiting times at airports. I recently travelled on the Eurostar from London to Paris and have put together a list of tips to help make your journey on the Eurostar an easy one.