One of the highlights of my recent trip to Europe was all the train travel I did. Using my Eurail pass, I rode through the continent’s amazing countryside. In the past, I’d done some limited train travel, but usually my travel plans are random, so I typically fly around Europe on cheap Ryanair flights. This time, though, since I had a pretty set route, I really wanted to explore Europe by train. I’d heard so much about it that it was time for me to experience it. I got to see the countrysides of…
While not my favorite, the Spanish countryside was beautiful. The land seemed both desolate and full of life at the same time. There weren’t a lot of big trees, and even from the train, you could feel the heat emanating from the land. It was very dry and arid, but not off putting.
France has one of my favorite countrysides. Riding through it, you can see the land is extremely fertile. The rolling hills filled with wineries and farms make for some serene train rides. Furthermore, I love passing little French towns throughout the countryside. They’re beautiful and only make me want to live in France more.
Belgium was cool to pass through. This small country has a lot of small towns divided by seemingly smaller farms. You see a lot of dairy farms here, and I think I even saw a few grain (or maybe corn?) farms. The area reminds me a lot of Vermont with the old-style farm houses and barns, small farms, and lots of cows.
Similar to Belgium, Holland has a lot of small farms and flat countryside. It’s interesting to see the countryside just go on for miles in all direction and to see all the inter-linked canals throughout the country. Also, I loved seeing all the wind turbines. It’s always nice to see countries go green.
Sweden is beautiful, and the countryside is just one more reason for me to love the country. It reminds me a lot of New England, especially since I went during the fall when the leaves were changing. Riding the train down from Stockholm to Gothenburg, I got to pass mountains topped with trees, lakes, and a few small farms and towns. It was like being home.
Back in 2006, I took a train from Venice to Vienna. Since then, I’ve been in love with the Austrian countryside. Like Sweden, it’s filled with amazing mountains, vistas, and little country farms and towns. The scenery changes between countryside and towns often, but it’s just what you’d picture Austria to look like.
After taking so many trains through Europe, I’m now hooked. I’ll probably do more train travel around the continent the next time I go. (Though I still forsake overnight trains! Never again!). The European countryside is beautiful, and it’s hard to get a real appreciation for it when you bounce from city to city. Riding the train across the continent can give you that appreciation for Europe’s varied and beautiful countryside.