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Train Travel

Photo: Coach Seating

The link above provides you with an Interactive Map of Europe's Rail System. (Remeber to use the back button at the top of the browser to get back to the site).

The train really is the best way to travel through Europe. Since June 1991 the new ICE trains (Inter City Express) have been operating on several high-speed lines between major EU citys. These sleek trains travel at 250-280 km/h (155-174 mph), whisking passengers along in quiet, comfortable cars. The first trip I took it really freaked me out to be going that fast.

European day trains have one or both of the following seating arrangements:

Coach car seating: This means the car is open with a center aisle and seats on either side. In first-class, seats are wider and there are usually two seats on one side of the aisle, and a single seat on the other, providing optimum comfort. In second-class, there are usually two seats on either side of the aisle.

Compartment seating: The car is separated into enclosed cabins, which open to a corridor along one side of the car. In first-class, cabins can accommodate up to six passengers, second-class cabins have a capacity of up to eight.

Mountains of Innsbruck, Austria

Ticket Console in Innsbruck

Terminal in Innsbruck

Clean and neat.

Paris Underground Terminal

Very modern.

Again, Paris Underground

Reader Board (Bertchesgarden train)

What my train from Innsbruck looked like (red and gray)

Train to Obendorf

The train to Obendorf was a little different than some of the other trains I traveled on. The seats were more open and like couches.

Rome Italy

Train Station on my voyage accross the City.