You love trains, German Wine and fairytale castles?


The Guardian recommends the most scenic train journeys of Europe. For fans of German wine and fairytale castles it is the route along the Rhine from Mainz to Cologne across the Middle Rhine Valley.

"A must for fans of German wine and fairytale castles. This route along the Rhine cruises past the seemingly limitless vineyards that rise up along the steep banks of the river. Thrusting between mountains, it passes many of the flamboyant castles that inspired Disney and takes in the famous cliff at St Goarshausen, where Loreley’s siren song once brought sailors to grief. Although the fastest express trains complete the journey in 50 minutes, the more relaxing Mittelrheinbahn RB26 stopper services between Mainz and Cologne take nearly an hour and a half to chug along the Rhine’s left bank – time enough to admire the fetching old-world towns and villages as you sip a glass of riesling, or a floral Gewürztraminer." The Guardian, Wed 22 Jan 2020.

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