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A word of welcome 7 How to use this book 10 Overview: the 50 routes 12 Planning your itinerary 14 Getting the best deals on tickets 17 The Loco2 story 25 Planning overnight stays 26 Links from Britain 28 The Eurostar revolution 30 Europe in colour: Journeys of discovery 33 ROUTES 49 A taste of France 1. A tale of two cities London - Paris 50 2. Burgundy and the Rhone Valley Paris - Dijon - Beaune - Lyon - Valence - Avignon - Marseille 55 Sidetracks A: Through the Jura 63 3. Along the French Riviera Marseille - Bandol - Toulon - Cannes - Antibes - Nice 64 Sidetracks B: Corsica 714. The Seine Valley and Normandy Paris - Giverny - Rouen - Lisieux - Bayeux - Cherbourg 72 5. The heart of France Paris - Nevers - Vichy - Clermont-Ferrand - Allier Gorge - Nimes 76 Through France to Spain 6. Through western France Paris - Angers - Bordeaux - Biarritz - San Sebastian 807. To the Pyrenees Paris - Dordogne - Toulouse - Latour de Carol - Barcelona 86 8. From the Alps to Catalonia Geneva - Aix-les-Bains - Avignon - Perpignan - Portbou - Barcelona 93 Sidetracks C: End of the line? 101Iberian connections 9. Historic Spain Barcelona - Valencia - Despenaperros - Cordoba - Seville - Cadiz 102 Sidetracks D: South from Spain 109 10. High-speed Spain Barcelona - Madrid - Cordoba - Malaga 110 Sidetracks E: Balearic Islands 116 11. Pilgrim route to Santiago San Sebastian - Burgos - Leon - Santiago de Compostela 11712. The Atlantic coast of Iberia Santiago de Compostela - Vigo - Porto - Lisbon 123 Sidetracks F: Grand stations 130 The Low Countries and the Rhine 13. Through Flanders to Holland Lille - Bruges - Antwerp - Den Haag - Amsterdam 131 Sidetracks G: Belgium's coastal tramway 137 14. From Flanders to the Rhine Lille - Brussels - Liege - Aachen - Cologne 138 Sidetracks H: Creature comforts 143 15. South to Switzerland Amsterdam - Maastricht - Luxembourg - Strasbourg - Lausanne 144 16. Touring the Rhine Valley Cologne - Koblenz - Heidelberg - Triberg - Zurich 151 Sidetracks I: Rhine vs Moselle 158 Prussia, Bavaria and beyond 17. Across northern Germany Cologne - Dusseldorf - Hannover - Helmstedt - Berlin 159 18. The Harz Mountains Hannover - Goslar - Wernigerode - Quedlinburg - Magdeburg 166 Sidetracks J: Brocken tales 171 19. From Prussia to the Alps Berlin - Leipzig - Weimar - Wurzburg - Munich - Salzburg 172 Central Europe 20. Bohemian byways Nuremberg - Plzen - Karlovy Vary - Prague 181 21. Exploring the Danube Nuremberg - Passau - Linz - Vienna - Bratislava 187 Sidetracks K: Named trains 194 22. Four capitals in a day Hamburg - Berlin - Prague - Bratislava - Budapest 195 23. Through the Carpathians Budapest - Debrecen - Mukacheve - Lviv 203 Sidetracks L: Through Ukraine 209 24. Historic Habsburg cities Venice - Trieste - Ljubljana - Zagreb 210 Scandinavian forays 25. Through Denmark to Sweden Hamburg - Lubeck - Copenhagen - Malmo - Stockholm 216 26. Maritime cities Amsterdam - Hamburg - Aarhus - Hirtshals - Oslo 223Sidetracks M: Slow boat to Iceland 233 27. Sampling Scandinavia Copenhagen - Goteborg - Oslo - Bergen 234 28. North to the Lofoten Islands Oslo - Lillehammer - Trondheim - Bodo - Svolvaer 242 29. Night train to Narvik Stockholm - Boden - Narvik - Svolvaer 248 Sidetracks N: Norway's Far North 255 30. Around the Gulf of Bothnia Boden - Lulea - Oulu - Tampere - Turku - Helsinki 256 Sidetracks O: Aland Islands 263 31. Essential Finland Helsinki - Kuopio - Kemi - Rovaniemi 264 Alpine adventures 32. The Semmering railway Vienna - Klagenfurt - Villach - Venice 269 33. The Arlberg route Zurich - Feldkirch - Innsbruck - Salzburg - Vienna 274 Sidetracks P: Exploring Liechtenstein 281 34. Across the Bernina Pass Zurich - Zernez - St Moritz - Tirano - Milan 282 35. Following the Glacier Express St Moritz - Andermatt - Brig - Zermatt 287 36. Swiss lakes and mountains Zurich - Lucerne - Interlaken - Montreux - Lausanne - Geneva 292 Sidetracks Q: Through the Simplon 300 37. Across the Alps: Bavaria to northern Italy Munich - Mittenwald - Innsbruck - Bolzano - Verona 301 Sidetracks R: The Alps by bus 307Roaming Italy 38. Through Liguria to Tuscany Nice - Monaco - Sanremo - Genoa - Cinque Terre - Pisa 308 Sidetracks S: World Heritage 314 39. Exploring central Italy Pisa - Lucca - Florence - Perugia - Assisi - Rome 315 40. Tuscany and Umbria Verona - Bologna - Florence - Siena - Orvieto - Rome 321 41. North Italian cities Genoa - Milan - Cremona - Mantua - Verona - Venice 327 42. South to Sicily Rome - Naples - Messina - Taormina - Siracusa 332 Sidetracks T: By sea to Sardinia 339Balkan journeys 43. The long haul south Budapest - Subotica - Belgrade - Skopje - Thessaloniki 340 Sidetracks U: Kosovo 349 44. From the Danube to Dalmatia Budapest - Lake Balaton - Zagreb - Split - Dubrovnik 350 45. Slow train to Bosnia Zagreb - Banja Luka - Doboj - Sarajevo 356 Sidetracks V: Albania and Montenegro 362 Exploring east 46. Through Poland to Ukraine Berlin - Poznan - Warsaw - Krakow - Lviv 363 Sidetracks W: Moscow to Sofia 370 47. Towards the Tatra Mountains Dresden - Gorlitz - Wroclaw - Krakow - Zakopane 371 Sidetracks X: Crossing frontiers 377 48. Eastbound to Russia Warsaw - Brest - Minsk - Vitebsk - St Petersburg 378Sidetracks Y: The communal carriage 387 49. A Baltic journey Helsinki - Tallinn - Tartu - Riga 388Sidetracks Z: Baltic trains 393 50. The ultimate challenge Belgrade - Timisoara - Cluj-Napoca - Suceava - Lviv 394 GAZETTEER A country -by- country guide to exploring Europe by rail: from Albania to Vatican City in alphabetical order 401REFERENCE SECTION 465 A word on place names 465 City links: travel times between principal cities 466 Night trains 470 When a train is not a train 473 Cruise trains 474 InterRail: a restrospect 475 Rail pass directory 478 Overview map: InterRail and Eurail validity 483 A-Z of travel in Europe 484 Meet the team behind the book 489 Index 490 Feedback request 496

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