From the Hogwarts Express to alpine adventures: Europe’s best steam train journeys

Futuristic high-speed trains are usually the focus of Europe’s rail revival. But to really experience the romance of slow and sleepy travel, you need to venture back in time.

Across Europe, rail enthusiasts are keeping historic steam trains on the tracks, offering nostalgic journeys into the past.

Trace train travel’s heritage on these leisurely steam train journeys in Europe.

Chug through English countryside on the Bluebell Railway

Riding Bluebell Railway’s vintage steam train is like travelling back in time.

Accompanied by railway staff in period clothing, you’ll chug through 18 kilometres of beautiful Sussex countryside – plan your trip in May to catch the eponymous bluebells.

You’ll stop at four stations – Sheffield Park, Horsted

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