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The best of Germany, Austria & Eastern Europe

From the magnificent snow-capped Alps that line southern Germany's border with Austria to the wide and pristine white sandy beaches that fringe the Baltic Sea at its northern tip, Germany possesses many areas of outstanding natural beauty. The tranquil lakes of the Austrian Tyrol and the glittering cities of Salzburg and Vienna are also easily accessible from London with an overnight stop.

Getting there by rail

Germany and Austria enjoy one of Europe's most advanced, efficient and reliable rail networks. Travelling between Germany's major cities on a high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) train is easy, comfortable and enjoyable, but a comprehensive regional network ensures that virtually any destination in the country can be reached by train.

Benefits of rail

The European love of rail travel has seen significant investment in the continent's railways over the last few decades. Legacy rolling stock has been replaced with modern and comfortable trains and tracks have been upgraded or re-laid, particularly in eastern Germany - as necessary to ensure a largely punctual and smoothly-running rail system.


Poland is a land of remarkable cities, beautiful landscapes and small rustic towns. Steeped in a detailed and poignant history with a thriving traditional culture, the country has many memorable sights and experiences to offer travellers. For a comfortable and relaxing journey, train travel in Poland provides excellent links between major cities, such as Krakow and Warsaw, in addition to a selection of scenic rural routes.

The Balkans

Croatia has retained much of its old-world charm and a popular rail network ensures links between major cities as well as scenic regional routes which showcase Croatia's unspoilt landscapes, wonderful Adriatic coast and historic towns and villages. Seeing Slovenia by train opens up a world of possibilities, whether you'd prefer to visit the glacial waters of Lake Bled, the country's crowning glory or the capital, Ljubljana.

Suggested Itineraries

The Itineraries shown are intended to give an overview of what is possible and are by no means the only options available, designed to offer an idea of all the places you could visit and give you an overview of each destination. We arrange holidays to suit all tastes and budgets, so you can pick and choose from below or come up with something completely unique.


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Balkan Explorer

Absorb the unique blend of culture, ancient tales and architectural treasures on this fascinating voyage aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Meandering through verdant landscapes and along turquoise coastlines, this exclusive rail cruise delivers a captivating exploration of the Balkan nations and their surrounding countries.

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11 days from £6,895 pp

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Berlin and the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express

Explore Germany's vibrant capital from your base in the heart of Berlin, before embarking on the iconic Venice-Simplon-Orient Express as you make your way home.

Experience the wonderful extravagance of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express as you travel through outstanding countryside and glittering cities.

We have a magnificent selection of iconic routes that you can explore on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

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5 days from £2,445 pp

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Berlin Christmas Markets

Explore the once-divided German capital, home to some of Europe's most recognisable landmarks and over sixty Christmas Markets, each with their own theme and differing selections of crafts and produce.

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4 days from £525 pp

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Castles of Transylvania

Absorb the vibrant cultures, ancient castles and spectacular scenery of Transylvania on this exclusive rail cruise aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

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7 days from £4,395 pp

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Classic Glacier Express

The dramatic scenery of the Alps awaits on this holiday in Switzerland. Visit St Moritz and Zermatt, and enjoy endless views of Alpine meadows and snowcapped mountains on the world-famous Glacier Express train.

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5 days from £685 pp

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Grand Tour of Germany

The refined majesty of Germany's illustrious cities is on full display on this 10-day tour. Uncover the ever-changing face of the German capital Berlin, along with the wealth of iconic sights on offer here including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Venture to the economic powerhouse of Germany in the city of Munich, a modern metropolis with its dazzling mix of contemporary and historical architecture. Immerse yourself in Germany history with stays in Nuremberg and Freiberg, famous for Kaiserburg Fortress and an impressive viticulture respectively. Explore all this your way with Great Rail Journeys Independent's Grand tour of Germany.

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10 days from £1,095 pp

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Imperial Cities by Rail

Discover the imperial cities of Europe, forged by centuries of architectural, historical and artistic influence and each with their own immense cultural heritage. Explore the streets of enigmatic Berlin, venerable Prague and grand Budapest on this majestic adventure into the heart of Europe.

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12 days from £1,475 pp

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