February 16, 2012 by Jools Stone
5 of the Best Holidays by Steam Train
For the real rail enthusiast there can be no better travel experience than to travel by steam train. Once the heart and soul of travel around the world, today, steam trains are only used for leisure travel, often taking in some of the most scenic and awe-inspiring routes around.
Here Great Rail Journeys highlights five of the best destinations to discover via steam train.
With a rich history and an abundance of cultural and historical sights to enjoy, travelling through the Netherlands via steam train can be a great experience. As well as the option to arrive in historic Amsterdam via steam train, another popular route to explore is to take a steam train from Hoorn to Medemblik. The village of Hoorn is delightfully picturesque and the train will journey through the the Westfrisian countryside to Medemblik. A must for all steam train fans is a visit to the Hoorn Steam Train Museum, where restoration work on a number of steam trains is constantly underway.
Scotland by Steam Train
There can be few more amazing places to board a steam train than the Highlands of Scotland. An area of exceptional beauty, steam travel gives travellers the ability to step back in time. One of the best routes to take is on the Jacobite Steam Train between Fort William and Mallaig.
Fort William is a delightful spot to start your exploration before travelling along Loch Linnhe and over the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct. This steam train route has everything – mountains, lakes, sea views and spectacular feats of railway engineering. What more could a railway enthusiast want?
Germany by Steam Train
Germany may not be the first place that springs to mind when it comes to steam train holidays but the country has some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe – and is well worth exploring by rail.
A great area to explore is Saxony. Travel along the Fichtelberg Mountain Steam Railway from Cranzahl in the Ore Mountains and see the steam train pull high into the mountains. While you are in the area exploring the exciting city of Dresden is certainly recommended too.
Devon by Steam Train
Another spectacularly beautiful destination to explore by steam train is the West of England, Devon and Cornwall particularly. An exciting itinerary that should leave you plenty of time to explore both the quaint towns and beautiful scenery of this impressive English county starts in the seaside town of Torquay before travelling via the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway along the 6.5km Paignton and Kingswear branch line: spectacular views of the Torbay coastline are guaranteed.
Belgium by Steam Train
A must for all serious railway enthusiasts is the Three Valleys Steam Railway, a 35 minute steam-train journey between Mariembourg and Treignes. A great location for a short break a visit to Belgium is never complete without of course a visit to the beautiful medieval city of Bruges or the interesting capital Brussels: and as an added bonus for real railway fans it is all within reach from the UK aboard the ultra-modern Eurostar.
This post was sponsored by Great Rail Journeys.