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Europe by Rail: the definitive guide for independent travellers

KEY FACTS - Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide for Independent Travellers

Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide for Independent Travellers
New, completely revised and fully updated 14th edition
ISBN: 978-0-9929073-5-8
Publication date: 8 June 2016

by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries

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Research, writing, design and layout by hidden europe editorial bureau (Gardner & Kries GbR) in Berlin, Germany

Published by European Rail Timetable Ltd in Oundle, United Kingdom

Printed and bound by GraphyCems in Villatuerta (Navarra) Spain

Colour maps on inside front and back covers by David McCutcheon FBCart.S. of DVD Maps

Extent: 496 pages (paperback)
Size: 135 x 216 mm
Weight: 562g
UK List Price: £15.99

32 colour images
12 black and white images
52 sketch maps of the routes
2 overview maps in full colour (inside front and back covers)

© 2016 Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries

About the book

Exploring Europe by train has never been easier. Designed for independent travellers of all ages, here is the definitive guide for holders of Eurail or InterRail passes and for those with regular train tickets. The guidebook will appeal to travellers keen to explore Europe in an eco-friendly way. This volume describes 50 recommended routes in detail. Those routes together take in most of Europe's travel hot spots - from the Rhine to the Riviera, from the Alps to the Adriatic.

Whether you are planning a longer holiday, or a series of short rail trips around the continent, Europe by Rail is packed with information, including tips on fares and ticketing, hotel recommendations and advice on train connections.

The 14th edition of this highly regarded guide has been completely rewritten to reflect changing travel patterns and provide better coverage of some of the most popular European cities and tourist regions.

About the authors

Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries are Berlin-based travel writers and the editors of hidden europe magazine. Their work for media across Europe highlights the variety of European life and landscapes.

What's new in this 14th edition of Europe by Rail

In common with the preceding 13th edition, the new book has at its core 50 rail routes. But only a handful of the routes in the new 2016 edition follow the same itinerary as routes in the last edition - and even those old favourites have been completely rewritten. The new book features all-new accommodation listings, in this edition relying largely on hotels which the authors can personally recommend. Apart from the 50 routes, there are 26 mini-features called "Sidetracks" - far more than in any previous edition of the book. Among the route highlights are:

  • New routes from Paris to the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees
  • New journeys from Amsterdam to the Alps and Scandinavia
  • The Glacier Express route from St Moritz to Zermatt
  • The Torre del Oro route from Barcelona to Seville
  • Recalling the Catalan Talgo from Geneva to Barcelona
  • The Semmering railway in Austria
  • Better coverage of the Harz Mountains narrow-gauge railways
  • A new journey through the Carpathian Mountains
  • A brand new Finnish journey
  • A new route from Budapest to the Adriatic coast
  • From Dresden to the Tatra Mountains
  • Two new routes starting in French Flanders: one to Amsterdam, the other to Cologne
  • A new route through the Rhineland and Black Forest to Switzerland

The authors, Susanne Kries and Nicky Gardner, can be contacted by email at editors [at] europebyrail [dot] eu or via the website's online contact form. The authors are available for media interviews, and can be approached directly.