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Let us take you on a journey to Slovenia...

 
Getting to Slovenia by train from London is an enjoyable experience, especially if you leave all the arrangements to us. After Paris, next stop is Munich, characterised by beautiful architecture and green spaces, where you stay overnight. The next day, travel on a series of historic, scenic railways across Austria and into Slovenia.
 
Slovenia – with an overnight stay in Munich
For our holidays in the Julian Alps, take a mid-morning Eurostar to Paris, then stretch your legs with a short stroll to the Paris' Gare de L'Est station to take a direct afternoon TGV to Munich on France's fastest high-speed line.

You culinary journey may have already begun with an important decision, the choice of train picnic. Something from home perhaps, or picked up at St Pancras from high street favourites or an artisan producer.  After check-in you can relax into your Eurostar seat, with a good lunch to look forward to.

On arrival at Paris Gare du Nord, there is no need for taxis or metro to reach the Gare de L'Est. A 7 minute stroll is all it takes and we provide directions. You could choose a route via the Rue D'Alsace, descending a flight of curved stone steps which featured in the film Amélie. If you have time, you could pause at the top of the steps where you will find a café filled with French railway memorabilia.
Otherwise we give directions for an easier route on the flat, along Rue du Faubourg St Denis. Once this was the royal processional route to the basilica and shrine of St Denis, but today this is workaday Paris, thriving and multicultural with bakeries, grocers, cafés and restaurants from almost all continents. A few clues remain to its more recent 18th  & 19th century past, as a trading and production centre for porcelain and crystal, along with an entrance to a former courtyard where a small dairy herd once helped to supply the Parisian demand for 'café crème'.  

The direct Paris to Munich TGV departs in the late afternoon and takes just over 5 and a half hours, beginning on France's fastest high speed line where trains reach 200mph through flat plains and wheat fields dotted with wind turbines, through Champagne and the Verdun  forests. The TGV slows just before calling at Strasbourg, crosses the Rhine at  Kehl then turns briefly north along the Rhine Valley up to Karlsruhe then across to Stuttgart.

Leaving Stuttgart and the high-speed line behind, the train winds through prettier scenery past Goppingen and Ulm before arriving in Munich late in the evening at around 9.30pm.
Overnight in Munich
The family run 4* Hotel Torbrau is one of the most historic inns within Munich's Old Town, dating from the 15th Century, close to Marienplatz, Munich's oldest and largest public square, brimming with character, cafés and traditional beerhalls serving hearty Bavarian specialities.

The following day, your journey begins with a 4-minute walk to the nearest suburban SBahn station to take a 4-minute ride to Munich’s OstBahnhof in time for the lunchtime Eurocity departure towards Ljubljana and Zagreb.

From Munich, you are treated to 4 and a half hours of scenery on a series of historic railways all the way to Slovenia. Leaving the Munich suburbs behind, you join the Bavarian Maximilian’s Railway, opened in 1840 for the Royal Bavarian State Railway and named after King Maximilian II of Bavaria. The line crosses a patchwork of fields and passes the ancient Ebersberg forests on the left of the train on the approach to Rosenheim.

Turning east from Rosenheim, the next hour of scenery to Salzburg is more interesting, crossing the River Inn then a few minutes later passing along the northern shore of Lake Simssee, crossing more farmland and forest then cutting through the Kendlmühl-Filz  marshlands with views across to the pine-cloaked Chiemgau Alps on the right of the train. These mountains accompany you almost as far as the Salzach River which forms the border with Austria. Shortly after crossing the border, the train rolls into Salzburg’s Hauptbahnhof.

From Salzburg, you follow the Salzburg-Tyrol railway, commissioned in the 1870s for Emperor Franz Joseph II. Heading due south from Salzburg, the train follows the course of the Salzach River between Bavaria’s Berchtesgadener mountains to the right of the train and Austria’s Salzkammergut mountains to the left.

Passing Schwarzach St Veit, the Tirol railway gives way to the Tauern line following the narrow Gastein valley winding towards the high mountains to enter the 8km tunnel under the Tauern pass. You emerge from the tunnel in Austrian Carinthia with views to the snow-capped Hohe Tauern mountains on the left of the train.

You arrive in Villach in the late afternoon for a 40 minute transfer across the border to The Lakes and Julian Alps.  For the In the Shadow of the Julian Alps cycling holiday you continue on the train for another hour to Lake Bled where you have a 10 minute taxi ride to your hotel.

Our Hidden Italy & Slovenia is accessible by Eurostar and TGV to Turin ( see our Travelling to Italy page for full details) and an overnight stay in Turin. From Turin, take an early morning direct Frecciarossa train across the Lombardy plains to arrive in Venice before lunch. From Venice, you continue by half hourly Regional train to Udine (approx 2 hours) where you change to the private Udine-Cividale line to complete the journey.
 

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