The famous Orient Express has an alternative, more recent: Danube Express is a luxury train that travels from Istanbul to Prague, via Bulgaria, Romania (Transylvania), Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Poland. Apart from this route, the longest, there are several smaller journeys, two including Istanbul and Transylvania and one including Europe’s imperial cities and palaces in Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Krakow. In Transylvania, the train stopes also in some places connected to Dracula mith.
“There is something inescapably romantic about rail travel. Not the crammed-in-a-carriage commuter kind, but the sort of journey where one embarks in a glamorous European city, wearing Chanel and exchanging witty banter with a suave chap who later buys you a martini in the restaurant car, while the ivories are gently tinkled. Think Daniel Craig and Eva Green in Casino Royale or, even better, Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest”, Annabelle Thorpe wrote in Daily Telegraph article about Danube Express.
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