Munich to Italy via the Brenner Pass...

Comfortable EuroCity trains link Munich, Innsbruck & Verona every two hours through the day, with one or two trains extending to & from Bologna or Venice.  They are run jointly by BB (Austrian Railways) and DB (German Railways).  The trains are classified as EuroCity - a generic term used for quality trains across much of Europe - and they use comfortable Austrian air-conditioned carriages with an elegant Austrian restaurant car.  They're spacious and comfortable trains which pass through the wonderfully scenic Brenner Pass between Innsbruck and Verona, see the photos & video below.  Sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the ride...

  What are the trains like?

  Travel tips:  Which class to choose, saloon or compartment, luggage, food & drink...

  How to check train times, fares & tickets

  Scenery & sights

  Video guide:  By train through the Brenner Pass...

What are the trains like?

Austrian EuroCity train at Munich Hbf

An Austrian EuroCity train at Munich Hbf...

1st class 6-seat compartment   1st class seats in an open-plan car

1st class seats in a compartment.  See larger photo.

 

1st class seats in an open-plan saloon.  See larger photo.

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   2nd class seats in 6-seat compartments

2nd class seats in an open-plan saloon.  See larger photo.

 

2nd class seats in a compartment.  See larger photo.

Restaurant car on an Austrian EuroCity train from Munich to Verona

The restaurant car on a EuroCity train from Munich to Venice, arrived at Verona Porta Nuova.  Change trains at Verona for an onward train to Florence, Rome Naples, and (except when using the daily direct train) Venice.

Austrian restaurant car   Meal in an Austrian restaurant car on a Munich-Verona train

The elegant restaurant car.  See larger photo.

Lunch with wine on board...

Travel tips...

Power outlets in a 6-seat 2nd class compartment   In open-plan cars, bags can go between seat backs

All seats have access to power sockets, of the normal European 2-pin type.  This is a 2nd class compartment.

 

In open-plan cars in both 1st & 2nd class you can slide your larger bags between the seat backs...

In open-plan cars, bags can go between seat backs   Table with a view

2nd class 6-seat compartment, showing corridor...

 

Table for lunch, with a view...

Times, fares & tickets...

Scenery & sights on the Brenner route...

Between Munich and Innsbruck, the train runs through the Tirol on a broad valley between imposing mountains.  Leaving Innsbruck, the train snakes through a narrow pass between the peaks parallel with the impressive Brenner pass highway on your right.  Watch out for Jodok, where the train makes a 180 degree turn in a small valley, around the village and its pretty church then through the Jodok spiral tunnel, climbing all the way.  The summit of the line is reached at Brenner station, 1,371m (4,498 feet) above sea level, the highest point on both the BB (Austrian Federal Railways) & Trenitalia standard-gauge networks.  Brenner station is also of course where two dictators met and conferred in 1940, see this Path News video.  South of Brenner itself, the valley widens out, with plenty of vineyards in evidence.  Look out for hilltop castles and forts!  Uniquely, in this part of Italy you'll find both Italian and German languages used.  You can read more about the Brenner Railway at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenner_Railway.

The church at St Jodok   The Brenner route:  on the Jodok spiral

The little church at St Jodok...

 

On the Jodok spiral, curving round the village...

Mountains on the Brenner route...

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads for Trento & Verona...

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...

Watch the video...



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