Munich & Innsbruck to Italy via the Brenner Pass...

Comfortable EuroCity trains link Munich, Innsbruck and Verona every two hours through the day, with one train per day extending to & from Bologna, and one train per day (two at weekends) extending to Venice.  They are run jointly by DB (German Railways) and ÖBB (Austrian Railways), using comfortable Austrian air-conditioned carriages with an elegant Austrian restaurant car.  The trains are classified as EuroCity - a generic term used for quality express trains across much of Europe.  They're spacious and comfortable trains which pass through the wonderfully scenic Brenner Pass between Innsbruck and Verona, see the photos & video below.  The journey is a real treat, 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...

  Station information:  Munich Hbf, Venice Santa Lucia

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 6-seat 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...

 

Route map...

Green = scenic

Red = high-speed line

Map extract by kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.  Buy this map for your European travels online with shipping worldwide at www.europeanrailtimetable.eu.

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...

Route map:  Click for route map...

This route map is courtesy of the European Rail Timetable - Definitely buy this map for your European travels.  Buy online with shipping worldwide at www.europeanrailtimetable.eu

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 climbs steeply towards the Brenner Pass. snaking through a steep and narrow valley between the peaks parallel with the impressive Brenner pass highway on your right.  Watch out for St  Jodok, where the train makes a 180 degree turn in a pretty valley, around the village and its 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 ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) & Trenitalia standard-gauge networks.  Brenner station is also of course where two dictators met and conferred in 1940, see this Pathé News video.  South of Brenner, the valley widens out, with plenty of vineyards in evidence.  Look out for hilltop castles and forts, including the large one built in 1838 at Fortezza, just south of the station on the left hand side when going south.  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 Brenner route:  on the Jodok spiral   The church at St Jodok

A road bridge high alongside the railway on the steep climb from Innsbruck to the Brenner Pass...

 

The little church at St Jodok where the train curves around 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...

Castle seen from the Brenner route train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses, this is an unidentified fortress on a hill overlooking a village.  The largest of the bunch is the great fort at Fortezza, built in 1838 to guard the pass (on the right hand side going north, left hand side going south, to the south of the station). 

Castle seen from the Brenner route train

More mountains on the Brenner route, between Brixen and Bolzano.

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Hilltop castles as Chiusa-Klausen, south of Brixen as the train gathers speed for Verona.

Going over the causeway on the train to Venice   Venice Santa Lucia station

Rumbling over the famous causeway across the lagoon into central Venice, with anticipation building...

 

Arrival at Venice Santa Lucia, on the Grand Canal itself.  Walk out to see gondolas & vaporettos right in front of you.

Watch the video...



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