Ride on a vintage train along the Bohinj line

Published: 21.2.2011

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Ride on a vintage train along the Bohinj line

Take a ride on a steam train along the picturesque Bohinj railway line Transalpinia, which is over a hundred years old and served as the most important link between Trieste, Vienna and Prague.

Ride on a vintage train along the Bohinj line

Would you like to turn the clock back and return to the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire accompanied by the pleasant sounds of accordion? Take a ride on a steam train along the picturesque Bohinj railway line Transalpinia, which is over a hundred years old and served as the most important link between Trieste, Vienna and Prague. What is particularly interesting on the journey between Jesenice and Nova Gorica are the Bohinj tunnel, which is 6 kilometres long, and the Solkan Bridge, which has the longest stone arch in the world and spans the emerald Soča River, which flows from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea.

A ride on a steam train along the Bohinj line (Transalpina) is a truly nostalgic experience. It is more than a historical ride with a locomotive and carriages, which are important parts of technical and cultural heritage. The pristine nature will proudly reveal its charm along this journey on tracks more than one hundred years old. After you board the train in Jesenice, the Alpine world and a view of the mighty mountains surrounding the iconic Lake Bled opens up. From Bohinjska Bistrica the route winds along the emerald Soča River all the way to Most na Soči, past Kanal and through the littoral landscape with endless vine-growing hills. It is also possible to make a stop in Brda, a land of enticing moments. During the ride, you can see 5 galleries, 30 large bridges and as many as 29 tunnels. The Bohinj Tunnel is particularly outstanding. When it was opened, it measured 6,339 metres, but today it is 12 metres shorter due to events at the end of World War II. Also interesting is the ride across Solkan Bridge, which bridges the emerald Soča River with the longest stone arch in the world. It has been free-climbed and an acrobatic aircraft has flown under it. The one-day trip ends in the lively town of Nova Gorica, just on the border with Italy. You can take a ride on the vintage train between May and November 2015. You can see the schedule here.

Formerly one of the most beautiful railway lines in Europe and the most important link between Trieste and Prague, which was more than 700 kilometres long, it was opened in 1906 by Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Very soon after the line opened, Bohinj became an extremely popular tourist destination, and it is still attracting numerous visitors from all around the world.

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