Munchen to Venezia - Europe's Epic Express Train Journeys

If your image of the ultimate European train journey involves hours of travel through the mountains then this is a journey you have to take!

Now that the Gotthard and Lotschberg Base Tunnels have opened in Switzerland, this route taken by these trains between Innsbruck and Trento, is now the indisputably the most spectacular Alpine route taken by express trains.

But appreciate it while you still can because in 2025 the trains will be diverted into the Brenner Base Tunnel, taking them away from the current highlight of the journey - the passage through the Brennero pass between Innsbruck and Bolzano

Around an hour into the journey the train reaches Austria and here the best of the views are on the left and for some of the journey the train travels along the north bank of the River In.

Most of the Railjet express trains between Kufstein and Innsbruck have been diverted away from the winding route, which follows the river, into a series of tunnels, but these EC trains between Munchen/Munich and Italy still take the route above ground.

As the train travels towards Innsbruck, on the left you have a preview of what's to come as there are distant views of the mountains in the south Tyrol, that the train will soon be passing through.

The train then weaves through Innsbruck above street level, so if you are on the right you get a sense of how splendid the city is in its valley setting.

The highlight of the journey comes shortly after departure from Innsbruck as the train will share the Brenner Pass with the E45 motorway/freeway and here the best of the views are on the right.

Note from the four images below how this part of the journey is incredible in both summer and winter.
Tthere are also hourly local trains between Innsbruck and Brennero, so if you are staying in Innsbruck making the journey is a must - the scenery is comparable to the vistas that can be seen from independent mountain railways.

As the train follows the pass, this is a journey on which you will be mainly looking up at the peaks above you, sweeping vistas down on to the valleys below can only be seen occasionally, so don't miss out on the best views of the entire journey.

Pictured above and below they can be seen around 25 mins after departure from Innsbruck once the train has passed through St Jodok am Brenner station.
Munich to Venice by train
Again on the right the pass/valley narrows north of Brennero station and here there are some great views if you sit facing backwards looking back at where the train has travelled from - there is also a small lake just to the north of Brennero.
Munchen to Venezia by train
The views are less spectacular once the train has departed from Brennero and travelled through the Brenner Tunnel, as the valley narrows - though on a clear day there are good views from both sides of the train north and south of Vipiteno-Sterzing.
Looking back over our notes, we're fairly certain that the view below was taken on the left to the south of the town.

Also on the left there are views over the town at Bressanone.
Between Munich and Italy by train
Between Bressanonne and Ponte Gardena the train travels through vineyards with views from either side of the train, though pictured below is the view of the Convento Sabiona, which can be seen on the right from Chiusa station.

South of Bolzano the valley opens out to give spectacular views from either side of the train - the railway repeatedly crosses the River Adige between Bolzano and Trento.
From Munich to Italy by train
If you can keep out of the way of your fellow travellers, there are also usually views to be had facing back down the track from the rear window of the train.
The Munich to Italy train journey
The train travels through the valley all the way to Verona so, if you travel by daylight on one of the other trains from Munchen or Innsbruck to Verona, you'll have had a great trip.

But this particular journey on this Brenner Pass route to Venezia/Venice has been singled out due to its dramatic climax, which occurs when the train heads out across the Venetian lagoon to attain its final destination at Venezia S.Lucia station.

The most romantic of arrivals into any European station.
Taking the train between Munich and Venice

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