Final Destination: Klagenfurt
This train is named the 'Wörthersee' for a good reason as it links the cities of north-west Germany to the popular Austrian lake resort.
The train calls at three resort towns on the lake - Velden and Portschach and Krumpendorf.
The train also calls at: Salzburg, Bad Gastein and Villach; there is a tightly timed connection in Villach into a train calling at Lesce-Bled and Ljubljana.
1 x direct train per day
This daily direct train is usually scheduled to depart from Koln/Cologne at 08:17, so target that time when looking up this journey
However, due to the length of the journey, this train departure is particularly susceptible to cancellation or alteration due to works on the line.
Reservations are highly recommended for this journey, particularly if you'll be travelling 2nd class* or with a rail pass - it's worth it to ensure that you have an assigned seat for the entire trip.
*Reservations are now automatically included when booking 1st class tickets.
This is a journey when travelling 1st class can pay off, you'll have greater opportunities to switch sides across the coach on the train - to ensure that you're always seeing the best of the views!
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The train will reverse direction on departure from Stuttgart and Munchen.
This is one of Europe's most epic train journeys
Sit on the left on the train when facing the direction of travel, this may seem the wrong way round, but the train will initially head north on departure and then loop around the city before heading south on the river bank.
You can then see the stunning views of the Upper Rhine Valley between Koblenz and Bingen.
The journey also has other scenic highlights, particularly between:
Stuttgart and Ulm - from the left of the train
And from the left and right of the train between Salzburg and Villach; though from the right has the edge.
Finally there are lake views between Villach and Klagenfurt also on the right.
The train will reverse direction on departure from Stuttgart and Munchen
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