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The king of all luxury trains

In addition to our Bernina and Glacier Express, there are other fantastic trains around the world. For example, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. With its nostalgic carriages, the luxury train revives the golden age of train travel.

Anina Rether, Redaktorin , 14. June 2022

Glamour, glitter and history: the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of the most beautiful and most authentic historical trains in the world. With its original sleeping cars from the 1920s and 1930s, three opulently furnished dining cars and an elegant bar carriage with wings, it is an Art Deco icon on rails. The classic route from London to Venice takes you through French rural areas and Swiss Alpine valleys directly to the gateway to the Orient. The trip from Paris to Istanbul is an authentic experience over six days right to the edges of Europe.

Travel revolution

In the 19th century, train journeys were still a real adventure. The Belgian Georges Nagelmackers recognised the signs of the times and "invented" the Orient Express. In 1883, the first luxury train left Paris for Istanbul. It was the start of a revolution in travel: a network of night trains was created that connected major European cities in an extremely comfortable way: spacious sleeping compartments, tables with white cloths and shiny silver cutlery, chandeliers and precious tapestries on the walls – a luxury hotel on wheels.

Inspiration and legend

The train bears the secret of its success in its name: around the turn of the century, the Orient was a place of longing. Shrouded in mystery and charged with fantastic stories, it magically attracted celebrities such as Greta Garbo, Mata Hari and Leo Trotsky. Agatha Christie immortalised it in her murder mystery "Murder on the Orient Express". After the Second World War, the train became less and less important. Express trains, cars and planes ushered in a new era of travel. In 1977, things came to an end: 94 years after its maiden voyage, the Orient-Express was discontinued.

Back to the future

But before the regular Orient-Express was finally shut down, individual carriages were restored to revive the old luxury. In addition to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which connects major European cities, the Eastern & Oriental Express serves the Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore route. The names of these nostalgic trains are based on the Orient-Express, but they are not allowed to call themselves that as the name is reserved exclusively for the original, the king of trains, and its fascinating story.

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