On the right track. Train travel has never been more fashionable.

By Beverley Uddin Khandakar

The Chedi Andermatt Summer

On the right track. Train travel has never been more fashionable.

The Chedi Andermatt Summer

Train travel has never been more fashionable. Nostalgic, high-speed and often much more comfortable than taking to the skies, trips on some of Europe’s finest train tracks are in high demand.

Forget the long waits in the terminal, late departures and the battle for extra leg room. Trains can get us farther than ever before – to cultural capitals and even mountain destinations, with fine dining, incredible architecture and art just at the other end of the train line.

Paris, France

Four Seasons Hotel George V main

The City of Lights has long been a staple in the train-travel world thanks to excellent connections with Eurostar. For a jaunt filled with shopping, galleries and chic cafés, Paris is a weekend getaway waiting to happen, just two hours from St. Pancras International. 

There’s more to Paris than just the city centre. Consider a trip to the Maison Belle Èpoque, Perrier-Jouët’s historic house and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a bespoke tour to the countryside organised by Four Seasons Hotel George V, where you can explore the private French art collection and enjoy an al fresco lunch in the picturesque gardens. 

Four Seasons Hotel George V bedroom
Four Seasons Hotel George V terrace

A trip to this iconic city deserves an iconic hotel, and Four Seasons Hotel George V will not disappoint. With suites overlooking the Eiffel Tower, a new deluxe spa and five Michelin stars amongst their three restaurants, there is no better place to stay.

How to get there:
Eurostar has 15 daily direct trains from St. Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord.

Berlin, Germany

Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome Berlin Rooftop Terrace

Filled with culture and history, Berlin is easily reached by train for a getaway filled with contemporary arts and a dip into the city’s vibrant cultural scene. 

Whether strolling through the Tiergarten or spending a Sunday at Mauerpark at the weekly outdoor singing session and flea market, the best way to experience the city is to be surrounded by its friendly and open lifestyle and urban revival. 

Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome Berlin Deluxe Historic View Room
Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome Berlin Spa

Located on historic Bebelplatz is Hotel de Rome, a Rocco Forte Hotel. Once the headquarters of the 19th-century Dresden Bank, the heritage hotel is a modern oasis in the heart of bustling Berlin. Enjoy evenings spent with a drink in hand on the hotel’s rooftop terrace before retreating to a comfortable bed for a sleep in the refined and luxurious escape.

How to get there:
11 daily departures from London St. Pancras to Berlin Hbf.

Venice, Italy

Hotel Palazzina Grassi Venice canal

The Floating city of Venice hotly contends with Amsterdam for its canals, architecture and lifestyle. This year, opt for Venice and enjoy the city in the midst of the Venice Biennale, a celebration of art, cinema, dance, music and theatre. 

No trip to Venice would be complete without a waterfront stay. Wake up, pull the curtains aside and take in the ancient scene of weaving canals, boats and gondolas, all from your window at Palazzina Grassi. This boutique property is housed within a historic palazzo and after your train pulls into Venice, you can simply board a water taxi and arrive at the hotel on water. 

Hotel Palazzina Grassi Venice
Hotel Palazzina Grassi Venice terrace

With a reputation for being the most glamorous place to stay and party in Venice, the hotel still feels like home for those seeking a quieter experience of the city. 

How to get there:
16 daily departures from London St, Pancras to Venezia Mestre.

Andermatt, Switzerland

The Chedi Andermatt Summer

The year-round Alpine destination of Andermatt in Switzerland has something to suit all tastes. Summer in the region means exploring the countryside, climbing, hiking, golf and encountering local wildlife. In the winter, days are dominated by skiing or snowboarding, but the evenings are spent in cosy enclaves, enjoying warming and hearty food after an active day.

The Chedi Andermatt balcony
The Chedi Andermatt junior deluxe suite

The Chedi Andermatt is the undisputed place to stay, with a glorious Asian-inspired spa, Michelin-starred restaurants, cutting-edge health club, and famous indoor swimming pool. Base yourself at The Chedi and stroll through the fairytale scenes of Andermatt, enjoying just the right amount of Swiss cheese and wine. 

How to get there:
19 daily departures from London St. Pancras to Andermatt.