Feldkirch Travel Blog› entry 4 of 5 › view all entries
July 26th, 2008 – by: Lucas_J
The train has one Panorama wagon, which, departing from Vienna, is the second one from the back. I don't understand why someone would buy a 1st class ticket and not use this wagon. You can see it in the picture, as well as the interior arrangement. It's a coach (saloon) wagon, with tables for every seat.
You will allow a quick detour to tell you what I love about 1st class travel.
Back to 1st class though, among the amenities you get, at least on long-haul trains in Austria, are a welcoming Club Lounge in some important stations, free newspapers and personal service during your trip, and at-seat drinks and snacks.
Finally, there are much less people travelling 1st class nowadays, which means you always get a free seat (and about everyone reserves theirs), which is not always possible in 2nd class (see my first post for more on 2nd class seat-scavengers).
Closing the loop, I'm on the Transalpin, going to Feldkirch (final destination Uberlingen, Germany). As we pass Salzburg and "the German corner" the scenery suddenly changes and the most beautiful Apline pastures come in sight. Past Innsbruck and the train enters a set of tunnels, viaducts and bridges that entertain the eye every moment, and cut through some of the most breathtaking mountains in Europe.
I would reccomend it as the best way to enjoy the Alps, if you don't have the time / money to actually stop and ski there.
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