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Tell us about a scenic rail trip in Europe for the chance to win two first-class Interrail Passes!

Over the next six weeks we will be giving away six pairs of first-class Interrail Global Passes worth up to £768 to the person who writes the best tip

For our first Interrail competition, we want your tips on the most scenic rail journeys in Europe (excluding the UK), whether it’s along a coast or river, through mountain passes, pretty villages or wilderness. To give you some inspiration, here’s our pick of 10 classic routes (please don’t send a tip about one of these).

Send tips by filling in the form below, with as much detail as you can (including useful websites and prices) in around 100 words. We’re sorry, but for legal reasons you must be a UK resident to enter this competition.

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10 of Europe’s most scenic train journeys

To kick off our new weekly Interrail competition, in which the writer of the best rail tip wins two first-class train passes worth up to £768, here’s our pick of Europe’s most scenic journeys

The rail journey across southern Norway from Bergen to Oslo – northern Europe’s highest mainline railway – is so beautiful that all seven hours of it were broadcast in 2009 on Norwegian television as the first ever Slow TV (Sakte-TV) programme. However, for passengers who alight at remote and tiny Myrdal an even greater pleasure awaits. The branch line from here down to Flåm is one of the world’s steepest railway lines, dropping 867m in just 20km, and was created in 1940 to serve villages along Sognefjord. Along the way, it provides vistas of the fjord, along with mountains, the picturesque Lake Reinungavatnet and myriad waterfalls, including the mighty 93m Kjosfossen.

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