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Great Continental Railway Journeys

  • 2012
  • Season 1
  • 5 episodes
  • Lifestyle
  • Travel

Summary

In later editions, Michael immerses himself in pre-First World War decadence in Vienna; takes in the Harz Mountains, the Ruhr Valley and the vineyards of the Rheingau in Germany; travels east in Switzerland to visit the industrial regions of Zurich before ending with an ascent by train to Europe's highest station at Jungfraujoch; and journeys through Holland and Belgium before coming to a stop in France's Forest of Compiegne, where the First World War armistice was signed.

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Episode 4: Switzerland

Summary

Following in the footsteps of early 20th-century travellers, Michael Portillo uses his 1913 copy of Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide to explore Switzerland, which was a favourite with Edwardian tourists. He begins in Basel, travels east to visit the industrial regions of Zurich and learns about the engineering feats needed to thread the rail network through the Alps. He takes in the striking beauty of Lake Lucerne, before ending with an ascent by train to Europe's highest station at Jungfraujoch

Details

Released on
2012-11-29
Languages
Formats
Colour

Credits

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PresenterMichael Portillo
Series producerMichelle Heeley

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