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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 2: Hungary to Austria

Summary

Armed with his trusty copy of Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide of 1913, Michael Portillo explores the former domain of the Habsburg monarchs, beginning in the Hungarian capital Budapest. He then travels to Austria via Bratislava in Slovakia, and in Vienna he immerses himself in pre-First World War decadence. From there he heads to Salzburg, before going on to the Salzkammergut region to visit the emperor's Austrian summer residence at Bad Ischl, where in 1914 Franz Joseph I signed a declaration that changed the course of European history

Review

In the second leg of his journey Michael Portillo, grasping his Bradshaw’s guide (see above), pootles around Hungary and Austria. Along the way he is taught to do the Viennese Waltz (“just six basic steps,” declares his teacher) and boards a paddle steamer for a cheesy Sound of Music mini-cruise. A young boy blocks his ears as Portillo joins a duetting couple as they belt out Do Re Mi. It is epically embarrassing.

Portillo is an elegant guide (“I find it absolutely gorgeous” he says of a glorious Budapest railway terminus) and is surprisingly easy with people he meets along the way, including a gaggle of grinning British tourists who plan to spend days in the city’s hot water springs.

Details

Released on
2012-11-15
Languages
Formats
Colour

Credits

Crew

rolename
PresenterMichael Portillo
Series producerMichelle Heeley
DirectorCassie Farrell

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  • Summary

    Armed with his trusty copy of Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide of 1913, Michael Portillo explores the former domain of the Habsburg monarchs, beginning in the Hungarian capital Budapest. He then travels to Austria via Bratislava in Slovakia, and in Vienna he immerses himself in pre-First World War decadence. From there he heads to Salzburg, before going on to the Salzkammergut region to visit the emperor's Austrian summer residence at Bad Ischl, where in 1914 Franz Joseph I signed a declaration that changed the course of European history

    Review

    In the second leg of his journey Michael Portillo, grasping his Bradshaw’s guide (see above), pootles around Hungary and Austria. Along the way he is taught to do the Viennese Waltz (“just six basic steps,” declares his teacher) and boards a paddle steamer for a cheesy Sound of Music mini-cruise. A young boy blocks his ears as Portillo joins a duetting couple as they belt out Do Re Mi. It is epically embarrassing.

    Portillo is an elegant guide (“I find it absolutely gorgeous” he says of a glorious Budapest railway terminus) and is surprisingly easy with people he meets along the way, including a gaggle of grinning British tourists who plan to spend days in the city’s hot water springs.

    Details

    Released on
    2012-11-15
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterMichael Portillo
    Series producerMichelle Heeley
    DirectorCassie Farrell
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