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What are Europe’s longest train journeys?


For reasons that aren’t clear even to me, a question popped into my head and refused to leave: what’s longer? Britain’s longest train journey, or Germany’s?

On the one hand, Germany is quite a bit larger – its area is 70 per cent more than Great Britain’s. On the other hand, Great Britain is a long, skinny island and Germany is much rounder – the distance from John O’ Groats to Lands End is over 1,400 km, but you never have to walk over 1,000 km to cross Germany in any direction.

And it turns out these factors balance almost each other out. Britain’s longest train,…



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