With rail travel now very much in the ascendant, this is the perfect guide for travellers exploring Europe by train. Read this and you'll realise why life is too short to spend in airport security lines. Europe by Rail is an lively, fluent celebration of rail travel; it captures the essence of journeys, explaining why it's really worth taking the train from Paris to Marseille, Vienna to Venice or Barcelona to Cordoba. The book is unusual in being both intensely practical (a vast array of useful tips) yet also very beautifully written. There is plenty of wonderful writing here, enough to inspire a lifetime of holidays. On the back cover of the book, there's an extract from a review of an earlier edition which says "Remarkable, not just in the field of railway travel, but in the realm of literature too." I agree.
I purchased the 12th edition of this book back in about 2012. This 14th edition, published in June 2016, looks very much smarter than the earlier one. The layout is very much clearer, and the text has a very fresh feel. I have not read the whole thing, but it seems extremely up to date with lots of references to new train services which have only started in 2016.
If you have never considered a rail-based holiday exploring Europe, this is the book which will convince you. If you already enjoy rail travel, this is a book which will surprise you - for every page overflows with magnificent details about landscapes, history and culture. The 50 routes described in the book between them cover most parts of continental Europe. I am a tour leader with a travel company which organises rail-based tours. This book will inspire me to travel to places I've never been. But, more importantly perhaps, it'll make me look again at routes I thought I knew well.