Constructed between 1900 and 1906 to shorten the route from Central Europe and the Adriatic Sea, but particularly the port of Trieste, the Bohinj Railway is a 144-km section between Gorizia and Jesenice. The grand opening of the railway was attended by non-other than the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Running through 28 tunnels and 5 galleries, and over 65 bridges, the Bohinj Railway is definitely one of the most scenic routes.
Solkan Bridge over the emerald Soča River is the grandest of them all. The ride offers astonishing views of the peaks of the Julian Alps, valleys and narrow gorges, not to mention the Soča, one of the Europe’s most stunning rivers.
Both World Wars halted the railway and the Great War left the Solkan Bridge almost entirely ruined. During the summer weekends, the historical steam engine still breathes life into the bridge, offering unforgettable rides in an atmosphere of distant times and overlooking the extraordinary and well-preserved natural environment.