While travelling by train I often think about typical elements of landscape and architecture one can see through the train window. Are there any elements you can associate with a certain country or area?
Of course there are some regions who are famous for something. E.g. there are valleys in Graubünden (Switzerland) or South Tyrol (Italy) where you can see a castle on every hill top.
Or there are train routes leading along a wild river or taking you in the deep of a gorge. I don’t mean these peculiarities of an area.
I am thinking more about elements which express the certain style of building or living in a region. Let me tell some examples.
Lets speak about water towers. Whereas the water towers in Hungary were often shaped like spheres the towers in Italy reminded me always on mushrooms. And those ones in Germany have a big similarity with castle towers.
Another interesting type of buildings to look at are churches. Of course there are differences between Catholic churches and of those ones built by the Protestants. But did you see how the spires are shaped like needles in one area and like bulbs in another one?
As railroads often run through rural areas it is also fascinating how the shapes of farmhouses and there auxiliary buildings are changing. E.g. in Upper Austria you can see a lot of huge square farmsteads whereas in Slovenia I am always fascinated by the clever construction of those drying racks called Toplar.
Well, these are only a few examples about peculiarities I came across while my train rides. What about you? Which buildings along a railway line do you associate with a certain country?
This post was written on a train ride through the castle spotted area of South Tyrol using an InterRail pass.