Some of our favorite Trams in Europe (Video)
One of the things that’s quintessentially European to me is taking a tram. I love it. It’s both a way to get oriented with a place as well as seeing “regular” people going about their business. It’s also a bit of an adventure when you don’t know a place – I always say that when you get comfortable getting around on your own that’s when you really get to know a city.
I also love trams just because they’re trams. We’ve done a lot of travelling in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Balkans where you’ll see a lot of old trams. Most were built in Czechoslovakia and Hungary between the 1960s and 80’s when these countries were under Soviet rule. The companies that built these trams supplied the east bloc countries (East Germany, Romania, Poland, the USSR, Hungary) as well as the ex-Yugoslavian countries (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia…). These old trams are actually my favorites. They make a lot of noise, they get bumpy sometimes, the seats are a bit tight…but there’s a certain romance in taking them. In many places though, these older trams have been gradually upgraded to modern German (or Czech) electric trams. They’re bigger, more comfortable, and easier to get into.
Whatever kind of tram, we find them to be the best way of getting around. In Budapest and Prague you have the option of taking the metro (subway). It’s faster but being underground is just not the same. Unless a destination is really far away we’ll usually always opt for a tram over the metro.
I don’t usually do videos (as you’ll see my video editing skills aren’t great) but in this case a video is the best way to show off some of our favorite trams and the cities where they ply their routes. This video highlights trams in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Balkans. Places like Lviv (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Zagreb (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Prague (Czech Republic) – my very favorite tram city.
Also see: The most beautiful trams in Europe