ZAGREB, 13 Sept (Hina) – The Connecting Europe Express train, travelling across Europe to mark the European Year of Rail, has stopped over in Zagreb, and its passengers gathered at the Esplanade Hotel on Sunday morning for Orient Express theme breakfast, organised by the City of Zagreb Tourist Board.
The train started out from Lisbon on 2 September and is due to end its journey in Paris on 7 October. It will cover about 20,000 kilometres, travelling through 26 countries and 100 cities to promote railways as a safe, sustainable and “green” means of transport. From Zagreb, where it stayed for the night, it will continue to Belgrade, stopping along the way at Slavonski Brod and Tovarnik.
Celebrating the European Year of Rail, the #ConnectingEurope Express is travelling through 23 EU member states and 3 neighboring countries, and today it arrived in Croatia. 🚆 Welcome to #Zagreb! @Transport_EU @wwwzagrebhr #EUYearofRail pic.twitter.com/CYvZ5RA1oZ— Zagreb Tourist Board (@zagreb_tourist) September 11, 2021
On arriving in Zagreb, about 50 passengers took a sight-seeing tour of the city. At the breakfast at the Esplanade they were welcomed by representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Croatian Rail (HŽ) company, the European Commission and its representative office in Zagreb, and the City of Zagreb Tourist Board. The passengers are members of the European Commission, which organised the journey, and representatives of EU travel agencies and the transport and tourism sectors.
#ConnectingEurope Express day 1️⃣1️⃣
🛤️Leaving the EU & looking forward to the 1st ever #WesternBalkans Rail Summit in Belgrade, bringing together transport & financial sector
— EU Transport (@Transport_EU) September 12, 2021