The Influence of Railways on the Culture of Travel and the Beginnings of Tourism in the Nineteenth century

  • Andrej Studen
Keywords: Nineteenth century, railways, travelling, tourism, reading culture, tourist guides


In the nineteenth century the railways put an end to the monopoly of passenger and goods transport that had been held by the Post Office for many years. Traveling became cheaper, more comfortable, faster, commonplace and accessible to the general populace which had hitherto traveled on foot. With the gradual construction of the railway network, trains became the prevailing means of land transport. Railways changed the traveling experience. Railways also contributed to the gradual bloom of tourism which, before the advent of the railway era, had been limited to a very small circle of the affluent. A constant expansion of the railway network made tourist destinations ever more accessible and journeys faster and cheaper.


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