Traveling Iran by train | DW Documentary

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Iran is opening its doors to foreigners and a train ride from the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea is a great way to get to know the country and its people.

The travel restrictions that are now being lifted were in place for decades. Many Iranians are hoping they will now be able to lead a freer life – and we meet many of these hospitable and welcoming people on our journey through the Middle Eastern nation.

The country’s most important rail link, the Trans-Iranian Railway, runs for approximately 1400 kilometers from the Persian Gulf via Teheran to the Caspian Sea. The journey starts in Khorramshahr on the Shatt al-Arab, the river border between Iraq and Iran.

Traveling past oil fields, the train reaches Shushtar. One of the top sights here is the historic hydraulic system, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After that, the train heads up into the Zagros Mountains. The journey is interrupted by a break for prayer. Breath-taking landscapes move past the train window until we reach the highest point not only of our journey but of the entire rail network: 2,200 meters above sea level between Dorud and Arak.

During a brief stop in Qom, travelers can refuel with sohan, a pastry made of wheat germ, flour and sugar. The next section of the track is high-speed and we continue on to Teheran at 160 km/h. The metropolitan area is home to more than 15 million people. The last leg takes us to the north of the country.

In the Alborz Mountains, we find out what role the Trans-Iranian Railway played during Stalin’s major offensive against the German army in World War II. Our oriental rail adventure ends in Bandar-e Torkaman on the Caspian Sea.

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💬 Comments on the video

travelling by train in any foreign country is one of the most exciting things one can ever do

Author — Anthony Kernich


I love my Iranian friends

❤️ from Somalia 🇸🇴

Author — Xidiga KL


I'm from Nepal
And I hope soon Nepal also have train service like other countries.

Author — Anand Thakur


I am an ethnic East Iranian from Pakistan Administered Gilgit-Baltistan region of Kashmir and I speak Wakhi Pamiri language. I love all my Iranic brothers and sisters be them Persians, Pashtoons, Baloch, Kurds, Pamiris, Tajiks, Occetians and many others. I love you all <3 We should not forget and be proud of our millennia old Heritage. We should forget our differences and unity for a good cause. 🍓

Author — Камран Али


Thank you so much for this wonderful video of Iran! 🇮🇷 ❤️

Author — M G


Great film. This is first time I know Iran more. Thanks for the useful information. God bless Iran people. May they Good luck. I am from Taiwan 🇹🇼.

Author — 林俊傑 Miller Lin


Iran is a beatiful country and rich in history and culture... sending love from Sri Lanka

Author — Leo Geekiyanage


Iran's landscape is absolutely stunning wow.

Author — Lisa Lachhman


Tehran has one of the world's longest metro systems. That should have been included. Not only some old trains!

Author — qwertyuiop zxcvbnm


Iranians ppl are so kindness and friendly. I love iran people.

Author — Yvon Moua Moua


Amazing photography beautiful video graceful Iranian 😍 Love from india mumbai .

Author — Uncle's Creation


I met a Iran girl in social media 8 yrs ago .. she is most beautiful, kind and smart girl I have ever met in my life.. still we are good friends 🙂

Author — mehraz hasan


Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.” ... wev love u

Author — Sele Said


Beautiful country and people, love and respect from Argentina, one day I would like to visit!

Author — Boston Listing Agent


very good documentary.
Best Regards

from INDIA

Author — Sandeep Varode


Really Iran is the most beautiful country, I loved it and appreciate the documentary maker, who showed good images of Iran and it's people, thanks from India.

Author — logo ke saath Allahu Akber


I am surprised by how much a Train driver and a Miner knew about the history of their country/ profession. Sending love to Iran from India 💛
Thank you for this lovely documentary DW ! Vielen Dank :)

Author — Nidhi


What a splendid expose about an amazing nation...peace from America to all the Iranian nation.

Author — Michael


I respect their reach cultural heritage ...so beautiful their country & the people...I didn't have any idea about present day Iran...so many Persian people peacefully live in india ..
I appreciate Your commentry .. editing & voice ..thanks a lot sir...
I'm from Kolkata ...India...

Author — ajoy chatterjee


All Iranians I met were very decent ppl. Good video. Now I know a little bit more.

Author — lakeabaya