Historic Orient Express Routes Map

Can you name the cities on this map of historic routes of the Orient Express?
Map adapted from source
Quiz by overtired
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Last updated: May 4, 2021
First submittedMarch 17, 2021
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SimplonOrient-Express (1883–1914, 1919–1939, 1945–1962,with connection over water in the Black Sea until 1889)Simplon-Orient-Express (1919-1939, 1945-1962),then Direct-Orient-Express (until 1977)Arlberg-Orient-Express (1930-1939, 1945-1962)-Simplon-Orient-Express (1982-Present)ÖBB EN 262/263 Orient-Express (1977-2001;2001-2007;2007-2009)---
 
 
Paris
Strasbourg
Munich
Vienna
Budapest
Bucharest
Varna
Istanbul
Istanbul
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Paris
Lausanne
Milan
Venice
Belgrade
Sofia
Istanbul
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London
Calais
Paris
Zürich
Innsbruck
Vienna
Budapest
Bucharest
Belgrade
 
Athens
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Paris
Strasbourg
Munich
Vienna
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London
Calais
Paris
Lausanne
Milan
Venice
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Level 79
May 3, 2021
Have a go at a different kind of map quiz HERE

(not for touchscreen)

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Level 68
Mar 17, 2021
Woah! This is a fantastic quiz! I love the legend and that logo at the side, nominated!
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Level 79
Mar 17, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 51
Mar 17, 2021
How do you have so much time on your hands to make such great maps?! :) excellent work once again, overtired!
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Level 79
Mar 17, 2021
Ha, thanks :) Mostly been finishing off quizzes recently that I started ages ago. Bit of a backlog...
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Level 51
Mar 17, 2021
oh, nice! i'm also doing the same thing with some of my map quizzes as well :)
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Level 50
Mar 17, 2021
How many features will you have by the end of the year?
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Level 73
Mar 17, 2021
prolly about 257 in English
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Level 50
Mar 17, 2021
942 would be a accurate statement about Finnish, probably 7,372 in English.
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Level 30
Mar 17, 2021
I'm jealous.
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Level 61
Mar 17, 2021
Wow what a map! Very well executed :)
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Level 57
Mar 17, 2021
Great SVG, great Map !
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Level 74
Mar 18, 2021
Seriously... you're on fire! :) Great idea, amazing execution.
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Level 80
Mar 18, 2021
A lot of the answers are in the map legend.
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Level 79
Mar 18, 2021
They shouldn't appear in the legend until you've entered them!
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Level 75
Mar 19, 2021
The answers flashed in the beginning for me. Quickly, but enough for a fast reader to get a couple of cities.
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Level 79
Apr 17, 2021
That should be fixed now.
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Level 64
Mar 18, 2021
Great quiz! Only missed one, a Swiss city.
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Level 90
Mar 18, 2021
Thank you, fun and informative quiz, and love the map!
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Level 51
Mar 18, 2021
This is great! Just watched Murder on the Orient Express and was still stumped
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Level 74
Mar 18, 2021
Great quiz and map! Didn't realise it stopped at Strasbourg but guessed it correctly
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Level 58
Mar 18, 2021
Possibly the best map I've ever seen. Glad it got featured right away, it deserves it. You've earned my greatest respect. Edit: One little nitpick is for svg-incorrect to be a darker shade of red, because the text is hard to see when wrong on the dark background.
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Level 79
Mar 18, 2021
Good idea, thanks! Have darkened the red. Change pending...
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Level 75
Mar 18, 2021
Good quiz. In the legend all the dates are in the past, but I thought Belmond were still running the trains under the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express brand (admittedly currently interrupted by Covid travel restrictions).
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Level 79
Mar 19, 2021
Thanks for the comment, you're right. I'm not sure why the source (made in 2011) has the service ending in 2005, but as it is active now, barring covid, I've changed it to say to present. I've also extended the line to London, as the route runs from there.

As a general note I'm going to avoid making further changes unless really necessary as the map is not meant to be exhaustive but rather a general overview of the history of the Orient Express with selected services and stops.

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Level 74
Mar 18, 2021
Such a nice looking map, makes for a great quiz.
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2021
I had a neighbor growing up in the 1980s who traveled on the original Orient Express. She was born around the turn of the 20th century. What an adventure that must have been!
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Level 74
Mar 21, 2021
Nice looking map, but this quiz using the same source already existed https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/226735/cities-on-the-orient-express-map-quiz

I removed the purple and yellow lines as I was not sure wether they were correct and thought they lacked the historic character a bit and they did not reach Athens or Istanbul nor did they add any cities on the route. I coincidentally updated my quiz on the same day this one was released as I updated a few of my quizzes in light of recent spotlight update. Only thing I changed to the map that update was removing ceuta as it's floating in the sea and Milan seems to me a bit mispositioned (which still seems to be the case in this map). Although your quiz is less in jetpunk style, it does look nice and keeping the box with extra info about the lines maybe is a better idea than removing it.

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Level 79
Mar 22, 2021
Apologies TvB, I hadn't seen your quiz. Started this a while back but should have checked again when I got round to finishing it. Didn't mean to step on your toes. Good points about Milan and Ceuta, I missed those! I just nudged Calais closer to the sea and some others for aesthetic reasons.

The Venice-Simplon line is still running, as OfficerDibble pointed out, and I've extended it to London (it has other routes too but that's the main one). The OBB run line was the last use of what could be considered the original Orient Express according to an article I found so though it doesn't add more cities it feels right to include it for this particular quiz, which is supposed to be an overview of the history as well as a bit of a tribute to it. Have been meaning to add some information on a sticky but need to read a bit more first. Also mean to swap the purple and yellow lines in the legend to reflect the change in dates. Anyway, apologies again. I hope you feel the differences are enough.

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Level 74
Mar 24, 2021
Thanks for your reply and explanation, all good. Once you've taken another look at some of the placements, quiz will look great.
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Level 58
Mar 22, 2021
I think the position of Vienna is a little bit off? It looks way to close to the border in my opinion
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Level 79
Mar 22, 2021
Yep, I'm going to double check all the placements when I get a moment.
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Level 74
Apr 6, 2021
This is a very nice quiz.
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Level 60
May 4, 2021
Beautiful!
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Level 35
May 4, 2021
Nice, except one thing, Kosovo is recognised by JetPunk.
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Level 56
May 4, 2021
?
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Level 35
May 5, 2021
Kosovo is part of Serbia in this map.
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Level 72
May 4, 2021
Beautiful map! Maybe accept Constantinople as well? That was the name used when the Orient Express started.
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Level 51
May 4, 2021
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Level 79
May 4, 2021
Good point, thanks. Have added it. Change pending...
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Level 66
May 4, 2021
Great quiz and absolutely amazing map!
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Level 66
May 4, 2021
What about Vinkovci? Too small? It's one of the longest continuously-inhabited places in Europe, important for its rail links including along the Orient Express route. Plus Agatha Christie decided to have a little murder near there once...

Lovely quiz though, thanks!

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Level 34
May 4, 2021
I could have sworn this quiz was about the Polar Express....
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Level 49
May 4, 2021
Tried to guess Lucerne. Did not realize there is a Lausanne and a Lucerne.
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Level 66
May 13, 2021
If you like these "Historical Route" type quizzes, please check out the one I made for Marco Polo! And I'll be doing a series on this over the summer, so if you enjoy the Marco Polo one, stay tuned for more!