If you follow me on Twitter, you may already know that in less than 2 weeks time I will be going Interrailing around Europe. I’ve wanted to do some travelling for a while now, but uni and work have gotten in the way. I managed to get a few weeks off of work, and I realised that this isn’t really long enough to do Thailand etc (I WILL do this one day… hopefully next year!). Instead, I thought I could spend a few weeks travelling around Europe. I want to explore more of the world, I’m getting very antsy stuck in the UK right now, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. As Interrailing is a cheap way to see lots of places, I was sold! So me and three of my friends are travelling for 3 weeks! It’s very exciting! Here is our current plan, I wouldn’t be surprised if the plans changed along the way, but I am excited for the journey ahead. I don’t want to go into too much detail as I imagine you will all be spammed with posts about my adventures the moment I get back home!
1. Flying to Hamburg
Our initial plan was to fly straight to Berlin, however, we learned pretty quickly that we could save over £100 to fly to Hamburg first. We all love a bargain, so it was a no-brainer! Although as we are heading to Berlin, I think we will spend very little time there! Instead, we’re going to get a train as soon as we can to get to the centre of Berlin.
I have always wanted to go to Berlin, purely because it has so much history and culture. It is such an interesting city that looks like it has a great vibe. I personally would like to visit the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie along with the Holocaust memorial and the Brandenburg Gate. Id also really love to see the Reichstag building, Hitler’s bunker and the Berlin Palace. We will most likely see the sites in Berlin by going on a walking tour! Of course, we are going to take the opportunity to get a taste of the nightlife as it seems such a vibrant city. I am super excited for Berlin and I think it will be a great few days!
Prague is another place on my list that I have always wanted to go! Again it has so much history, and of course, the cheap price point and abundance of beer is another selling point! A few of my friends have been here before, so luckily I will have a personal tour guide. Naturally, we can’t go to Prague without visiting the old town, the John Lennon wall, the castle and of course, Charles bridge.
Vienna is a strange one for me, as I can’t really say it has been on my bucket list for a while. However, as soon as I did some research I was sold! The city looks absolutely stunning, and although I don’t think our stay will be jam-packed with activities, I am pretty sure I will fall in love with Austria. Right at the top of the list for me personally is visiting both the Schonbrunn Palace and its gardens as well as the Hofburg Palace! Both palace’s look absolutely beautiful and the architecture looks phenomenal. I’d also like to explore the architecture of Vienna as there are so many cathedrals and old buildings! The museum quarter is also on my list as I’d love to learn more about Vienna’s culture and history.
Okay, so Budapest has ALWAYS been on my list of places to see (this may have been slightly influenced by George Ezra). Of course, number one of my to-do list is to go to a spa. Did you even go to Budapest if you didn’t go to a spa?! We have yet to decide which one, however, the Szechenyi thermal bath looks so beautiful and relaxing. I am hoping to walk down the Danube to catch a glimpse of the Hungarian Parliament in all of its glory. I’d also like to see Buda Castle (there are so many castles in Europe, wow!), go to Fisherman’s Bastion and St Stephen’s Basilica. Naturally, no trip to Budapest would be complete without going to the Ruin Bars. I am more than willing to check out these edgy pubs and drink way too much. Standard.
6. Croatia (Zagreb, Split, Hvar)
When deciding where we wanted to go whilst Interrailing, Croatia was the only country that was on all four of our lists! And it’s no shock as to why. Everybody knows Croatia is stunning. We decided to put Croatia in the middle of our trip so we could have more of a relaxing beach break after a hectic first week or so! We will start in Zagreb as we thought we had to see the Capital! We will most likely go to see St Mark’s church, explore the upper town, and (if my heart can take it) visit the Museum of Broken Relationships. Then we will catch a train to Split to explore Diocletian’s Palace, Riva and just relax on the beach. We also intend to do a day trip to Hvar to see the fortress, relax on the beaches and explore the abandoned village.
7. Slovenia (Ljubliana)
I like to think of Slovenia as a hidden treasure. I had NEVER thought of going to visit Slovenia until a friend who had previously been showed me a picture of Lake Bled. And that was that. I had to go. The lake looks gorgeous, and hopefully, if the weather is lovely, we can row a boat up to the castle in the centre. and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. I am also rooting for us to go to Skocjan caves in Divaca if we have time. I am a sucker for a cave!
Another classical place that I just had to see at one point in my life. I feel like I don’t need to say much about Venice. It’s beautiful, interesting, romantic, and has always been on my bucket list. Hopefully, we will get to go on a Gondola (budget depending), but I will settle on several water taxis haha!
9. Lake Garda
This was a very late addition to our plans so who knows whether it will happen. Recently my boss went to Lake Garda and as soon as a google imaged it, I was like yep, that’s for me. I don’t think we will spend very long there, maybe a day, but I just have to see the lake in all it’s glory. Who knows, maybe you will get pictures of me paddle boarding.
Last but certainly not least, is Geneva. This is our final destination where we will fly back to Manchester from. The whole trip is in flux, who know’s what will happen. As long as we get to Geneva and don’t miss our flight home, I don’t care! I am dying to see Lake Geneva (wow a lot of lakes on this trip), Jet d’eau, St Pierre Cathedral and of course the United Nations!
So those are the places I am going to visit on my travels (probably) and a little taster of what I’d like to do in each location. I am super excited to venture out and travel Europe by rail, so if you have any recommendations on sites to see, activities to do, or hostels to stay in let me know in the comments! If you want more posts on Interrailing, such as how it works, prices or a travel break down again let me know! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram, as for the next few weeks my feed will be full of travel pics!
If there is a post shortage soon, you will know why! Thanks for reading,