A Short Summary of Our 8,000km Long InterRail Trip

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We love traveling through Europe. And we think trains are cool. Therefore our fondness of the InterRail Pass only came naturally. For one amazing month this summer we traveled through 6 European countries and the moments lived during this period carved deep and wonderful memories in our souls. We explored 20 destinations in 30 days, and traveled approximately 8,000 kilometers.

Traveling with an InterRail Pass gave us great flexibility, so much so that we haven’t really finished planning the trip until the very last day of our journey. It also gave us the opportunity to taste amazing recipes in the places they were originally created, see beautiful architecture, meet interesting people from all ways of life, and expose ourselves to a different way of seeing things. Because you know what? ‘InterRail’ really is synonym with ‘freedom’.
Here is a short summary of the places we experienced during our 1 month long InterRail trip and what pops now into our minds when we hear the names of these cities. You can also read our top tips for traveling Europe with an Interrail Pass.

(please click on the links to read the full article for each destination)

Bratislava – quirky statues, strangers joining together in dance, yummy slushies, a nation that grows on you the more you get to know it

Krakow – best tour-guide ever, lots of history, one amazing plaza

Wroclaw – dwarfs, great architecture, our favorite city in Poland!

Warsaw – skyscrapers, a city where old and new coexist, lots of green spaces, peacocks 

• Elblag – cute little city, off the beaten path 
• Malbork Castle – huge castle of the Teutonic order, well worth half a day
Gdansk – amber, some pretty unusual shopping streets, very alive, great atmosphere, we really need to go back and spend more time

Lubeck – one of the most charming medieval cities we’ve ever seen, delicious cherries and pastries

• Aarhus – best old town museum ever, amazing people who seem to pursue first of all their heart and not the trends (maybe that’s why the Danish are the happiest people on Earth), no umbrellas, best pancakes ever
Legoland – fun for all ages, an unexpected surprise, Legoland is much more than legos, it’s actually very green and pretty!
• Helsingor (+Hamlet’s Castle) – quiet little town, pure Danish, the seashores are amazing, the castle is majestic. We could easily picture ourselves living here
• Copenhagen – we could not picture ourselves living here. Madness! 

• Oslo – weirdest statues ever, fairytale like harbor, peace
Bergenfjords, cute wooden houses, hikes on Mount Floyen, Bryggen, Christmas shops, amazing souvenirs, penguins, snow, the most interesting fish market
Osterfjord 
Stavanger – petroleum museum, fjords, Pulpit Rock, colorful wooden houses and angry birds 
Lysefjord & Pulpit Rock 


• Gothenburg – huge cinnamon buns
Orebro – one amazing park, beautiful castle
• Lake Siljan (Rattvik & Leksand) – heaven on Earth!
• Stockholm – the most beautiful city in Scandinavia, best open air museum – Skansen, one huge old ship – Vasa, breathtaking canals, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fist time we slept in a boat hotel, must go back, 3 days are not nearly enough!

And finally here’s our route map, starting in Budapest and finishing in Frankfurt. It might not be the smartest in terms of time spent on trains, as we really browse through a lot of territory to get from one place to another, but this was in a way good because we could rest on the trains and get to the next destination with our batteries charged. 


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Though we used the Interrail Global Pass for our journey, it’s worth noting that 1-country Interrail Passes are also available. However, if you are a non-European resident, you will have to purchase a Eurail Pass.


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21 Responses

  1. TravelerBoy69
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    That's beautiful photos.
    Slovakia photos that the one I like, so much.
    Look sad, but it's beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. gokhan
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    I'm planning to make a trip around the europe in the end of this summer! this article just made me more itchy 😀

  3. Great post – you have summarised everything so well!

    I am yet to go inter-railing, but I love Europe so it is right up there on my to do list.

  4. Bret @ Green Global Travel
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    We can't do long trips, unfortunately, but this sounds like a lovely way to see Europe. We haven't been to Europe in years, but are hoping to get to Scotland, Norway and/or Iceland in 2013.

    • Laura
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      OMG Bret, you really need to come visit Europe more often! I'm sure you will love Norway, it's so… green and beautiful and peaceful… Iceland is on my bucket list too and Scotland is probably our next destination after returning from Asia 🙂

  5. wow, what an excellent outline and summary! Loved the maps and images for the country titles =) I saw a couple of people go on Interrail comped trips this summer, but none of them summed up their trip as beautifully as you did 😉 will read these!

    – Maria Alexandra

    • Laura
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      Awww, thank you Maria Alexandra! Your comment made us very happy 🙂

  6. Andrea
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    Beautiful photos – I have explored only some of these places…looks like an amazing journey.

    • Laura
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      Thanks, Andrea! It really was an amazing journey. We had some very nice surprises on the way and we also checked some items off our bucket list.

  7. Jan Polatschek
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    Wonderful journey! Besides Budapest and Bratislava, I have't been to any of the other cities. I am motivated now! Thank you.

    • Laura
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      They are well worth the trip. The Polish cities were a very pleasant surprise for us. We expected Scandinavia to be gorgeous 😉

  8. Angela
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    Looks like you've had a fantastic trip visiting unusual European destinations. Great pics.

    • Laura
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      Haha, you think these are unusual destinations… Well, that's probably because we've already covered all the usual suspects before and we wanted something different this time 😉

  9. Pretraveller
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    It is great to just get on a train and go, and then hop off as you wish. We have done two trips so using train passes and it is such a great option!

    • Laura
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      I totally agree. The InterRail pass is great value for money and an incredible way to explore Europe. This was our 3rd time using an InterRail pass and my husband and I already have new ideas for a 4th InterRail pass 😉

  10. Steve
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    What an epic journey! Can't wait to hear more about each stop–how were the cinnamon buns? Just huge or equally delicious?

  11. A
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    Love it love it love it!!!!! +1!!!

  12. My Travel Affairs
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    Great trip! I have been in Norway myself a week ago, amazing country!

    • Laura
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      We loved Norway too, though now that we visited its 3 most touristic cities, I think next time we'll head for the wilderness… The train rides from Oslo to Bergen and from Stavanger to Oslo just convinced me nature in Norway is too beautiful not to explore.

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