Dark Tourism, Interrail style

For this post, we chose a  very atmospheric image from Rome’s Colosseum by Instagrammer @connormalt. Makes ya think … what was it like back in the day, before a tournament, standing in the shadows, the crowds roaring beyond the walls, waiting to fight. to die. And if that’s got ya thinking, here’s our top recommendations…

Destination inspiration: Kutná Hora

Just an hour from Prague is a silver mining town quite like no other in the world – it is Kutná Hora. One of the Czech Republic’s most popular destinations. Part of this medieval city’s fame is that it is home to the wondrous Sedlec Ossuary aka the Church of Bones, so called because it is…

Check in at Checkpoint Charlie

Perhaps one of the most iconic sights in Berlin, this monument of the former border crossing, the Cold War and the partition of Berlin is located on the corner of Friedrichstradt and Zimmerstradt. In fact, the barrier, checkpoint booth (which is actually a replica – the real thing is in the Allied Museum in Zehlendorf),…

The scoop on Bosnia-Herzegovina

Planning your Interrail trip and thinking about heading somewhere a little bit different? Why not consider adding Bosnia-Herzegovina to your itinerary. Situated in southeastern Europe, Bosnia-Herzegovina is home to some of nature’s most beautiful creations, including Kravice Waterfalls (a natural amphitheatre, the waterfalls cascade 30-metres down from the stunning forest above into a turquoise lake),…

Bratislava – a mini guide

Dubbed by some as the “mini Prague”, Bratislava is so much more than that – sure it’s small for a European capital but it’s brimming with bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants, shops and things to do. The stunning Danube links the city to Vienna and Budapest, forming the trio of the historic Austro-Hungarian Empire, and providing…

Bucharest – a mini guide

The capital of Romania, Bucharest was known back in the 1900s as “Little Paris” and with its tree-lined boulevards, Belle Époque buildings (don’t let the odd, austere communist-era building put you off) and buzzing nightlife, it’s a nickname which is just as apt today as it was back in the day! In fact, Lonely Planet…

Salzburg – a mini guide

The fourth largest city in Austria, Salzburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the birthplace of Mozart and was the setting for the Sound of Music. It’s a pretty stunning Interrail destination too. What’s not to love? In fact, Salzburg is the Sound of Music city. Literally. Not only did the real Trapp family once…

Setting your Interrail budget

One question we get asked a lot is: what should I budget for my Interrailing trip? And really, the answer is – how long is a piece of string… and how much of a luxury or bargain trip do you want? Obviously, booking one of our packages means your Interrail pass, reservations and accommodation are…

The best European city to get cultured: Florence

I cannot think of a single European city that isn’t dripping in culture, from art to music to history. Even Warsaw, which was pretty much obliterated in World War II (84% of the city was destroyed by German mass bombings), was rebuilt and is brimming with culture. But when it comes to the one city…

Hostel focus: Villa Saint Exupéry, Nice

You know when people talk about how hostels used to be? Back in the day? Grubby dorm rooms with lumpy mattresses, lukewarm showers and grey, communal bathrooms more like an army barracks than a hostel? Well, the award winning  Villa Saint Exupery in Nice is 100,000 miles from that old school image. In fact, when people…