This was my first long rail adventure around Europe, and took place across 10 nights in July 2016 to celebrate my 40th birthday. I travelled solo all the way, but my friends flew in to meet me in Munich to celebrate my birthday.

I started by going to Amsterdam via Eurostar and Thalys, and stayed there for one night, before catching a lunchtime InterCity to Berlin the next day (with a change of trains in Hannover).  After two nights in Berlin I travelled by EuroCity train to Prague (a beautiful scenic journey) to spend two nights there.  Then it was an early morning ALEX train from Prague to Munich (an interesting, if not exactly rapid train journey) and met up with my friends.

Two nights of partying followed before I dragged my hungover body onto an InterCity Express from Munich to Strasbourg (with a quick change in Stuttgart).  One night in surprisingly beautiful Strasbourg then it was onto Paris via TGV for two nights to round off my trip. Finally I caught a Eurostar back home from Paris.

As it was my birthday I decided to treat myself to first class travel for all except the Eurostar journeys. A first class ticket was usually only 10 or 20 euros more on the mainland, but for Eurostar to and from England it was more than twice the price, so didn’t seem worth it.

Click on the links for information about each leg of the trip :

London to Amsterdam on Eurostar and Thalys

Amsterdam – one night stay in budget hotel

Amsterdam to Berlin via Hannover on IC and ICE trains

Berlin – two nights in a hotel with pool near the station

Berlin to Prague on Eurocity train

Prague – two night stay in 4* hotel in the centre

Prague to Munich on ALEX train

Munich – with friends in an IBIS hotel

Munich to Strasbourg via Stuttgart – on ICE AND TGV

Strasbourg – one night in a 3* hotel with a pool

Strasbourg to Paris on a TGV

Paris – one night in a budget hotel near Gare de L’Est

Paris to London on Eurostar

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