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