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Interrail Trip: Slow Travel in Fast Cities

No need to rush. You're on holiday!

Follow the path of Ruairi and his two friends as they wander from city to city, country to country. Join their peaceful travel moments, people watching, exploring surroundings and riding calm trains. Sit back and get inspired by the magic of “slow travel”!

Itinerary in short

 

Click here or on the map to view this route in our Trip Planner

Cities visited in this trip:

 

For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Interrail Pass: Global Pass
  • Travel days: 5 days within 1 month

Enjoy the film

 

What is your advice for future Interrailers?

“Our advice to future Interrail travellers would be to make sure you don’t rush yourself while exploring new cities. Also, interesting and comfortable hostels and accommodation can make all the difference when visiting a city.”

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is the charming city of canals and bicycles. Carrying the modernity of a European capital, Amsterdam still maintains its authentic beauty.

  • Discover one of the most wonderful parks of the Netherlands, Vondelpark. Save time for art & history at the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Wonder through the Jordaan to see where Anne Frank lived.

  • Coffee Shops and the Red Light District are the most famous attractions in Amsterdam. But if you want to experience true Dutch nightlife, check out the vibrant neighbourhood of De Pijp.

  • Bikes and boats are the most common means of transport in the Netherlands. Be brave, rent one and feel like a local.

Amsterdam Central Station is within walking distance from Amsterdam's famous central Dam Square.

Drive a boat through the enchanting canals of Amsterdam

Amsterdam with green canal in the downtown, Holland

From Amsterdam to Berlin

Travel time:

6h34m

Transfer:

0

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam Centraal Station

  • 6h 34m
  • Berlin, Germany

    Berlin Ostbahnhof

2. Berlin, Germany

Berlin will never forget its history. Today it has become one of the most open-minded cities in Europe. As soon as you arrive, you will notice how diverse and multicultural Berlin is.

  • Well known for its varied nightlife, choose from fancy, alternative or hard techno parties. It's up to you.

  • Learn about the past. Visit reminders of WWII like the Berlin Wall and the Holocaust Memorial.

  • Soak up culture on Museum Island (Museumsinsel), a paradise for history lovers.

Take the underground from Berlin Hauptbahnhof and in 2 minutes you will be right next to the grandiose Brandenburg Gate.

Admire the imposing Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenbug Gate, Berlin, Germany

From Berlin to Rathen

Travel time:

2h42m

Transfer:

1

Reservation needed:

  • Berlin, Germany

    Berlin Hbf

  • 2h 33m

    Reservation optional

  • Bad Schandau, Germany

    Bad Schandau

  • 0h 9m
  • Rathen, Germany

    Kurort Rathen

3. Rathen, Germany

Rathen is a small German village popular for its spas, Lake Amselsee and the Saxon Switzerland National Park.

  • Climb to the top of the Bastei rocks to enjoy breathtaking views. Check out the Elbe River below you and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on the horizon.

  • If you are feeling adventurous, hike into the Bohemian Switzerland (Czech Republic).

  • Relax after a hard mountaineering day in the Spa Town, Rathen.

Once in Kurort Rathen station, take a ferry to cross the Elbe River, and walk 20 minutes to get to the Bastei Rocks.

Cross Bastei Bridge in Rathen, Germany

The Bastei bridge, Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany

From Rathen to Brno

Travel time:

4h28m

Transfer:

2

Reservation needed:

2x

  • Rathen, Germany

    Kurort Rathen

  • 0h 11m
  • Bad Schandau, Germany

    Bad Schandau

  • 1h 49m

    Reservation optional

  • Prague, Czech Republic

    Prague Hlavni Nadrazi

  • 2h 28m

    Reservation optional

  • Brno, Czech Republic

    Brno Hlavni Nadrazi

4. Brno, Czech Republic

Brno is famous for its architectural heritage from the early 20th century. Nowadays, it's also famous for its student city vibe and university nightlife.

  • Don't miss the magnificent Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, graceful St James Church and the grandiose Spilberk Castle. Head to Moravian Museum and emerge yourself in Czech culture.

  • Visit the modernist Vila Tugendhat. You'll be surprised to hear it was built on 1929.

  • Drift around the Old Town to find touristy treasures like the Holy Trinity Column in the Market Square.

Brno railway station is next to the city centre. Take tram number 4 from the station. You'll be in Spilberk Castle in 12 minutes.

Stop over at the Market square in the old town of Brno

Market square with Holy Trinity column in the old town of Brno city in Czech Republic

From Brno to Bratislava

Travel time:

1h27m

Transfer:

0

Reservation needed:

  • Brno, Czech Republic

    Brno Hlavni Nadrazi

  • 1h 27m

    Reservation required

  • Bratislava, Slovakia

    Bratislava Hlavna Stanica

5. Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava is built around the Danube River, blending remains of many different ages. As a city full of contrasts, you can find sober communism monuments next to regal 18th century architecture.

  • Head up the hilltop to explore the ancient Bratislava Castle, dated 907 AD. Once you get down, take a look in St. Elisabeth Church (Blue Church) and St. Martin's Cathedral.

  • Stroll through the enchanting Old Town to the well preserved, Michael's Gate, standing since 1300.

  • Admire the ruins of Devín Castle. This eternal fortress is an important symbol of Slovakia.

Get on bus 32 from Bratislava's Railway Station (Hlavna Stanica) to Botanicka Zahrada. From there, bus 29 will take you to Devín Castle (last stop).

Delight in the panoramic views of Bratislava, Slovakia

Aerial views of Bratislava with castle and St. Martin's cathedral, Slovakia

From Bratislava to Budapest

Travel time:

2h42m

Transfer:

0

Reservation needed:

  • Bratislava, Slovakia

    Bratislava Hlavna Stanica

  • 2h 42m

    Reservation required

  • Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest-Keleti

6. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is split in two by the Danube River, Buda and Pest. As a city of tragedy and an impressive example of recovery, Budapest never gave up.

  • Blessed with countless hot springs, the city has a wide assortment of Thermal Baths. Miraculous or not, you can choose your style. Turkish, art nouveau or contemporary. Which one is more relaxing?

  • As a city condemned to war, Budapest has many reminders of its past. Visit the moving Shoes on Danube Memorial and the chilling House of Terror, to see barbarities from past eras.

  • The emblematic Parliament, Buda Castle (Royal Palace) and Hosok Tere are just three of the many Hungarian monuments you are going to love.

Keleti station is located in the east side of the city. You can take the metro to move around Budapest.

Walk through Fisherman Bastion in Budapest

View from Fisherman's Bastion Budapest overlooking the Danube and Parliament

Recommended train pass for this route

Interrail Global Pass


Travel 5 days within a period of 1 month.

  • Standard prices start from € 212

  • Explore up to 33 countries

  • No booking fees

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Meet the travellers

Ruairi and his friend - Bastei Bridge

Ruairi Oneill is a photographer and filmmaker from Ireland. He shared his Interrail trip with friends Ben and Ben (yes, two Bens).

Ruairi edited the film of their trip his mate even composed the soundtrack! You can find more of Ruairi’s creations by following him on: