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North to South in 2 weeks

From Sweden to Italy

 

Head south from Sweden and explore 6 of Europe’s most beautiful cities. This itinerary sees you speed through the scenery of Sweden, Germany, Austria and Italy on a top-to-bottom European adventure.

Itinerary in short

 

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Cities visited in this trip:  

 

For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Interrail Pass: Global Pass
  • Travel days: 7 days within 1 month

1. Stockholm, Sweden

Start your trip in Sweden’s attractive capital, which mixes picture-book looks with elegant modernity. Stockholm is spread across 14 islands, but it’s surprisingly easy to get around via bridges, ferries and the tunnelbana metro system.

 

  • Explore the winding cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town.
  • Take in an exhibition at Fotografiska, then head to the café for fika and fine views.
  • Visit Skansen, an open-air museum, and stroll through centuries of Swedish history.

Gamla Stan Stockholm

gamla stan stockholm

From Stockholm to Berlin

Travel time:

16h39m

Transfer:

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  • Stockholm, Sweden

    Stockholm central

  • 16h 39m

    Reservation required

  • Berlin, Germany

    Berlin Hbf

Take the Berlin Night Express from Malmö, which runs from mid-June until mid-August. Reservations are mandatory, but Interrail Pass holders get a discount. Alternatively, head down to Berlin via Copenhagen and Hamburg and add a few more stops to your trip!

2. Berlin, Germany

 

Whether you're here for the art and cutting-edge culture or the history that faces you at every turn, the German capital’s unique mix of grit and grandeur makes it a vibrant city worth spending a few days in. 

 

  •  Take a walking tour through the city's most famous sights starting at the Brandenburg Gate.
  • Join in the open-air karaoke at Mauerpark, a former border strip of the Berlin Wall in Prenzlauer Berg.
  • Get a taste of Berlin's famous nightlife! Hop between bars and beer gardens before hitting the city’s many clubs.

 

Berlin Skyline

Berlin skyline

From Berlin to Munich

Travel time:

4h2m

Transfer:

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  • Berlin, Germany

    Berlin Hbf

  • 4h 2m

    Reservation optional

  • Munich, Germany

    Muenchen HBF

Take the ICE train from the lower level of Berlin Hbf and arrive in the centre of Munich at Muenchen Hbf.

3. Munich, Germany

 

A quirky city full of feel-good vibes, Munich isn’t just for beer-lovers – but it does help. From edgy art galleries and royal palaces to locals in lederhosen, you won’t find yourself short of things to see and do.

 

  • Get comfortable in the city’s many beer gardens and make the most of Munich hospitality.
  • Go traditional and try a Weißwurst for breakfast washed down with a Bavarian beer.
  • Visit the Kunstareal, the city’s museum quarter, and choose a few of the many galleries to explore.

sitting by the river in Munich

Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Europe

From Munich to Vienna

Travel time:

4h3m

Transfer:

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  • Munich, Germany

    Muenchen HBF

  • 4h 3m

    Reservation optional

  • Vienna, Austria

    Wien HBF

Take the Railjet from Muenchen Hbf to Wien Hbf and arrive in the heart of Vienna.

4. Vienna, Austria

From imperial palaces to coffee houses, Vienna is as charming as it is grand. Home to a rich artistic and musical heritage, it’s the perfect place to soak up some history and enjoy the finer things in life.

 

  • Explore the imperial Schönbrunn palace and wander its incredible garden
  • Relax over cake and a coffee topped with whipped cream in a Viennese coffee house
  • Turn up at the Vienna State Opera 80 minutes before a performance to bag a standing ticket for just a few euros

Gloriette in Schonbrunn Gardens

Gloriette in the Schonbrunn Garden

From Vienna to Venice

Travel time:

7h40m

Transfer:

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  • Vienna, Austria

    Wien HBF

  • 7h 40m

    Reservation required

  • Venice, Italy

    Venezia Santa Lucia

Take the Nightjet from Wien Hbf to Venezia Santa Lucia and save on accommodation costs, or take the Railjet in daylight hours.

5. Venice, Italy

Marvel at the marble palaces, narrow canals and unique spirit of Venice. This seemingly impossible city built on water has inspired artists through the ages, and it still has the same effect on visitors today.

 

  • Admire the incredible Basilica di San Marco from the inside as well as the outside.
  • Feast on cicheti, Venetian tapas, and enjoy a glass or two of the region’s signature prosecco.
  • Take the obligatory gondola ride through the busy canals and enjoy the view from the water.

San Giorgio in Venice

view of San Giorgio island, Venice, Italy

From Venice to Rome

Travel time:

3h45m

Transfer:

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Reservation needed:

  • Venice, Italy

    Venezia Santa Lucia

  • 3h 45m

    Reservation required

  • Rome, Italy

    Roma Termini

Take a high-speed Frecciarossa train from Venezia Santa Lucia to Roma Termini, Rome’s main station.

6. Rome, Italy

Welcome to the Eternal City. Rome truly has everything – glorious architecture, artistic riches, inimitable style and layers upon layers of history. You’ll stumble across masterpieces at every corner – and that includes the food.

 

  • Take a tour of the main historical sites, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum.
  • Visit the Vatican and spend some time exploring St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums.
  • Get lost in the narrow streets of Trastevere and enjoy a gelato on the fountain steps.

Roman ruins in Rome

Roman ruins in Rome, Italy

Ready to Go?

Travel from north to south with an Interrail Global Pass, which gives you flexible, borderless travel across 33 countries. Choose 5 travel days in one month or 7 travel days in one month if you want to add extra stops along the way!