As an easy and economical way to explore Europe, InterRailing is perfect for the unseasoned traveller. It ‘ s a rite of passage, a chance to make friends and memories, and the ultimate opportunity to go sightseeing for the first time.
An InterRail global pass covers 30 countries, and includes discounted ferry travel on various European crossings. Under-25s go cheap, too, so you can tick several sights off your bucket-list without breaking the bank. Here ‘ s where to start:
5. The Eiffel Tower
Closest station: Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel
If this is your first solo venture into Europe, you ‘ d be mad to miss the Eiffel Tower – especially as you ‘ re likely to pass through France anyway. You ‘ ll have to pay if you want to climb it, but with a typical InterRailing budget, you ‘ d be better off admiring the tower from a distance (or from directly underneath). While in Paris, why not visit the Arc de Triomphe, or pick up a fresh baguette to fuel your sightseeing?
4. Leaning Tower of Pisa
Closest station: Pisa San Rossore
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is much more impressive in real life than it is in pictures. It ‘ s hard to get a grasp of how odd a leaning building is without seeing it in person, and it ‘ s a great photo-op if you want to prove to your parents that you didn ‘ t spend your entire trip hungover in a hostel somewhere. The tower is located right next to the Cathedral of Pisa, so if you like your architecture, it ‘ s a must-see – and you can climb it, too, for a stunning panoramic view of the city.
3. Charles Bridge
Prague, Czech Republic.
Closest station: Praha Hlavni Nadrazi
Charles Bridge, located between the Old Town and Lesser Quarter in Prague, is a sight not to be missed. The bridge is 1692ft long, 31ft wide, and lined with 30 awe-inspiring statues that date back to the 17th century. You ‘ d do best to visit either very early in the day or very late at night, as the bridge can get very crowded during the day.
If you ‘ re running out of money, visiting Prague is an excellent way to make the most of what ‘ s left. You can eat cheaply, and buy beer at less than £ 1 per litre. If you stick to the main streets, most people you cross will speak a little English, so you don ‘ t need to worry about the language.
2. Kunsthistorisches Museum
Closest station: Volkstheater Station
The Kunsthistorisches Museum is Vienna ‘ s museum of fine arts. It houses paintings, ancient artefacts, coin collections, and an impressive reference library. The museum opened in 1891, and has an identical exterior to the Naturhistorisches Museum (museum of natural history), which it faces across the Maria-Theresien-Platz . A quiet wander around the museum, admiring the exhibits, is the perfect way to spend a lazy – or rainy – day.
1. Amsterdam Nightlife
Closest station: Amsterdam Centraal
For clubbing and nightlife, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein are the places to pay attention to. Thankfully, they ‘ re pretty close together, so you could easily cover both spots in one night. For something a little more alternative, try any of the clubs listed in this guide . If you planning on hitting the clubs in Amsterdam, you should probably factor that into your budget before you leave, and sleep on the way to your next destination to save money on accommodation.
If you ‘ re not careful, it ‘ s very easy to drift aimlessly when InterRailing. Of course, that ‘ s absolutely fine if you don ‘ t have any destinations in mind – but if you haven ‘ t explored Europe before, you ‘ ll get much more out of your trip by planning it in advance. Do your research on what to pack , how to stay safe , and above all, what you want to see. And when you ‘ re ready, book that ticket and start preparing for your InterRailing adventure