This post is a photo dump from interrailing (digital and film pictures). I went with one friend (Amber) for 3 weeks and 5 days because I could only get so long off work and we had to be back for A Level Results day. So, our timescale was limited, and it feels like we literally did a whistlestop tour of Europe, which was exhausting and crazy and the most incredible experience.
We flew into Amsterdam, where we spent 2 days. We visited two museums there and cycled around Vondelpark, and went out one evening with a girl from our hostel, for 'drinks' that turned into getting hot chocolate from a cafe on the side of a canal.
|Our beds/room in Copenhagen|
|on a boat trip/tour in Copenagen|
|Botanical Gardens in Copenagen and Christiana in Copenhagen|
|view from the window of the Rosenborg castle in Copenhagen|
From Copenhagen, we got a direct night train to Berlin that got in at 6am. We spent the day walking around near our hostel in Oranienburger/Freidrichstrasse and then joined a walking tour, which was so, so interesting. We then went out that night and got back at 5am, but had to check out at 10am that morning, so on almost no sleep we spent that next day deliriously stumbling around the city, visiting museums and killing time before going to catch a night bus to Krakow in Poland.
|skies on the walk back from a club called Suicide Circus|
|Driving in Krakow|
|Szimpla Kert, Budapest|
|Market Square, Budapest|
|Amber in the window of our hostel in Budapest|
From Budapest, we got a day train, followed by a night train, to Split in Croatia. Again we had 3 days to spend there and managed to do so much - we visited Krka Waterfalls, went to Hvar Island and spent a day on the beach before going out in the evening with some of the people at our hostel. Our train from Split to Zagreb left at midday and at Zagreb we changed onto a train headed for Villach in Austria, where we got off at midnight, intending to get on a night train up to Vienna. However, we were bluntly told that this train was full and that the next one didn't leave until 5am. So we had no choice but to try to sleep on the floor of the train station - and there were probably about 100-200 backpackers doing the same thing. We had no problem waking up in time for our 5am train because of the cold, so, relieved, we got onto a train that arrived in Vienna for 9am.
|Coach view on the way to Krka National Park in Split|
|Fruit Market in Split|
We only had 2 days in Vienna but explored by foot, using a walking tour route we found online, so we saw a lot. It was prettier and cleaner there than I expected, but we had come from Eastern Europe so it was probably going back West that was a shock too.
|Evening train view on the way out of Croatia (I think)|
|Train views on the way into Vienna|
Salzburg was our next stop, which was only a 2 hour train journey from Vienna, and we were there for a day and a half, which we actually found was enough, because it is such a small place. My friend did a cycling tour of the sound of music landmarks/sets while I browsed shops because I've never seen the film before and was dangerously low budget by this point. We also climbed up to a fortress the evening we were there and saw the most incredible sunset and had breathtaking, sprawling views across the city.
|Views from the fortress|
The next afternoon, we caught our next train to Zurich in Switzerland, which got in late at night, so from the station we went straight to our hostel. The most shocking thing upon our arrival in Zurich was the extortionate (to us) cost of everything. We soon realised that our strict budget hardly allowed us to buy bottled water, and after walking around in the sweltering heat for an hour or so, we literally spent the rest of our only whole day there sitting on a bench in front of the lake with our supermarket value range lunches. We were kind of glad to leave and be going to Interlaken for 3 days.
As soon as we got off there we were literally in awe because it was so picturesque. Mountains littered the landscapes at every angle and our hostel was one of the nicest we had had which was very much appreciated by this stage in our trip!! Our first day in Interlaken we decided it would be a good idea to climb up the mountain Harder Kulm, instead of paying for the cable car up. It was simultaneously horrendous with the humidity/hot weather, and hilarious, because we were both thoroughly unprepared for what turned out to be an intensive hike. The next day, we used up the remainders of our money to go canyoning, one of the scariest yet most exhilarating things I've ever done. On our final day there, we walked for an hour towards where we thought the lake was. Nothing was signposted, we had no idea where we were, had hardly any phone signal and we had to be back in the centre of the town for 4pm to get a train to Paris, but we eventually found the most insane clearing/private beach leading out to a panoramic view of Lake Thun and the mountains surrounding it. We swam there and had a picnic before running back to catch our train, which then arrived in France at about 9pm.
|View from halfway up Harder Kulm & in the town|
|Walking into a thunderstorm|
|Up Mount Harder Kulm|
|On the walk to our hostel from the station|
|Window in The Shakespeare and Company Shop, Eiffel Tower|
|Last Evening by the Eiffel Tower|
|Shakespeare and Company Shop|
|Shakespeare and Company Shop|
Thank you for reading,