Interrail Duitsland, Italië, Zwitserland

Interrail tips Duitsland, Zwitserland, Italië, Oostenrijk

Is Interrailing through Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, worth it? Yes. Interrailing is affordable and fun. The train opens a door to completely different countries and cultures. Because a new experience awaits upon arrival at every destination. These are my experiences, Interrail tips, including itinerary, costs, highlights for 1-2 weeks. All that in a complete free Interrail travel guide. 

Interrail tips

What is Interrailing? Travel through Europe with 1 ticket for a certain period of time. So whether you choose the Spanish Costas or a winter sport in Scandinavia? Or train trip to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria? Everything is possible. What can you do with an Interrail pass? With an Interrail Pass and accompanying app/planner you can enjoy unlimited train travel from 4 days through 33 European countries for next to nothing. How long is the pass valid? 1 to 3 months.

The most popular option is the Global Interrail pass: 5 days spread over 1 month of travel. What are the costs of an Interrail pass? A Global Pass 5 days costs: 239 euros. Only 717 euros for 3 months. Interrail discount? People 60+ and young people: 25 percent discount. Children up to 11 years old travel for free with a child pass.

An Interrail pass for adults is often cheaper than a return ticket to 1 destination. Would you rather take trains in 1 country of your choice: choose the Country pass. What is the difference between Eurail and Interrail? Interrail Pass: residents of Europe. Not a resident of Europe? Eurail Pass.Interrailing free travel guide

Advantages of Interrail?

Sustainable, affordable, flexible and stylish travel to all corners of Europe. Even expensive train rides such as Eurostar, or Swiss trains: ICE Bernina Express, Glacier Express and train trips in Scandinavian countries are included. Night trains such as Nightjet and ferries in Greece are also included in the Interrail ticket. Please note: some train rides and trains require a reservation fee or a surcharge from 2 euros per booking to 30 for high-speed trains.

Certainly, if you take a train journey through countries with expensive train tickets (England, Ireland, Scandinavia, Switzerland) you get the most out of your Global pass. Moreover, many destinations can be easily reached by train in less than 6 hours. And best of all?

Interrail: five or more destinations in 1 trip

Train to Heidelberg in Germany

First impression of Interrail? When boarding the train from the Netherlands to Germany, something immediately struck me. The wagon is not packed and the first class seat was extremely comfortable. As the train glides through the landscape, the compartment is my favorite office because of the changing views.

My first introduction to Interrail travel looks nothing like the horror picture outlined above. In just over four hours the train winds its way along the Rhine, straight through the forests of the Black Forest and Karlsruhe. A nice city for a few days’ stay.

What to do and see in Heidelberg?

Pal aan de Neckar rivier, omsloten door bergen en bossen is studentenstad Heidelberg picture perfect. De beste manier om de stad te verkennen? Maak een wandeling langs onderstaande Heidelhoogtepunten.

Pronkstuk Schloss Heidelberg: ooit de residentie van vorsten rijst als een reus boven de Königstuhl-vallei uit. Het slot is in de Negentig jarige Oorlog grotendeels gesneuveld, waardoor de term romantische kasteelruïne meer de lading dekt. Tip: slot Heidelberg biedt bovenal een schitterend uitzicht op de rivier en de stad.

De kasteelmuren mogen dan amper nog overeind staan, maar de wijnkelder met het Große Heidelberger faß heeft alle veldslagen glorieus overleefd. Dit wijnvat (17e eeuw) van het formaat Tiny House (van 219.000 liter). Bovenop deze kolos is gek genoeg een dansvloer gebouwd. ”Het is een kleine stap tussen dansen en drinken’, moeten de makers destijds hebben gedacht.



Meer bezienswaardigheden Heidelberg?
  • Alte Brücke Oude Brug: De Karlsbrug van Heidelberg met topuitzicht op het centrum.
  • Philosophenweg (Filosofenpad): Wandeling met uitzicht op de Altstad en slot Heidelberg. Ooit was dit de favoriete plek van filosofen dus vandaar de naam.
  • Funicular Koningstuhl. Met een bergtreintje naar het Heidelbergslot en de top op 550 meter.
  • Lamy: oudste pennen merk/shop van Duitsland. Kekke pennen in modern jasje.
  • Proef een Studentenkuß- Dit chocolaatje is een vondst van chocolaterie Knösel in Heidelberg, in de 18e eeuw dé snelste weg naar het hart van een medestudent. De Studentenkus wordt nog steeds met de hand gemaakt.

Trein van Duitsland naar Zwitserland

Vanuit Heidelberg zoef je in 4,5 uur met ICE naar Interlaken. Het uitzicht op de bossen maakt langzaam plaats voor torenhoge bergen. Buiten dalen de temperaturen, maar in ‘de huiskamer’ van de trein is het warm en gezellig. Rode banken, witte kleedjes en plastic plantjes in de restauratiewagen zijn deel van de totale treinbeleving.

Met een drankje en een goed gesprek glijdt de tijd voorbij. Bij aankomst met de trein, in Interlaken Berner Oberland wacht een warm welkom door de witte bergtoppen van de Eiger, Mönch en Jungfrau. Een schitterend gezicht, zeker met een blauwe lucht.

Train and boat Switzerland

Interrail en Interlaken

Wat te doen in Interlaken?

Check dit artikel met reistips in Interlaken. Slecht weer? Maak een uitstapje met de boot naar ST Beatenberg grotten Alleen al de korte boottrip over het smurfblauwe meer de Thunersee is leuk. Bijkomend voordeel: de BLS Interlaken lake Cruise is als enige boottocht in Zwitserland inbegrepen bij de Interrail pass.

The ST-Beatenberg caves: The cave looks more spectacular from the outside than from the inside. A walk on the Beatenberg, past the caves, waterfall and view of the lake, is highly recommended. Tip: the top of the Beatenberg-Niederhorn can also be reached by cable car. A nice alternative to the famous Jungfraujoch, the ‘Top of Europe’.

Beathus caves

Beathus caves

Golden pass express to Lausanne

The ride from Interlaken to Lausanne with Golden Pass Express is one of the most beautiful Swiss train journeys. And also included with your Interrail ticket. This train connects Lucerne with Montreux. The large windows of this Rolls Royce of the railway offer a fresh view of lakes, mountains and UNESCO vineyards of Lavaux. A completely different holiday experience awaits you when you get off the train. Student city Lausanne on Lake Geneva’s Lac Léman is charming and historic.

to see and do in Lausanne Switzerland?

Take a walk in the car-free center past sights such as:

  • Medieval cathedral with Tour de Sauvabelin viewpoint.
  • Collection de l’Art Brut: art museum with work by autodidacts with disabilities can be reached on foot.
  • The Olympic Museum.
  • walk along the Ouchy promenade on Lake Geneva with a view of Château d’Ouchy.

Want to see in the Lausanne area? Walk through UNESCO-recognized Lavaux wine terraces. This hilly area between Montreux and Lausanne overlooks Lake Geneva. Tip: The most beautiful hikes through the Lavaux vineyards are from Grandvaux to Epesses, or from Lutry to Vevey. Nice: Lavaux is accessible by train. Get off in Grandvaux right in the vineyards.Vineyards Laveaux

train Switzerland to Italy

The 5-hour train ride from Lausanne, Switzerland to Bologna takes you through the Italian Alps, Milan and Lake Maggiore. Upon arrival, a warm holiday atmosphere and temperatures await you. Even in November it’s T-shirt weather. Atmospheric piazzas and streets with porticoes: covered galleries run like a long train through the center.

Highlights of Bologna? The oldest university in Europe and skyline with its towers. Only 24 of the original 100 towers are still standing. The question, however, is how much longer? Because the famous Garisenda turra: the leaning tower of Bologna is about to collapse.

See and do Bologna

Bologna rooftop view

What to do, see in Bologna?

The best things – namely good food and drinks – in Bologna are (almost) free. Such as: a cup of coffee at the best coffee bar in Bologna: Terzi. Or street food in the Mercado dell Erbe, or eat a real Bolognesi at Osteria Dell L’ Orsa. With numerous culinary highlights, this city fully lives up to its nickname ‘La Dotta, La Grassa and La Rossa: the learned, the fatty and the red’. Buildings in Bologna are built of red bricks, hence the reference to La Rossa.

  • Tip: climb the roof terrace of Palazzo d’Accursio for a top view of Bologna.
  • Climb the Asinelli Tower for a panoramic view of the city’s roof.
  • Piazza Maggiore: sit down on this enormous square and marvel at the sights.
  • Portico walk. Walk under the (82 km in total) colonnades with numerous terraces.
  • Archiginnasio University: explore the historic university building with anatomical theater. 

After a trip to Ravenna, take the train from Bologna to Innsbruck. This is a nice city to stay for a few days. From here you can travel back to the Netherlands with the Nightjet night train.

Markets Bologna

Mercado del Erbe


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