Interrail: Germany to Slovenia
Although some of these cities may have already been on your radar, enjoy some activities or attractions that we recommend that are a bit off the beaten track. We do admit you can’t go to Budapest without walking across the Chain Bridge or to Prague without seeing the Astronomical Clock but there are cool things in well-known and lesser-known cities that we want you to discover yourself.
Enjoy the uniqueness of Berlin, Warsaw, Ostrava, Prague, Budapest, and Ljubjana all by traveling by train and with the help of the Interrail Global Pass. We recommend the 5 travel days within one month pass.
Price Range: $$$
Recommended Days: 12-16 Days
Riding Hours: Approx. 29 hr
Distance: 1.947 km
Berlin, Germany: Underrated Underground
Starting out in the capital of Germany, we want to point out the underrated locations of the city that may have not already been on your radar. Of course, Berlin is chock full of historical monuments, incredible architecture, art, music, and delicious cuisine… all of which should be enjoyed but there are some other great things here too.
Berlin is known for its music scene but did you know you can enjoy that while at a spa? Check out the Liquidrom for an interesting experience or Vabali Spa for a more relaxing one. Or if you’re not in a spa mood just head to the Badeschiff and interact with the locals. Head underground to the Berliner Unterwelten (Subterranean Berlin) for a WW2 history lesson or to the Berlin Story Bunker.
For another vantage point of the city, head to the viewing platform of the Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower) for a birds-eye view, or head up the Berlin Radio Tower for dinner and a view.
Known for its beer and food; you can try out some of their local brews and currywurst, or even just learn about the history of it at the Deutsches Currywurst Museum. Enjoy a different kind of peace and quiet at Café Strauss or a cold one at Prater Bier Garten.
Berlin Hbf → Warszawa Centralna | Duration: 6:12 | Transfers: 0 | Transport: Train
The journey begins at Berlin’s main train station (Hauptbahnhof) where connections leave five times a day to Warsaw. The EuroCity train connections offer comfortable seats and a restaurant car too. Buy your tickets for this journey on Omio.
Warsaw, the capital of Poland has gone through some rapid changes over the past couple of decades and has developed into a popular tourist hub. The city has an amazing combination of modern and historic architecture, and a rich war history as well.
Visit the Old Town Market Square with its many medieval buildings that were renovated and rebuilt after WWII. A great place to visit is the Palace of Culture and Science, which is a soviet style building built in the 1950s, or head to the funky art museum in an abandoned fort, Galleria Forty / Forty.
For a history lesson, head to the Warsaw Uprising Museum, the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace, or the Czar PRL: Life Under Communism Museum. Before heading out of town take a leisurely walk in the artistic neighborhood of Praga, which has several artsy cafes, quaint bookshops, and fun pubs.
Warszawa Centralna → Ostrava Hlavni Nadrazi | Duration: 4:26 | Transfers: 0 | Transport: Train
With Intercity train connections leaving for Ostrava six times daily, there will be plenty of opportunities to hop on the train, enjoy the last views of Poland, and head to the next destination. Buy tickets for this journey on PKP Intercity, Poland’s Intercity train website.
Ostrava, Czech Republic
Ostrava is the third-largest city in the Czech Republic and is historically known for its industry and coal mines. To learn a bit more of its industrious history visit the Mining Museum in Landek Park or experience it in a whole different way at the Lower Vítkovice Area. This area is also known as the Dolní Vitkovice (DOV) and is a former mining operation where markets, tours, and music festivals are held throughout the year. Head up the large tower for a different vantage point or enjoy the museum there for an interactive experience!
For fans of historic architecture, the 13th century Silesian Ostrava Castle is a good one, and the nearby New City Hall is also worth checking out.
Ostrava Hlavni Nadrazi → Praha Hlavni Nadrazi | Duration: 3:29-3:48 | Transfers: 0 | Transport: Train
Direct connections leave Ostrava’s main station hourly, and along the way, passengers will be able to see the rolling Czech countryside with a smattering of hills. Buy your tickets for this journey on Omio.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic is an incredibly historic city with several attractions, some normal some not so normal.
You definitely can’t miss Old Town Square, and here you can start by finding many historic buildings along with the 600 years-old Prague Astronomical Clock. Enjoy an Easter Market or Christmas Market in this area if the time is right, or if not wind your way through the back alleys from Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) to get to the iconic Charles Bridge. Hop on a paddle boat anywhere along the Vltava River or check out the Dancing House while you’re in the neighborhood.
Looking for a bit of graffiti? The notorious place for this is the Lennon Wall or for something quirky find the large crawling Černy Babies on Kampa Island. There are some interesting sculptures all throughout Prague some of which include: Trifot, Brown Nosers, and the London Booster to name a few.
If you didn’t get enough spa treatment in Berlin, enjoy a beer bath in the city and if you didn’t get your fill of museums there are some not so well known ones that are worth putting on your radar such as the Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague, Museum of Torture Instruments and the Nuclear Bunker Museum.
Praha Hlavni Nadrazi → Budapest-Deli | Duration: 6:58 – 7:25 h | Transfers: 0-1 | Transport: Train
There are three direct connections to Budapest daily which take 7:25 h or there are hourly connections from Prague’s main station which have a short transfer in Bratislava which are around 6:58 h in duration. Buy your tickets for this journey on Omio.
The next destination on our route is Budapest, which offers a rich history along with incredible architecture and vibrant nightlife. Not-to-miss iconic stops in Budapest include the Buda Castle, the nearby Fisherman’s Bastion for some city views, and the late-gothic, Roman Matthias Church which is also on the same street.
Then cross the iconic Chain Bridge, to be greeted by St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Parliament Building. Not too far from the bridge, you’ll be able to see the Shoes on the Danube Promenade commemorating the Jews executed along the riverbank.
Budapest also has several Turkish-style baths, and there are plenty to choose from, and some like Széchenyi Thermal Bath host parties in the evening. Other places to party and enjoy the nightlife are Bar 360, A38 (located on a ship), Pagony Kert, and Fogaz Ház and Kert.
Other places to visit in Budapest include the Terror Museum, Budapest Railway Museum, and the Flipper Museum where you can play pinball to your heart’s content.
Budapest-Deli → Ljubljana Train Station | Duration: 7:37 h | Transfers: 0 | Transport: Train
There is one connection leaving from Budapest-Deli train station every morning arriving in Slovenia’s capital city of Ljubljana less than 8 hours later. Enjoy the Hungarian and Slovenian countryside passing by as you ready yourself for the last stop of this itinerary. Buy your tickets for this journey on Hungarian Railways.
The last stop on our list is the capital city of Slovenia, and it may not be as well known as bigger European capitals, but it still packs a good punch.
Iconic landmarks of the city include the Ljubljana Castle, which stands on a hill in the middle of downtown and makes this city look like it is from some fairytale. Wander the gardens of Tivoli Park and cross the Tromostovje Bridge (the popularly known Three Bridges) to visit the Prešeren Square, a vibrant plaza, which plays host to many local festivals.
For an unusual art collection, the Metelkova Art Center is home to many modern and alternative art exhibits, and music as well. Whilst meandering the city, grab a burek at Olimpija Burek to taste something worth savoring. Something else to savor is a secret wine tasting under the Dvorni Bar.
If you’re interested in a different kind of overnight stay, book a night at the Hostel Celica where you will then be able to claim you spent a night in jail.
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