From SEA TO SEAA TRAIN JOURNEY FROM ITALY TO SWEDEN
Taking a trip across Europe is a dream for many travelers, and with the help of an Interrail/Eurail Pass it makes it even easier. Here is a great route to explore four different countries and six different cities all by train. Bringing you from the Mediterranean Sea to the Baltic Sea, the itinerary starts in Rome and meanders north to popular destinations in Europe like Venice, Vienna, Munich, Berlin and ends in Stockholm.
From historical architecture, art, culture, and music to breathtaking natural views, this tour has everything you could want from your Euro trip. For this Euro trip, we suggest the Interrail Global Pass with 5 travel days within one month to ensure getting to all of your destinations and making the most of the pass.
Price Range: $$$
Recommended Days: 12-18 Days
Riding Hours: Approx. 38.5 hr
Distance: 2,836 km
Rome, Italy: The Conquering City
The starting point of our journey is the Eternal City of Rome, which is home to some of the most fascinating historic monuments, architecture, and art.
When it comes to sightseeing in Rome, nothing is perhaps more iconic than the ancient Colosseum, and it’s still the largest amphitheater in the world to this date! Other notable places not to miss in the city are the Pantheon, Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, and the Roman Forum.
A sight you can’t miss out on is a visit to the Sistine Chapel. Though its ceiling has been photographed for years and looks magnificent in pictures, standing under it and looking at the intricate art of Michelangelo is truly a magic that can’t be captured by a camera.
Though Italy is known for its incredibly delicious cuisine, some of the most incredible Italian delicacies were born in this city, including the world-famous spaghetti alla carbonara. Don’t forget to try out some Roman artichokes as well, which are a favorite among both locals and tourists.
Roma Termini → Venezia Santa Lucia Station | Duration: 4:03 | Transfers: 0 | Transport: Train
The journey begins at Roma Termini where several trains leave every hour throughout the day to Venice. Enjoy passing through the rolling hills of Tuscany as you journey to our next stop on our itinerary, one of Italy’s top 5 destinations.
Venice, Italy: The Belle of the Ball
“The Floating City” and also known as “The City of Bridges” sure lives up to its nickname as Venice is a city completely built on water and has over 177 canals passing through it. No wonder the whole place is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Though the entire city is worth seeing, St. Mark’s Square is a must, here you can also find St. Mark’s Basilica with its breathtaking gilded domes. The grand canal has some of the city’s most impressive buildings, and a great vantage point to view the beautiful architecture is from the water with a boat ride.
Known for its art and culture, Venice is also home to Italy’s opera scene and the famous Carnival, a celebration behind elaborate masks. Snatch a ticket to the masquerade ball or time up your trip with the festivities of Carnival!
Venezia Santa Lucia Station → Wien Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) | Duration: 7:39 h | Transfers: 0 | Transport: Train
With connections leaving for Vienna twice daily, the 7 hour 35-minute journey crosses over the mountains into Austria offering up stunning views the whole way.
Vienna, Austria: Operas, Cathedrals, and Palaces
The next stop in our route is Vienna, the capital city of Austria. Vienna is an incredible city with a unique combination of urban lifestyle and several spots of nature. Whilst meandering the city center, stunning architecture is right around the corner, such as the medieval St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, and don’t worry there’s plenty more that you may just stumble across along the way.
If you are an appreciator of art, visit the Belvedere Palace, an 18th-century palace with an incredible collection of art. And for the opera fans, a performance at the Vienna State Opera is unmissable.
Wien Hbf → Muenchen Hbf | Duration: 4 h | Transfers: 0 | Transport: Train
With direct connections leaving every two hours daily, there are plenty of opportunities to hop on the next train to Munich. Enjoy the mountains landscapes along the way to the south and before you know it the 4 hours will have whizzed by.
Munich, Germany: Beer, Beer, Beer
Our next stop is Munich, and if you like to drink beer, then paradise awaits you! The city is lined with brewhouses making signature beers, and it is also home to the second-largest beer garden in the world. Looking for a greener garden? Take a stroll in the 900+ acre Englischer Garten to enjoy a little nature and even to catch a glimpse of the locals surfing in the river.
The most renowned beer festival in the world is Munich’s Oktoberfest. It starts around mid-September and goes into the first week of October. If you like beer and having a good time, this is a festival for your bucket list.
If you’re not quite interested in beer, no worries there, there’s more to look at than the beer list. Munich is also an incredible combination of modern and ancient, both in terms of its architecture and art. Home to over 80 different museums, one of the highlights is the Munich Residenz, an old royal complex and museum as well.
Muenchen Hbf → Berlin Hbf | Duration: 4:51 h | Transfers: 1 | Transport: Train
Although the direct connections take 7+ hours we recommend taking the connection with a transfer in Bamberg. Trains from Munich to Bamberg leave hourly and trains leave from Bamberg to Berlin also leave hourly making the shortest journey of 4 hours and 51 minutes.
The ICE trains are reliable and extremely quick. Enjoy the ease and comfort of the German trains with Deutsche Bahn (DB).
Berlin, Germany: War History and a Notorious Music Scene
A trip to Germany isn’t complete until you visit the capital, Berlin. This incredible city has a fascinating history, incredible food, amazing people, and an exciting music scene as well.
If you are a history buff and are particularly interested in WW2 and Cold War history, this city has a lot for you to see, such as Checkpoint Charlie, which was once part of the Berlin Wall dividing East and West Berlin. The Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, and Brandenburg Gate are also notable sites in the heart of the city as well as the Topography of Terror, a holocaust museum housed in the premises of a former SS headquarters.
Berlin is great for car enthusiasts since it has multiple automobile museums, celebrating the incredible history of the German automobile and motorsport history. Before heading out of town enjoy an evening experiencing the vibrant and exciting nightlife or the notorious music scene.
Berlin Hbf → Stockholm Central Station | Duration: 17:48 h | Transfers: 0 | Transport: Train
The overnight train from Berlin to Stockholm leaves 1-2 times a week depending on the week. Check online to confirm the train is leaving on your designated travel date.
The railway line crosses northern Germany, Denmark and southern Sweden as well. You’re in for a definite treat for all the sceneries you’ll be able to see.
Stockholm, Sweden: Palaces and Musuems Galore!
The final stop on this tour is Stockholm, Sweden, a city built on 14 islands, it has some of the most romantic harbors and waterfronts, which give it a unique vibe.
The best way to experience Stockholm and explore the different areas/islands of the city is by renting a bike or taking a bike tour. Visit the Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace in the heart of Stockholm.
Stockholm is also home to multiple museums, such as the Vasa Museum, which houses a previously sunken 17th-century ship. If you are an art lover, you should visit the Moderna Museet. And finally, if you’re looking for stomach-dropping fun, check out the Gröna Lund theme park, which has plenty of rides to keep you and your travel buddies entertained for an afternoon.
STF af Chapman & Skeppsholmen Hostel
Castle House Inn
Blique by Nobis, Stockholm
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