Top Tips when travelling by train in Europe

Coming from archipelago country, one of the nicest perk of traveling in Europe is most of the time you don’t need to fly. You can travel from one country to another by train. It’s surprisingly easy, quick and comfortable to travel by train within Europe. The difficult bit is on how to do it and where to buy tickets which we will discuss here. What you need to know when traveling by train in Europe I hope this article helps in planning for your trip to Europe by train. Happy Train travel 🤓. Continue reading Top Tips when travelling by train in Europe

Two Weeks Germany-Czech-Austria Itinerary

This trip idea came from Sari who has been designing the itinerary of this trip which involve going around few cities in Europe by train since 2 years ago. She came up with this idea back in late 2017 and I am of course always up to any Europe trip. So we started to arrange the dates. Initially we wanted to go in August but that would be the peak of summer and we didn’t really want to travel in the heat of summer. We finally settled for Autumn trip in early November and it is going to be girls trip only; just me, Sari and Alyssa.

After I bought flight tickets for Alyssa and me, the nervousness started. Can I really pull this trip; flying long haul just me and Alyssa. Sari live in Singapore so we’re flying on different airlines and would only be meeting in Berlin. Read my post here on how I survived flying long haul with my 3 years old.

Our Itinerary

Our itinerary cover 3 countries (Germany, Czech Republic and Austria) and 7 cities within 16 days by train.

Day 0: Fly Turkish airlines 9pm

Day 1 – Landing Berlin 9.45am.
Berlin Wall memorial, Check point Charlie, Topography of terror, Gendarmenmarkt

Day 2 – Explore Berlin
Brandenburg gate, Holocaust memorial, Reischtag, Alexanderplatz, Berliner Dome, East Side Gallery

Day 3 – Train to Prague
Old town square

Day 4 – Explore Prague
Charles Bridge, Kampa island, Strahov Monastery, Loreto, Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral, Palladium Mall

Day 5 – Day trip to Cesky Krumlov

Day 6 – Train to Vienna
Sari and Alyssa were under the weather so we decided to just take a nap and only go out in the evening to the center to see St Stephan cathedral and dinner in the area

Day 7 – Explore Vienna
Breakfast in Naschmarkt and stroll around Vienna (Albertina, Hofburg Palace, Parliament, State Opera, Musikverein etc), The Prater and end the night going to Mozart and Strauss mini concert by Wiener Royal Orchester

Day 8 – Explore Vienna
Initially we wanted to do day trip to Bratislava but as Sari was still not too well we cancel the plan. Alyssa and I went to see Schonbrunn Palace and Stadtpark while Sari rested.
Watch The Magic Flute by WA Mozart at Marionette Theatre

Day 9 – Train to Hallstatt.
Strolling thru lake Hallstatt and market square

Day 10 – Explore Hallstatt
Panorama furnicular, Hallstatt skywalk, coffee at Rudolph tower, Hallstatt view point and take lots of pictures

Day 11 –  Train to Salzburg
Schloss Mirabell, Mozart birthplace, residenzplats, Makartsteg

Day 12 – Explore Salzburg
Original Sound of Music Tour, Stiftskirche St peter, Hohensalzburg Fortress

Day 13 – Train to Munich
Marienplatz, Asamkirche, Peterskirche,  Neus Rathaus, Michaelskirche and shop-shop-shop

Day 14 – Day trip to Neuschswanstein Castle

Day 15 – Flying out day in the evening
See English garden and more shopping. Fly back to Jakarta in the evening

We’re taking it easy with the itinerary as we were traveling with a 3 years old. Despite of that we were walking 20,000+ steps almost everyday and  I managed to lost 2kg (only to gain it back again in my trip to BKK a week after lol)

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