Who doesn’t like a good and relaxing train trip? Seeing the landscape roll you by and change with every passing hour, the comforting and iconic hobbling of the iron rooster and the casual stops on the remote platforms that take you way back in time. I just love traveling by train. It gives me a carefree feeling and it relaxes me. Keep reading to discover our Interrail Central Europe 2 week itinerary, expandable with a few extra stops or maybe even a few scenic train rides along the way!
We traveled through Central Europe by train in 2016 and it was the experience of a lifetime. The sleeper trains, some of which were older than anyone I know. I can imagine the deploying plots that might have played here.
Berlin - Day 1 - Interrail Central Europe
Start your travel through Central Europe by train in Berlin or for that matter, you can start anywhere on the map! Although Berlin is probably very worth a visit. Berlin offers many cool sights and it has a lively LGBT nightlife as well! For Berlin, you need 2 days at least but a few extra days won’t hurt either.
Gdansk - Day 2 and 3 - Interrail Central Europe
A day train takes you to Gdansk, Poland. The trip from Berlin should be around 7 or 8 hours, depending on the train you book. The route between Berlin and Gdansk is cool since it changes dramatically once you pass the polish border. In Poland, you can see deer and other wildlife running next to the train. If you travel in the morning, you’ll have time left to explore Gdansk by night and have a nice meal in the Old Town.
Gdansk Old Town is great for walks and souvenir shopping. Stay in the city or escape it! If you feel like going to the beach, we recommend taking a quick ten-minute train to the small town of Sopot, where you can sit on the beach or have a drink. Sopot is also known for the crooked little house in the main shopping street.
Krakow - Day 4 and 5 - Interrail Central Europe
Krakow is a must visit when in Poland. The Gdansk to Krakow train should take 5 or 6 hours and you will be passing underneath Warsaw halfway through your trip. We recommend going to the Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial and feel the emotion that still lingers on site. You can visit the memorial in one day. We found a very cozy Airbnb close to the center. Stay an extra day in Krakow to explore the city and stroll in the cute green park that surrounds the town.
Extra Days? Stopover in Zakopane
Zakopane is the most visited Polish mountain town. There is some awesome hiking in the area and you can hike to the beautiful Morskie Oko Lake or visit one of the Kasprowy mountain peaks by cable cart. You can get to Zakopane by train or bus. The train trip takes around 3 hours during which you can see the landscape shape change from grassy fields and woods into rough mountains and valleys.
Krakow to Bratislava - Day 6 - Interrail Central Europe
The trip from Krakow to Bratislava takes longer than would be expected for this short distance. That’s why we’d recommend booking a night train to cover this part, so you still have an entire day to relax in Krakow. A daily Intercity night train connects these cities with a 7 hour trip in a sleeper train.
Wake up in Bratislava - Day 7 and 8 - Interrail Central Europe
Bratislava is a beautiful city to travel to, any time of the year. The many cathedrals, castles, and viewpoints will keep you excited to walk around all day. Have dinner in the UFO tower or just go up to gaze at the sunset. Spend an extra day in Bratislava to soak up the vibe and relax. The Bratislava region offers quite a few delicious wines and specific dishes to try. Bratislava hosts the lesbian Freedom party every once in a while. Maybe the dates line up with your travel dates!
Vienna - Day 9 and 10 - Interrail Central Europe
This short travel day only requires 1 hour of direct train travel before arriving in the stunning setting of Vienna. The capital of Austria has been an inspiration for artists over the last decades. Museums, art galleries, churches, and cathedrals line up for you to visit them and get your inspiration flowing.
Vienna is an LGBT-friendly destination and they even have some parties and activities for women only. Check if upcoming lesbian Pinked parties collide with your travel dates.
Berlin - Day 13 and 14 - Interrail Central Europe
Back to Berlin! 4 hours after leaving Munich behind, Berlin awaits you. This is where we started out but you can also mix up this itinerary or start anywhere in the circle. Take a few extra days to relax or add extra destinations to your route if you have more time or if you like to travel faster.
Extra Days? Stopover in Prague
Interrail Central Europe itinerary
This is just an example itinerary for a two-week Interrail Central Europe trip, but really anything is possible. Are you more into city trips, nature trips or do you want to party in each city? Check this Europe travel guide to find the most interesting destinations! Any destination itinerary can be crafted to best fit your wishes and budget. Keep an eye on our website to see more itineraries pop up in the future. If you have any LGBT themed questions or itinerary ideas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.