Amsterdam, Netherlands

[Madeleine]-2 friends, 2 backpacks, 6 countries, 6 capitals, 2 weeks, and 2 Interrrail passes.

First stop: Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands

InterRail, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dates

From March 10th to 14th, 2015

Transportation

Departure from Paris Bercy with OuiBus passing through Brussels in Belgium.
Travel time: approx. 7hours. With WiFi and the comfort of these very modern and spacious buses.

Accommodation

We stayed to Camping Zeeburg, where we booked a small house with two beds. The only drawback was that we had to go out and face the icy wind to go to the bathroom and take our showers in the common toilets.

Cost of Stay

About €200 without accommodation and transportation.

Discovery of the Dutch capital

We walked a lot without any goal during our stay in Amsterdam. We were able to enjoy March sun and walked along the many canals of the city centre and wandered in parks. Obviously, like any proper tourist in the Netherlands, we went to coffee-shops and visited the Red District by night.

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More pictures of Amsterdam.

Second stop: Berlin, capital of Germany

Dates

March 14th and 15th, 2015

Transportation

Interrail: About 8hours train from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Accommodation

We stayed with a friend’s friend via Couchsurfing.

Cost of Stay

Less than €100 without accommodation and transportation.

Discovery in the German capital

After a quick breakfast at the train station, we put our backpacks at the deposit in large lockers. We had less than 5h to see a maximum of things. We especially wanted to see the wall but from a lack of knowing how to read a map 😉 we found Brandenburg Gate. Passing through the Tiergarten Park, we were able to see the memorial to the European Roma murdered during Nazism and a little further, we stumbled upon the Bundestag. After lunch, once again on the go, we managed to reach the East Berlin Wall Gallery.

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More pictures of Berlin.

Third stop: Prague, capital of Czech Republic

InterRail, Prague, Czech Republic

Dates

From March 15th to 17th 2015

Transportation

Interrail: About 5h of train from Berlin, Germany.

Accommodation

We booked a studio on AirBnb to a lovely couple who lived next door and served us a drink as soon as we arrived.

Cost of Stay

Less than €100 without accommodation and transportation.

Discoveries during our journey in Prague

When I travel, I like to learn about local gastronomy. The menu was goulash and grilled meat, not very inspiring in sight but delicious 🙂 We walked a lot in the city centre with all of these different coloured buildings, the astronomical clock, then the magnificent Charles Bridge. On the other side of the Vltava River, we climbed to the castle by stopping to visit St Nicholas Church. Ah! Czech beers… One thing I didn’t know, Czech Republic is popular for its beers. And as I am a great lover of this beverage, we went to a bar called “The Beer Museum“! The next day was difficult because we wanted to taste them all… 😉

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More pictures from Prague.

Fourth stop: Vienna, capital of Austria

Dates

From March 17th to 18th, 2015

Transportation

Interrail: About 4 hours of train from Prague, Czech Republic.

Accommodation

We stayed in a rented apartment on AirBnb.

Cost of Stay

€100 without accommodation and transportation.

Discoveries in Vienna

On the evening of our arrival, we went for a stroll in the city centre looking for an Irish Pub to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. We were able to admire the Hofburg, the largest palace in the Austrian capital, which now houses the Princess Sissi Museum and the Imperial Apartments. The next day we had only 3h to go site seeing the city… A tour of Vienna of one hour on board a tourist bus with audioguide was the best solution. Aboard the bus, we could see lots of beautiful monuments, such as the opera, the Rathaus (City Hall), beautiful churches of immaculate white… Our only stop was at Hundertwasserhaus, an unusual and colorful building. Perhaps the only colorful thing I’ve seen in this baroque city!

More pictures of Vienna.

Fifth stop: Budapest, capital of Hungary

InterRail, Budapest, Hungary

Dates

From March 18 to 23, 2015

Transportation

Interrail: 5h or 6h train from Vienna, Austria.

Accommodation

We stayed in a rented apartment on AirBnb which was in the nocturnal area of Pest.

Cost of Stay

€250 without accommodation and transportation.

Discoveries in the city of Budapest

  • The Széchenyi thermal baths, where we spent our first afternoon to rest.
  • Cultural visits such as the castle, Hero Square, religious monuments, etc.
  • Tourist tour by bus that gave us the possibility to take a tourist tour by boat on the Danube afterwards.
  • The Hungarian Parliament (the most beautiful building I have seen in my life so far).

InterRail, Budapest, Hungary

More pictures of Budapest.

Advice of things to try

  • Nightclub: Corvinteto (I’m not very big fan of clubbing but this was great!).
  • Buffet Restaurant “as much as you can eat and drink”: the Trofea. 🙂

We normally had to go to Zagreb in Croatia but decided to extend our stay in Budapest by 2 nights, so we stayed there for 5 nights in total.

Sixth stop: Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia

InterRail, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dates

From March 23 to 25, 2015

Transportation

Interrail: Train from Budapest, Hungary via Vienna and Villach in Austria. About 12 hours of train if my memory is correct.

Accommodation

We stayed in a small cabin rented through AirBnb, about 15 minutes by foot from the city centre.

Cost of Stay

€150 without accommodation and transportation.

Discovery on our trip to Ljubljana

We strolled through every corner of the city centre of the Slovenian capital and ascended to the castle by taking the funicular. After an hour spent at the castle to admire the view, we came down into the city by the footpaths in the “mountain”. We wanted to take a boat ride on the Ljubljanica but unfortunately we arrived after the last departure so we enjoyed an Italian ice cream and had a few drinks.

More pictures of Ljubljana.

Normally, the next day, we were supposed to go to Italy to visit Venice as well as spend a few hours in Milan before crossing Switzerland to visit a friend in Chamonix, but for personal reasons we had to return to France and shorten our trip of almost a week.

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