Hi! So today I booked a flight to Munich, got a 22 day interrail pass and have a loose plan for the next five weeks:
Fly into Munich
Meander to Berlin
Train to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
End up in Zagreb
Fly to Dubrovnik
End up in Zadar (after 2 weeks)
Two days in Oslo (it was the cheapest way home…)
So this is all August and smack bang in the holiday season. I normally just rock up to my first hostel and let things roll from there, but seeing as this is a really busy season do you think It’d be worth me booking all my accommodation from home?
Also, any recommendations? I really don’t have much of an idea of what I’ll be doing!
Book as you go along, so when you know you’re going to get there i.e. if you know you’re going to be in prague next wednesday book it then
there’s no point in booking at home, some places you may like more (budapest) and some you’ll have to stay an extra few weeks due to food poisoning (prague)..
Hope that helps :)
Oh.. and try and book overnight trains if you can.. save on accommodation that way :)
Exciting stuff Kitty, I just came back from Europe a few weeks ago and hit a few of those places.
I agree with Natalee that with 5 weeks, booking whilst on the road will be your best bet.
Accommodation wise, we stayed at a small chain hostel called Wombat’s in both Budapest and Vienna (Vienna - their Naschmarkt one) and this hand on heart is the best hostel I’ve stayed at. They have hostels in Munich and Berlin too. If you stay in more than one, you get rewards like free breakfast! Plus, if you’re booking accommodation along the way, they’ll do it for you meaning less hassle.
In Zagreb we stayed at a hostel called Taban. It’s in an excellent location - especially so in comparison to the other hostels in the city, but the downside is there’s no lounge/guest kitchen etc.
I’ll just mention a couple of our highlights as recommendations of things to do…
Free communist walking tour
Fisherman’s Bastion just before and during sun set
Szentendre (a cute village just out of Budapest)
The 4 quirky statues, an admiral, a guy with a top hat, a paparazzi photographer and a man in a man hole. Past this, I was very un-interested in Bratislava and got bored very quickly! I’d recommend doing it as a day trip when you travel between Vienna and Budapest - there’s a left luggage storage at the main train station, and my research told me there were lockers/left luggage at the smaller train and bus station too.
Eat at the Naschmarkt - restaurants are open till late and the food is so cheap! We ate at a Japanese place, paid 6.50EUR for Bento Boxes and got starters and desert on the house!
Wander the gardens of Schonenbrun Palace
Skip the very expensive wheel in Prater Fun Fair and instead go on the super high swings at the back of the park - the view is spectacular and the ride is a lot more fun!
Wacchau Valley wine tasting bike tour. It’s a lot of money at 49EUR (Student), but looking back, I felt it was the best organized day trip we went on. It includes the 1 hour train out there, cycle hire, a guide, heaps of wine and some schnapps and chocolate too. I would highly recommend it - and I’m not even a big wine drinker!
The tourist information have some good free self guided walking tour booklets. There’s an information stand in the station.
Day trip to Plitvice National Park - paradise, just a shame about the crowds!
Hello! Are you looking for anyone to travel with?
if you end up in zadar, there isnt much accomodation there. weshowed up on the day and by 11pm we were homeless. my idea was to sleepon the beach, but my friend through his suitcase at me for saying that, i suggest the wild figg in zadarits a cool little hostel nottoo farfrom the beach.
Budapest would be quite easy to find a place though tbf.
im jeloud, Enjoy :)
Just to echo Caroline I stayed in Wombats in Munich, it was amazing would defo recomend it!
Prob too late for you now but if anyone else reads this stay in wombats!