After all the Christmas market rush and hopping, it’s time to experience the beautiful European winters. Shall we? The best part of European winters is that it is refreshingly crowd-free as compared to the warmer months and hotels/stays are less expensive as compared to other seasons except for the Ski destinations. Here we share the best winter destinations to explore with Interrail/Eurail pass.
Garmisch & Fussen, Germany
Straight out of a storybook, these two fairytale towns are easily accessible by train. Peppered with castles, lakes, snow-capped mountains, the towns look straight out of a winter wonderland. From visiting the beautiful Neuschwanstein castle near Fussen to skiing at the highest peak in Germany near Garmisch these two Bavarian towns are sure to charm you. Buses for Neuschwanstein leave right outside Fussen train station. For Zugspitze, the train station is located next to the Garmisch main station.
Surrounded by the Alps, this quintessential town is one of the most famous winter destinations in Europe. Not just famous for skiing, the town is also famous for its old-world charm, hiking trails, and the food scene. The best way to explore the town is to get the Innsbruck card which is worth the money if you are planning to visit some of the major attractions. The public transportation is free with the Innsbruck Card. The central station is located at a walking distance from the old town. There are also locker facilities available at the station. Innsbruck is one of the best winter destinations to explore with Interrail/Eurail pass.
Read More: Things To Do In Innsbruck
One of the most photographed town and a sought after destination in Europe. This pretty town belongs to tourists during the summer months as they outnumber the locals. If you are looking to experience the tranquility of this pretty town sans the crowd, winter is the perfect time to visit. Halstatt can be reached by train from Salzburg and Vienna. The train station is located on the other side of the lake (in Obertraun). You have to take a ferry to get to Hallstatt town and it is included in the Interrail/Eurail pass.
Read More: Things To Do in Halstatt
Budapest is another vacation frontrunner destination. Nothing like enjoying your time at numerous thermal baths in the chilly weather or enjoying a meal at one of the most beautiful cafes — New York cafe. You can also visit ruin cafes or strap on your skates and have fun skating at Europe’s largest outdoor ice skating rink. Don’t forget to devour the delicious Chimney cake.
Winter is hands down, the best time to visit Prague. The beautiful city covered with a blanket of snow and looks straight out of a storybook. Not just that it is a budget-friendly destination but also a city that offers a plethora of activities to choose from during winter as well. Go for skiing, enjoy the Christmas markets, pose at Charles Bridge and warm up with Czech Beer or visit the numerous museums. The train station is located just 15 minutes from the old town of Prague.
Venice is one of the most popular cities in Europe. But come wintertime, the city looks way too beautiful with fewer tourists. The canals are quiet and strolls are much more peaceful. The hotel rates are dirt cheap. All the major attractions are easily accessible and you don’t have to wait in a queue or jostle for any of the activities like Gondola rides. We highly recommend starting your day with a cup of hot chocolate at Cafe Florian in St. Mark’s Square and wander the serpentine streets of Venice without a plan.
You can make the best use of Interrail / Eurail pass without even spending an extra penny on reservations. As most of the destinations mentioned in this article are well connected by regional trains. Don’t forget to download the DB Navigator & Rail Planner APP and explore Europe on a whim.
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