The Top 10 Interrail Destinations

Interrailing has rapidly become a fun and exciting way to travel around Europe. No matter what the final destination, there’s so much incredible scenery to experience along the way. Whether you’re a foodie and want to indulge in mouth-watering delicacies in Italy, or you want to explore the magical folklore of the Black Forest in Germany, there’s so much to choose from. 

One of the first things you’re likely to research into is what the best interrail destinations are to visit – especially if it’s your first time experiencing this unique way of travelling. But even if you’ve been before, you still might be unsure as to what the top places are to see and what there is to do in each destination. 

Well, we’re here to help. We’ve created a guide to the top 10 interrail destinations across the continent. So regardless of your taste or your budget, you’ve got a handful of options to choose from. 

So what’s first on the list?

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Paris has long been a favourite for tourists across the world. Romantic and full to the brim with history, this enchanting city has a little bit of everything. Easily accessible from the UK (as well as other European countries), once you arrive in the city you’ll have an extraordinary travel experience. Whether you’re looking to travel to Paris via Eurostar or by plane, you’ll shortly be within the city. 

Once in the city, you’ll want to start seeing what it has to offer. Well, as the capital of France, it’s certainly got enough attractions, restaurants, bars and other sights to keep you occupied – whether you’re planning on staying in the city for a couple of nights or for several.  

Things to see and do when you’re in Paris

The Eiffel Tower 

This will probably not come as a surprise, but one of the must-sees of Paris has to be the Eiffel Tower. Completed in 1889, this historical landmark holds a prominent place within the city. Once you’ve experienced the spectacular ascent within a glass lift, you’ll be 276 metres above the city. With two floors to explore (including a champagne bar), it makes for a delightful morning, afternoon or evening out.

Arc de Triomphe 

If you’re looking for a different view of the city (and one that includes the Eiffel Tower), then the Arc de Triomphe should be on your list of sights. With an observation deck and a small museum with interactive exhibits, thousands of visitors flock to this stunning arch every year. It even has a tomb beneath it, with houses the body of an unknown soldier. Each evening, it has a flame of remembrance that’s lit; a tradition that began in 1923.

The Louvre 

Want to gaze upon the works of famous artists? Then The Louvre will definitely appeal. Housed within a distinctive set of buildings, there are numerous artworks from Leonardo Da Vinci to Caravaggio. 

River Cruise on the Seine 

Alternatively, if you want to relax and take in the sights of Paris from a different perspective, then a river cruise on the Seine might be just the ticket. Unwind and admire the city from the comfort of a glass canopy boat, whilst learning about the highlights from a knowledgable tour guide. You can even treat yourself to a meal or a cruise with live music if you fancy it.

Where to eat in Paris

Whether you’re wanting to push the boat out and splurge on a meal (or several) in Paris or you want to keep it wallet-friendly, there are options for you. 

La Creperie Madeleine – scrumptious crepes and other desserts in the centre of the city. 

Bistrot des Victoires – traditional and delicious fare with reasonable prices. 

6 New York – with views of the tower and elevated French cuisine, this beautiful restaurant is perfect for any special occasion.

Restaurant Mumi – a modern restaurant with exquisite French cuisine 

Places to stay 

Looking for a hostel?

Hostel Generator Paris – modern, unique and budget-friendly. 

Abbatial St Germain – set in the heart of Paris with cosy accommodation 

Or perhaps a hotel?

Hotel Alison – chic and modern, this centrally-located hotel is ideal for those looking to spend a little more per night.


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Amsterdam. The capital of the Netherlands, it’s renowned for its heritage, extraordinary canal system and beautiful houses. Spend your days in this fairytale city, enjoying a relaxing bike ride, venturing down the canals in a picturesque river cruise or indulging in a tipple or two in one of its many chic bars. 

Alternatively, you may want to visit one of the other following attractions within this top interrail destination:

Things to see and do when you’re in Amsterdam


When in Amsterdam, this historic and delightful Dutch museum is a must-see. Dedicated to the arts and history, this centrally located museum is within easy reach of the train station and other popular museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. 

The Heineken Experience Amsterdam 

Also located in the heart of the city, visiting the Heineken Experience is an extraordinary way to spend a day. Discover the history of the delicious drink whilst seeing all of the equipment that’s used to create it. They even give you some scrumptious bitterbollen along the way, along with a sample of the beer!

Red Light District 

This may sound very touristy, but the Red Light District is an attraction that all visitors should take a visit to. Eclectic and unique in its attractions, it’s a fascinating place to take a wander through. It also has a handful of fabulous bars, such as the TonTon club; including ball pits, driving games and pinball. 


A little off the beaten track, this huge park is simply stunning. With a charming cafe, picturesque greenery and a music venue that houses various bands throughout the summer months, it should be at the top of your list when visiting the city. 

Where to eat in Amsterdam

The Parakeet – quirky and serves delicious nachos and cocktails. 

Cafe de Jaren – situated on the canal with a chic interior and tantalising menu.

Moon  – although this is a little more upmarket, it’s well worth every penny. Set in a revolving restaurant above the city of Amsterdam, its ever-changing menu is inventive and exquisite. 

Mos Amsterdam – another restaurant for those wanting to spend a little more, its set on the waterfront and has a menu that can be paired with a variety of wines. 

Places to stay

Looking for a hostel?

The Bulldog Hotel – modern and quirky, and right in the centre. 

The Flying Pig Downtown – set in the city centre next to the central station, it’s housed within an 18th-century building. 

Or perhaps a hotel?

NH Hotel – a well-known brand, this chic hotel is ideal for those looking for a centrally located hotel with all of the perks. 
Hilton Doubletree Amsterdam – with a rooftop bar and stylish rooms, the Doubletree is always a good option.


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Popular with interrailers and other tourists alike, Berlin is a diverse city with a little bit of everything. From its fascinating history to its modern bars and restaurants, there will never be a dull moment when you’re visiting the city. No matter what your taste, your budget or how long you’re looking to spend there, Berlin will not disappoint.

Things to see and do when you’re in Berlin

Berliner Fernsehturm 

Top of the list of things to do when you’re in Berlin is the Berliner Fernsehturm. A television tower that’s located close to the Alexanderplatz, when you ascent it, you’ll be granted views out across the city, as well as a modern bar that has a selection of drinks to choose from.

Brandenburg Gate

Likely to be Berlin’s most iconic landmark, the Brandenburg Gate was built in the 18th century between the east and west of Germany. Showing the division between the two, its impressive stature has to be seen to be believed.

Reichstag Building

Housing part of Germany’s parliament, this impressive building was opened in 1894. A wonderful place to walk around (especially after a visit to the nearby Brandenburg Gate), it’s another attraction that’s worth exploring whilst in Berlin. 

Where to eat in Berlin

Schnitzelei – craving a Schnitzel or German tapas? This tasty German restaurant is ideal for those looking for a traditional taste of the country.

Berlinchen – draft beers, meaty dishes and retro decor, this cosy restaurant is set within the centre of the city.

Places to stay

Looking for a hostel?

Generator Berlin Mitte – a trendy hostel with stylish rooms and a lounge that’s open throughout the night. 

One80 hostels – a big chain of hostels, you can expect comfortable beds and a trendy communal space.

Or perhaps a hotel?

The Westin Grand Berlin – shown in Bourne Supremacy, this remarkable hotel offers spacious rooms and a great location. 

Crowne Plaza – this upscale central hotel is set within a 1930s post office close to Potsdamer Platz. 


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The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is set on the Vltava River. Nicknamed the City of a Hundred Spires, many love to visit Prague for its history, colourful baroque buildings and warm and welcoming atmosphere. It’s also known to be one of the most affordable European countries, making it ideal for backpackers and other holiday-goers. 

Things to see and do when you’re in Prague

Charles Bridge 

One of the most recognizable sights in Prague, this impressive bridge spans 621 metres and connects both sides of the city. You can spend hours exploring not only the bridge but the attractions that surround it, from the Castle to the Astronomical Clock. 

The Astronomical Clock 

Holding a prominent place on the Old Town Hall, the Prague Astronomical Clock dates all the way back to 1410. The third oldest clock in the world, its beauty and extraordinary design make it an interesting attraction to visit when in the city centre. 

 The Jewish Quarter

One of the most intriguing districts in Prague, the Jewish Quarter is home to a handful of Art Nouveau apartment buildings, a 15th-century cemetery and specialist museums that tell the tales of Prague’s Jewish history.

Where to eat in Prague

Lokál – a stylish restaurant with industrial decor and a menu that uses the best local ingredients. 

Restaurant Pod Věží – located under the tower, next to the Charles Bridge, this fabulous restaurant offers yummy food and a welcoming atmosphere. 

Restaurant Zvonice – romantic and unique, this wonderful restaurant was established within a Gothic bell tower, dating back to 1472.  

Places to stay

Looking for a hostel?

Hostel Rosemary – a laid-back hostel set on a cobblestone street that’s only a 7-minute walk from Wenceslas Square.

Travel&Joy backpackers – opposite a tram station, this relaxed hostel is a 13-minute walk from Old Town Square.

Or perhaps a hotel?

Ramada Prague City Centre – located on Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague, this 4-star hotel is only 2 minutes from the main train station. 

Hotel International Prague – set in American Art Deco style, Hotel International Prague is located in a quiet area, that is directly opposite to the Podbaba tram station.


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Hungary’s capital, Budapest is split into Buda and Pest by the River Danube. Connected by the Chain Bridge, it has a rich history, fascinating architecture and a wide choice of attractions to explore when interrailing in the city. Also known for its friendly residents and safe atmosphere, it’s not hard to see why so many tourists love to visit every year.

Things to see and do when you’re in Budapest

Buda Castle

Home to the Hungarian National Gallery and a variety of Gothic altars and sculptures, Buda Castle was completed in 1265. Also often referred to as the Royal Castle or the Royal Palace, this Baroque building offers fascinating tours that history lovers are bound to enjoy. 

Central Market Hall

From fresh food to souvenirs, the market is set within a restored neogothic hall. Although this might not be the first attraction you think of when you think of Budapest, it’s definitely worth a trip when interrailing in the city. 

Széchenyi Thermal Baths

Budapest is home to plenty of spas, but the Széchenyi Thermal Baths are some of the best. From the outdoor spas to the indoor spas, this is a perfect way to relax after a long day of wandering through the cobbled streets.

Where to eat in Budapest

Rosenstein – award-winning, this quirky hole-in-the-wall restaurant is family-owned. Offering a menu that’s a mixture between Hungarian favourites and Jewish classics, there’s 

Dobrumba – set in the 7th District, it combines Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine to create a variety of tantalising dishes. 

Menza – unusual and chic, this contemporary restaurant offers interesting dishes that differ to the usual Hungarian delights.

Places to stay

Looking for a hostel?

Avenue Hostel – a casual hotel moments from the historic Inner City district, it’s budget-friendly and offers comfortable accommodation. 

The Hive Party Hostel – if you’re looking for a more party-like atmosphere, then the Hive Party Hostel is perfect for you. Situated in the bustling downtown district, it’s adults-only and ideal for interrailers. 

Or perhaps a hotel?

InterContinental Budapest – if you’re wanting to spend a little extra money, then InterContinental Budapest might be the way to go. Across the river from Buda Castle, this 5-star hotel is right in the middle of the action and offers a little more sophistication to your interrailing trip. 

Radisson Blu Béke Hotel, Budapest – Radisson Blu is known for its stylish and comfortable accommodation, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular hotels in Budapest for tourists. Set in a building dating back to the early 1900s, it has stained glass windows and is only a mile away from the Széchenyi thermal baths.


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The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana is full of quaint and scenic green spaces, the beautiful Ljubljanica River and numerous attractions to visit. Some of the most popular are the National Museum of Slovenia, Tivoli Park and the city’s historic old town. What’s so magical about Ljubljana, is that despite its beauty, it’s only just becoming one of the most popular interrail destinations. As it’s a hidden treasure, those that now visiting it are rapidly telling others about why it’s such a great place to visit. 

So what are the things you can see and do when you’re in Ljubljana?

Preseren Square 

Popular with both residents and tourists, Preseren Square holds numerous events throughout the year from festivals to political events. It also has a selection of impressive art shops and was recently renovated. 

Ljubljana Castle

Standing high above the city, the castle dates back to over 900 years ago. Easily accessible by either the funicular railway or other trains, Ljubljana Castle is a key landmark within the town and was originally a medieval fortress. 

Tivoli Park 

As aforementioned, Tivoli Park is one of the most impressive attractions in the city. A green space that spans just over a mile, it has elegant spaces and nature trails to venture around. There are even buildings within the park, such as the Baroque Cekin Mansion which has various museum pieces.

Where to eat in Ljubjana

My Dumplings Of Slovenia – known as the first Slovenian dumpling house, this traditional eatery offers both historic dumpling dishes and modern cuisine at a reasonable price. 

Julija – from pasta to grilled meats and seafood, this is ideal for those looking for a variety of menu items.

Sorbara Steak House – if you’re craving steak then this might be the restaurant for you. Centrally located, this sleek restaurant is perfect for those looking for a satisfying and hearty meal.

Places to stay

Looking for a hostel?

Hostel Celica – don’t be frightened. Although this is situated in a former prison, it’s a colourful and artsy hostel that’s within 10 minutes of the main train station and 2 miles of the city’s top attractions. 

B&B Hotel Ljubljana Park – within 10 minutes walk of the station and cathedral, this budget-friendly hostel offers a cosy place to rest your head when interrrailing around the country. 

Or perhaps a hotel?

Vander Urbani Resort – facing towards the river on a cobbled street, this stylish hotel is centrally located.

Grand Hotel Union – if you’re looking for something a little fancier, then the Grand Hotel Union is perfect. Overlooking Preseren Square, it’s designed in an art nouveau style and within minutes of the cities most popular attractions. 


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Despite it being the second-largest city in Croatia, Split is a beautiful combination of historic architecture and modern bars and restaurants. With a bustling waterfront and a scenic mountain backdrop, it’s often visited by interrailers due to the variety of attractions within it. Lining the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, it’s well worth enjoying a tour or two around it.

Things to see and do when you’re in Split

Diocletian’s Palace

Built in 305AD, Diocletian’s Palace is located within the Old Town of Split. Built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this historic building is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its large and impressive stature, it even takes up half of the town’s space, making it well worth a trip to when interrailing. 

Marjan Hill 

If you’re looking to get your steps in, then head to Marjan Hill. situated just west of the Old Town, you can take one of the many trails up to the top. Even though it’s a steep climb, the view out over the city are well worth the effort. Gaze at the bustling waterfront and crystal clear waters and relax!

The Old Town 

With beautiful streets and lanes, as well as the aforementioned Diocletian’s Palace, the Old Town is a must-visit when in Split. It also has a selection of cafes and restaurants to choose from that are guaranteed to satisfy any craving!

Where to eat in Split

DeListes restaurant Split – even though this restaurant is modern, it has a selection of traditional cuisine that’s native to the Dalmatian region. 

Tortuga Grill & Pub – although this might give Pirates of the Caribbean vibes at first glance, it’s a modern restaurant with a variety of delicious bites and drinks to enjoy.

Places to stay

Looking for a hostel?

Design Hostel 101 Dalmatinac – a trendy hostel, it has modern accommodation and its within easy reach of the train station, airport and Diocletian’s Palace.

Old Town Hostel Split – within walking distance of the beach and other popular attractions, this quirky hostel is a popular choice for backpackers. 

Or perhaps a hotel?

BRIIG BOUTIQUE HOTEL – take in spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea at this elegant hotel. Minutes from the beach and less than 2 miles from Diocletian’s Palace, Briig boutique hotel is simply extraordinary.

Hotel Amphora – a five-star hotel in Split, it’s set on the beach and even offers a luxurious spa to indulge in!


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The capital of Austria, the magical city of Vienna is located on the Danube River. Home to a number of Imperial palaces, contemporary buildings and renowned for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, it’s a popular place to visit for interrailers regardless of the time of year. It’s also famous for its decadent cakes and pastries, as well as its popular coffeehouses.

Things to see and do when you’re in Vienna 


Home to every Austrian ruler since the late 13th century, the Hofburg is the most prolific of Vienna’s palaces. Now the seat of the Austrian president, this magnificent complex (covering a whopping 59 acres) has buildings that date from its original creation, all the way up to the modern-day. These buildings showcase features from both the Rococo, Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance movements.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Situated in the centre of Vienna, this Gothic cathedral was originally constructed in the 12th century. Still home to the Heathen Towers and a huge historic gate, this cathedral is a popular attraction for all tourists due to its impressive architecture. 

Vienna Zoo 

Even though the zoo might not be the first place you think of visiting, it offers an extraordinary and relaxing way to spend a day when in Vienna. The oldest zoo in the world (dating back to 1752), it has numerous Baroque buildings which make it unique to others around the globe. It even has an Imperial Breakfast Pavilion which has a cafe that dates back to the 18th century.

Where to eat in Vienna

Old Vienna Restaurant – featuring a warm and welcoming atmosphere, this intimate venue offers a tantalising menu.

Puerstner – rustic yet cosy, this eatery offers classic Austrian meals from spatzle to schnitzel. 

VERANDA – ideal for those looking for a modern take on Austrian food, this chic and upscale restaurant offers a sophisticated meal for anyone visiting the city.

Places to stay

Looking for a hostel?

Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner – even though this hotel’s rooms are quite basic, its garden, bar and shared communal spaces make this a great choice for interrailers. 

Wombat’s The City Hostel Vienna Naschmarkt – set in the centre of Vienna, this hostel is run by one of the most popular accommodation providers for backpackers. 

Or perhaps a hotel?

Hotel NH Collection Wien Zentrum – set within a bustling location that’s less than 30 minutes from Vienna’s top attractions, it offers modern accommodation for a good price. 

SO/ Vienna – for those looking for something a little more luxurious, SO/Vienna is a striking high-end hotel within 20 minutes of the centre.


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The capital of Bavaria, Munich has long been a popular destination for interrailers. Easy to get to from the UK, it’s home to a variety of museums, buildings dating back hundreds of centuries and of course a notorious Christmas market that takes place every winter. It also holds an annual Oktoberfest celebration, making it a top vacation spot for travellers from around the world. 

Things to see and do when you’re in Munich


At the heart of the city lies Marienplatz. Used for a wide variety of markets (including the aforementioned Christmas market), its bustling environment make it a top attraction for all that visit the city. The main square of Munich since 1158, it oozes elegance and style.


Love beer? Or perhaps you’re just looking for somewhere to enjoy a bite or two? The Hofbrauhaus is bound to please. Run by the state, this beer hall is a popular place to visit throughout the year (but particularly around Oktoberfest for obvious reasons!). Dating back to the 16th century, it even has a live brass band to enjoy.

St Peter’s Church

A renowned landmark within Munich, it towers above both Marienplatz and Rindermarkt. Offering incredible views and beautiful architecture, it should be one of the top places to visit on your list. 

Where to eat in Munich

Münchner Stubn – from schnitzel to other Bavarian classics, this stylish pub is the perfect casual eatery. 

Restaurant Irmi München – yet another Bavarian-style pub with a modern twist, this delightful restaurant offers home cooking and a welcoming atmosphere. 

Bratwurstherzl – a combination of Bavarian and Franconian dishes and style, this extraordinary restaurant is situated within a 17th-century brick vault. 

Places to stay

Looking for a hostel?

Euro Youth Hotel – less than a 2-minute walk from the central station, this budget-friendly hostel is ideal for interrailers. 

Wombat’s The City Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof – yet again run by one of Europe’s most popular accommodation providers, this glass-fronted and stylish hostel is perfect for those looking for a modern and lively hostel.

Or perhaps a hotel?

Hilton Munich City – set within Munich’s entertainment district, this fancy hotel is great for those wanting to stay in the centre, whilst wanting to enjoy accommodation that’s a little more stylish. 

BEYOND by Geisel – if you’re interrailing during a special occasion, then this swanky 5-star hotel might be just the ticket. Facing St Peter’s Church and within 5 minutes of Marienplatz this modern hotel offers comes up as the best place to stay in the city.


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When you think of interrailing, one of the first destinations to visit that comes to mind must be Rome. The capital of Italy, this expansive city is home to a poulation of nearly 3 million people. Visited by millions of tourists from around the world every year, it’s located on the banks of the River Tiber. So what is there to see and do in Rome? Well we’ve got you covered. 

Things to see and do when you’re in Rome

The Colosseum 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the most popular attractions to visit in Rome is the Colosseum. Situated in the centre of the city, it can hold up to 50,000 spectators and is often host to events throughout the year. An iconic amphitheatre in Roman times, it was once a venue that held gladiatorial combats, Roman games and animal fights. 

The Pantheon

Perhaps the best-preserved building in Rome, the Pantheon was once home to a Christian Church. Free to enjoy, it has an impressive oculus (opening in the ceiling) and beautiful art throughout it. 

The Trevi Fountain

Situated close to the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain is another attraction in the city that’s often frequented by tourists. Don’t let that put you off, however, as the beauty of the sculptures are still well worth a visit when you’re there. It’s even said to be good luck if you throw 2 coins within it; one for a safe return to the city and one that you can use to make a wish.

Where to eat in Rome

La Carbonara – even though it may be tough to get a reservation here, when you do, it’s more than worth it. With typical Italian dishes, this quirky and welcoming restaurant should be one of the first (if not the first) restaurants you visit when in Rome. 

Hard Rock Rome – ok, so this is perhaps the most tourist-driven restaurant in the city. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a visit. With incredible architecture, rock memorabilia that spans across the decades and guaranteed good food, it’s always top choice. 

Places to stay

Looking for a hostel?

YellowSquare Rome – within a 10-minute walk of the main station, this lively and modern hostel is always a good choice when in the city. 

Freedom Traveller Hostel – 5 minutes away from the station and less than 2 miles from Rome’s main attractions, the Freedom Traveller Hostel is a wallet-friendly option that’s guaranteed to delight any interrailer. 

Or perhaps a hotel?

Hotel Hiberia Rome – within 10 minutes of the Trevi Fountain and the Palazzo del Quirinale, this 3-star hotel is still budget-friendly for any traveller.

The Hive Hotel – sleek and trendy, this centrally-located hotel also offers affordable accommodation whilst being within walking distance of Rome’s most popular sights.

So there you go, those are the top 10 interrail destinations. Hopefully that has given you some inspiration of the best sights to see in each city, places to eat and where to stay. No matter where you choose to visit, you’re bound to have an unforgettable interrailing trip in which you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s your first time interrailing or you’re an experienced interrailer, there’s something for everyone on this list!