I just returned from a five country, fifteen-day trip zipping around Europe with a Eurail Pass. Discount train travel in Europe can save you time and money if you plan to visit several neighboring countries.
As a student in Europe, I learned to love to travel by rail, but I also love to save money. Train travel was convenient because the train stations are located in the middle of the city so you arrive and leave from the city center. Train travel helped me avoid the often costly transportation to airports, as well as the long lines and long waits for airplanes. Plus, I enjoy sitting back on the train and watching the countryside glide by.
Here’s the deal with Eurail
Choose from popular 2 country combinations from USD $122.
Select 4 bordering countries of your choice from USD $133
Or select just one country for a rail pass from USD $69.
The Eurail pass lets you travel on European trains in popular countries, including France, Spain, Italy, and Germany. Visit all the wonderful cities of Europe and explore them at your own pace.
Eurail takes you through the country of your choice: Austria, Benelux (includes Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands), Bulgaria, Croatia/Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (includes Republic and Northern Ireland), Italy, Montenegro/Serbia, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
On my train trip I traveled from Berlin to the southwestern area of Germany, known as the Upper Rhine. I began in Landau in the north of the Upper Rhine Valley.
The German Wine Route
I discovered the gorgeous wine country in Landau in Southern Palatinate. The countryside is dotted with medieval castles, fortresses, forests, churches and of course, lots of lush vineyards growing grapes for delicious Reisling and Pinot Gris.
The visit and tasting at Dr. Wehrheim Winery, conducted by Franze, the 27-year-old son, was a treat. If you can’t make it to the winery, you can taste their Pinot Blanc, AI Selection, with a platter of fresh oysters, at the Grand Central Station Oyster Bar in New York City.
I chose the The Gastehouse Villa Delange set in a tiny town of Nussdorf amid the rolling hills, forests and vineyards. It is a charming renovated country home and converted winery. The owners, Karin, a local, and her husband John, an Australian, roll out the welcome mat and made a killer breakfast.