London to Berlin by Rail

Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom,

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10 days
Code: GELB
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Overview of London to Berlin by Rail

Once upon a time, there was a magnificent adventure that took place through the most arty, edgy, stylin’ and rambunctious cities in Europe. This is no fairy tale, mon cheri – this is real life. From the tres romantic streets of Paris to the chilled-out canals of Amsterdam, chow down on chocolate in Bruges, guzzle a pint of pils in Berlin and get down with the true meaning of the word ‘gezellig’.

Trip Summary for London to Berlin by Rail

Start Location: London,   End Location: Berlin

Countries Visited: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, 
Meals Included: Breakfast: 7   Lunches: 0   Dinners: 0
Highlights:

    • See some of the coolest, most progressive big cities in Europe. Immerse yourself in Berlin’s art scene, Paris’ Metro system (it’s like an art-nouveau Swiss watch!) and Amsterdam’s bike-friendly utopia (just don’t immerse yourself in the canal)
    • Taking the train from London to Paris through the Channel Tunnel is a bit like teleporting, only more romantic. And it means you get to spend even more time gaping at the Big Ben and posing in front of red telephone boxes
    • Bruges is like stepping into a fairytale from 1,000 years ago. It’s also a wonderland of chocolate and beer, in other words very hard to tear yourself away from
    • You’ve read about it, you’ve seen it on docos, big deal right? But when you see the Eiffel Tower up close, just you try and stop yourself from taking a selfie and sending it to your mum

 

Day 1 - London
Welcome to the Big Smoke! If you arrive early, why not board a double decker bus and see Oxford Street, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower Bridge, or the newest addition to the London Skyline: The Shard. If the sun's out, hit up Hampstead Heath for some people-watching or chillax with a pint in a beer garden.

Day 2 - Paris
Rise and shine – it's an early start this morning as you head to London’s St Pancras Station to catch the famous Eurostar Train through the tunnel to France (approximately 2 hours 40 minutes). Now you can cross the Channel Tunnel off the ol' bucket list. You'll be in France’s capital Paris before you know it. Put on your walking shoes and explore stunning Paris. Along with many, many pigeons, Paris is of course a city of beautiful architecture, beautiful people and all the cheese you can possibly handle.

Day 3 - Paris
Croissant, boulangerie, fromage, tres bon. See? Anyone can speak French. Don your beret and stroll the streets of gay Paree – ooh la la! You haven't lived until you've had a picnic by the Seine with a nice big chunk of Brie. And make sure you don't miss out on the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou or the Rodin Museum. Icons like the Eiffel Tower or Sacre Coeur need no introduction. Be prepared for some weird looks as you declare ‘Paris, je t’aime!’.

Day 4 - Bruges
Another day, another train. This time to the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges (approximately 3 hours 15 minutes). It's called Bruges because of the multitude of bridges that are found in this city. It also happens to be the epitomy of European gorgeousness, with cobbled lanes, meandering canals, a chocolate museum and plenty of beer varieties to taste.

Day 5 - Bruges
Bruges is the place to be if you like beautiful medieval buildings, piano accordion music and hot chips. The awesome Groeninge Museum is highly recommended if you're the chin-stroking, art-appreciating type or a secret nerd for the Renaissance.

Day 6 - Amsterdam
Travel to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands (approximately 4 hours, depending on connections). Perhaps give your feet a break and see this city by bike. This is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, so get involved! But watch yourself when cycling alongside those dreamy canals – an estimated 25,000 people end up going in each year.

Day 7 - Amsterdam
Today it might be time to discover some tasty Dutch treats. Practice getting gezellig (that means friendly, cozy and/or convivial) in a cafe with a little (read: big) pilsener and a bowl of bitterballen (deep-fried balls of yum). Make sure you make time for some of these great places while you're in Amsterdam: the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the famous Rijksmuseum and the Heineken Museum. Or, for a different look at the city, take a canal tour.

Day 8 - Berlin
Welcome to Berlin, where beer is cheaper than water. The train trip here is a little longer than the others (approximately 6.5 hours). Here you'll find one helluva nightlife, a thriving arts scene and festivals galore. Join your leader for a visit and a snack at Markthalle 9 in iconic Kreuzberg (currywurst anyone?). If you can peel yourself away from the city's nocturnal party schedule, and for a historic perspective, make sure you check out the Checkpoint Charlie museum. It's got some seriously amazing tales (and photos) of high-stakes civilian escape missions during the Berlin Wall era.

Day 9 - Berlin
Full of music and creepy old abandoned things (airports, theme parks, hospitals, a WWII listening post), Berlin is made to get your culture on. Today you might like to pedal through the streets on a cycling tour, or see the remaining fragments of the Wall and its many colourful murals. Or see some surviving pre-World War I attractions, like the Schloss Charlottenburg (the Prussian queen's summer palace) and the Prussian Victory Column. If you want to escape the hectic city streets (none of which are really that hectic, let's be honest), head to the Tiergarten, Berlin's largest green space with 23 kilometres of pathways.

Day 10 - Berlin
On the final day you're free to leave at any time. If you didn't quite have enough yet, why not extend your trip through the heartland of Central Europe on our 'Berlin to Budapest by Rail' trip. If you have some more time in Berlin why not join one of the Urban Adventures on offer in this exciting city. Check out urbanadventures.com for more information.

Accommodation, Food (as stated), Transport, Selected Activities
Meals Included: Breakfast: 7 Lunches: 0 Dinners: 0
Highlights:

See some of the coolest, most progressive big cities in Europe. Immerse yourself in Berlin's art scene, Paris' Metro system (it's like an art-nouveau Swiss watch!) and Amsterdam's bike-friendly utopia (just don't immerse yourself in the canal)
Taking the train from London to Paris through the Channel Tunnel is a bit like teleporting, only more romantic. And it means you get to spend even more time gaping at the Big Ben and posing in front of red telephone boxes
Bruges is like stepping into a fairytale from 1,000 years ago. It's also a wonderland of chocolate and beer, in other words very hard to tear yourself away from
You've read about it, you've seen it on docos, big deal right? But when you see the Eiffel Tower up close, just you try and stop yourself from taking a selfie and sending it to your mum

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