As you get ready to travel again you may be wondering where a Eurail Global Pass can take you... The answer is, wherever you choose! Every trip follows a unique itinerary, so some of the best sources of inspiration are the maps and photos sent in by Eurail travelers like you.
This itinerary was sent to us by Heather, who traveled from Finland to 17 countries last summer! Her photos from 10 of those countries showcase some of Europe's biggest attractions. We've also added some travel tips to send you on your way.
It may not be possible to travel all of Heather's itinerary this summer, due to current travel restrictions. Make sure to check our Coronavirus Information Center before you make any reservations or other bookings.
''At this uncertain time I thought I’d share the highlights from my amazing 2-month-long trip around Europe last summer with Eurail... we did 17 different countries on the 2 month Global Pass and it was the best experience of my life ❤️.'' - Heather
A historic trading town that forms the rail gateway to Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia. Its most known attraction also happens to be a gate - the red-brick Holstentor city gate (pictured above).
Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
A 2h 40m journey, including a stop in Hamburg, will bring you to Germany's capital, Berlin. You'll want to stay in the city as long as you can, to discover its history, landmarks and nightlife.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Hlavni Nadrazi
2. Czech Republic
Prague's incredible skyline can be a lot to take in. Thankfully it has enough high places to see it all from different angles. Try Letna Hill to see the Vltava River and its many bridges; Petrín Tower to view the old center and castle complex; or the Klementinum for a view like this, amongst the orange rooftops.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Hlavni Nadrazi
There's no direct route from Prague to Salzburg, so why not stop off in some of central Europe's smaller cities... Discover characterful Český Krumlov in Bohemia, or Austria's thrid-largest city Linz, all before you enjoy Mozart's birthplace.
2 hours 30 minutes from Salzburg (via Attnang-Puchheim) is a view that is definitely worth the journey! Hallstatt is the most magical town of the Upper Austria lake district.
Bratislava Castle, Bratislava
You may want to break your journey in Austria's capital, Vienna, as you head east to the capital of Slovakia. Picturesque Bratislava has a lively historic center and a grand castle (pictured above) overlooking both the city and the Danube river.
Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest
A journey of 3h 47m via Vienna will drop you into Budapest without needing to make reservations. Once there you can enjoy the Széchenyi thermal baths or a cruise on the Danube.
Bled Castle, Lake Bled
An overnight journey, taking the daily EuroNight from Vienna at 1:40am, will bring you to Slovenia's most-famous spot in time for a lakeside sunrise. Lake Bled, with its iconic island and castle, is a perfect backdrop for outdoor summer activities, including swimming, hiking and SUP-ing.
A once daily night train, leaving Bled at 12:36am, will take you to Italy via Austria.
Venezia S. Lucia
The famous city of canals is built across more than 100 small islands.
A 3h 48m direct train from Venice (with reservation) will bring you to the geographic, political and cultural center of Italy.
Just under 3 hours from Rome is the famous Leaning Tower. It's just a 20 minute walk from the central train station.
The Cinque Terre is a stretch of five historic seaside villages along the Ligurian coastline: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia. A Eurail Pass is perfect for exploring them... Arrive at La Spezia central station (about an hour from Pisa), then take the Cinque Terre train. It connects each of the 5 villages and is covered by the Eurail Pass!
La Spezia, Italy
La Spezia Centrale
Monaco Monte Carlo
The Japanese Garden, Monte Carlo
The tiny but wealthy principality of Monaco may not be included in our list of 33 Eurail Pass countries, but a Pass is still valid for travel there! Stop off for sun, sea and luxury.
Sagrada Família, Barcelona
To avoid a long journey, it's best to stop off in one of the seaside towns of the southern coastline of France. Then take a direct train from Nîmes (France) to Barcelona in 3h 40m (reservation required). In the capital of Catalonia, you can enjoy Gaudí's fantastical architecture and relax at La Rambla or the beach.
Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Transfer between stations in Madrid, then take the Renfe Trenhotel night train to Lisbon. It leaves at 21:50 daily and arrives in Lisbon at 7:20. You must reserve a seat or sleeper cabin in advance.
Our snapshot of Heather's 2 month itinerary concludes at the Atlantic coast in Ericeira, considered the surfing capital of Europe. It lies outside of Portugal's rail network, but can be reached in an hour by bus from Lisbon.
As you start traveling again, we're challenging you to reconnect with Europe and discover places you may have overlooked before... Follow your curiosity and embrace the new way of traveling.