Outline of the destination of my imminent adventure on the trains of Europe using inter-rail with dog in tow. This includes things I have learned while planning, tips received and forum contributions on trip advisor to help me have a great trip. The idea stemmed from not wanting to treat puppy as luggage on plane travel so thought outside the box and train trip come together.
The journeys final destination is one of my favourite budget locations Romania. Staying for a fortnight for Christmas and new year. Food drink, walking and winter sports are on the list of things to do as well as see some new attractions.
What is Interrail
Travellers can visit up To 30 European Countries With An Interrail Pass! An ideal ticket for those withing to visit a variety of destinations throughout the continent. https://www.interrail.eu/en
Getting Dog on Continental Europe
Without a car getting a dog onto the continent has limited options. You can use the Dutch Flyer from Harwich to Hook of Holland or Newhaven to Dieppe. For this trip the Harwich option ticks more boxes for us. They have a kennel deck, somewhere to walk pooch and have beds for us to sleep during the night crossing.
We have planned the outbound journey and decided to stop at the following places for a day or 2 days.
- London – On way to Essex to have lunch with a friend on the way and break up the UK stretch of the journey.
- The Hague – Close to Rotterdam port and looks very picturesque and more our style.
- Nuremberg – A German city that appeals with great architecture, history and good value.
- Vienna – A city that has been on my bucket list for 2 decades, one must do is a waltz somewhere on our stopover.
- Brasov – A popular city in Transylvania with many things to do.
The Hague is a city on the North Sea coast of the western Netherlands. Its Gothic-style Binnenhof or Inner Court complex is the seat of the Dutch parliament, and 16th-century Noordeinde Palace is the king’s workplace.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hague
Nuremberg is city in northern Bavaria in Germany, it is distinguished by medieval architecture such as the fortifications and stone towers of its Altstadt or Old Town. At the northern edge of the Altstadt, surrounded by red-roofed buildings, stands Kaiserburg Castle. The Hauptmarkt (central square) contains the Schöner Brunnen, the gilded “beautiful fountain” with tiers of figures, and Frauenkirche, a 14th-century Gothic church.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg
Vienna is Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the Museums Quartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna
Brașov is a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. It’s known for its medieval Saxon walls and bastions, the towering Gothic-style Black Church and lively cafes.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra%C8%99ov
Some ideas we are mooting for the trip back to the UK
Some of the resources we have discovered while planning as well as blogs from other travellers.
I welcome suggestions from fellow travellers and locals, ideally on the following topics, please comment below;
- Dog friendly pubs and restaurant recommendations at all stops.
- Recommended carriers for a medium sized dog.
- Best rucksacks for travelling, over 120 litres ideally.
- Best things to see in Nuremberg.
- Places to dance in Vienna.
- Suggestions for destinations on way back from Romania to the UK.