Five places you can travel by night train
Traveling by night train is a way of traveling that is not only incredibly exciting, but extremely much compared to flying or driving a car CO2 saves. But where do you actually go with the night train? We took a look and picked out five really cool connections from Germany, Austria and Switzerland for you. There should be something for everyone.
1. Berlin-Budapest: From B to B
Anyone who has never been to Budapest should visit the Hungarian capital as soon as possible. Because wonderful architecture, great vintage shops, good (and above all cheap) food, thermal baths and a great nightlife are waiting for you there. For everyone who is now hooked: From Berlin you can take the night train directly to the Hungarian metropolis. From Charlottenburg train station, the journey takes you via Frankfurt through south-western Poland via southern Moravia to Budapest. In just under 13 hours, the EuroNight EN 40457 (from Břeclav EN 477) takes you in a seated car from 30 euros and in a couchette car from 49 euros directly to the hometown of Robert Capa and Zsa-Zsa Gabor.
accommodation tip: Since we have already spoken of vintage, you should also choose an accommodation for your city trip that fits exactly into this pattern. That Budapest vintage apartment will surely convince you with its antique, well-kept wooden floors and original lamps, bright white double doors and stucco ceilings as well as the large windows.
Apartment from 102 euros per night.
2. Zurich-Amsterdam: from the mountains to the lowlands
Anyone who has ever been to Amsterdam knows that it's hip here. It teems with many small cafes that settle along the canals, bicycles and second hand shops. From the modern Swiss metropolis (which incidentally only has the cheese in common with Amsterdam), the Nightjet 402 takes you to Amsterdam in just under eleven and a half hours via Basel, Freiburg, Offenburg, Bonn, Cologne, Duisburg, Arnhem and Utrecht. The wild ride is available from 30 euros in a seated car, from 60 euros in a couchette car and from 90 euros in a sleeper car.
accommodation tip: If you want to get a taste of the sea air during your stay in the Netherlands, you can go to Castricum aan Zee Beach Hotel Zoomers. In just 45 minutes from Amsterdam you can reach this small paradise right by the sea and treat yourself to a few more days of rest, beach breeze and water fun.
Double rooms from 125 euros per night.
3. Hamburg-Stockholm: When "Moin" becomes "Hej".
From the Hanseatic city there is a direct route to beautiful Stockholm. The SJ EuroNight takes its passengers to their destination in around 13 hours. And the route alone offers a few highlights, such as the Öresund Bridge, which is almost eight kilometers long and which you cross by train. And if the ride is so spectacular, the end goal can only be better. What's waiting for you in Stockholm? Great buildings, exciting museums, hip concept stores and lots of Kanelbullar, i.e. cinnamon rolls. In a sleeping car with two and three-seater compartments, you can travel to the Swedish capital from as little as 49 euros.
accommodation tip: Since Sweden lives to a large extent from its breathtaking nature, you shouldn't miss it if you're there. Just under three hours southwest of Stockholm, in Ödeshög, Sweden Urnatur, accommodation of a special kind. Here guests learn what many of us have forgotten over the years - or never knew: perceive and appreciate the beauty of nature with all our senses, enjoy the silence, do nothing - or do as little as possible, back to ourselves find yourself.
Wooden hut and tree houses from 145 euros per night.
4. Augsburg-Düsseldorf: Trial course in night train travel
For all those who want to get a taste of night train travel and prefer to travel within the national borders, it is advisable to only travel a section of the route (in order to be able to determine whether traveling by train at night is something for you). How about, for example, the route from Augsburg in Bavaria to Düsseldorf in North Rhine-Westphalia? Here you are on the road for a good eight hours, get a feeling for the world of night trains and, on top of that, you can see something within Germany (that is not to be scoffed at, please). With the Nightjet 420 (or in the opposite direction with the Nightjet 421) you can travel 30 kilometers through Germany in a seated car from 60 euros, in a couchette car from 90 euros or in a sleeper car from 590 euros.
accommodation tip: If you start from Augsburg and want to spend a day or two there beforehand (or if you plan to travel in the opposite direction with the final destination Augsburg), the best way to get there is in the Grand Hotel Cosmopolis under. The building, which was vacant until 2011 and was once a retirement home in Augsburg's old town, was transformed into a magnificent work of art by a group of artists. Plays, concerts, readings and gastronomic events take place there almost every day.
Double rooms from 120 euros per night.
5. Vienna-Paris: The connection between two Art Nouveau metropolises
It is not for nothing that people like to say “Paris is always a good idea”. Without exception, Paris is always worth a trip - whether in the golden autumn, when a walk through the Jardin de Tuileries feels like a fairy tale, or in spring, when the small streets of Montmartre shine with fresh splendor. All the better that there is a great night train connection from Vienna to the city of love - from one cosmopolitan city to the next, so to speak. The ÖBB Nightjet 468 (or in the opposite direction the Nightjet 469) rolls from the Austrian metropolis to the French capital in about 14 hours. You can get the special ride in a seated car from 30 euros, in a couchette car from 60 euros and in a sleeping car from 90 euros. Incidentally, the trains always leave Vienna on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
accommodation tip: If you are already in Paris, you can also make a detour to Marseille and there in the fabulous Edelweiss check in. The typical old Marseille town house extends over three floors as a bed and breakfast and offers its guests a full load of vintage, art deco and luxury junk.
Double rooms from 85 euros per night.
No matter where the night train takes you, it will always be an experience. Maybe you're so hooked afterwards that you can't imagine ever traveling any other way again.
© Photos: Frank Rothe, Unsplash / Alfons Taekema, beach hotel Zoomers, Unsplash / Anna Hunko, primeval nature, Unsplash / Chris, Frabauke, Unsplash / IInur Kalimullin, Lara Schipperen, Edelweiss