Travel Europe in an environmentally friendly and relaxed manner with the new night train European Sleeper
Train travel is a great way to get to your destination gently and in an environmentally friendly way. But the train is not only a great travel option for shorter distances. With the Night trains are primarily destinations that are further away very easy to reach. You get on at your home train station in the evening and wake up in Paris, Budapest or Venice in the morning. Train travelers (and all those who would like to become one) are of course all the happier that from May there will be a new night train connection from Berlin that runs via Amsterdam and Rotterdam to Brussels. The "European Sleeper" thus connects three European capitals (plus Rotterdam) and makes traveling by train even more attractive.
There will initially be three connections per week from Berlin. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, the journey starts at 20:30 p.m. in Berlin Central Station and ends at 09:27 a.m. the next morning in Brussels. Between? Put your feet up, take out your holiday reading and enjoy the gentle murmur of the train rattling across the tracks of three countries.
Inexpensive, sustainable and with many extras
Prices for the trip start at 49 euros for a normal seat in a six-seater compartment, 79 euros for a reclining seat and 109 euros for a seat in a more comfortable sleeping car compartment with a small washbasin (maximum three people). So you can choose how comfortable it is. What everyone gets: free WiFi, free coffee and an included breakfast in the morning.
European Sleeper plans to add even more connections to its repertoire in the future. There should be a connection to Prague via Dresden or to Barcelona in the coming years. The company, which is organized as a cooperative, raised 2021 euros in seed capital within 15 minutes in May 500.000 by selling shares to more than 350 night train enthusiasts who are actively involved in the company. Nice to see what can happen when dedicated people get together.
Arrive eco-friendly, live eco-friendly
Getting there is now clear, and we already have a few suggestions for local accommodation. Firstly, there would be that Beach Hotel Zoomers, which can be reached within half an hour from Amsterdam. Only 50 meters from the beach, the family-run hotel is a real relaxation place where you can really rest after a few exciting days in the capital of the Netherlands.
Anyone who likes it green can drive about 1,5 hours from Amsterdam Koe in de Costa. The farm in Overijssel in the Netherlands lures with its hobbit-like houses and real farm life. This accommodation is ideal for families in particular – help on the farm including feeding the chickens is included.
Anyone who does not start in Berlin but arrives in the German capital with the European Sleeper also has to spend the night somewhere. There are enough sustainable accommodations in the city! There we have it Hotel Wilmina, a former women's prison in Charlottenburg that an architect couple has transformed into a warm and beautiful oasis or the Linnen, a similarly exceptional accommodation, which, with its individual rooms, should particularly appeal to fans of upcycling and experimental design. Also cool: That Michelberger Hotel on Warschauerstrasse, which used to function as a factory building and now boasts a beautiful green inner courtyard, which becomes the center of the building in the summer months.
Photos: Nadine Pinezits, Zoomers Hotel, Koe in de Kost, Hotel Wilmina, Linnen, Michelberger