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Instagrammable Europe

Get inspiration for your Interrail trip from travellers just like you

 

London-based filmmaker and photographer Alice had planned a weekend trip to Paris, but that quickly grew into a two-week tour of some of Europe’s most photogenic locations... and now you can discover Instagrammable Europe through Alice's lens in the video below.

Itinerary in short

 

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Cities visited in this trip:

 

For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Interrail Pass: Global Pass
  • Travel days: 7 days within 1 month

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"The Bernina Express is a scenic train that runs from Chur to Tirano in Italy. It runs through the Bernina Pass and is listed as World Heritage site. 196 bridges, 55 tunnels and it goes 2,253 metres above sea level! Four hours of stunning mountains, forests, rivers, glaciers, fields.. Something that's been on my bucket list for ages."

1. Paris, France

Taking just 2h 15 minutes from London St Pancras, the Eurostar drops you directly in the heart of picture-perfect Paris, where so many incredible journeys begin.


  • Brave the steps and catch the sunset from the Sacré-Cœur basilica for a spectacular view of the city.

  • Explore the green space of the Coulée verte René-Dumont, a former railway line which has been turned into a peaceful promenade.

  • Get up close to the gargoyles by climbing Notre-Dame cathedral, but be sure to book in advance.

For the best view of the Eiffel Tower, take the Métro to Trocadéro. You’ll find yourself with plenty of photo opportunities and the tower is just a 15-minute walk away.

Paris, France

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From Paris to Strasbourg

Travel time:

1h46m

Transfer:

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Reservation needed:

  • Paris, France

    Paris EST

  • 1h 46m

    Reservation required

  • Strasbourg, France

    Strasbourg

2. Strasbourg, France

Half-timbered houses and cross-cultural quirks make a visit to Strasbourg unforgettable, especially during the festive period when the magical Christmas markets transform the city.


  • Explore the intricate Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame de Strasbourg inside and out. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Take a boat tour on the river Ill and discover the scandalous history behind the fairytale façades of La Petite France.

  • Try a flammkeuche, an Alsatian white pizza, washed down with one of the region’s many beers or wines.

Strasbourg’s exceptional tram network makes cross-city travel a breeze – line D will even take you across the Rhine and into the German town of Kehl.

Strasbourg, France

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From Strasbourg to Konstanz

Travel time:

2h48m

Transfer:

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  • Strasbourg, France

    Strasbourg

  • 0h 31m
  • Offenburg, Germany

    Offenburg

  • 2h 17m
  • Konstanz, Germany

    Konstanz

3. Konstanz, Germany

The German-Swiss border city of Konstanz greets scenery-seekers with a stunning view of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German). Get ready to dive in…


  • Hop on board one of the many boats and snap the scenic views from the water.

  • Hire a bike for the day and explore the area’s cycle paths. The full route around the lake covers 270km and crosses through three countries – but that might take you a while…

  • Visit the baths of Bodensee-Therme and enjoy a relaxing soak with a view of the lake.

Keep your camera on you for the scenic train journey through the Black Forest– it’s something straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale.

3. Konstanz, Germany

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From Konstanz to Zurich

Travel time:

1h18m

Transfer:

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  • Konstanz, Germany

    Konstanz

  • 1h 18m
  • Zurich, Switzerland

    Zürich HB

4. Zurich, Switzerland

Meet the many faces of Zurich, one of the world’s most liveable cities, where the slick world of banking blends seamlessly with cool alternative culture.


  • Take the time to explore by foot – free walking tours depart from Paradeplatz every morning at 11:00.

  • Don’t miss the unpolished charm of Züri-West, the city’s old industrial quarter.

  • Treat your camera to a panoramic trip to the top of Mount Rigi, which you can reach by boat and cable car from Lucerne.

The journey to Lucerne takes 50 minutes from Zurich HB. Head to the jetty opposite the station in Lucerne to travel across the lake to Weggis or Vitznau, where you can take a cable car up Mount Rigi.

Mount Rigi, Switzerland

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From Zurich to Tirano

Travel time:

5h35m

Transfer:

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  • Zurich, Switzerland

    Zürich HB

  • 1h 15m
  • Chur, Switzerland

    Chur

  • 2h 0m
  • St. Moritz, Switzerland

    St. Moritz

  • 2h 20m
  • Tirano, Italy

    Tirano

5. Tirano, Italy

Sleepy Tirano is free of tourists and acts as the terminus of the Bernina Express, a famously breathtaking rail journey through Switzerland to Italy.


  • Take your camera on a hike through vineyards and across alpine scenery.

  • Sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet of Tirano with a fine local Valtellina wine.

  • Visit the Santuario della Beata Vergine, the church that ended a local plague.

Stay close to the window and enjoy the commentary – you don’t want to miss a thing on the 2252m high route through the Bernina Pass.

Tirano, Italy

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From Tirano to Milan

Travel time:

2h32m

Transfer:

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  • Tirano, Italy

    Tirano

  • 2h 32m
  • Milan, Italy

    Milano Centrale

6. Milan, Italy

From the art and architecture to the bright lights and bars, you’ll never be short of things to see and do in buzzing fashion capital Milan.


  • Do the tourist thing and take the city in from an open top bus – it’ll give your feet a rest.

  • Join the locals in the city’s bars for aperitivo, a social drink with a few snacks before dinner.

  • Head to the Navigli district in the south-east of the city and watch the sun set over the canal.

Milano Centrale is Italy’s second biggest station, making plenty of day trips possible by train, including Lake Garda (1h 30m), Florence (1h 50m) and Venice (2h 20m).

Naviglio Grande, Italy

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From Milan to Geneva

Travel time:

3h58m

Transfer:

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  • Milan, Italy

    Milano Centrale

  • 3h 58m

    Reservation required

  • Geneva, Switzerland

    Geneve

7. Geneva, Switzerland

There’s more to Geneva than meets the eye. Come for the lakeside scenery, leave having fallen in love with the bohemian bars and diverse boutiques.


  • Get off the train at Montreux and visit Chateau de Chillon, an imposing medieval fortress.

  • Take a long walk by the lake and get inspired at Geneva’s museums and art galleries.

  • Indulge in a classic cheese fondue on the lake at the Bains des Pâquis before hitting the local bars.

As you head into Switzerland, sit on the left hand side of the train and keep an eye out for the unmistakeable Matterhorn.

Geneva, Switzerland

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Recommended train pass for this trip

Interrail 7-day Global Pass

Travel 7 days within a period of 1 month across 33 countries in Europe.

  • Standard prices start from € 251

  • Free for kids under 12

  • No payment fees

  • Includes the Eurostar from London to Paris

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Meet the Interrailer

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Alice Greenfield is a 23-year-old filmmaker, photographer and dreamer with a love of street photography and telling stories through images. Check out more photos from her Interrail trip and see more of her work on: