1. Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay and Luxembourg Gardens.
Why – Paris is one of Europe’s greatest cities. It seemingly has it all; good food, good wine, and instantly recognisable attractions
such as the Eiffel Tower and of course, Disneyland Paris. Paris also has – pound for pound – the most designer bars than anywhere else in the world. The city is choc-full of artists and it’s the place to be if you enjoy the arts. It also has the stunning Louvre – could anything be better than seeing the ‘Mona Lisa’ in person?
When – Paris is recommended all seasons. It is cold in the winter and warm in the summer. Off-peak times include October and November, so if you want a hassle free trip, this is when we recommend you go.
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Where – Visit Central Square, Musee Magritte, the wonderful Rue des Couchers restaurants and taste the best chocolate in the world.
Why – Brussels shares the same border as France and so it’s easy to get to for interrailing travellers. You should visit Brussels for its amazing chocolatier’s, bargain booze, and on a more serious note, because it’s the home to the EU. If that doesn’t float your boat, there’s also the Musee Magritte, Musee d’Art Ancien and Musée Royale de l’Armée et d’Histoire Militaire to visit; in many ways, Brussels is like a more outgoing Paris, but without the tower.
When – As with France, Belgium is recommended all seasons. Brussels is, however, always packed, and going off-season is again recommended. Just remember to pack gloves in winter as it can be bitter.
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Where – Hit up any of the many bars in Berlin for a refreshing German beer. Be sure to visit the Reichstag, too, a beautiful building that is home to the current Government . We also recommended cheating and visiting Koln, if you have time – this boasts fantastic shopping.
Why – Berlin has a rich history, not least linked to the WW2. There are lots of historical memorials scattered around and the older German architecture is a marvel; the Reichstag is particularly stunning. Berlin also has, arguably, the best nightlife in Europe so if you like to mix it up and dance the night away this is the place to be. We also recommend visiting the Jüdisches Museum to discover more about Berlin’s Jewish population throughout history.
When – Germany is much like Britain in its weather and it enjoys its fair share of rain. For that reason, you should feel right at home whichever time of the year you visit.
Also be sure to visit Amsterdam, Prague, Bratislava and Zagreb if you have time; these cities are ideal for interrailing travellers.
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