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MicroCuts
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Posted 12 years ago

Hi,
I have tried to book an Interrail trip about three times with various friend before and it's always fallen through. Well finally, as of yesterday, we have booked it. Me and two friends have decided on getting the 10 days travel in 15 days ticket and will be leaving from Harwich on the 27th of December with a view to be in Berlin for the 31st for their rather epic sounding New Year Celebrations.

We have chosen the cities that we would all like to visit and our route which was somewhat governed by our choice of stay for NYE:

UK > Holland > Germany > Denmark > Sweden > Norway.

I was wondering if anyone has done a similar route at this time of year and therefore has some good tips for equiptment and clothes. We will be mainly staying in hostels so no camping equiptment will be required.
I assume that some good cross country trainers / walking boots will be needed, especially for Scandinavia. I'm also interested to know if anyone knows of the dress codes in the bars / clubs in these countries as I would like to avoid carrying smart shoes and shirts around with me if I can.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Peter
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replied 12 years ago

Hi.

For your clothes: it's the same like in the UK... good warm shoes and a warm jacket.
Concerning clubs: it is everywhere the same - you have the expensive clubs for which you need smart clothes to fullfill their dress codes.
But there are as well the cool clubs with no dress code. Just ask the young staff in the hostels, they know where to go. :)
Important: try to get your hostel room for Berlin NYE already now. The hostels are full during NYE! [ux]https://rail.shop/hostelworld[/ux]
In Berlin I recommend you the part of the town called Friedrichshain - a good night life there.

Your route:
I hope you bought your InterRail passes via our partner to support our work and this answer!? :)

[b]Harwich-Rotterdam[/b]: [u]https://blog.rail.cc/from-london-to-amsterdam-with-the-dutchflyer/[/u]

[b]Rotterdam-Amsterdam[/b]: use an IC train - free of supplements for rail pass travelers

[b]Amsterdam-Berlin[/b]: [u]https://rail.cc/en/amsterdam-berlin-train/f2346[/u]

[b]Berlin-Copenhagen[/b]: [u]https://rail.cc/en/berlin-copenhagen-train/f5420[/u]

[b]Copenhagen-Stockholm[/b]: [u]https://rail.cc/en/train/copenhagen-to-stockholm[/u]
or
[b]Copenhagen-Oslo[/b]: [u]https://rail.cc/en/copenhagen-oslo-train/f5119[/u]

[b]Stockholm-Oslo[/b]: [u]https://rail.cc/en/stockholm-oslo-train/f5121[/u]
[b]Oslo-Stockholm[/b]: [u]https://rail.cc/en/oslo-stockholm-train/f5124[/u]

[b]Train schedules[/b][u]https://rail.cc/en/search-interrail-route[/u]


More information in the[b] country topics[/b]: [u]https://rail.cc/en/countries[/u]

Have a snowy, Peter :)

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MicroCuts
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replied 12 years ago

Hi Peter,

Many thanks for your reply. We have booked our hostel in Berlin as we anticipated that they would book up early :)
We will be purchasing our tickets next weekend and will indeed use your site!

The three of us would quite like to experience a night train at some point on the journey however don't want to miss potentially the most scenic moments. Is there a leg of our route that you would recommend for the night train, perhaps one where the scenery is not as desireable as the other connections? I assume that it's all very scenic though? :)

Thanks again.

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Peter
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replied 12 years ago

Good that you already booked your hostel in Berlin - as I was too late last year and didn't got a good one.

Concerning night train:
Think about the CNL night train Amsterdam to Berlin. It is a long trip and there is not too much to see. You will arrive early in the morning in Berlin, but you can leave your luggage in the hostel even if your room isn't ready in the morning. They have luggage rooms. Usually check-in is possible form 1400h.

You can book this night train online with the special InterRail discounts:
[u]https://rail.cc/en/night-train/germany/de[/u]
[u]https://rail.cc/en/amsterdam-prague-night-train/f3747[/u]

On the other routes you do not have good night train connections or it isn't worth.
In the summer months you have a night train from Berlin via Malmö to Copenhagen (the train is using a ferry). Very nice, but sadly not available during winter.
[u]https://rail.cc/en/night-train/berlin-malmoe-en-300/58[/u]

Peter :)