What's coming up in 2009?

Thank you for being part of Eurail Stories’s first calendar year. We’ve had our ups and downs, but want to thank all of you for returning to the site and subscribing on the RSS feed. Over the last few months we’ve had thousands of individual pageviews…not bad for such a small site.

2009 is going to be a great year to be here! We’re looking forward to:

  • More stories and photos from all over Europe
  • City guides and places to see
  • Some great introductory tips on Eurail Passes
  • Interviews with and ideas from our readers
  • More information on how to use Eurail Passes
  • A pdf ebook on Eurail

It’s shaping up to be a cracker so subscribe to the RSS feed or the email newsletter and we’ll keep in touch with all the new developments.

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Four Points of the Compass

Hostels at the Limits of the Eurail Network

Stretching across diverse countries, cultures and landscapes, Europe has so much to offer backpackers that it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge deciding where to start! Combined with a Eurail pass, hostelling can offer travelers the flexibility and freedom to really experience Europe – whether it be north, south, east or west.

For the rail traveler, the beauty of the Eurail network is that it reaches much further afield than just the big cities. It gives backpackers the opportunity to leave the beaten track far behind and explore the very limits of the continent, from Scandinavia to the tip of southern Italy.

The North – Gnarp

Home to old-fashioned fishing towns, wooden houses and crystal clear waters, the Bothnian Coast on Sweden’s eastern seaboard offers a stunning glimpse of Scandinavia. The train winds it way north along the coast towards Sundsvall and the nearby small town of Gnarp, where there’s heaps of skiing, golf and (of course) fishing available all year round.

Surrounded by four lakes and the peaceful countryside at the edge of Gnarp, Hostel Berggarden is a traditional Swedish inn that provides great value accommodation for travelers and backpackers. There are also cheap, home-cooked meals available at the hostel’s pub and restaurant.

East to Balaton

East of Budapest, the town of Balaton sits on the largest lake in central Europe in the midst of Hungary’s beautiful, unspoiled scenery. The Hullam Hostel has an idyllic setting that few other hostels in Europe can match – right beside the water, and on the doorstep of all the water sports, hiking and cycling on offer. The hostel itself has cheap, comfortable dorms, along with a sociable bar, games room and barbecue area at the edge of the lake. In addition, they host regular events for their guests, from traditional Hungarian dinners to wine tasting in the local area.

West at Lagos

On the western extreme of the European rail network, lies the Portuguese town of Lagos, renowned for its nightlife more than its scenic Atlantic coast. With its vibrant clubs, spectacular beaches and relatively low cost of living (compared with much of Europe), Lagos makes a great backpacking destination. Carlos House Hostel is in the perfect spot for travelers exploring the town – just a short walk from the nightlife district, it’s also right near the ocean and enjoys fantastic views from the sunny roof terrace.

Siracusa in the South

In the very south of Europe, you can get off the train and hop over into Sicily, before continuing on to picturesque Siracusa on the captivating Ionian coast. Rich in Mediterranean charm and heritage, the city was originally settled by the ancient Greeks, and it remains an important historic destination today. Both the baroque Old Town – with its beautiful cathedral – and the nearby archeological park at Pantalica, are within easy reach of Lol Hostel which sits in the heart of Siracusa. Combining all the attractions of a traditional backpackers’ hostel – friendly, intimate and an excellent location – with smart, newly-renovated accommodation (including free WIFI), it makes a great base in the southern city.

Whether it’s north, south, east or west, the four corners of the Eurail network have great adventures – and great hostels – for backpackers exploring Europe. Ultimately, when it comes down to it, train travel in Europe puts a world of culture, nightlife and ancient history at your fingertips.

Written by Ali Wooliams in: Site News |

Forums opened, stories to post!

Ladies and gentlemen…

The forums are officially open! Let’s get in there and start things off.

The first Eurail stories are in and have been edited! We’ll be starting things off with my own first rail experiences then moving into some great submissions.

Remember to take some time and submit your own Eurail Stories.

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A talking head

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Welcome to the future home of Eurail Stories. Development is under way.

The Eurail pass is a time-limited rail pass for travelling throughout Europe. We aim to be a one-stop site with information, advice and above all stories of Eurail journeys.

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