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Iron Curtain: 1 Week

7 nights
A quick getaway to Europe’s most popular spots!

Our Iron Curtain – 1 Week trip is the perfect blend of exploration and discovery. In just seven nights, you’ll embark on a transformative journey through Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, each city bearing the indelible marks of the Iron Curtain era. This compact yet enriching adventure promises a deep dive into the past, coupled with the vibrant present of these dynamic European capitals. Get ready to trace the remnants of history while embracing the modern energy of these incredible destinations.

If you’d rather do this trip in a group with a dedicated tour leader then check out our Berlin to Budapest Group Tour!

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WHAT'S INCLUDED
 

Route: Berlin Prague Vienna Budapest

Nights: 7

Countries: 4

Transport: Train

Sustainability: This trip creates 36 kg of carbon emissions! Flying the same route would create 218 kg.

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Our Iron Curtain route is one of our most popular interrailing packages, and it’s easy to see why. Whipping around 4 of Europe’s incredible big cities, this is the perfect introduction to Central Europe. You’ll have enough time to experience its unique cultural melting pot, delicious food and buzzing nightlife.

Start off your trip by crossing Checkpoint Charlie from West to East Berlin. As you head through the city’s bustling streets, you’ll wander along what was once the dividing line between Eastern and Western Europe before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Balance out your historical walking tours with a taster of the city’s famously alternative nightlife. Filled with everything from edgy clubs to truly bizarre bars, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re lucky, you might even get into Berghain!

You’ll then make your way from Germany to pretty Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Soak up the fairy-tale atmosphere with delicious rounds of cheap local beer and jaunts in quirky cocktail bars. Recover from the night before just in time to leave for Vienna, the music capital of Europe! Experience the city’s sophistication, old-worldly cafe culture and impressive architecture before sampling its local beers and strudel.

Finally, continue east along the picturesque Danube to reach Budapest, the alternative little sister to Berlin. Take in its stunning structures, friendly locals, and cool ruin bars – there’s no place like it! Be sure to treat yourself in one of Budapest’s famous spas, and take a quick dip to soothe that hangover. You’re going to need the relaxation before rounding off your last night with a toast of the local wine, Tokaji…

This is the perfect trip for anyone wanting to explore the unique and lesser-visited side of Europe in a short time frame, but we can also customise any route to suit your needs!

– Train tickets from the first to the last city on the route, as shown in the map.

– All possible seat reservations – not just the compulsory ones!

– Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels – tested by us

– Walking or public transport directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.

– Travel Disruption Protection – alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.

– 24hr emergency phone number to use while you’re away.

– Personalised travel pack with your travel times, accommodation information, directions, language guides and things to see and do in each location.

– Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.

 

Trip Details
 

Route: Berlin Prague Vienna Budapest

Nights: 7

Countries: 4

Transport: Train

Sustainability: This trip creates 36 kg of carbon emissions! Flying the same route would create 218 kg.

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Trip Description
A quick getaway to Europe’s most popular spots!

Our Iron Curtain route is one of our most popular interrailing packages, and it’s easy to see why. Whipping around 4 of Europe’s incredible big cities, this is the perfect introduction to Central Europe. You’ll have enough time to experience its unique cultural melting pot, delicious food and buzzing nightlife.

Start off your trip by crossing Checkpoint Charlie from West to East Berlin. As you head through the city’s bustling streets, you’ll wander along what was once the dividing line between Eastern and Western Europe before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Balance out your historical walking tours with a taster of the city’s famously alternative nightlife. Filled with everything from edgy clubs to truly bizarre bars, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re lucky, you might even get into Berghain!

You’ll then make your way from Germany to pretty Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Soak up the fairy-tale atmosphere with delicious rounds of cheap local beer and jaunts in quirky cocktail bars. Recover from the night before just in time to leave for Vienna, the music capital of Europe! Experience the city’s sophistication, old-worldly cafe culture and impressive architecture before sampling its local beers and strudel.

Finally, continue east along the picturesque Danube to reach Budapest, the alternative little sister to Berlin. Take in its stunning structures, friendly locals, and cool ruin bars – there’s no place like it! Be sure to treat yourself in one of Budapest’s famous spas, and take a quick dip to soothe that hangover. You’re going to need the relaxation before rounding off your last night with a toast of the local wine, Tokaji…

This is the perfect trip for anyone wanting to explore the unique and lesser-visited side of Europe in a short time frame, but we can also customise any route to suit your needs!

Itinerary

Berlin (2 nights)

Start your Iron Curtain adventure in Berlin, the vibrant heart of Germany. Known for its alternative and edgy spirit, Berlin is a city that effortlessly blends history, culture, and contemporary coolness. From the remnants of the Berlin Wall to the iconic Reichstag Dome, this city is a testament to resilience and reinvention.

Highlights

    See a section of the old Berlin Wall

    Climb the dome of the renovated Reichstag

    Discover the nightlife of Schoneberg and Kreuzberg

    Train to Prague – 5 hours

Prague (2 nights)

Prague, often referred to as “The City of a Hundred Spires,” is a living masterpiece that transports you to a bygone era. As you wander its winding cobblestone streets, you’ll be enchanted by its medieval architecture, Gothic cathedrals, and a timeless atmosphere that seems straight out of a fairytale.

Highlights

    Cross the enchanting Charles Bridge

    Climb the Petrin Lookout Tower for a stunning view of the city

    Drink all the Czech Pilsner beers in the old town pubs

    Train to Vienna – 4 hours

Vienna (1 night)

Vienna, Austria’s imperial capital, exudes timeless elegance, artistic brilliance, and a rich cultural heritage. Its grand palaces, classical music, and culinary delights make it a city that celebrates the finer things in life.

Highlights

    Visit the Spanish riding school of Vienna

    Eat real Apple Strudel and Wiener Schnitzel

    Relax and swim in the river at Kaiserwasser

    Train to Budapest – 3 hours

Budapest (2 nights)

Budapest, where the historic districts of Buda and Pest converge along the Danube River, offers a captivating blend of architectural marvels and vibrant culture. The city’s thermal baths, iconic landmarks, and lively nightlife scene are yours to explore.

Highlights

    Relax in the 15th Century thermal spas

    Take panoramic photos from the scenic Buda castle

    Go to Sziget rock and indie festival in August

How to get there

The quickest way to get to and from the UK will be to book a flight. Alternatively, if you want to travel from the UK to Berlin and back from Budapest by train just get in touch!

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