How to use the train in Europe 2019: 10 tips to help you!

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How to use the train in Europe 2019 – 10 tips to help you!

You obviously know how much I love trains.

Well, actually I love all types of transport:

Buses for very long distances

Flights on budget airlines

Boats on rivers and lakes

You name it.

I’ve probably travelled on it.

But my absolute favourite is the train!

You won’t believe it but I’ve already been to four countries this year and two of them were utterly new ones!

I’ve been to:

NORWAY:

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Victoria on the Oslo Fjord Sightseeing river cruise in Oslo!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Norway – January 2019

GREECE:

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Victoria at the Greek Parliament in Athens. ‘Notice the Evzones or presidential guards’ pom-poms. I think they’re amazing, but perhaps a little difficult to fight in!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Greece – March 2019

FRANCE:

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Victoria outside Restaurant Le Criquet in Arles!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – France – April 2019

ENGLAND:

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How I met the future king of England – Prince William, Kate & the Many-Faced God!

Hopefully, you all know that England is where I originally came from and the hassle that Brexit has bestowed upon us, so I used my British passport in order to travel to Cheshire!

And Brexit has been taking all my attention too.

In fact, I was on TV, on the radio & in the newspaper.

Yep!

The British Berliner is a well-known British-German expert when it comes to the British Monarchy, British Politics and British expat issues in Germany, and of course a popular well-known British person who travels!

I was on Radio One (Radio Eins) too.

This year I’ll also be travelling to Italy, Georgia, Poland & the Ukraine!

ITALY:

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Victoria at the seaside in Sardinia!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Italy – July 2019

I’ve been to Italy about a million times and Italy and I are una canzone d’amore!

My favourite part of Italy is Tuscany, but we’re not going there this time, we’re going to an island.

The island of Sardinia.

I’m not big on hot beaches, but sometimes, you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone, and for me, it’s a very hot beach rather than a windy rainy one!

I’ve never been to Sardinia before, but it should be fun!

GEORGIA:

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This vegetarian cafe is in Georgia, Europe. Not Georgia – the American state – in the USA!

When I first heard mention of Georgia, I thought it was Georgia – the American state – in the USA.

But it isn’t.

It’s Georgia.

A country in the Caucasus.

A country from the former USSR.

In Europe!

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The British Berliner is going to be in Georgia, as a guest of the city of Tbilisi!

I’m going to be there as a guest of the city of Tbilisi.

In fact, I do believe that even though Tbilisi will never ever beat Berlin in terms of trend and fashion.

Ha! Ha! Ha!

No!!

Georgia is going to be the place to be in 2019/2020.

POLAND:

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Polish fishermen on the Polish Baltic Sea who did fabulously well. 🙂

Poland needs absolutely no introduction as I’ve written extensively about it many times before!

In fact, as far as Poland is concerned, I’m a bit of a notorious star!

And why pray?

Because of an article that I wrote all of five (5) years ago!

And the title of said piece: Going to Poland: 10 reasons not to go!

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Poland is one of my favourites places to visit, but this time I’ll be travelling to Łódź for the very first time!

Poland is one of my favourites places to visit, but this time I’ll be travelling to Łódź for the very first time!

UKRAINE:

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In Ukraine!

I hadn’t actually planned to travel to Ukraine initially, but as I was going to be in Poland anyway and was looking for a new destination, I remembered that Ukraine was just around the corner so to speak, and added it in!

I’ve never been to Ukraine before so I decided to focus on just two cities:

Lviv

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In Lviv – Ukraine!

And Kiev. Or Kyiv!

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In Kiev. Or Kyiv – Ukraine!

Wow!

MY DAD DIED!

I’ve been extremely busy and on top of that my dad died last month, so please bear with me.

Ode to my father; marathon, running, run
To protect the privacy of my family, this photograph is not him, but an ode and representation of my father.
Ouf; ouch;
Even though The British Berliner was featured everywhere, I didn’t have time for the blog itself! Ouch!

Is it any wonder that even though I was featured everywhere, I didn’t have time for the blog itself!

Ouch!

Just know that even though the post might not be published, it’s certainly written!

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HOW TO USE THE TRAIN IN EUROPE 2019!

All the above destinations are in Europe, and plenty of them, I’ll be reaching by train!

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But why?

Why the train?

Why not fly?

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If you’re flying Ryanair, THIS is not a good idea!

Well, to Italy and Georgia, flying is the better and by far, quicker option….!

And then again. Perhaps not!

But the fact remains.

I live in Berlin.

In Germany.

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And Germany is right in the centre of Europe.

It has airports, train stations, bus stations, bicycle stations, cars and every possible means of transport.

I travel a lot for leisure and pleasure, and many a time, the adventure is in the getting there rather than the destination itself!

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Myself looking glum at the airport. Leaving Vienna!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

And let’s not forget the hassle, long queues and stringent baggage requirements that airlines require these days. Quite frankly, for a 1.5-hour flight you’re looking at arriving the airport (if flying to the UK) at least 2 hours before, if flying inter-continental, at least 3 hours. Not to talk of actually getting to the airport itself!

Luckily for me, Berlin has excellent local public transport that is cheap, efficient, clean, and reliable. I can’t say the same if you’re trying to get to London Heathrow, which is the busiest airport in the world. And equally as complicated, if you don’t know your way around London.

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Me at the Berlin International Film Festival aka the Berlinale!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Berlin – February 2016

Being that I live in Berlin, makes it an extremely easy way to travel.

In fact, travelling by train through the European continent is one of the most comfortable ways to travel with ease, from one country to the other. And by far, one of the cheapest!

Is it any wonder that one of my favourite forms of transport is the train!

WHY TRAVEL BY TRAIN IN EUROPE?

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There are many reasons why travelling by train in Europe is a most excellent idea, here are some below:

  • It’s cheap!
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Travelling by train is a cheap as a bunch of locally grown flowers!

I bought a twelve-hour (12) direct train ticket from Berlin to Budapest. In first class for €69.00. Second class was just €10.00 cheaper at €59.00! I couldn’t believe it, so I bought it! My child was free of charge!

I bought a seven (7) hour train journey (second class) train ticket via the Hungarian Railways or MAV at a cost of 11,780 Ft or €38.40 to travel from Budapest to Prague. Child included in the cost!

A five (5) hour train journey ticket (second class) to travel from Prague to Berlin in August, was just €29.00!

My child cost nothing at all!

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Over the Landwasser Viaduct in Switzerland.
©Michaa Ludwiczak / Getty

For Switzerland, we took the Sparpreis Europa city night line train, and the eleven (11) hour return ticket journey from Berlin – Lucerne – Berlin, including reserved seating in July. Cost just €98.00. My child was free!

As a matter of fact, our return ticket from Berlin – Copenhagen – Berlin was a mere €58.00! And even though we actually missed our connection on the way home, and had to buy another ticket…it was still a sweet deal!

  • Kids travel for free!
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Children under 15 travelling inter-city or inter-country, with their relatives, usually travel on the European train, for free!

A few summers ago, I took an international train every weekend, and the price for our son – The Tall Young Gentleman was nothing at all!

His fare was completely and utterly free.

Yep!

Free of charge.

Nada!

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The Tall Young Gentleman in Stellshagen – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Germany. Our son as a baby – 20 months old!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Germany – July 2019

In Germany, children under 15 travelling inter-city or inter-country, with their parents, grandparents, or relatives, travel on the German Rail, otherwise known as Deutsche Bahn (DB), train for free!

Note that if you book Spar Preis Europa trains with the German Rail on this version, your children will be free of charge too!

Other European countries do the same and either have free transport for children, or special prices for families too.

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On our last visit to the UK, we bought an Advance Single train ticket – via the National Rail – from Manchester Oxford Road to a station in Cheshire. Our adult tickets for a 30-minute inter-city train were £3.00 each, and £1.50 for our child. Our Express Train tickets from Manchester Airport to Manchester Oxford Road (in the city) were just £5.00 each per adult, and £2.50 for our child!

  • Delays are minimal and compensated!
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The German Rail / Deutsche Bahn train leaving Berlin.
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Germany – July 2019

When travelling by European train, there is very little fuss to it, and far fewer delays than flying

In fact, European Regulation (EC) 1371/2007 on rail passengers’ rights and obligations (2009), state that passengers are entitled to standardised rights in the rail sector in Germany and in Europe.

If there are delays of at least sixty (60) minutes or more, you are entitled to compensation, and if you were to take a taxi, or another mode of transport up to €80.00, you could have that refunded too. Make sure you get the correct documentation at either the train station concerned, from another station, or from the train staff!

  • Luggage!
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Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!

Train travel means that there is plenty of room for your luggage. And if you wish to take the kitchen sink with you (within reason), you probably could. No need to worry about how heavy your luggage would be and how much. There is relatively little or no fuss. In many cases, the railway staff would even help you carry your bags!

Now when was the last time that you saw airport staff carry luggage for anyone!

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  • Personal space!
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In the corridor of the Polish Train.
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Poland – July 2019

Unlike air or bus travel, there is room to move around, and really stretch your legs. And depending on how long the journey is, they sometimes have some dedicated time for passengers to go outside, buy some refreshments, get some fresh air, take photographs, or get some WiFi!

  • The social factor!
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On the Czech-infused train from Berlin to Budapest!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Budapest, Hungary – July 2019

The European train is a little like the Indian train in the sense that you actually get to meet people. And talk to them.

I mean, you’re sitting elbow to elbow, you’re probably going to an international country, the passengers are either locals or tourists themselves, and to be frank, everyone is quite interested in your journey. And if you’ve got a bottle of booze somewhere.

All the better!

So now to the real McCoy!

HOW TO USE THE TRAIN IN EUROPE 2019: 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU

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Depending on where you are coming from, you need to:

1.  GET A TRAIN TICKET:

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Using the TransPenine Express train!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Manchester – October 2017

The cheapest way to ease into buying train tickets through most European countries (not all), is to actually book through the Deutsche Bahn portal on the local German English version not the UK or USA version!

Note that for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland, if you’re going by train, I don’t recommend that you do so by Interrail or Eurail passes, if you’re only travelling to one country, as the prices are ridiculously expensive and children have to be paid for!

The snag is to book tickets with the national train companies directly, on their own websites, or through the German Rail otherwise known as Deutsche Bahn.

Most websites have an English version. Some can be admittedly slightly hidden, but persevere, or contact them directly by calling, or via Email!

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But don’t forget. Not all train companies allow you to pay online, or even to buy local tickets at local prices!

Some train companies only allow you to buy a Eurail ticket if you’re buying from abroad, and which you can only pay for with a credit card. For more info on that click here..  And some do, but you either have to buy the ticket on the train, or have to pay online and then collect the train tickets once you’re in the country itself, or change the language of the website!

For train travel all around the world check out the website of The Man in Seat Sixty-One or Deutsche Bahn.

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A goat on the train? Ah well, anything can happen. I’ve seen worse.
Swans for example!

But remember, if you’re using the Deutsche Bahn website, change the location to Germany and use the English word for Deutschland which is Germany! NOT the UK/Ireland one! And then change the language to English!

2.  CHECK ONLINE FOR BEST ROUTES:

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A map of the European High – Speed Train Network!

Many train companies have their own website which you can access for routes so that you can see where you want to go. Or better yet. Where they actually go, and how to get there!

3.  DO YOUR RESEARCH:

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Do you need to get a bus and then the train? Or vice-versa in Barcelona. Spain?
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Barcelona, Spain – July 2019

I live in Berlin and the Polish border is just under two hours away as such, there are discount prices from the German Railway Service known as Deutsche Bahn or DB. You can get a one-way single ticket from Berlin to Stettin or Szczecin in Poland, for just €11.00. Reduced tickets for €8.30. If you want to make a day of it, a day ticket would be €22.00 and €16.60 respectively. You could use it for every local transport in Stettin and the ticket is valid until 03:00 the next day!

Or you could get the German Regional tickets also known as the Länder-Tickets. These are fantastic bargains as the Berlin-Brandenburg regional one day ticket is only €29.00 and can be used by up to 5 people! That’s right! 5 people can travel on this ticket and they don’t have to be related!

This ticket is valid from 09:00 to 03:00 the following day, and on the trams and buses in Stettin (Szczecin), and can be used to get to the Polish border!

You sometimes see people hustling for ticket holders in Stettin (Szczecin) ‘cos if you have 5 people travelling together that’s €5.00 each. A bargain if ever I saw one!

You can get this ticket from the VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg website or DB online. For more information check here and here.

4.  NOW YOU’RE IN EUROPE, WHY NOT HOP TO SOME OF OUR NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES TOO:

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“The Tall Young Gentleman” didn’t look too happy that for Switzerland, we took the Sparpreis Europa city night line train!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Switzerland – July 2019

It might take you a while, but you can take the train from Berlin to London for as little as €59.00, to Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Poland for as little as €39.00 per single ticket or one way trip!

And they’re not too far away!

And being that this is Europe we’re talking about, it isn’t! Fares can sometimes go as low as €19.00 for destinations such as to Prague for example!

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5.  RESERVE YOUR SEAT:

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And then I saw a complete stranger put both his feet, on the TABLE of my son’s seat. While my son was sleeping!

Now as a blogger, I’m always online in some form or the other, and it really surprises me how travellers and tourists leave their train bookings until the very last minute!

Believe me. Don’t do that!

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It was lovely having a Bristol cab and driver waiting for me!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Bristol; England – July 2019

Trains are popular in Europe. And if the destination is on a well-worn track, then the trains will be packed. And if it’s the weekend or a public holiday, you won’t get a seat, and will be forced to stand…!

In the summer, it’s not unknown for teenagers to be sitting on the corridor floor with their mates for a few hours.

But they can cope.

Can you?

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Try to reserve a seat on the European train!

Now if you really don’t want to pay for a reserved seat, then the trick is to either go to the very front of the train, or the very back of it. And be quick about it!

However, if you’ve got luggage or kids, somebody from your party ought to sprint in and bagsy a couple of non-reserved seats, or you might as well do the decent relaxing thing, and reserve the seat of your choice, in a compartment that you prefer.

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Our tiny Czech train!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – July 2019

Having said that, lots of small rural or regional trains have no possibility to reserve seats at all, so either jump in and turn left, or go upstairs!

6.  TAKE REFRESHMENTS WITH YOU:

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Take some refreshments with you when travelling on a European train!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – France – April 2019

If you’re on a regional or rural train, no refreshments will be sold on the train. And don’t even think that you can buy “something” at the next station as countryside train stations are either tiny little things, or simply non-existent!

Generally, super-clean-fast-efficient-modern-high speed trains have restaurants and trolley service throughout the train, but you can’t be sure that you’ll like either what they’re offering, or the prices!

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Having a hotdog and beer, on a rainy day in Vienna, is more exciting than you think!

‘Best to bring your own stuff if travelling in second class. Refreshments are usually given for first class customers and usually include a small bottle of wine or beer. But not always!

7.  TALK TO THE LOCALS:

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Hang out with the guides & locals in Ljubljana! Good times!

My fellow travellers were always very helpful and we usually spoke in a mixture of English or German and a splattering of whatever the local language happens to be.

With a lot of hand gestures, acting, drawing, and generally making quite a fool of myself, they usually understood what I was asking! The local travellers always helped us get off at the stop that we usually required too.

Many a time just looking anxious, or “other,” tends to open a conversation. And really, you don’t ever have to worry. The locals will help you. Just ask.

Promise!

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The train driver AND the locals will help you. Just ask. Promise!

In some cases, even the train driver will help you!

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8.  BE PREPARED:

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When travelling through Europe, you’re likely to go through different countries, each with it’s own distinct flavour of technology.

In highly advanced countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, and the Nordic countries, technical equipment will be at it’s highest, with power outlets either in between your seats, on the table, or on the side of the wall near the window!

In less advanced nations such as in Eastern Europe and even in Southern Europe, not so much!

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There might be wifi and a power outlet. And there might not!

There will be WiFi, but it probably won’t work, or will be spotty at best. And there will be no power outlets! On our 15-hour train journey to Hungary, I spent hours searching the train for a plug-hole. And where was it?

In the restaurant, hanging dangerously on the wall of the heavy main train door, or in the toilet!

Er No!

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Oh by the way. Europe isn’t a country. It’s a continent, so if you’re travelling on an international train, you must take your passport with you!

Train officials never used to check people in the past due to the European law of Free Movement, but as a result of strengthened alertness due to the increased height of terrorism, and to ensure our safety, they are now. So make sure you have everything in order.

Otherwise, you’ll be escorted off the train and your holiday could end right there!

9.  IF YOU MISS YOUR TRAIN STOP, DON’T PANIC:

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How to visit Copenhagen on a budget. Even though I missed my last connection. Again!
Photo ©Michael Colville-Andersen

Once travelling through Poland, I realized that we had missed our train stop as the countryside scene that was I expecting, did not show up on my horizon!

Hmm!

I couldn’t really look outside the window as the window was blocked with passengers in the corridor.

I couldn’t check the train map that you normally see in the corridors either as I couldn’t get to the corridor, and I didn’t have an iPhone in those days.

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We had missed our train stop!

A girl in her early 20’s noticed that I kept attempting to leave the compartment. She confirmed that I had missed our stop.

OK. I’ll get off at the next stop!

Oh, I’ve missed that too!

And the train was now going East further into Poland, whereas I was supposed to be going to the sea which was in the West!

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We got off the train!

We got off the train.

Unfortunately, the train officials weren’t really very helpful and pointed at contrasting directions, so I decided to look around the station myself and peek onto other platforms and lo and behold, the connecting train that I wanted was still ON THE PLATFORM!

I checked and double-checked that it was indeed the right train, then we hopped on!

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Then we hopped back on the train again!

I so bugged the train conductor as per how many stops we had left, and what time we were expected to get to a certain seaside village, as there are no announcements and no destination indicators.

It was a case of watching and counting, each and every train stop…. 75 minutes later, we were there!

10.  IF IT ALL GOES BANANAS; USE YOUR HEAD:

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Use your head at foreign train stations!

There are 101 ways to travel through Europe, and the train is just one of them.

Sometimes it makes sense to choose another form of transport to get to your final destination.

It isn’t the worse thing in the world if you do!

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HOW TO USE THE TRAIN IN EUROPE 2019: 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU

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An introduction to Jaipur – The Pink City in Rajasthan! – Incredible India!

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How to spend 3 days in Jaipur – The Pink City in Rajasthan!

Right.

I’m back!

It’s been really busy.

This year alone I’ve already been to Norway, Greece and France!

I haven’t yet written about it here but if you follow me on Twitter, you’re usually one of the first to know!

So go on then.

Follow me!

And Brexit has been taking all my attention too.

In fact, I was on TV, on the radio & in the newspaper.

Yep!

I’ll take this coat for Die rbb Reporter in Berlin!
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The British Berliner is a well-known British-German expert when it comes to the British Monarchy, British Politics and British expat issues in Germany, and of course a popular well-known British person who travels!

I was on Radio One (Radio Eins) too.

Is it any wonder that even though I was featured everywhere, I didn’t have time for the blog itself!

Ouch!

Just know that even though the post might not be published, it’s certainly written!

Back to India!

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And before we even stepped foot in India, our troubles began.

Again!

For those of you just catching up, here’s what happened:

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Haw! Haw!

So what happened after that?

Read on:

So after we left Agra, we took the train to Jaipur.

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Taking the train in India. With monkeys! Is a completely different kettle of fish!
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Taking the train in India is a completely different kettle of fish to taking the train in Germany.

Or any European country for that matter!

I’ll talk about that in a completely different post!

Ha!

HOW TO SPEND 3 DAYS IN JAIPUR – THE PINK CITY IN RAJASTHAN!

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LET’S GET A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY!

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Land of Kings

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Jaipur is in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan literally means Land of Kings, is 342,239 square kilometres or 132,139 square miles and is the largest state in India and the seventh largest by population!

Rajasthan is famous for the Thar Desert, otherwise known as the Rajasthan Desert and the Great Indian Desert, and shares a controversial border with Pakistan!

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In my eyes, the best of India means Rajasthan!

Rajasthan is surrounded by five Indian states such as the Punjab in the north, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in the northeast, Madhya Pradesh in the southeast, and Gujarat in the southwest. It is also very famous for the ruins of the Indus Valley Civilisation, the Dilwara Temples, Rajasthan’s only hill station – Mount Abu, the Keoladeo National Park, three (3) national tiger reserves – the world-famous Ranthambore National Park, the Sariska Tiger Reserve, and the Mukundra Hill Tiger Reserve!

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Jaipur in Rajasthan, India, is known as the Pink City, due to the pink-ish colour of the buildings in the city!
Well, it’s sort of pink!

The capital and largest city is Jaipur.

Otherwise known as the Pink City, due to the pink-ish colour of the buildings in the city!

OMG!

Jaipur has been around since 1727 and is a major tourist destination because of not one (1), but two (2) UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the rather wonderful Jantar Mantar which is home to an Observatory with a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, and the most impressive Amer Fort and Amer Palace, also known as the Amber Fort and Amber Palace!

It’s very close to  Jodhpur which is 348 km/216 miles away, Jaisalmer 571 km/ 355 miles away, Udaipur 421 km/262 miles away, Kota 252 km/156 miles away, Mount Abu 520 km, 323 miles away and Shimla, which is 616 km /383 miles away!

Jaipur is also part of the tourist trail known as the Golden Triangle, which includes Delhi and Agra.

Wow!

WHY GO TO JAIPUR?

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Elephants are working creatures but please don’t ride THESE elephants in Jaipur – The Pink City in Rajasthan, India!
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As if you have to ask!

What?!

You do?

Ok then.

Well, Jaipur is in India!

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And no tips!!
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It’s entwined with civilizations, history and culture, that goes back centuries!

It boasts numerous architectural jewels and a world heritage that make parts of India enviable.

And UNESCO locations filled with buildings, marked by world history of thousands of years, that made me practically salivate when I saw them!

Jaipur is near Agra.

It’s pretty cheap by West European standards.

With lots of things to see and do.

And plenty of shopping!

And quite frankly, if you’re in North India, and you DON’T visit Jaipur, you’re missing out!

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Shopping at Anokhi – Jaipur’s most famous & reliable shopping experience in Jaipur – The Pink City in Rajasthan, India!
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HERE’S SOME FUN FACTS!

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Fun Facts!

Did you know?

  • Jaipur is famously known as the Pink City!
  • It became pink or terra cotta pink, in order to welcome Prince Albert Edward in 1876, who later became King Edward VII
  • The colour made the city so distinctive that by law, they have to keep it like that!
  • Jaipur is in Rajasthan, otherwise known as the Land of Kings!
  • You can see leopards at the Jhalana Safari Park!
  • One of the most interesting cinemas in the world is the Raj Mandir Cinema, and looks like a wedding cake!
  • Jaipur is India’s first planned city and was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727!
  • The Palace Of The Winds or Hawa Mahal is one of the most iconic and easily recognised spots in the city, and was made for the sole purpose of sinply letting the royal queens and ladies, have a sneak peak into life outside the palace, without being seen!
  • The Palace Of The Winds or Hawa Mahal in Jaipur has 953 windows!
  • The Palace Of The Winds or Hawa Mahal was built without a foundation, and is the tallest such building in the world!
  • Jaipur is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Amer Fort and Amer Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is also known as the Amber Fort and Amber Palace!
  • Jantar Mantar which is home to an Observatory with a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, was built in 1734 and is considered to be one of the most architectural wonders of the world. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
  • The largest stone sundial in the world can be found at Jantar Mantar!
  • There were in fact five (5) Jantar Mantars constructed by Jai Singh II in Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi. Sadly, only two of them – Jaipur and Delhi – managed to survive attacks, invaders and the test of time!
  • The oldest mountain range in India – Aravalli Range – cuts through Jaipur
  • Jaipur hosts the Jaipur Literature Festival, which is the largest free literary festival in the world!
  • Jaipur is famous for handicraft work, textiles and jewellery

TAKE ME THERE?

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A monkey casually going into the train at the Agra Fort train station in Agra – India!
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As you all pretty much know by now, I’m a great believer in train travel.

On our trip from Delhi to Agra, we took the first class Gatimaan Express train from Delhi (Hazrat Nizamuddin) to Agra (Agra Cantt). We used a local agent to book first class seats in the Executive Chair Car , so we didn’t have to pay $264!!!

You can read more about it here!

This time around, we booked aircon chair car class or AC chair car, otherwise known as CC seats on the AF AII Superfast train from Agra (Agra Fort) via Jaipur (Jaipur Junction) to Ajmer Junction railway station!

Yes, we did!

We had planned just 16 days in India – three (3) days in Delhi, two (2) days in Agra, three (3) days in Jaipur, two (2) days in Pushkar, three (3) days in Udaipur and three (3) days in Mumbai!

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North Western Railway – The AF AII Superfast train at Agra Fort train station in Agra – India
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We wanted to spend as long as possible in Jaipur, so opted for the superfast train and a beautiful Indian heritage palace-like hotel!

And as I always advocate, be smart, use all the weekends, and make it work!

The tickets from the train station for three aircon chair car class or AC chair car, otherwise known as CC seats cost ₹1,339.67 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €17.00 / $19.00 / ‎£15.00.

In short, €5.60 / $6.34 or ‎£5.00 per person!

Wow!

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You can rent a car or go by taxi of course, but after the horrible night train experience that I had 14 years ago, I really wanted to put that ghost to rest and strangely, travel with the Indian train once again!

We opted to use an Indian agent recommended to me by an American expat blogger who was living in Goa at the time, so for peace of mind and ease of travel, we worked with an Indian agent who booked every train that I asked for, with my exact specifications, four (4) months ahead of time.

The name of the Indian Travel Agent is Raj Yadav. He has an agency called Train Ticket Please and was prompt and fantastically efficient. His website is on Facebook.

If you have any questions about him, just ask me.

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The Music Producer & The Tall Young Gentleman looking exhausted after taking the aircon chair car class (CC) AF AII Superfast train from Agra to Jaipur!
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In order for us to do this from Germany, I opted to pay his agency fee of ₹687 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €8.85 / $9.90 / ‎£7.79 via PayPal!

In short, I paid a I-can-get-a-stressfree-refund-if-it-doesnt-work-out-difference of €2.95/ $3.30 or £2.60 per person, which I’m comfortable with ‘cos I’ve been to India before, and the stress of organising things when you’re on a solo Indian journey can sometimes make your hair or skin, turn grey!

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If you’re on a tight budget then there are many other trains that also go to Jaipur, but be aware that the fastest routes are usually sold out pretty quickly!

And it was a little uncomfortable, but an acceptable 4.5 hours, which turned into 6 hours, train journey! In fact, you can see my brown leather laptop bag in the photograph below!

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This is our aircon chair car class – AC chair car (CC seat) on the AF AII Superfast train from Agra to Jaipur!
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This is the non-aircon chair car class – chair car (2S seat) on the AF AII Superfast train from Agra to Jaipur!
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Take a look for yourself!

Ha!

So we arrived in Jaipur quite safe and well and then took an Uber to our hotel.

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I highly recommend Uber!

It wasn’t easy.

We were a little nervous ‘cos by the time we actually arrived in Jaipur, it was 20:30.

And we were finding it difficult to leave the train station in one piece as it was quite crowded and a couple of “helpful” locals wouldn’t leave us alone, told us that we would never find a taxi on our own, and tried to grab our bags!

It took a lot of effort to stay polite, look as if we knew where we were going, and run walk briskly away!

By the time we finally got out of the scrum, we were so anxious, that we almost rejected the Uber taxi that we had reserved!

Thank goodness for Uber in India!

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The hotel in Delhi sent a car to collect me from the airport, then claimed they had never heard of me!
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So far, Uber has been fantastic so I highly recommend it for moving around safely in a taxi and at a clearly informed price, as you don’t want the hassle of taxi driver scams!

I mean, we were paying prices such as ₹219 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €2.80 / $3.10 / ‎£2.40.

In fact, we even paid ₹85 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €1.10 / $1.22 / ‎£0.95 in a proper taxi vehicle.

With seat belts!

This would never in a million years happen, if we had “negotiated” rides ourselves.

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Be careful of scams by cycle rickshaws /pedicabs or trishaws riders in India!
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In fact, I vividly remember trying NOT to pay ₹500 (INR – Indian Rupees) in 2005, for a ride that we discussed would be ₹200 (INR – Indian Rupees) to simply go to the book market that was a 10-minute ride away, and which ultimately took 2-hours as the rickshaw driver took me from shop to shop for “commissions” instead!

I was so frustrated!

So I highly, highly recommend Uber.

I highly recommend Uber!

Use Uber.

If you sign up you’ll get €5.00 off your first AND second ride!

Here’s my link!

I’M TRAVELLING SOLO, IS JAIPUR SAFE?

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Young men looking at the splendors of Jaipur. Is India safe?
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It can be.

It’s complicated.

Most people are really nice, eager to help and respectful.

In fact, I was surprised at how many people actually asked if they could take photographs with me.

And if they asked, I would usually accept.

But.

Local Indians don’t often see Western tourists and their way of greeting and excitement can be over-whelming.

Take a look at this video taken by German YouTubers – The Nile Brothers (Nick and Lenny)

It’s crazy, these fellows were travelling together, and they’re blokes!

Indian men can be over-enthusiastic and creepy by the constant staring, touching, peeping and inappropriate questions.

It’s awful that as strong independent women today, if you’re travelling solo, YOU have to watch how you come across, rather than the obvious use of common sense and if-you-don’t-have-permission-or-clearly-worded-stated-consent, don’t touch.

It’s as simple as that.

In the spirit of #MeToo, both men and women in Western nations are working towards this.

Not so in India.

This blog isn’t the place to debate the battle of the sexes, it’s about how to get the best experience you possibly can, when you travel.

Whoever you may be.

Regardless of your sex, gender or sexual orientation.

Here’s what to do:

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Please don’t take photographs or videos of me without my permission.
No photo!
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No means No!
  • Be firm and stand your ground
  • Insist that they don’t take photographs or videos of you without your permission
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The Music Producer & The Tall Young Gentleman with our Uber driver in Pushkar, India!
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I was travelling with my husband and my teenage son and when we were together, there was a respectful distance, but when I wandered off to make my own photography, the peeping and candid photography would begin!

I was firm.

I stated clearly that I didn’t want to be photographed and if I did, it usually involved a woman or children, rather than random lone men!

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Indian men can seem over-enthusiastic and creepy by the constant staring, touching, peeping and inappropriate questions.
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In one instance, an Indian chap wouldn’t take no for an answer and kept following me about, so I turned around swiftly and demanded his camera.

He was so shocked that he gave it to me, so I deleted his pictures, handed him his phone back and walked off!

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  • Watch and take care of your belongings
  • Dress conservatively
  • Don’t wander around late at night
  • Be aware of body language as sadly, it’s all too interpreted as “flirty” or “available”
  • Keep your drinking to a reasonable level ‘cos India isn’t the place to “go on a bender and get pissed!”
  • Use Uber
  • If you don’t feel safe, get yourself out of there as quickly as possible and if that’s not an option, go straight to the nearest shop, restaurant, hotel, or group of people and ask for help
  • Do your research on local scams
  • Don’t let a low-budget be the reason that you’re booked in a hotel that is dodgy as hell!
  • Take your time, spend a euro/dollar/pound or two more, and book a slightly better one

And to be honest, I wouldn’t let my driver (a complete stranger), arrange my accommodation either, use booking.com and book your own!

Here’s the link!

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IS IT GOING TO BE CROWDED?

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India can be crowded, but it’s not as crowded as you might think – Jaipur in Rajasthan!

Well, it’s India!

But it’s not as crowded as you might think!

And in many of my photographs, there’s quite a lot of space without any bother at all!

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Victoria at the Jantar Mantar – the Jaipur Observatory in Jaipur – The Pink City in Rajasthan, India!
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So don’t let anyone say that the Amer or Amber Fort / Amer or Amber Palace / Palace Of The Winds or Hawa Mahal / Jantar Mantar or the Jaipur Observatory is far too crowded.

Because it isn’t!

You don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn unless you really want to.

And if you’re a parent.

On holiday!

Why would you want to?

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Victoria & family on the rooftop skydeck of her 5-star hotel in Agra – India!
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Of course, Amer Fort (Amber Fort), Amer Palace (Amber Palace) and Jantar Mantar, are world-class UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and EVERYONE should see them, but they aren’t any more or less crowded than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Time Square in New York, would be.

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A WALKING TOUR IN JAIPUR!

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Let’s walk in Jaipur!

On our first day in Jaipur, we took a group waking tour with Yo Tours.

I’ve used Yo Tours before, and I liked them so much that I booked them again! 

And this Jaipur walking tour was free!

I know!

Yep!

Even in India, it’s possible to find walking tours that don’t cost a penny (except for the tour guide tip), which you choose at your own discretion!

I always encourage that you do tip, but if you’re low on budget, this is an excellent way to see cities.

This walking tour introduced us to the secrets of Jaipur and then we did the Palace Of The Winds or Hawa Mahal by ourselves.

On our second day in Jaipur, we hired an Uber car and driver for the day so that we could go to the Amer Fort (Amber Fort), Amer Palace (Amber Palace) and Jantar Mantar after breakfast!

Hiring an Uber X car for 7 – 8 hours really took the stress out of searching for taxis and being ripped off, so that we could take our time wandering around, chattng to local tourists, and taking photos and videos, etc.

We paid just 800.68 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €10.30 / $11.50 / ‎£9.15 for eight (8) hours!

Unbelievable!

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Our Yo Tours Free Walking Tour Jaipur Guide in Rajasthan!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

We went in October, and there were very few tourists around as it wasn’t yet “the season!”

In fact, we practically breezed into most places that required an entrance ticket because as foreign tourists, the tariffs were priced much greater than local tourists.

Considering the fact that most of the places we visited were world-class UNESCO monuments, the number of people who were there, is considerably less!

And there were plenty of spots to take photographs, in which absolutely no-one was anywhere near!

I know!

HOW MUCH ARE ENTRANCE TICKETS?

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Entrance tickets for foreign and local tourists in Jaipur – The Pink City in Rajasthan!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

PALACE OF THE WINDS – HAWA MAHAL:

  • Entrance tickets for foreign tourists cost ₹200 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €2.60 / $2.90 / ‎£2.30 for adults
  • ₹25 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €0.33 / $0.36 / ‎£0.29 for students / pupils
  • Absolutely nothing at all for children under 7 regardless of where they come from!
  • In contrast to local tourists who pay ₹50 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €0.65 / $0.75 / ‎£0.55
  • ₹5 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €0.06 / $0.07 / ‎£0.05 for local students

Rightly so!

If you get a combined or composite tickets, you receive even greater value as you can visit one or all of the following tourist sites for a maximum of 48 hours or two (2) days!

The tourist sites an monuments included are:

  1.  Palace of the winds or Hawa Mahal
  2.  Amber Palace
  3.  Jantar Mantar or Jaipur Observatory
  4.  Nahargarh Fort
  5.  The Albert Hall Museum
  6.  Sisodia Garden
  7.  Vidhyadhar Garden
  8.  Isaralat or Sargasuli Tower

The combined or compsite entrance tickets are:

  • Entrance tickets for foreign tourists cost ₹1,000 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €.12.90 / $14.35 / ‎£11.40 for adults
  • ₹200 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €2.60 / $2.90 / ‎£2.30 for foreign students / pupils
  • Absolutely nothing at all for children under 7 regardless of where they come from!
  • Local tourists pay ₹300 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €3.90 / $4.30 / ‎£3.50
  • ₹40 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €0.52 / $0.58 / ‎£0.45 for local students

ANY TIPS OR TRICKS?

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  • Don’t let scammers take control, there are no entry fees for children under 7 years old, regardless of whether they’re foreign or Indian!
  • If your children look mature or are tall for their age, take a school I.D. We used this pretty much everywhere as our son was 16 years old and looked like 20!
  • Be assertive, you might have to use sharp elbows in order to get through the throng, but you don’t need an agent to simply buy your ticket. Follow the signs!
  • There’s a separate queue for “high value ticket holders” / foreigners, you’ve paid for it, so don’t be shy to use it!
  • You can buy your ticket at the ticket counter or online via: the Department of Archaeology & Museums, Govt. of Rajasthan
  • To buy your entrance ticket, you MUST show your passport or government approved identity card. Don’t forget!
  • Don’t give anyone anywhere a single penny for anything at all, except at the ticket counter. Just follow the signs!
  • Use Uber to get around Jaipur. And once you get to your destination, simply follow the signs!
I highly recommend Uber!
I highly recommend Uber!

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WHAT IS JAIPUR LIKE?

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Jaipur on water is very nice!

It’s very nice!

It’s easy to get around.

The locals are friendly

And there’s lots to see and do as well as being of historical and architectural interest.

And you know how much I adore history, culture, art and architecture.

It’s also part of the tourist trail known as the Golden Triangle, so if you’re short on time or have never been to India before, then I absolutely recommend Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Pushkar and Udaipur, as the absolute minimum.

I DON’T SPEAK HINDI.

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I don’t speak Hinidi! Neither do they!

Not. A. Problem.

It’s amazing how many languages a typical Indian speaks.

Most speak a minimum of three (3)!

Hindi and English are the only two official national languages, and by far the most widely spoken language in India, but if you speak Bengali, Gujarati, Urdu or Punjabi, you’re good to go!

AM I GOING TO LIVE IN A HUT?

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You’re not going to live in this simple hut, so don’t worry!

Ha!

Depending on how brave you are, you can really go bare-bones in India, or live like a king.

It’s up to you!

I’M ON A BUDGET. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I like to mix things up a little!
How to spend 48 astonishing hours in Lucerne, otherwise known as Luzern – On a budget!

India isn’t as cheap as you think.

I mean, it can be reaaaaally cheap, but you’ll literally get what you pay for.

So unless you want to sleep on a rat-ridden, cockroach-crawling, dirty bedsheet, water-in-a-bucket sodden filthy room for ₹100 (INR – Indian Rupees) roughly €1.28 / $1.45 / ‎£1.10, or to spend the rest of your holiday / break / finding yourself / adventure / spilling out your guts in the bathroom (if you can find one) because you drank tap water / ate food at a dodgy corner/ etc, cough up for a little more “quality!”

Unlike Agra, there were so many lovely hotels to choose from so after much deliberation, we opted for the Umaid Bhawan – Heritage Style Hotel!

The Umaid Bhawan – Heritage Style Hotel is a beautiful boutique / historical traditional mansion, otherwise known as a Haveli!

It is also one of the finest heritage hotels in Rajasthan!

We were very pleased!

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At the Umaid Bhawan – Heritage Style Hotel in Jaipur!
©2018 Umaid Bhawan Jaipur Hotels

I find that when booking accomodation abroad, in order to have a sense of security and at the same time have 24 hour service in case anything goes wrong, I rent a room, hotel, hostel, villa or palace with the use of booking.com

And it has not let me down.

In fact, I’m so confident of this, that I’m an affiliate partner of booking.com and trust them enormously.

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Having a Kingfisher beer at the Umaid Bhawan – Heritage Style Hotel in Jaipur!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

We were in Jaipur for 3 nights and paid €375 or €125.00 / $140.00 / ‎£110.00 per night (including the tax) for two Royal Deluxe double rooms. With breakfast. At €62.50 / $70.00 / ‎£55.30 per room!

Our rooms were splendid!

We also had a very comfortable en-suite bedroom, a very large bed, an office section with a nice writing desk, sofas, a private bathroom, and a private terrace complete with a set of tables and chairs!

Honestly, I wished we had been able to stay longer than just 3 days. …

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Lord Ganesh – An elephant on the private terrace of the Umaid Bhawan – Heritage Style Hotel in Jaipur!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018
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Indian curry at the Umaid Bhawan – Heritage Style Hotel in Jaipur!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018
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Ladies dancing with pots on their heads at the Umaid Bhawan – Heritage Style Hotel in Jaipur!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

I utterly recommend the The Umaid Bhawan – Heritage Style Hotel!

Book ahead to get good prices.

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I’M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT. ANY IDEAS?

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You never know what you might see in exotic amazing India!

Absolutely!

Too many to write at the moment.

More soon!

WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORT POSSIBILITIES?

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The hotel in Delhi sent a car to collect me from the airport, then claimed they had never heard of me!
And while we’re at it – 7 other common travel scams to avoid!
I highly recommend Uber!

Uber is fantastic in India.

If you’ve never used Uber before and you would like to. As a first-time customer, if you use my code – victoriaa12504ue – you’ll get €5.00 off your first AND second ride. It’s like riding for free!

You can basically hire a car and driver using the app for a matter of mere hours, all day or pay a flat fee from city to city!

To hire the car where the driver would wait for us for the day, cost us no more than ₹500 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €6.40 / $7.25 / ‎£5.52!

And even for a Premier InterCity city-to-city pre-booking taxi hire for a journey of 153.95 km that took 4 hours and 51 minutes, was the ridiculously cheap price of just ₹1,399 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €18.00 / $20.00 / ‎£15.50 and that was BEFORE the 20% discount for a first intercity ride price of ₹1,119.20 (INR – Indian Rupees) or €14.40 / $16.00 / ‎£12.50!

I couldn’t believe it myself.

ANYTHING ELSE?

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I’m allergic to nuts. If I eat this, I’ll die!

Be very, very cautious if you have allergies or food intolerances.

I’m allergic to all nuts but no matter how much I say it, or how well local staff indicate that they’ve understood, they certainly haven’t, as they then serve me the exact thing that I originally stated that I couldn’t eat or drink in the first place!

Sigh!

MY VERDICT:

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India is awesome!

We all loved it!

Because, Game of Thrones!

Just kidding!

Or am I?!

But seriously.

For many international visitors, India isn’t a destination that immediately comes to mind, but if you’re feeling adventurous, want to push boundaries, willing to get out of your comfort zone, yadda yadda, make it a point of duty to spend a few months weeks, in as many places as you can manage.

If you’re looking for a new destination that isn’t really on the beaten path, say hello – INDIA!

WOULD I COME AGAIN?

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Victoria outside the Amer Fort in Jaipur – The Pink City in Rajasthan, India!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

Sure!

This wasn’t my first trip to India and it probably won’t be my last.

India isn’t for everyone but it’s definitely worth a visit.

Let’s do it!

IF INDIA DOESN’T BREAK YOU, IT’LL MAKE YOU STRONGER ‘COS INDIA IS HARD!

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Perhaps India has changed!

And for those of you who are over 30 (ahem!).

This blog and the next couple of months weeks, is for you.

India isn’t easy, but if you want to go there.

You can!

And of course, if you’re really nervous, I offer a consultancy, and can help you organise or advice you on many parts of your trip to India!

For more info, click here!

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Who doesn’t like an exciting adventure in Incredible India!

Who doesn’t like an exciting adventure?

Well, follow me over the next few months, and find out!

So  what are you waiting for?

‘Rah! ‘Rah!

AN INTRODUCTION TO JAIPUR – THE PINK CITY IN RAJASTHAN! – INCREDIBLE INDIA!

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Victoria with new friends in Jaipur – India
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

This article isn’t sponsored, and all opinions and thoughts on Jaipur and Rajasthan, are utterly, my very own!

Stay tuned.

Yay!

That’s it for now.

See you soon!

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An introduction to Jaipur – The Pink City in Rajasthan! – Incredible India!

Watch this space!

Please note that there are three affiliate link companies connected to this post! Every time one of these services is used, booked, and paid for via my link, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!

A win-win for all!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

So what are you waiting for?

A win-win for all!

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An introduction to Jaipur - The Pink City in Rajasthan! – Incredible India!
An introduction to Jaipur – The Pink City in Rajasthan! – Incredible India!

Do you think the houses in Jaipur are really pink? Have you ever been to India? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in Berlin.

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How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.

How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.
How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.

So a fortnight (two weeks) ago, I told you about how many countries that I travelled to in 2016. And if you’re just joining us, it was 10!

I also told you how I did it, and the plans that I have for 2017. 

In 2016, I’ll be travelling to thirteen (13) countries.

Most of them will be in Europe, and plenty of them, I’ll be reaching by train!

How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.
How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.

But why?

Why the train?

Why not fly?

Why not fly?
Why not fly?

Well, to Russia, I’m thinking strongly of taking some sort of ship or cruise, and to England and Ireland, perhaps flying would be quicker….!

And then again. Perhaps not!

But the fact remains.

I live in Berlin.

In Germany.

Germany - my adopted country!
Germany – my adopted country!

And Germany is right in the centre of Europe.

It has airports, train stations, bus stations, bicycle stations, cars and every possible means of transport.

I travel a lot for leisure and pleasure, and many a time, the adventure is in the getting there rather than the destination itself!

Zoooooop! Don't say it! @eatdrinkandrun.com
Zoooooop! Don’t say it!
@eatdrinkandrun.com

And let’s not forget the hassle, long queues and stringent baggage requirements that airlines require these days. Quite frankly, for a 1.5-hour flight you’re looking at arriving the airport (if flying to the UK) at least 2 hours before, if flying inter-continental, at least 3 hours. Not to talk of actually getting to the airport itself!

Luckily for me, Berlin has excellent local public transport that is cheap, efficient, clean, and reliable. I can’t say the same if you’re trying to get to London Heathrow, which is the busiest airport in the world. And equally as complicated, if you don’t know your way around London.

Me!
Me!

Being that I live in Berlin, makes it an extremely easy way to travel.

In fact, travelling by train through the European continent is one of the most comfortable ways to travel with ease, from one country to the other. And by far, one of the cheapest!

Is it any wonder that one of my favourite forms of transport is the train!

WHY TRAVEL BY TRAIN IN EUROPE?

How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.
How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.

There are many reasons why travelling by train in Europe is a most excellent idea, here are some below:

  • It’s cheap:
Travelling by train is a cheap as a bunch of locally grown flowers!
Travelling by train is a cheap as a bunch of locally grown flowers!

I bought a twelve-hour (12) direct train ticket from Berlin to Budapest. In first class for €69.00. Second class was just €10.00 cheaper at €59.00! I couldn’t believe it, so I bought it! My child was free of charge!

I bought a seven (7) hour train journey (second class) train ticket via the Hungarian Railways or MAV at a cost of 11,780 Ft or €38.40 to travel from Budapest to Prague. Child included in the cost!

A five (5) hour train journey ticket (second class) to travel from Prague to Berlin in August, was just €29.00! My child cost nothing at all!

Over the Landwasser Viaduct in Switzerland. ©Michaa Ludwiczak / Getty
Over the Landwasser Viaduct in Switzerland.
©Michaa Ludwiczak / Getty

For Switzerland, we took the Sparpreis Europa city night line train, and the eleven (11) hour return ticket journey from Berlin – Lucerne – Berlin, including reserved seating in July. Cost just €98.00. My child was free!

As a matter of fact, our return ticket from Berlin – Copenhagen – Berlin was a mere €58.00! And even though we actually missed our connection on the way home, and had to buy another ticket…it was still a sweet deal!

  • Kids travel for free:
Children under 15 travelling inter-city or inter-country, with their relatives, usually travel on the European train, for free!
Children under 15 travelling inter-city or inter-country, with their relatives, usually travel on the European train, for free!

Throughout last summer, I took an international train every weekend, and the price for our son – The Tall Young Gentleman was nothing at all!

His fare was completely and utterly free.

Yep!

Free of charge.

Nada!

Children under 15 travelling inter-city or inter-country, with their relatives, usually travel on the European train, for free!
Children under 15 travelling inter-city or inter-country, with their relatives, usually travel on the European train, for free!

In Germany, children under 15 travelling inter-city or inter-country, with their parents, grandparents, or relatives, travel on the German Rail, otherwise known as Deutsche Bahn (DB), train for free!

Note that if you book Spar Preis Europa trains with the German Rail on this version, your children will be free of charge too!

Other European countries do the same and either have free transport for children, or special prices for families too.

In Stellshagen – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Germany.
Our son as a baby – 20 months old!

On our last visit to the UK, we bought an Advance Single train ticket – via the National Rail – from Manchester Oxford Road to a station in Cheshire. Our adult tickets for a 30-minute inter-city train were £3.00 each, and £1.50 for our child. Our Express Train tickets from Manchester Airport to Manchester Oxford Road (in the city) were just £5.00 each per adult, and £2.50 for our child.

  • Delays are minimal and compensated:
The German Rail / Deutsche Bahn train leaving Berlin.
The German Rail / Deutsche Bahn train leaving Berlin.

When travelling by European train, there is very little fuss to it, and far fewer delays than flying

In fact, European Regulation (EC) 1371/2007 on rail passengers’ rights and obligations (2009), state that passengers are entitled to standardised rights in the rail sector in Germany and in Europe.

If there are delays of at least sixty (60) minutes or more, you are entitled to compensation, and if you were to take a taxi, or another mode of transport up to €80.00, you could have that refunded too. Make sure you get the correct documentation at either the train station concerned, from another station, or from the train staff!

  • Luggage:
Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!
Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!

Train travel means that there is plenty of room for your luggage. And if you wished to take the kitchen sink with you (within reason), you probably could. No need to worry about how heavy your luggage would be and how much. There is relatively little or no fuss. In many cases, the railway staff would even help you carry your bags!

No when was the last time that you saw airport staff carry luggage for anyone!

  • Personal space:
You can strech your legs in the corridor of the Polish Train.
You can stretch your legs in the corridor of the Polish Train.

Unlike air or bus travel, there is room to move around, and really stretch your legs. And depending on how long the journey is, they sometimes have some dedicated time for passengers to go outside, buy some refreshments, get some fresh air, take photographs, or get some WiFi!

  • The social factor:
On the Czech-infused train from Berlin to Budapest!
On the Czech-infused train from Berlin to Budapest!

The European train is a little like the Indian train in the sense that you actually get to meet people. And talk to them.

I mean, you’re sitting elbow to elbow, you’re probably going to an international country, the passengers are either locals or tourists themselves, and to be frank, everyone is quite interested in your journey. And if you’ve got a bottle of booze somewhere.

All the better!

So now to the real McCoy!

HOW TO USE THE TRAIN IN EUROPE: 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU

How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.
How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.

Depending on where you are coming from, you need to:

1.  Get a train ticket:

Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!
Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!

The cheapest way to ease into buying train tickets through most European countries (not all), is to actually book through the Deutsche Bahn portal on the local German English version not the UK or USA version! Note that for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland, if you’re going by train, I don’t recommend that you do so by Interrail or Eurail passes, if you’re only travelling to one country, as the prices are ridiculously expensive and children have to be paid for!

The snag is to book tickets with the national train companies, directly. On their own websites, or through the German Rail otherwise known as Deutsche Bahn. Most websites have an English version. Some can be admittedly slightly hidden, but persevere, or contact them directly by calling, or via Email!

Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!
Get a train ticket and travel through Europe!

But don’t forget. Not all train companies allow you to pay online, or even to buy local tickets at local prices! Some train companies only allow you to buy a Eurail ticket if you’re buying from abroad, and which you can only pay for with a credit card. For more info on that check here..  And some do, but you either have to buy the ticket on the train, or have to pay online and then collect the train tickets once you’re in the country itself, or change the language of the website!

For train travel all around the world check out the website of The Man in Seat Sixty-One . . . or Deutsche Bahn.

A goat on the train? Ah well, anything can happen. I've seen worse. Swans for example!
A goat on the train? Ah well, anything can happen. I’ve seen worse.
Swans for example!

But remember, if you’re using the Deutsche Bahn website, change the location to Germany and use the English word for Deutschland which is Germany! NOT the UK/Ireland one! And then change the language to English!

2.  Check online for best routes:

A map of the European High - Speed Train Network!
A map of the European High – Speed Train Network!

Many train companies have their own website which you can access for routes so that you can see where you want to go. Or better yet. Where they actually go, and how to get there!

3.  Do your research:

Do you need to get a bus and then the train? Or vice-versa in Barcelona. Spain?
Do you need to get a bus and then the train? Or vice-versa in Barcelona. Spain?

I live in Berlin and the Polish border is just under two hours away as such, there are discount prices from the German Railway Service known as Deutsche Bahn or DB. You can get a one-way single ticket from Berlin to Stettin or Szczecin in Poland, for just €11.00. Reduced tickets for €8.30. If you want to make a day of it, a day ticket would be €22.00 and €16.60 respectively. You could use it for every local transport in Stettin and the ticket is valid until 03:00 the next day!

Or you could get the German Regional tickets also known as the Länder-Tickets. These are fantastic bargains as the Berlin-Brandenburg regional one day ticket is only €29.00 and can be used by up to 5 people! That’s right! 5 people can travel on this ticket and they don’t have to be related! This ticket is valid from 09:00 to 03:00 the following day, and on the trams and buses in Stettin (Szczecin), and can be used to get to the Polish border!

Yeah well, no promises on the Bogus Bus!
Yeah well, no promises on the Bogus Bus!

You sometimes see people hustling for ticket holders in Stettin (Szczecin) ‘cos if you have 5 people travelling together that’s €5.00 each. A bargain if ever I saw one!

You can get this ticket from the VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg website or DB online. For more information check here and here.

4.  In fact, if you are in Germany, why not hop to some of our neighbouring countries too:

"The Tall Young Gentleman" didn't look too happy that for Switzerland, we took the Sparpreis Europa city night line train!
“The Tall Young Gentleman” didn’t look too happy that for Switzerland, we took the Sparpreis Europa city night line train!

It might take you a while, but you can take the train from Berlin to London for as little as €59.00, to Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Poland for as little as €39.00 per single ticket or one way trip!

And if it’s not too far away. And being that this is Europe we’re talking about, so it isn’t! Fares can sometimes go as low as €19.00 for destinations such as to Prague for example!

The Deutsche Bahn building in Berlin!
The Deutsche Bahn building in Berlin!

For more information check here.

5.  Reserve your seat:

Me relaxing at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
Me relaxing at the Berlin Music Video Awards.

Now as a blogger, I’m always online in some form or the other, and it really surprises me how travellers and tourists leave their train bookings until the very last minute!

Believe me. Don’t do that!

It was lovely having a Bristol cab and driver waiting for me!
It was lovely having a Bristol cab and driver waiting for me!

Trains are popular in Europe. And if the destination is on a well-worn track, then the trains will be packed. And if it’s the weekend or a public holiday, you won’t get a seat, and will be forced to stand…!

In the summer, it’s not unknown for teenagers to be sitting on the corridor floor with their mates for a few hours.

But they can cope. Can you?

Try to reserve a seat on the European train!
Try to reserve a seat on the European train!

Now if you really don’t want to pay for a reserved seat, then the trick is to either go to the very front of the train, or the very back of it. And be quick about it!

However, if you’ve got luggage or kids, somebody from your party ought to sprint in and bagsy a couple of non-reserved seats, or you might as well do the decent relaxing thing, and reserve the seat of your choice, in a compartment that you prefer.

Our tiny Czech train in the middle of no-where!
Our tiny Czech train in the middle of no-where!

Having said that, lots of small rural or regional trains have no possibility to reserve seats at all, so either jump in and turn left, or go upstairs!

6.  Take some refreshments with you:

Take some refreshments with you!
Take some refreshments with you!

If you’re on a regional or rural train, no refreshments will be sold on the train. And don’t even think that you can buy “something” at the next station as countryside train stations are either tiny little things, or simply non-existent!

Generally, super-clean-fast-efficient-modern-high speed trains have restaurants and trolley service throughout the train, but you can’t be sure that you’ll like either what they’re offering, or the prices!

Refreshments on the European first class train usually include a small bottle of wine or beer. But not always!
Refreshments on the European first class train usually include a small bottle of wine or beer. But not always!

‘Best to bring your own stuff if travelling in second class. Refreshments are usually given for first class customers and usually include a small bottle of wine or beer. But not always!

7.  Talk to the locals:

Don't be afraid to talk to locals or your fellow travellers on the European train!
Don’t be afraid to talk to locals or your fellow travellers on the European train!

My fellow travellers were always very helpful and we usually spoke in a mixture of English or German and a splattering of whatever the local language happens to be. With a lot of hand gestures, acting, drawing, and generally making quite a fool of myself, they usually understood what I was asking! The local travellers always helped us get off at the stop that we usually required too.

Many a time just looking anxious, or “other,” tends to open a conversation. And really, you don’t ever have to worry. The locals will help you. Just ask. Promise!

The locals will help you. Just ask. Promise!
The locals will help you. Just ask.
Promise!

In some cases, even the train driver will help you!

8.  Be prepared:

Have the correct documentation with you when travelling on the European train, and be prepared!
Have the correct documentation with you when travelling on the European train, and be prepared!

When travelling through Europe, you’re likely to go through different countries, each with it’s own distinct flavour of technology. In highly advanced countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and the Nordic countries, technical equipment will be at it’s highest, with power outlets either in between your seats, on the table, or on the side of the wall near the window!

In less advanced nations such as in Eastern Europe and even in Southern Europe, not so much!

There might be wifi and a power outlet. And there might not!
There might be WiFi and a power outlet. And there might not!

There will be WiFi, but it probably won’t work, or will be spotty at best. And there will be no power outlets! On our 15-hour train journey to Hungary, I spent hours searching the train for a plug-hole. And where was it?

In the restaurant, hanging dangerously on the wall of the heavy main train door, or in the toilet!

Er No!

Have the correct documentation with you when travelling on the European train, and be prepared!
Have the correct documentation with you when travelling on the European train, and be prepared!

Oh by the way. Europe isn’t a country. It’s a continent, so if you’re travelling on an international train, you must take your passport with you!

Train officials never used to check people in the past due to the European law of Free Movement, but as a result of strengthened alertness due to the increased height of terrorism, and to ensure our safety, they are now. So make sure you have everything in order.

Otherwise, you’ll be escorted off the train and your holiday could end right there!

9.  If you miss your train stop, don’t panic:

How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you - don't panic!
How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you – don’t panic!

Once travelling through Poland, I realized that we had missed our train stop as the countryside scene that was I expecting, did not show up on my horizon!

Hmm!

I couldn’t really look outside the window as the window was blocked with passengers in the corridor.

I couldn’t check the train map that you normally see in the corridors either as I couldn’t get to the corridor, and I didn’t have an iPhone in those days.

We had missed our train stop! Oh no!
We had missed our train stop! Oh no!

A girl in her early 20’s noticed that I kept attempting to leave the compartment. She confirmed that I had missed our stop.

OK. I’ll get off at the next stop!

Oh, I’ve missed that too!

And the train is now going East further into Poland, whereas I was supposed to be going to the sea which was in the West!

We got off the train!
We got off the train!

We got off the train.

Unfortunately, the train officials weren’t really very helpful and pointed at contrasting directions, so I decided to look around the station myself and peek onto other platforms and lo and behold, the connecting train that I wanted was still ON THE PLATFORM!

I checked and double-checked that it was indeed the right train, then we hopped on!

Then we hopped back on the train again!
Then we hopped back on the train again!

I so bugged the train conductor as per how many stops we had left, and what time we were expected to get to a certain seaside village, as there are no announcements and no destination indicators.

It was a case of watching and counting, each and every train stop…. 75 minutes later, we were there!

10.  If it all goes bananas, use your head:

Use your head at foreign train stations!
Use your head at foreign train stations!

There are 101 ways to travel through Europe, and the train is just one of them.

Sometimes it makes sense to choose another form of transport to get to your final destination.

It isn’t the worse thing in the world if you do!

HOW TO USE THE TRAIN IN EUROPE: 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU

How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.
How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.

This article is not sponsored, and the excitement of using the train in Europe, is my very own!

For travelling across Europe, or from Germany, please contact: Deutsche Bahn or take a look at my country destination page and book your hotel here!

It’s January!

I’ll be making an announcement this month that will either having me jumping up and down like a Jack-in-the-Box, or crying over my hot cocoa! Find out throughout January!

The 10th British Shorts Film Festival is taking place from 12th – 18th January, 2017

Berlin Fashion Week will take place from 17th –  20th January, 2017

The British Council Literature Seminar – #BritLitBerlin – will take place from 26.01.17 – 28.01.17

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival, otherwise known as the Berlinale, will take place from 09.02.17 – 19.02.17

Strictly Stand Up – The English Comedy Night will take place at the Quatsch comedy Club on 15.02.17. Save the Date!

If you’re not in Berlin in January, it’s a darn shame!

January is going to be dramatic!

How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.
How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.

Watch this space!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

Please note that there are now affiliate links (for the very first time) connected to this post. Please consider using the links, because every time some sort of accommodation or travel insurance is booked via my links I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!

A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.
How to use the train in Europe: 10 tips to help you.

Have you ever used the train across Europe? What are your stories? Spill the beans!

See you in Berlin.

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