Here at Safestay, we want to inspire you to #travelmore
That is why we are growing to give you more affordable accommodation across Europe. That is why we now have over 20 hostels & hotels across Europe with 5 of them in Central Europe! So we think it’s time to show you how to explore Central Europe.
When to visit?
The strange thing about visiting Central Europe is that there are many different advantages to visiting anytime throughout the year! However, no surprise but it is usually very busy during the Summer months as this is when everyone tends to travel.
So to beat the crowds we recommend visiting Central Europe during the spring and fall shoulder seasons, particularly late May and September. During both of these months, temperatures are warm and rainfall is relatively low.
Surprisingly, another pleasant time to visit is in November and December. Central Europe is truly magical at this time of year, especially as snow begins to lightly dust the ground and rooftops. And of course, the Christmas Markets are also out in full force, showcasing the European holiday spirit at its finest.
Why visit Central Europe?
#1 Food glorious food
Central Europe is rich with amazing cuisine which will make any foodie drool—and also home to some of the best beers, wines and liquors in the world. Generally, these smaller countries don’t produce enough to export so they keep the best for themselves. Another reason why you have to visit!
#2 Great value for money
Accommodation and transport are significantly less than those in Western Europe. A private walking tour, for example, might cost $100 or less; a nice meal for two with wine might cost $40.
#3 A variety of cultures
Within a small area, you can experience so many unique and different cultures. Everything is reachable by train so grab an interrail pass and live the travel life.
#4 Strong traditions and authentic experiences
While catching up with modern times, cities like Prague and Warsaw still are steeped in tradition, and their people still celebrate local customs and festivals throughout the year. Narrow alleyways are fun and easy to navigate, with hidden gems in every corner.
#5 Landscapes and vistas abound
The region provides so many different settings, from breathtaking nature with a range of national parks, mountains & lakes to countryside villages and cosmopolitan cities.
How to travel between Central Europe?
Interrail! What better way is there to travel than by train as you get to explore the beauty of the whole city and its countrysides as you travel from one country into another. You can get an interrail global pass starting from €150. We recommend getting the 15-day pass which is €307. This would be the perfect amount of days to explore the 5 cities.
There are also youth discounts for anyone 27 or under where you can get 23% off.
So, we’ll help you make the plan.
We’ve done our research and mapped out the best way to visit the major cities of Central Europe, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava & Warsaw, all by train! And the best part! We have hotels/hostels in all of these cities! That’s 2 things, travel & accommodation, you don’t have to worry about now!
For this trip, we are going to be starting this journey in Berlin!
Safestay Berlin → Safestay Prague
The best way to get to Prague would be to take the Eurocity from BERLIN SUEDKREUZ (Germany) train station directly to PRAGUE HLAVNI NADRAZI (Czech Republic) station. The journey usually takes 4 and a half hours. You can purchase tickets here
Safestay Prague → Safestay Vienna
The best way to get to Vienna would be to take the Rail Jet from PRAGUE HLAVNI NADRAZI (Czech Republic) train station directly to WIEN HBF (Austria) station. The journey usually takes 4 hours. You can purchase tickets here
Safestay Vienna → Safestay Bratislava
The best way to get to Bratislava would be to take the Regional Train from WIEN HBF (Austria) train station directly to BRATISLAVA-PETRZALKA (Slovakia) station. The journey usually takes 1 hour. You can purchase tickets here
Safestay Bratislava → Safestay Warsaw
The best way to get to Warsaw would be to take the EURO CITY from BRATISLAVA HLAVNA STANICA (Slovakia) train station directly to WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (Poland) station. The journey is the longest and takes approximately 8 hours. You can purchase tickets here
Safestay Warsaw → Safestay Berlin
The best way to get back to Berlin would be to take the FAST AND COMFORTABLE INTERREGIONAL TRAINS from WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (Poland) train station directly to BERLIN OSTBAHNHOF (Germany) station. The journey is the longest and takes approximately 5 and a half hours. You can purchase tickets here