Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp: Getting there by local trains, and back by bus.

The Auschwitz Concentration Camp is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Poland.  It played a major role in the Nazi's Final Solution programme both as a camp and an extermination facility, and a reason for its infamy is that out of the 1.3 million prisoners sent there, 1.1 million died as a result of... Continue Reading →


Renfe Alvia to Salamanca 

Salamanca is a lovely historic town situated approximately 2 hours west of Madrid.  Much of its fame stems from the eponymous University of Salamanca, which at 800 years old is one of the oldest in the world.  Apart from that, the town itself also features various historical buildings which are also a must see if... Continue Reading →

Prague to Krakow on Ex 115 Cracovia

The third leg of my summer travels saw me headed towards Krakow, a city in southern Poland, and due east if oriented from Prague.  As it was a 7 hour journey away I opted to take the train instead of a bus.  This was possible as Czech Railways runs services to Krakow daily. Ex 115 Cracovia... Continue Reading →

Vienna to Bratislava on REx 2516

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia.  It lies incredibly close to the Austro-Slovak border and is a mere 1 hour train ride away from Vienna.  Bratislava Airport is also a base for Ryanair, which means it presents a cheaper travel option for the Viennese and/or people intending to travel to Vienna.  In my case, I... Continue Reading →

Czech Railjet to Vienna: RJ 75 “Franz Schubert”

The Siemens Railjet is an interesting piece of machinery.  It is essentially a locomotive drawn high-speed train with a top design speed of 230km/h.  Railjet operations are synonymous with the ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen), the Austrian Federal Railways and represents their highest tier of service.  For that reason they are primarily used on international routes to... Continue Reading →

Berlin to Prague on EC175 “Robert Schumann”

Intercity rail travel is a highly convenient affair in Europe, although only if you're travelling between capitals or major cities.  The EU is highly integrated,  and a good example is intercity rail: tickets sold by one company's website may be for a service operated by another. In this case, I bought my tickets from Deutsche... Continue Reading →

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