I’m a romantic at heart! To me nothing is more romantic than taking a train and travelling to various parts of Europe.
Yes, I came close to being robbed in Rome and even got stranded in Poland for a night, but those experiences didn’t diminish my love for train travel. There’s something special about sitting back in your seat with a good book, glass of wine and gazing out the window from time-to-time. I’ve caught stunning views of the Italian Riviera, glimpsed families taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride through rural Bavaria and even spied castles nestled into the mountains of the Czech Republic. Those indelible impressions, the incredible feelings of those moments will always stay with me.
I’ve always travelled on the train during the day but on a recent journey from Berlin to Munich, I opted to take an overnight train with City Night Line where I stayed in a sleeper cabin. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the experience but after reading about Adam’s grand tour from Munich to Venice, I was pretty excited. This would be romantic!
Arriving around 8:00 PM at Berlin’s Haupbahnhof (the main train station), I had plenty of time to check for the correct boarding platform, grab a bite to eat and as always snap some pictures with my iPhone.
I was also quite pleased with myself for using my backpack for the very time. I bought it for a trip to South America just over two years ago and never used it at all. It was perfect for my planned journey to Seiser Alm in the Italians Alps where myself a group of other travel bloggers would spend three nights in a mountain hut!
Upon boarding the train, I was delighted to discover that I’d have my sleeper cabin completely to myself. There was a small single bed, a sink, fresh towels, a bottle of water, an electrical outlet and even sufficient storage space for my giant-sized backpack.
Shortly after I settled in, the train attendant asked me if I’d like coffee or tea with my breakfast in the morning. I certainly hadn’t expected breakfast to be included! With a smile I asked for a coffee and where I could find the dining car to get myself a drink.
Buying a small bottle of wine, I ran back to my room eager to enjoy the night. I changed into my pyjamas, kicked back with my latest travel read, climbed into bed and enjoyed my red wine. Lulled by the train’s movements, it wasn’t long before I fell fast asleep. At about 7 AM, I’d be in Munich!
Although the bed was quite comfortable, I didn’t have the best night’s sleep. I woke up a few times when we stopped and I heard the noises of other passengers.
My fatigue was quickly erased though when I opened my window and saw the sun rising over the Southern German countryside. Romance at it’s best, no?
I quickly dressed, re-packed and enjoyed my tiny breakfast consisting of a coffee, orange juice and chocolate chip muffin. While the breakfast wasn’t large, it would hold me over until I could find a proper one in Munich.
All in all, I really enjoyed my City Night Line experience – enough so that I used them for my return journey from Munich to Berlin. I like the idea of getting into bed and then suddenly waking up refreshed at my destination. I’m already planning future trips!
* Disclosure – My journey to and from Munich was courtesy of City Night Line. Any opinions expressed about the romance of the train rides and living the European dream are entirely my own.