These are the 3 best Interrail festival routes
friday, january 26th, 2018 / Susanne Engelen
Touring through Europe with a group of friends with whom you visit the most beautiful cities and the greatest festivals? What sounds like only a dream can in fact easily be reality. As an inspiration for the summer, we present to you the three best routes for your Interrail festival holiday.
Rusty route (Melt Festival + Colours of Ostrava)
Travel period: 12 – 22 July
Locations: Berlin, Gräfenhainichen, Prague and Ostrava
Interrail Pass: 5 travel days within 15 days
The first route in the ‘Interrail Festival’ list is perfect for the festival fan who not only expects a good line-up, but also a slick location. For Melt Festival 2018 some very nice exclusive shows are planned, a.o. of Florence + The Machine and The xx. Both concerts will take place on the mighty Melt Stage. This stage is surrounded by towering excavators, which magically come to life at night thanks to the colourful lighting. Within this ‘Iron City’ there’s also a forest, where you can dance all night long or can sit down at an open-air cinema. The beach along the Gremmin lake hosts some of the best underground dj’s and is the place to be when you’re looking for some refreshment during the day.
Just a few hours from Melt there’s Berlin. Before you take off to the festival it’s definitely recommended to dive into this city full of culture and history. The perfect stopover before you reach the next festival, is to be found in Prague. Think cosy terraces, astonishing architecture and the best parties (for those who can’t get enough of it). Also it’s the ideal gateway towards the Czech festival Colours of Ostrava.
The colourful industrial area of Colours serves as a decor for the festival and deserves a Lonely Planet guide all by itself. Between the old coal mines and melting furnaces you bump into many hidden stages. Not only musicians perform here; also lecturers, street artists and theater productions are found here. Last edition Colours even got crowned with the Festileaks audience award for ‘Most Beautiful Location’. All this, combined with announced shows of a.o. London Grammar and George Ezra, in our opinion adds up to a winning festival formula.
Dance, dance & dance! (Balaton Sound + EXIT Festival + Electric Castle)
Travel period: 2 – 27 July
Locations: Budapest, Zamárdi, Novi Sad, Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca and destination unknown
Interrail Pass: 10 travel days within 1 month
Dancing during sunset (or sunrise) at Lake Balaton, raving in world’s best Dance Arena in Serbia and swinging to nostalgic beats. This tour starts in Budapest, which offers a nice passage towards the first festival in Zamárdi: Balaton Sound. This festival is also known as the ultimate summer festival. A beautiful blue lake, temperatures of around 30 degrees celsius and shows of the best dj’s. For the 2018 edition the organisation already booked major acts like The Chainsmokers, David Guetta and Martin Garrix.
After five days of Balaton Sound you take a bit of rest in the green inlands of Hungary, in the direction of Serbia. Once recovered and ready to party again, EXIT Festival is next. Every year during four days in July, thousands of party people take over the Petrovaradin fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia. Artists from every genre prove themselves at more than 20 stages, that arise between the fairytale-like illuminated fortress walls. The festival mostly takes place during the night, so during the day visitors are likely to be found on the beach along the Danube or in the city center. Both here and at the festival, you pay close to nothing for food, drinks and transportation.
After having lived as a king in Serbia, your journey continues towards the third and last festival on this route, but not before you’ve visited Timisoara. This Romanian city has many nice sights and an authentic architecture. Both impressive squares and intimate winding shopping streets, but also the green environment are a treat for the eye.
From Timisoara you travel through the Transylvanian landscape towards Cluj-Napoca. Also this Romanian city in the mountains is more than worth visiting because of its authentic look. Next to that, it’s only a stone’s throw away from the Bánffy Castle. At the property of this old castle every July Electric Castle takes place.
This festival offers a fine mix of different music styles, good food, art installations, yoga, films and more. There are also a virtual reality tech park, a gaming area and cool 3D projections that transform the festival grounds into a futuristic landscape. Next to shows of a.o. Damian Marley (Bob’s son), London Grammar and Netsky, there will also be a drum & bass night led by Hospital Records and a elrow party.
After such a long festival trip, you probably don’t want to do anything else but relax for a while. Of course you can choose to directly take the train back, but you can also go for another one or two stops. For example, you can cool off again at Lake Balaton, enjoy the lovely Austrian tarts in Vienna or sit back and relax on the many terraces in Krakow.
End of summer madness (Sziget Festival + Frequency Festival)
Travel period: 6 – 20 August
Locations: Budapest, Sänkt Polten, Vienna and Munich
Interrail Pass: 5 travel days within 15 days
Whoever is looking for the never-ending festival experience, chooses for this route! You kick off your holiday in Budapest, where you’ll have some time to acclimatize along the Danube and in the traditional thermal baths before the party starts. Thereafter you move to Obudai island, also known as the Island of Freedom, for the seven-day Sziget Festival. Next to the greatest international artists and smaller upcoming bands, you’ll find an extensive side program full of theatre, dance, circus, art, sports and workshops at this festival. Sziget has so much to offer, that after seven days, you still haven’t seen everything.
We therefore understand: this asks for more. At the connecting Frequency Festival in Sänkt Polten, Austria, diehards find the perfect solution. This festival not only has a strong line-up every year, but also a lovely camping located along an Austrian stream; the ideal relaxing spot during the day.
You end your Interrail adventure with a visit to Vienna, possibly followed by a stop in Munich or another German city. Either way, a few days of recovering in a comfortable bed whilst enjoying healthy local specialities, is recommended after about ten days of non-stop partying!
Book directly or another route in mind?
Just visit the page of the festival(s) you want to go, or plan your trip via Interrail. We are more than happy to advise you on your ideal route. If you contact us, we can help you create a customized festival holiday to your liking. See you abroad!