Where I’m At: Vienna – My Grand Tour of Europe

Greetings from Vienna. After 11 days in Jordan I have arrived in Vienna for a relatively short trip to Europe where I will be travelling by rail in with Eurail.com.

I have been sent a complimentary pass from Eurail.com and I will be writing about destinations covered by the pass.

My Eurail Travel Plan

I have the Global Pass, which gives me access to 10 days of unlimited rail travel within 2 months in 23 countries in Europe. I only have 15 days available to travel so I will be making the most of this pass by visiting some new places and revisiting some old favourites. So far my country list looks like this:


All I know are the start and end dates (I have a flight out of Amsterdam I need to make by the 5th of June). I have never been to Croatia and Slovenia so I want to go there, and the rest is a general trajectory towards Amsterdam. The great thing about a Eurail pass is you can make it up as you go. You may fall in love with a place (or a person) and decide to linger in one place for a while. Meet a bunch of travellers going in the other direction and you want to go as well? Sure, why not. No need to worry about locking yourself in with flight, you can just jump on the next available train.


I’ve started my Eurail trip in Austria mainly because it was the easiest flight for me out of Amman. I have been here before so I didn’t feel the need to do too much sightseeing today. I lasted about three hours before stuffing myself with some good chocolate, so I hope I have got that out of my system now.

One thing I wanted to do today was to admire the Eurail map with a coffee. I went to one of the old school Viennese cafes, Hawelka, and studied the map and all the potential places I could go to.

Eurail map with coffee


  1. Heather Stearns says:

    Congratulations on your winning ticket, James!

    I’m looking forward to keeping up with your adventure and hope to travel on Eurail someday.

  2. How exciting, this is definitely a dream of mine! 

  3. The last time I did a Eurail trip was back in 2003 when I studied abroad. Would LOVE to do another one of Eastern Europe.. Sounds like a great trip you have ahead! 

  4. Renee King says:

    I think the Eurailpass is the exact ticket that I need for my European trip next year.  Congrats!!

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