Begin 2019 with an adventure of Olympic proportions

Whether you’re plotting your first trip to Europe, or you’re a seasoned traveler looking for something different, you share the same purpose—you want to make the trip your own, and you want it to be memorable.

Wondering where to begin? Follow this itinerary to discover 15 Olympic cities in nine European countries. A Eurail Global Pass covers all the countries in this itinerary (New for 2019: Great Britain!) and offers you the most flexibility. 2019 prices on the Global Pass are far friendlier, too – up to 37% cheaper than in 2018! Also new for 2019, a Senior Pass option that’s 10% less than the adult fare for travelers over 60.

Short on time? You can always opt for the new 3-day Global Pass option and break this itinerary down into smaller trips that better fit your travel schedule!

🚆 London to Paris via Eurostar in 2h 15m

The Orbit and Olympic Stadium, London

London — The 2012 Olympic Stadium is now home to the West Ham United Football Club and is open to the public. In Olympic Park, be sure to view the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture, featuring the longest tunnel slide in the world.

Paris — The 1900 Olympics in Paris was an international multi-sport event that took place during the World’s Fair. Twenty-four years later, Paris hosted the Summer games while the winter games were held later that year in Chamonix. In 2024, exactly 100 years after hosting the first time, Paris will again be the home of the Summer Olympics. Never too early to start planning, and put this to good use in your next trivia challenge.

🚆 Paris to Antwerp via Thalys in 2h 1m

Brabo fountain on market square in Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp —This Olympic venue is a triumph of hope as the games were launched just two years after the end of WWI. The former Olympics Stadium is now occupied by a Belgium football club, Beershot Wilrijk.

🚆 Antwerp to Amsterdam in 1h

Amsterdam — The Olympic stadium in Amsterdam earned the honor of being designated a national monument in 1987 and is currently used for football matches and as a music venue.

🚆  Amsterdam to Berlin via ICE in about 6h

Berlin — The exterior of Berlin’s Olympic stadium and the surrounding area in this historical city still looks very much the same as it did when it hosted the games in the summer of 1936. Guided tours of the stadium and Olympiapark are open to the public. Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Berlin Wall. 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of when the wall came down.

🚆Berlin-Munich in 3h 58m

Munich — Many of the venues created for the 1972 Munich Olympic events are located in an area known as Olympiapark. The park features a restaurant and a lake where boat rentals are available.

 

Bayerische Zugspitzbahn, the cable car leading to Germany’s highest mountain. Get 10% off round-trip tickets when you present your Eurail Global Pass!

When you reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen, an easy day trip from Munich (about 1.5 hours each way), you’ll immediately know why it played host to the Winter Olympics in 1936. Take a stroll around town to admire the colorful exteriors of the Bavarian homes, then ride the new cable car or classic cogwheel train to Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.

 

🚆Munich to Innsbruck in 1h 45m

Innsbruck — Pay a visit to Bergisel Hill, home of the Olympic ski jump and now a not-to-be-missed attraction towering high above Innsbruck. The modern tower and all Bergisel Stadium facilities are open to visitors.

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🚆 Innsbruck to St Moritz in 5h 13m

St Moritz  Many of the sites used for the 1928 games in St Moritz were also used in 1948. Today, you can visit 17 plaques around the city at six historical St Moritz Olympic venues, each commemorating the sports and athletes who competed. The 5-hour journey from Innsbruck requires a change in Sargans and Chur, but don’t worry—the views are sure to keep you entertained.

🚆 St Moritz to Rome in 8h with a change in Tirano and Milan

Rome  — To break up the journey from St Moritz to Rome, hop off the train in Milan, which is bidding for hosting status in the 2026 Winter Olympics. Rome’s Olympic Village, built to house the athletes, is now a residential apartment complex, while the Palazzo dei Congressi, the location for Fencing, continues as an exhibition center in Rome.

Follow the 1960 Summer Olympics marathon trail to the finish line (under the Arch of Constantine)

🚆 Rome to Turin via Frecciarossa in 4h 05m

Turin — Torino Olympic Park encompasses Cesana Pariol, the bobsled luge and skeleton venue. The former Olympic stadium still offers live entertainment, events and sports competitions.

🚆 Turin to Chambéry via TGV in 2h 39m

Chambéry — While not a host city, Chambéry provides a base to visit Albertville (49m) and Grenoble (56m), the hosts of the 1992 and 1968 Winter Olympics, respectively. In Albertville, wander through the Halle Olympique, where both figure skating and short speed skating events took place, and visit the House of the Olympic Games located in the old Palais de Justice. Grenoble, home to the Chamrousse ski resort, is part of today’s Tour de France route and makes good use of the region’s high mountain passes.

🚆 Chambéry to Barcelona in 6h 47m via SNCF and France-Spain High Speed

Barcelona — From Chambéry, transfer in Lyon to a direct France-Spain High Speed train. This route will treat you to stunning views of the Alps and the Azure coast on the 5-hour journey to Barcelona. In Barcelona, visitors can still tour many of the 1992 Summer Olympic sites, including the Estadi Olympic de Montjuic. Don’t miss Camp Nou, which hosted the soccer events and is now the iconic home of FC Barcelona.

View of Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the first Olympic games

Feel like we missed a rather important one? Ah yes, of course: Athens, Greece, where the first modern games originated in 1896! It’s a memorable experience to travel from Italy to Athens, almost in the footsteps of the Greeks and Romans, if not the athletes. It’s worth it if you have the time. Or, plan another trip and use the Eurail Greece Pass or the Eurail Greek Islands Pass, which now gives you access to 53 Greek islands (previously only 28).

Huge shout-out to Michele Topper, our product expert, for thinking up this exciting itinerary!

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hoping to travel from Denmark into Germany then onto Switzeland & Italy & ending up in Sardinia Island for this years vacation in June /July or August 2019. Would the “Eurail Select Pass” be the best option for this tour. We would be stopping off at various locations en-route. This is for two seniors visiting from Australia.
    Kind Regards,
    Darryl Richard.

  2. Chris Tutolo Chris Tutolo says:

    Hi Darryl, thanks for reading. Sounds like a blast! The Eurail Select Pass has been discontinued, but you can purchase the Eurail Global Pass. With a Eurail Global Pass, you will be covered to travel between Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. A ferry to Sardinia would be separate, but the Eurail Global Pass is valid on the rail lines there once you arrive. To purchase the Eurail Global Pass, click here: https://www.raileurope.com.au/pass/eurail-global-pass-7286

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