By Emily Rycroft
Beach holiday or city break? Don’t you just wish you could combine the two and have the freedom to explore an incredible city and a beautiful beach? Well this week forget sex, we bring you to Sand in the City on Traincation to Vienna…
You just can’t beat the feeling of sand between your toes, especially when you’re on holiday in a city. It’s time to throw your bucket and spade in the suitcase and head to Vienna for Sand in the City. Just next to Lothringer Street, a pop-up beach has been entertaining tourists and locals alike. This weekend will host the final weekend of the festivities so don’t miss out!
From beach football to some pretty intense volleyball games, make sure you get involved and make some new mates. Surrounding the sand are a hell of a lot of Hawaiian-style palm trees and tons of restaurants with a variety of cuisines. There are also 15 bars to pick from and the whole area lights up and night (pictured), while the party continues. Keep an eye out for the fantastic sand models next to the Konzerthaus and see if you can recognise which famous landmarks they are. There’s also a swimming pool, jacuzzi and even a massage lounge for the most relaxing Traincation yet!
Hop on a late morning/early afternoon Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord and then take the short walk to Gare de l’Est with enough time to pop in a few shops along the way. An evening aboard the City Night Line sleeper train to Munich is your next adventure. Try and get a sleeper carriage with comfy beds and your own shower and toilet. Wander down to the bar, grab your glass of wine/beer and start the party! The journey from Munich to Vienna takes around four hours travelling on the Austrian RailJet train. It’s fully air-conditioned with a well-stocked bar in the middle carriage.
There are other ways to travel between London and Vienna. So if you have a few extra pounds in your pocket then get single tickets for your outbound journey and travel home via Switzerland. Return from Vienna to Zurich through the Alps via the Arlberg Pass (pictured). The best ways are either the RailJet train via Salzburg & Innsbruck or the EuroCity. Have an overnight stay in Zurich and then jump on a train to Paris for your Eurostar home.
Bang for your buck
Dine in style for less at a whole host of eateries, with the Eurostar ticket restaurant discount.
What are you doing this weekend? We want to hear all about it in the comments box below or on Twitter @traincation…