Prefer the buzzing city life to sandy beaches? Here’s a European festival road trip that will ensure you get to experience some of the finest cities and take in an array of music festivals, live and loud.
London to Amsterdam
Head straight to Amsterdam on the Eurostar, taking just four hours with a change at Brussels. Prices for the journey start at £99 for a return.
Things to do in Amsterdam
You don’t need to plan your time in Amsterdam in advance, just hop on a city bike and ride down the long canals discovering the weird and wondrous things Amsterdam has to offer. Must-see sights include the Heineken Experience, the famous Ice Bar, the red light district and The Anne Frank House. There are plenty of waterside terraces should you visit on a warm, sunny day and fancy a cold beer along the canal.
Amsterdam to Hamburg
You definitely have to stop off at Hamburg, as it’s the top place on this route where you’ll get the most out of your money. The train journey is another five hours, and tickets are priced from as little as £29 for a single. If you’re a lover of art and architecture, then Hamburg is your ideal place. You must also check out the famous Tierpark Hagenbeck Zoo for its open-air enclosures.
Hurricane Festival, Scheeßel
Scheeßel is only one hour away from Hamburg on a direct train and your first festival stop off. This year, Hurricane Festival brings us an impressive line-up from 19th – 21st June, with Florence & The Machine, George Ezra, Deadmau5, All Time Low, Die Antwoord and many more making an appearance. Tickets are priced at €149 and you can purchase add-ons for accommodation and shuttle buses if needed. All information can be found at www.hurricane.de/.
Scheeßel to Berlin
It takes around three hours to get to Berlin from Scheeßel, with a change back in Hamburg.
Things to do in Berlin
Berlin is a city on everyone’s wanderlust list, with great food, incredible street art and the friendliest of people; you simply must stop off at this amazing city. If you stay at Berlin’s quirkiest hostel, St Christopher’s, they offer free street art tours, where tour guides will enlighten you on the in-depth stories behind some of the most captivating street art. Berlin is also famous for its delicious flavoursome currywurst, massive warehouse raves, and it’s also incredibly easy to hop on and off the trains making exploring the city ultra-easy. Room prices start from just €29 and you can find more information at www.st-christophers.co.uk/berlin-hostels.
Berlin to Frankfurt
There are direct trains from Berlin to Frankfurt, but you may also have a stop, and travel time is around four hours.
Things to do in Frankfurt
Frankfurt is the financial city of Germany. There is no better way to see Frankfurt than from the top of the Main Tower, the city’s only skyscraper open to the public. Take the elevator up to the 650ft high platform to enjoy captivating views of Frankfurt’s cityscape. Fans of authentic cider should also visit one of Frankfurt’s many quaint cider taverns. Famous for their Apfelwein, you can guarantee these historic taverns will offer you tasty regional dishes complimented by great quality cider.
Frankfurt to Brussels
Brussels is just over three hours from Frankfurt by train, and your next festival location.
Rock Werchter, Brussels
Rock Werchter take place from 25th – 28th June, and tickets are priced at €226pp. This year’s line-up includes Foo Fighters, The Chemical Brothers, Caribou, SBTRKT, and many more, so get your tents pitched up, crack open the beers and enjoy some of the best and biggest artists around. This festival has a massive turnout every year, and you’ll have an amazing experience. Find more information at www.rockwerchter.be/fr
Things to do in Brussels
If there’s anywhere to end your trip, it’s definitely Brussels. The diversity Brussels has to offer travellers is brilliant; known for shopping, rich chocolate shops and fun beer museums, it’s worth spending some time chilling out in Belgium’s capital. Make sure you try out their iconic frites, mouthwatering pralines and authentic beer.
By Sabrina Shales