You’ve got your Interrail Pass to explore France by train this summer ? Or even better, you are part of the lucky german guys who got an Interrail Pass for France for free ? Then you just need to pack and come to travel our beautiful country !
There is so much to see in France, so you have no idea where to start ? Maybe you want to go out off the beaten tracks and explore typical cities ? We have suggestions for you !
Dol-de-Bretagne & Côte d’Emeraude
Dol-de-Bretagne is only 2 hours by train from Paris, it is a beautiful medieval town, typical from Brittany. Plus, you can easily travel around by train, visit amazing cities and discover breathtaking landscapes ! Here are our articles about Saint-Malo, Dinard, Cancale, Dinan and Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Angers & Saint-Aubin island
Angers is considered as a green city, where you can visit the first european park dedicated to plants. It is also renowned for its art, history and beautiful castles. You will love to stroll around its medieval alleys and discover its half-timbering houses. If you need a nature break, Saint-Aubin island is only 2 km from Angers city center : you can plan a bike trip there for a green getaway.
Châteauroux & Indre’s riverside
Slow the pace down : discover and explore the Berry, a peaceful and bucolic region of France. Châteauroux is one of its main cities you can access by train. You can visit the castles and the abbey from the 10th century. In summer, this is so nice to cycle across its gardens, forests, greenfields, and along its rivers… So relaxing.
Toulouse & Canal du Midi
Have you ever heard of “la ville rose” (the pink city) ? Toulouse is renowned in France for a particularity in its architecture : most of the city walls are pinkish ! One of the coolest things to do is to walk or cycle along the Canal du Midi. If you’re brave enough, you can even cycle from Toulouse to Carcasonne (about 100km) to discover this impressive medieval city, part of Unesco World Heritage !
Annecy & its lake
If you’re looking for a beautiful nature spot, go strait away to Annecy ! The city is surrounded by mountains and a lake with stunning crystal clear water. A small canal go through its old town, and for this reason the city is called “the small Venice of the Alps”. That is also a place to try out outdoor activities : hiking, paragliding, canyoning, stand up paddle… Plenty of ideas to enjoy summer !
Strasbourg & Petite France
In France, Strasbourg is the city the most convenient to cycle. You will love its cobbled streets and its impressive cathedral. If you plan to travel during Christmas time, this city is very famous for its Christmas market ! It is also very lovely and lively in summer.
If you visit the city, you can’t miss a visit to “La Petite France”, the most charming area of Strasbourg : you will be fond of the typical architecture of Alsace. And of course, don’t miss french food !
So now, wanna explore France by train this summer ? 😉
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