10 European destinations to visit in 2022
Welcome to 2022: the year of possibility. Though we can't be certain what the coming months will hold, it's time to set your dreams in motion by planning the best Interrail trip ever. But where to go? With sustainable cities, sunny spots and hidden gems, here are the destinations you won't want to miss in the New Year.
1. Copenhagen, Denmark
As one of the happiest cities in the world, it's no surprise Copenhagen tops our list. From wandering through rainbow-heaven Nyhavn, to letting your hair down at Tivoli Gardens, this colourful city is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. And, even better, with Copenhagen aiming to be the first carbon-neutral capital by 2025, this sustainable city is the perfect place to learn how to protect the planet.
How to get there: Denmark has great international train links with Sweden and Germany, and a dense railway network around the entire country. Alternatively, you can choose to take a ferry from Norway.
2. Tallinn, Estonia
If you're searching for that sustainable holiday destination, look no further. As the European Green Capital of 2023, the fairytale city of Tallinn brings together the best of the past and the future. With its medieval Old Town, acres of parkland and a rich local culture, this northern capital is a wonderful destination for backpackers, families and solo travellers alike.
How to get there: Tallinn can be reached by train from the other Baltic capitals, Vilnius (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia). There are frequent buses if a train is not available. You can also take the ferry from Helsinki (Finland) in 2.5 hours, with daily direct crossings.
3. Ljubljana, Slovenia
2022 should be a year of responsible travel, so a trip to Slovenia is a must. Visit lovely Ljubljana with its car-free centre and Tivoli parkland, exploring the history, architecture and culture of this charming capital. It's also a great springboard destination to discover Slovenia's unspoilt nature, with the stunning Lake Bled and Triglav National Park only a bus ride away.
How to get there: Ljubljana has regular train connections from many European cities. For example, you may choose to travel from Budapest (Hungary), Villach (Austria) and Zagreb (Croatia).
4. Nesebar, Bulgaria
Not quite sure what kind of holiday you want? Avoid the tourist crowds in 2022 by picking the hidden gem of Nesebar, an ancient seaside city. With its awesome archaeological ruins, stunning churches and breath-taking sandy coastline, it's a city break and seaside escape rolled into one.
How to get there: Nesebar has regular bus connections with Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, and can be also be accessed from Plovdiv by train and bus.
5. Riquewihr (Alsace), France
Riquewihr is the French destination you've never heard of. With its colourful houses, winding streets and endless charm, this stunning medieval town is often overlooked in favour of its big sisters Colmar and Strasbourg. But it's not all about the Instagram aesthetic. From hiking through the Alsation vineyards on the Géovino trail, to trying local food, your stay in Riquewihr will be enriching in every single way.
How to get there: Riquewihr has regular bus connections to the equally charming Colmar, which can be reached from many European cities by train. These include Stuttgart (Germany), Zürich (Switzerland), Milan (Italy) and Innsbruck (Austria).
Beat the crowds with a charming city break to Luxembourg, a small European country nestled in beautiful woodland and soaked in a unique charm. Spend time in the medieval paradise of Luxembourg City, or take day trips to the picture-perfect towns of Vianden and Echternach. This is a great place to visit off-season, and highly recommended in the spring!
How to get there: Luxembourg is easily reached by rail, with TGV connections to France and InterCity to Belgium and Germany.
7. Sintra, Portugal
Portugal might be known for its beaches, but 2022 is the year to discover its cultural side. With its colourful palaces, lush greeney and dramatic landscapes, the northern city of Sintra is a wonderful way to explore the country's history. Discover the National Palace, Moorish Castle and Pena Palace on a day trip from Lisbon, or choose to stay overnight in the mountains.
How to get there: Sintra is only a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon, which has regular international connections with France and Spain.
8. Bath, England
With Bridgerton Season 2 scheduled for release in early 2022, this is your year to head back to the Regency era with a trip to the place it was filmed - the city of Bath. With Georgian buildings, Roman ruins and wonderful history, this aesthetic English city is perfect for your Instagram feed.
How to get there: Bath can be reached by taking the train from London Paddington to Bath Spa Station, with a journey time of 1.5 hours. It also has great connections with other UK cities, such as Bristol and Cardiff.
9. Corfu, Greece
Dreaming of a beach holiday? Head to the magical Ionian Island of Corfu for a few days of exquisite culture, food and summer (or winter!) sun. As one of Greece's gastronomic hotspots, Corfu is a fantastic place to sunbathe, explore and eat plenty of feta. Don't miss Corfu Old Town, the Achilleion Palace and the Canal d'Amour.
How to get there: Using an Interrail Greek Islands Pass, Corfu is easily accessible from mainland Greece via the port of Igoumenitsa, which has all-year-round sailing trips. There are also ferry trips available to various Italian ports (Bari and Brindisi) during peak season and ferries to other Ionian islands.
10. The Bay of Naples, Italy
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's to reach out and grab those long-desired experiences while we can. Fancy eating pizza in Naples? Or climbing a dormant volcano? With the historical wonder of Pompeii, the citrus charm of Sorrento and majestic Mount Vesuvius, head down to the Bay of Naples to make memories you'll never forget.
How to get there: Naples is just an hour south of Rome on the train and can be easily reached by transferring via the Italian capital. While exploring the Bay, the Circumvesuviana railway runs along the whole coastline, stopping at all the major destinations.