09.06.2014 - 09.06.2014
We decided to try and stay another day in Munich since we were enjoying it so much. The original plan of Salzburg (Austria) was abandoned due to it being Sunday and a holiday, meaning everything would be closed. Unfortunately, every hostel in Munich was either booked or to expensive so we started looking further afield.
We went to the main station and discussed our options over two fast food staples. After eating a doner kebab and a sausage roll we devided we were done with Germany. So we jumped on the train and headed south through the Alps.
Innsbruck (Austria) is located in the Alps, on the train line down to Florence (Italy) anyway so we decided to try there. While we could find hostels with openings here, they were all out of town by several km. Not ideal for a one night stay.
In the end, we ended up riding the rails all night making several connections throughout the night. We didn't notice the German/Austria border but the Austria/Italy border had quite a contrast. The trains became 30 years older, farmland became nothing but vineyards and all the buildings turned dilapidated and covered in graffitti. Similar to Spain, you could see castles, churches and beautiful houses doting the hills throughout the countryside.
With all of the connections, the train ride was cheaper than buying the direct sleeper train from Munich to Florence but we ended up sleeping at the train station in Verona for 5 hours, then getting onto a full train car. Oncr the train arrived at 3am, the only space available was in the bike/ski storage area.