Me and a mate (two guys aged 17 + 18) are interrailing this august (2008) for 2 weeks.
Booked flights to Prague (stay for 4 nights) then gona travel by train up to Berlin (4 nights), Amsterdam (3 nights), Paris (3 nights) then back home.
All accommodation is booked so looking for any advice! what to do/not to do, to see, budget (estimated £1000 for everything), anything really!
has anyone used/recommends a student discount card?
do you think there will be a problem getting into clubs as one of us is 18?
Nah, you'll be fine. Most clubs in those countries have a 16+ age policy I believe. You can also drink alcohol in Germany, France & Netherlands at the age of 16. Stick to beer or wine though because technically you have to be 18 in France or Germany to drink 'liquor'. The drinking age in the Czech Republic is 18 regardless of alcohol content. I would imagine though that there are still plenty of 16+ clubs in Prague, you'd just need show ID when you order a drink. Otherwise, they'll be 18+ establishments so your friend will be turned away. It's no big deal at all. I don't remember ever being carded. Ever.
anyone know if they accept UK driving licenses as ID as I would rather not carry around my passport on a night out
It's usually common practice to photocopy the information/photo page of your passport when you're traveling outside your home country. Just show them the photocopied version if your pp if you're not safe going out with your actual passport. Most of the time, you could get by on your drivers licenses too if you're an EU or British citizen. Once again, most of the English lads I'd go to bars with used their licenses when they were carded. But carry a passport copy. Some may only accept that as legal identification.
thanks a lot thats great!
Sorry to burst your bubble, but as of Jan 1st 2008 drinking age is 18 in Germany. (Too many kids overdoing it and ending up comatose after half a bottle of vodka at the tender age of 12.) You can still go out, but only until midnight.
And you need a letter of permissionfrom your guardians covering just about everything (club going, staying at hostels, renting anything) if you are under 18.
Amsterdam pubs and shops will only serve/sell you beer, nothing stronger than that. The majority of clubs only admits people >18. Doormen are getting increasingly strict about that.