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Interrailing 2008 (Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris)

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1. Posted by lblake58 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

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?



2. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

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.

3. Posted by lblake58 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

cheers NantesFC.

anyone know if they accept UK driving licenses as ID as I would rather not carry around my passport on a night out

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

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.

5. Posted by lblake58 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

thanks a lot thats great!

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

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.

7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

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.