Berlin–Uppsala with the Snälltåget; by Andreas Schmidt

I travelled from Berlin to Uppsala on 11 may. I’ve read that other
people took the route with the many transitions, but I had the change
to get a direct connection from Berlin to Stockholm via the Snälltåget
(lit. “fast train”): It’s as comfy as it
can get, and there are even sleeping compartments. Since I went all
the way to Stockholm and the train ride took 18 hours, I chose to book
a sleeping compartment. In total, the whole ride only cost about 70€.
The only offer snacks on board, so you got to pack your supply of
food, but there is mineral water for free. One could, in principle,
get stuffed at the ferry restaurant while the train is shipped across
the water, or at one of the few stops along the way, e.g. in Malmö.
Stockholm has a beautiful main station that offers, unlike the
stations I know from Germany, many places to sit. At the time I was
there, there were also special recreations of historical station stops
where one could “travel while travelling“ by listening to stories
revolving around Stockholm Central Station. Plenty of trains go from
Stockholm to Uppsala, so I was free to choose when to travel further.

The biggest downside of the Snälltåget is how infrequent it offers
rides: only up to three times a week during summer. Since the first
ride back to Berlin was only in the first week of december and I
wouldn’t want my students to miss out on me for so long, I had to take
the ‘regular’ route back, as the other’s have described it, with the
Super Budget Ticket Europe (Superspreis Europa, also about 70€), that
is: Uppsala–Stockholm–Copenhagen–Hamburg–Berlin. Since I had two
hourse to spend in Copenhagen on my way back, I could have a look at
how Tivoli (right at Copenhagen Central Station) was decorated for
Christmas and could have a meal at the Tivoli Food Hall, an indoor
Street Food location like the one where you can eat the delicious
Grøta, just with another diverse assortment of cuisines (including the
obligatory Smørbrød stand). Just in general, it was a nice trip that I
can recommend to anyone.