#TalesOnRail is back! Want to join us on a FREE trip to Europe?!

We believe that travel is one of the best ways to find inspiration for creative projects, but we know it isn't always easy to get away from work or other everyday life commitments. We want to give two creative individuals the chance to get away and focus on a personal or professional project during an inspiring, creativity-filled train journey through Germany and Switzerland in late September 2017. This opportunity is open to aspiring writers, visual artists, musicians, photographers, videographers, and any other creatives from the US and Australia. The most exciting part? We'll produce a video series about the artists' experience, with episodes to be released online in early 2018!

So What Will the Trip Include?

We'll start off in Germany and use our German Rail Passes to explore the regions that have inspired the artists and writers before us. As guests of Germany Tourism and Deutsche Bahn, we'll travel through the vibrant area in and around Frankfurt, heading south to the romantic Black Forest region. Then it's off to Switzerland, where we'll use our Swiss Travel Passes to explore by train, bus, boat, and maybe even some paragliding (weather and courage permitting). As guests of Switzerland Tourism and Swiss Travel Systemwe'll explore Jungfraujoch, the stunning Glacier Express route, Interlaken, and St Moritz.

How to Apply?


  1. Head on over to Instagram and make sure you're following us at @raileurope.
  2. Upload a photo to your Instagram account. The photo should show a place that has inspired you creatively, and the caption should explain to us in 3-4 sentences why a trip like this could really help you move forward with a creative project you're working on or have been wanting to start. 

  3. VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure to use the hashtag #TalesOnRail2017 in your caption so we can find your entry!

  4. Take a look at our Terms and Conditions. By uploading a photo and entering this contest, you confirm that you've read and agree to these Terms.

  5. That's it! You have until July 17, 2017 to enter. (UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED!!! You now have until July 28 to enter!!) We'll contact a winner a few weeks after the contest closes. 


 Click here to view the #TalesOnRail Terms and Conditions for residents of Australia. By entering the competition, you agree to these terms.

Click here to view the #TalesOnRail Terms and Conditions for residents of the United States. By entering the competition, you agree to these terms.

Check out last year's #TalesOnRail web series