14 Jun Halle (Saale) – The Final Destination
And so I reached the final destination of my Interrail trip, Halle in Germany. It is not a popular place to visit for Interrail travellers. However, the reason why I visited here was to meet up with a college friend (Leo) who lives in the city.
Halle is split into two, with a forest in the middle. This makes for a great walk – if you don’t mind the distance or some of the challenges the forest offers. And in the middle of the forest there is an observation tower that offers an amazing view of Halle.
If you happen to be visiting Halle in the summer, the lakes are where you’ll find the locals soaking up some sun. The lake that I visited had a man-made beach with sand brought to it. To give those visiting a better beach experience. As there’s no coast near the city, the lakes are the only option for locals. It was a great experience nonetheless.
If you are a chocolate enthusiast like me; then you must visit the local chocolate factory. The museum tells you a story of the history of the Halloren chocolate company and factory itself. You also get to see the factories chocolate making process for real. And to top of the experience there is a chocolate wholesale shop at the end of the visit. The chocolates that the company produce are very unique and like nothing that I have ever seen or tasted before. They’re definitely worth trying out!
The city is not particularly a touristy location. However the city of Leipzig is just a short train journey away. We took a visit to Leipzig on one of the days and visited the Leipzig Zoo. (This was my third zoo visit of the entire Interrail trip.) It was a large zoo, cleverly separated into ‘theme worlds’.
Also in Leipzig is the City-Hochhaus which gives you a roof top view of the city. It is perfect to sit up here having a drink whilst the sunset sets on a summer’s evening!
My accommodation in Halle was a perfect little flat, with a bedroom, shower and bathroom, kitchen with a fold out table and even a balcony. I found the apartment on Booking.com. It was definitely one of my favourite accommodations that I stayed in during my month away.
My month Interrailing through Europe came to and end here; I got the train back to Berlin and flew home to England. Interrailing is such an amazing experience and words really can’t describe it. I definitely advise everyone to Interrail as it is such a great way to see many different countries, cities and cultures.
No.1 Piece of Advice:
- If you have friends that live in cities and towns that are not considered as ‘main’ tourist place then don’t be afraid to visit them
- It may not be a tourist destination but your friend will be able to offer you an insight into living in their home town
No.1 Place for coffee:
- Unknown 🙁
- Halle has a large city centre with plenty of coffee shops!
Collection of my pictures from Halle, Germany: