When I started my Interrail trip I had no idea how long the journey would take, which places I would reach or where I would sleep. Since I was busy with my bachelor thesis until two days before departure, I had no time to plan anything. So I was all the happier when I could leave everything behind me and finally get on the train. I simply decided to always go where the weather forecast was good. Thanks to the flexible Interrail ticket I could be very spontaneous.
My first stop was Ljubljana, from there my journey led me further to Villach and over the Carnic High Route into the Lesach Valley. There I took the train to South Tyrol. High above Bolzano I spent a few days on Monte Penegal. Afterwards I went via Innsbruck to Vorarlberg, where I climbed some mountains around Lüner Lake. A few days later I travelled to Lake Constance and Appenzell in Switzerland, where I stayed overnight on a farm and slept in straw. There were also some hikes in the Alpstein range on the list, before I finally continued by train to Zermatt in the Valais Alps. Starting in Täsch I climbed to the foot of the Matterhorn. Afterwards I spent two days in the Bernese Highlands at Lake Oeschinen, before I visited a swiss family I had met at a hut in Austria. After 18 days, 3000 photos and 237 km on foot I finally came back to Munich full of impressions.
To cut a long story short, it was just great. I could just live for the moment and do whatever I wanted. I got to know many people, we had interesting conversations about climate change, agriculture, politics, work, football and society. I was allowed to see unique mountains, lakes and valleys. They let me be free.
Finally, I would like to thank the YOALIN team and all other organizations and institutions that made the project possible. I hope that Youth Alpine Interrail will be offered again next year and that many more young people can discover the beauties of the Alps that we all have to preserve.