Utrecht, 26 April 2021
While travel options are currently limited, Eurail and Interrail fans from all over the world shared more than 600 pieces of artwork inspired by their past rail trips through Europe. The contest, held in February and March, was launched by Eurail to inspire their community for future travel and keep their travel dreams alive.
Eurail called out to all travellers from their community to share their travel memories and inspiration via artwork. Entries flooded in from all over the world, most of them accompanied by personal travel stories of lasting impressions of their Eurail and Interrail Pass trips. A jury of Eurail employees selected 6 winners from 20 artworks that received the most votes from the traveller community on a dedicated landing page where the artworks were exhibited. Winners were awarded a first class Eurail or Interrail Global Pass, to be used whenever they feel ready to travel again.
Nadine Koszler, Head of Marketing at Eurail: “The artwork of this contest shows how a Eurail or Interrail Pass trip leaves lasting impressions. Looking at the response from our traveller community, it’s clear they can’t wait to ride the rails again and follow their curiosities.”
Reactions from the winners:
Lydia (USA): “I’m just so honoured to have been chosen as a winner! I came up with my idea because I wanted to showcase some of the places I have travelled to by train. Trains are my favourite mode of transportation and a much more environmentally friendly way to travel. I’m excited to be able to visit dear friends of mine in Germany, The Netherlands, and England while exploring new areas and cultures of the world like Italy and Eastern Europe. Thank you, Eurail!”
Jessica (Mexico): “I really like to project my love for travelling through art, and this was a perfect opportunity; another reason is that I´ve tried the Eurail passes before and I am sure Eurail is the best way to travel and meet all Europe. According to the themes for inspiration, I wanted to find the most iconic places in each country, as well as the typical clothing to be able to make a kind of cultural collage! We are in very difficult times, and I cannot wait for countries to reopen their entry to travellers. I would love to travel to Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands with the Pass I won.”
Caitlin (Ireland): “My two passions are Art and Europe; this competition was a chance for me to experience the things I love the most and to share this with people all over the continent. In the last year, I, like many others, have not had the opportunity to travel. I wanted my art piece to give people hope - that one day we will get to go on Interrail again and that this will give us a feeling of human connection. When it is safe again, I hope to travel to Eastern Europe. I have not been to countries such as Greece, Bulgaria and Slovakia before and I would love to learn about their cultures. I can’t wait to make new friends and see new places!”
Eurail gives travellers from all over the world the opportunity to experience flexible, borderless train travel across Europe. With a Eurail or Interrail Pass (for non-European and European citizens respectively), travellers of all ages can use an expansive network of train and ferry connections to travel in and between up to 33 countries. Eurail and Interrail Passes are available via the Eurail.com and Interrail.eu web shops, as well as an extensive network of trusted distribution partners worldwide. Eurail B.V. is owned by over 35 European railway and ferry companies, and is based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.eurail.com or www.interrail.eu.
PR & Communications Manager
Images are available via the Eurail media portal