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UTRECHT, The Netherlands, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- With over a quarter of the overall votes, Heidelberg was announced as the winner of Interrail's own Travellers' Choice Award today, in which 15 European cities competed to be become the Interrail Destination of the Year 2015. Thessaloniki, Lisbon, Antwerp and Bologna all secured a place as one of the top five most popular destinations, as voted for by over 7000 Facebook fans.
For the past four weeks, travellers voted for their favourite European destinations on Interrail's official Facebook page. As the ambassador for unlimited travel across Europe, Interrail had previously shortlisted 15 European cities based on thousands of reviews and opinions of Interrailers across Europe taking into account their attractiveness and high value for money.
With the Destination Award, Interrail presented its travel community a diverse mix of unique cities from all across the European continent aiming to inspire travellers to further explore the variety that Europe has to offer. "We congratulate Heidelberg for winning the Award. The charming German city with its long history perfectly represents what Interrail stands for − it is fun, exciting and vibrantly international", states Silvia Görlach, Marketing and Sales Manager of Eurail Group G.I.E. "We are delighted to see such a positive reaction from travellers sharing their enthusiasm to create this unique experience for all involved". Please visit Interrail's official Facebook page or http://vote.interrail.eu/ for the full list of the shortlisted destination and additional information on the award.
Established in 2001, the Eurail Group G.I.E. is responsible for the marketing and management of the Interrail and Eurail Passes that provide unlimited rail travel across Europe. The organisation is based in Utrecht (The Netherlands) and is wholly owned by over thirty railways and shipping companies. In addition, the Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.