So my roommate and I are backpacking through Europe for 6 weeks. We've bought our plane tickets, we've bought our rail passes, and we've found a few places to stay. We leave next Wednesday and are going to land in Zurich, Switzerland and stay there for a day.
Thus far our plans include going to: Innsbruck, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Brussels (possibly), Paris, Strasbourg, Geneva (maybe), and northern Italy.
Any suggestions for us? What to do? What not to do? Places to eat, drink, dance, etc.?
Regardless of where you are going, you're in for a great time. I personally don't think Amsterdam and Brussels are that great, but I know most non-Europeans really love Amsterdam. I guess being Dutch makes it less special. Brussels is OK for a couple of hours, but I agree with the Belgian posters in the thread that recommend Ghent over Brussels.
As for Italy, I can tell that you are trying to stick to Western Europe on your itinerary, but I would definitely recommend revising it. I am not sure what you plan on visiting in Italy, but I toured the country a little bit in February, and while I loved all cities I visited, Milan and Bologna were most definitely the least fun and interesting. Try to go south to Florence, Pisa and Rome. These are places that are of course very touristy, but they are simply amazing. And Naples for the food, though I wouldn't go out of my way to go there (but then again, the food is
I've been living and studying in Vienna since October and I would definitely come here. It's an amazingly beautiful city that has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. It's getting more and more crowded with tourists as summer progresses though, but Vienna still doesn't have that mass tourist feel to it as a city like Paris. After London, I'd rate Vienna my second favourite city in the world (or maybe third, after my old uni town of Middelburg in The Netherlands
). Keep your fingers crossed for good weather, cause that is when the city is at its best. If you are looking to see a bit of Central Eastern Europe, Bratislava is only an hour away and Budapest only 2½ hours from Vienna.