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Carolina Girl
Jun 10th, 2009, 02:05 PM
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.?

Wiggly
Jun 10th, 2009, 02:15 PM
There's about 300 stairsteps in every Paris monument. Be ready. :lol:
I think most of them are free if you're under 18 but I'm not sure.

For Notre-Dame-de-Paris, you need to go there early in the morning as there's about 20 people who can climb per 15/30 minutes so the queue can be hourS long.

Go to Versailles, it's worth it. Pantheon, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Monpidoux Museum and La Défense. A cruise on la Seine is quite boring.

gentenaire
Jun 10th, 2009, 05:12 PM
Skip Brussels and travel to Ghent instead. You won't regret it.

vadin124
Jun 10th, 2009, 06:10 PM
you are not coming to the greatest european country? the UK?

why??

come here, we have much to offer?

backpack around Britain, we have much more to offer than the continent, it's true. come see for yourself

Just Do It
Jun 10th, 2009, 06:20 PM
Skip Western Europe, every country is the same. Go to East and South where the fun is :D

NAT
Jun 10th, 2009, 09:00 PM
Hi,
I have been lucky enough to ahve backpacked through Europe a few times and hit most of the cities you mentioned. Going again this summer. You probably have already, but get a good guide book. I like Let's Go Europe, it is designed for backpackers and budget travellers, has good tips on sights and hostels. Booking.com is another good sight for accommodations, no fees and you can cancel with no penalty. I liked Brussels, but other cities in Belgium are more scenic (Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges). I know you said northern Italy, but if you can make it, Florence is so beautiful. Only about three hours from Milan.

Bartosh
Jun 10th, 2009, 09:06 PM
Brussels and Innsbruck? :unsure: don't waste time for this ;) many eastern cities are so much more interesting ;) and you should visit London for sure ;)

and of course come to Poland - the best country in the world :inlove: :p

Carolina Girl
Jun 11th, 2009, 03:16 AM
I really wanted to visit the UK, but since the rail pass for Britain is completely by itself and it was so expensive to fly in and out from there, I couldn't do it. And I know I listed Brussels, but I'm not sure we are even going to stop in Belgium at all.

Elske
Jun 11th, 2009, 04:25 AM
Skip Brussels and travel to Ghent instead. You won't regret it.
Indeed. Greatest city in the world. :worship:

Edinboro
Jun 11th, 2009, 04:56 AM
You are so lucky. Im terribly jealous..

This is one of my life dreams to do this..

Someone come with me? : (

Lol, its ok.

CooCooCachoo
Jun 11th, 2009, 08:18 AM
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 worth it).

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 :lol: :p). 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 2˝ hours from Vienna.

Have fun :yeah:

Carolina Girl
Jun 11th, 2009, 09:44 AM
Thanks for all the advice guys! :)

I'm taking it all in and if anyone else out there has more please contribute. I know this board has a lot of people in a lot of different places, so I figured it would be good to get opinions from people who know the places the best. =]

bavaria86
Jun 11th, 2009, 09:55 AM
Just one question
Why do you want to visit Innsbruck?:)

Carolina Girl
Jun 11th, 2009, 10:05 AM
Just one question
Why do you want to visit Innsbruck?:)
We fly into Zurich and wanted a midpoint between that and Vienna and Innsbruck ended up being the place. Although I really want to see Munich...

bavaria86
Jun 11th, 2009, 10:07 AM
We fly into Zurich and wanted a midpoint between that and Vienna and Innsbruck ended up being the place. Although I really want to see Munich...
Allright:D
well i dont live far from it and its a nice city but nothing spectacular and as you only have 6 weeks i would skip it if i were you and would go straight to vienna
Yeah i wouldnt miss Munich too if i were you its definetely worth a visit:)
And the train connection from Prague to Munich isnt that bad;)

SloKid
Jun 11th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Skip Brussels and travel to Ghent instead. You won't regret it.
Or Brugge. :ras:
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 worth it).
Florence (Siena, Pisa) is a must I think, it's still relatively in the north and it has easy access with the train.

A Magicman
Jun 11th, 2009, 12:03 PM
When in Hamburg, make sure to visit "Lüneburg" which is about 30 minutes train ride to the SE of Hamburg.

It's one of the most historical and beautiful cities in the North of the country, hasn't suffered from being bombed into ashes in WW2 and has a very well preserved medieval old city. :hearts: