Europe - Western Europe
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Welcome to the Thorn Tree's Western Europe branch.
We hope you find plenty of useful information about travelling to Western Europe here. It is highly recommended that new users check out the Western Europe FAQ thread before posting a new thread as you may find many of the answers you seek there. It also contains helpful information about how to search the forum, advice for how to post your questions, and obsolete information was deleted as recently as June 2008! If you are a returning user or a Europe guru, please help us keep the FAQ thread up-to-date by adding important information which is absent, or pointing out information which is no longer being represented accurately.
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- Trying to see too many places. Think quality, not quantity. Less is more. You will have more time to actually see things if you spend 2 days in Paris rather than 1 day in Paris, half a day in a train, and half a day in Amsterdam. Even if the second option covers 2 instead of 1 cities you have less time to see things.
- Trying to see everything. (Also known as 'We want to see as much as we can') You will have to make choices. Europe has 1000s of places worth visiting. Accept that you can't see every...
This post will explain about the Schengen visa an|d the process of getting one, besides other necessary details. Only the Schengen visa type C (tourism, business, social visit for a short period of time) will be discussed. Not everyone needs a visa to visit the Schengen zone, so please be clear on your status while planning for your trip.
What exactly in Schengen?
Schengen is a group of 26 countries (find the list here (scroll down to "Membership") which have abolished formal border controls between them- be it travel by air, land or rail. For the traveller, this means free movement between each member state and the rest.
Do I need a visa to visit the Schengen zone?
[This|http://www.government.nl/issues/visa-for-the-netherlands-and-the-caribbean-parts-of-the-kingdom/documents-and-publications/leaflets/2012/10/04/countries-whos... more »
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Hello, just a quick question, but I couldn't find the answer anywhere on the official CDG website. We're flying from Mexico to Prague on Sunday, going through Paris CDG airport. We'd like to buy some tequila in Mexican duty free and bring it home with us, but we're not sure if the French won't just confiscate it. Does anyone know what are the official rules about this? Is Mexico one of the "allowed" countries in France or not? From what I know, it seems to differ between countries - Britain seems to accept Mexican duty free sealed liquids and Germany not...I only found information on Air France's web page which says they will confiscate everything that's not from EU, but I'm pretty sure the airport decides that, not the airline (we're flying AeroMexico), and confiscating stuff even from the US seems a bit excessive. So if anyone had any more reliable information, I'd be really grateful.
Not so much into jazz, seeking smaller singer-songwriter type places. We will be staying over Christmas holidays in Montmartre, so around there would be ideal, but suggestions in other areas would be welcome too. thank you!
I am flying into Munich on Dec 14, 2013 and taking the first train to anywhere there is some good powder for 3 days. Any recommendations for a good spot right now? Originally I was thinking St. Anton but it appears they are not open yet.
Thanks for any advise!!
Okay! So im in Nimes... I moved here to join someone studys here that i met in the channel islands (alderney)... My intention was to find a job and work through the winter and then move on somewhere else... But unfortunatley it seems i cant find work. Im a chef, have been for seven years, ive never had a problem with work. Im not a natural, but i work hard and have made management in every job ive worked so i cant be that bad. My final option is to move back to my home town in london and i can pick up my old job i left 2 years ago as junior sous. But i kinda wanna live my life :) So!..anyone for some advice? I have £500 in my account. A backpack with the essentials and im ready to go... Im looking for travel plans, routes. job offers. Places to travel. Transport information. Some advice... Please :) thanks x
I'm looking to do a six month backpacking trip through almost every single country in Europe on a budget of about $10,500 to cover everything (food, transportation, activities, hostels, etc.). I just wanted some advice as to whether this will be enough money for all of Europe from the western and southern most countries to the eastern and norther most countries (I know this forum is only Western Europe, but I couldn't find one that wasn't categorized into the different regions).
Is anyone else having the same problem?
I am artemis2 and since yesterday i can't sign in anymore. When i try to sign in i just keep getting the message 'There seems to be a problem. Could be a wrong username, could be a wrong password. Give it another shot.'.
I have already tried the 'Forgot your password?' function and tried to sign in with a new password, but that doesn't work eather.
I've now registered with a new username, but i want to use my old one.
What has happened and can you please solve the problem?
Is this a bug?
Cross posted on the Report a Bug branch
Our family has traveled the world quite extensively since our children were infants. This summer we wish to send them on their own after a brief week in Paris together. Should we open the door and say " Fly" with no plan or set up some itinerary for them to get the most out of it? They have stayed at youth hostels on their own. Is a Eurail Pass still the best option? Any suggestions?
My sister and I are wanting to do a 1 day or 1/2 day cooking class whilst in Florence in July. Just wondering if anyone has come across or done one that is in the ball park of 50 euro? Everything I've found so far is at least 100 euro which seems excessive for a 3 hour class.
Looking for a base for a few days to explore the area between Narbonne and Marseille in January 2014.
Ideally on the coast and not a major city - something with character - but with public transport options - may have a car but will see how we go with driving the previous week and the weather.
Also any suggestions of things to do /see apart from the obvious will be gratefully received.
Hello fellow budget travelers,
i need your advise. I need to go to berlin within the next 2 weeks but the rates for flights and trains and euroline buses are really expensive.
Are there any cheap ways for me to get to berlin? Perhaps there is a website that advertises cheap night buses or trains. I have googled but not found anything affordable. I don't mind hitchhiking with a partner so anyone heading in that direction just drop me a message.
I'm visiting Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Croatia and wondering what I could buy to fit all power points. Are they all the same or different?, 2 round pins horizontally, 2 flat vertical pins horizontally, 3 flat pins in a triangle, top one flat bottom two angled, etc. Can I buy something to fit everything?I
I am studying Spanish in England at night school but really need to spend sometime in Spain before my dreaded exam in June. I will be staying in Murcia for 10 days from 30th April to 10th May and wondered if anyone knew of any recommended Spanish schools. There is quite a lot of choice via an internet search and thought any information from fellow travellers who might have a good experience of one would be really helpful.
Thank you in advance
I'm going to Florence with my wife over Christmas and would really appreciate some advice from local Florentines, or people who know the city well. We would like some restaurant recommendations. Does anyone know some good family run trattorias? Recommendations for any type of restaurant are welcome, but we don't need anything too fancy and definitely no tourist traps. We're foodies and want to experience good Florentine/Tuscan cuisine.
Some more questions...
1. Are restaurants open on Christmas Day, or is the city closed?
2. Can anyone recommend a supermarket in the centre of the city?
3. Can anyone recommend things to do or places to visit that we wouldn't find in a guide book? Something that only a local would know.
4. What type of weather can we expect?
Answers to any of these questions would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm going to stay in Vlissingen and would like to know the easiest way to reach Volendam from there. Is it true that there is no train route between the two towns? Is there any direct bus? Thanks if you can help :)
I arrive at Zurich International Airport at 11 pm and have a layover of about 24 hours in the city. I am thinking of checking out hostels in the city but they all seem quite expensive and the dorms are 12 share?!?!? for 30 Euro?!?!?!? Does anybody know:
1. What time does public transport stop running between the airport and city centre? I'd also need to catch a tram if I opt for the aforementioned hostel. I would say that I might be still on my way at around or past midnight.
2. How safe is Zurich at night? I am a woman travelling alone.
3.Can I sleep in the tranfer area of the airport in the chairs or floor? This would be a last alternative but I've done it before and would not flinch about doing it again..IF it is safe and not frowned upon or outright illegal. Anyone has done that before/lately? I thought of staying inside transit area until the morning and then leaving t... more »
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