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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This branch covers: Western Europe.
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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...
My partner and I will be traveling from Hamburg to Berlin between July 28 and August 2, with my parents. We will already have spent some time in Hamburg visiting family, and we will be in Berlin for all of August, so the time in between is to see other interesting places in the general region. We lived in Germany many years ago but are not very familiar with this part of the country, and I was a bit too young to enjoy it properly!
My parents are not much for big cities, so we would like to see some interesting parts of the countryside. But they have expressed some interest in visiting Dresden.
Our general interests: the outdoors, i.e. hiking or biking, food & drink, and some history. We speak passable-to-good German, for whatever that is worth.
I hope this is not too inadequately researched, and I look forward to any recommendations. more »
I'm an EU citizen, but my EU passport has expired and I don't have any other form of ID. Since I also have an American one, I'll be travelling to Austria, and it looks like I'll be there for just barely longer than 90 days. Would things work out smoothly, if they stop me, if I can prove my EU citizenship with my expired passport? For all they would know, I'm an American overstaying.
Is anyone familiar with this?
We have long been renting cars for our Italian holidays, and every time wondered at how the speed limits seem to not really be followed by anyone.
I have, countless times, been in areas with a posted speed limit of, say, 50 kph, and I was literally the only one driving at that speed, while all other cars were overtaking us (often also honks/light-flashes/gestures). Many times, those 50kph areas were straight portions of clearly out-of-town and non-residential roads, and I would have felt it 100% safe&reasonable to accelerate to at least 70kph. However, I have already received a speeding ticket from one of those holidays, and would rather not take my chances.
I am just wondering which one of these scenarios most likely explains the fact that almost no-one else on the road has the same "fear" as me:
1) Italian drivers have speed camera detectors and thus only... more »
We've spent considerable time in Andalusia, but are finally heading to Galicia and A Coruna in July/August. I was hoping to do a multi-day bike ride on the Camino, but have learned it's hillier than I like for biking. Hey, I'm almost 60, so I don't have to be a complete athlete.
I have a couple questions: Are there any converted rail trails in Northern Spain that one could do a multi-day ride on?
If you have walked the Camino, what is the most scenic stretch, can you recommend a part that we might spend a few days walking on?
We love staying in hostels, and I've learned that the Lugo IYH has bicycles for rent. Anyone been to that hostel or ridden bikes in that area?
Any other fun hostels in NW Spain you'd like to recommend?
Hi, we are planning to visit Venice during our weeklong visit to Italy, will drive a rental car. When booking hotels for the overnight stay, I see that some would not have pariking at all. My question is - where to park the car during the visit? are there some bulk parking lots where one can leave the car for the whole two days and walk around the city or use vaporettos? So is there any way to leave the car with main luggage and forget about it for the two days of searching the Venice?
I purchased for online ticket from trenitalia.com website and selected an ECONOMY ticket from Roma termini to Napoli Centrale
But I found that my wife already bought the same route!!!
So we have 2 pairs of tickets (from Roma termini to Napoli Centale) in the same time but different seats.
Can we exchange one pair of tickets to another route ?
I know the experts will think i'm mad and will hold me in contempt for trying this but i am keen to give this busy itinerary a try. Consider this itinerary the before and i will post on my return about the afters for comparison.
I've bought a four day museum pass for 54euros. And plan to use it to the hilt. I will be in paris for 9 days though and below is my intinerary. The main reason for buying the museum pass is to save time in queues. I will probably break even cost wise if i see two places a day and anymore would be a bonus. I figure i can spend 2-3 hours in most of the bigger museums before exhaustion and for the lourvre i can take the whole day with a decent lunch break in a park somewhere outside.
If you were looking at a map you could see that im going to try to see things that are close together to reduce travelling time between sites. And i am intending to use my b... more »
My boyfriend and I will be travelling to southern Italy in September for 3 weeks. We'd like to do Naples, some of the Amalfi Coast and Capri, then we'd like to go to Sicily too.
We are flying in and out of Naples, but need to know the best way to travel. Should be go from Naples to Sicily or shall we explore the Amalfi Coast first and then move down to Sicily?
Perhaps you can also tell us for the short time we are there, which are the top towns in the Amalfi coast to visit and the top towns in Sicily to visit.
We will probably not have a car, but will rely on public transport.
We would like to spend time on the beaches, explore the historical parts and also eat amazing food - perhaps visit some wine farms.
Thanks so much
In August this year, after a historical field trip of South Spain, my friend and I are planning to travel to North Spain. We intend to stay 6 nights in four cities.
Here's our itinerary.
i) Madrid - A Coruna (Leave Madrid at night)
Night in the train
ii) A Coruna
Night @ A Coruna
iii) A Coruna to Llanes
Night @ LLanes
iv) Llanes to Picos de Europa
Night @ Picos
Night @ Picos
vi) Picos to Santillana del Mar
Night @Santillana del Mar
vii) Santillana del Mar to Barcelona
viii) Barcelona to Home
1) What do you guys think of it?
2) Any recommended guides for Picos? We haven't hike for a very long time, so our stamina isn't that great. A beginner level hike would be much appreciated.
3)Our search online for transport from A Coruna to Llanes comes to a naught. Anyone took this route before... more »
My wife & I are traveling at the beginning of July with 2 little kids (4 & 7). We are driving from Barcelona to Cannes and are looking for some interesting stopping points (wineries, restaurants, interesting little towns, etc) for our drive and maybe and overnight spot to break up the trip. Maybe a B&B connected to a winery? Any suggestions?
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Then dont ask for the house olive oil, as its going to be banned!
The small glass jugs filled with green or gold coloured extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe but they will be banned from 1 January 2014 after a decision taken in an obscure Brussels committee earlier this week.
From next year olive oil "presented at a restaurant table" must be in pre-packaged, factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labelling in line with EU industrial standards.
Im heading to Italy in October. Does anyone know if theres any accommodation in an actual roman villa/castle? We're pretty flexible about locations but prefer the northern half of Italy
We're a family of 6 adults travelling.
i will be going to berlin and prague in a few weeks time. what is the best (and cheapest?) way to go from berlin to prague?where should i go to book for that? i don't mind overnight trains if there are any. thanks for the help!
I will be in Munich for 3 days and setting out for a week and a half through parts of Germany. I was hoping for a half day language course to just give me some basics, any ideas? Thanks!
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