Europe Trip Itinerary
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 3, 2012 1:33 PM Last Post By: wateenmooiedag
Feb 3, 2012 12:16 AM
Europe Trip ItineraryHi there
My husband and I are planning a 5 week trip to Europe in June/July. I would appreciate any advice on places of interest and 'must-see' attractions in and around the places on our Itinerary. We enjoy experiencing different cultures, so experiencing different food, drink and lifestyle will be quite important to us although not extravagantly as we will be on a fairly tight budget. We are very interested in Architecture and History and are quite young (24 and 25 years old) so are not too worried about 'roughing it' on some legs of the trip if need be . Our itinerary is as follows so far
Day 1-3: Fly into Frankfurt and take the train to Munich. We will spend three nights in Munich. When in Munich we are wanting to hire a car and do a day trip to Berchtesgaden to see Eagles Nest and the Salt mines.
Day 4: Depart Munich by car and drive to Meersburg on Bodensee. We are only planning on spending 1 night in Meersburg.
Day 5: From Meersburg we are wanting to drive down to Nice, France. It is quite a long drive so we will need to stay over night somewhere in North West Italy. I've thought about Milan but because it is merely an overnight trip I think we would prefer to stay overnight in a smaller town/village. Any suggestions as to where we should stop over on this leg of the journey will be welcome as I really have no idea :)
Day 6-9: We are basing ourselves in Nice for 4 days and then would like to take the train to see surrounding towns on the Cote D'Azur. I would love suggestions on which would be the best to see in our time there and also any tips on things to do/see in Nice.
Day 10 - 12: Barcelona. What would be the best way to get from Nice to Barcelona? The only train routes that I have found take about 10 - 12 hours which is not an option. Driving it seems to take about 6 hours which is do-able. Any other suggestions?
Day 13 - 16: We will be taking the train from Barcelona to Amiens in the north of France. We have to be in Amiens at this time for a family member's wedding and so will be spending about 4 days there.
Day 17-19: Paris
Day 20 - 21: Berlin
Day 22 - 24: We are hoping to stay with family in Denmark, I think the town is Silkeborg.
Day 25 -27: Amsterdam
Day 28 - 30: Prague
Day 31 - 33: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Day 34: Depart from Frankfurt
Thanks for your help! :)
Feb 3, 2012 12:58 AM
Feb 3, 2012 1:59 AM
2Day 5 - supposing you will take the motroway from Linau down south you can do the trip to Nice in 6.5 hours as it is only 650km. Not needet for this a night somewhere between. Thning about that you need to buy for the short passage of Aistria and then for Switzerland a vignette. This can be taken at the last gas sstation in Lindau just 50 meters befor the entrance to the motorway.
Day 6-9 Along the coast in both directions you dont need a car. This can be made by public transport, trains and busses. For the backland / hinterland and the near southern Alps a car would be better. Now what to see, to visite, is up to you and your interest. History, architecture, gastronomy, past of painters, writers, movies, medival villages, monasteries, chuches, cathedrals, wine tasting - well culture is much more to discover tehn you have time for.
Day 10 - 12 To go to BCN you have not so much choice: Plane, train, car or www.eurolines.com - sometimes there are cruises leaving the Cote d'Azur going overnight to Barcelona. This can be a nice sulution too.
Think about that the high touristic season starts in this time.
Days 17-19 Paris and 20-21 Berlin makes absolutly no sense. You lost time and money for nothing as to discover just the basic for those cities you need a minimum of 4/5 days in each.
Feb 3, 2012 2:09 AM
Feb 3, 2012 2:43 AM
Feb 3, 2012 2:56 AM
5"Day 13 - 16: We will be taking the train from Barcelona to Amiens in the north of France. We have to be in Amiens at this time for a family member's wedding and so will be spending about 4 days there."
That will be quite a long trip. Maybe you should consider the night train from Barcelona to Paris, leaving on day 12. You would then arrive in Paris in the morning of day 13, where you'll have to change stations for the train to Amiens.
Driving in european cities is not much fun and rather expensive, due to the costs of parking. If you visit mainly cities, use public transportation and rent a car just for one or two days to see the country-side.
Feb 3, 2012 4:29 AM
6We enjoy experiencing different cultures
Sorry to rain on your parade, but you won't experience much of the local culture in cities as overrun with tourists as Amsterdam and Prague. At the same time, with your current schedule you won't really have time to get away from the capitals and tourist hubs.
Conclusion, with apologies to other regulars for my lack of originality: limit yourself to a smaller geographical area, so that you'll spend more time in rather than between destinations, and mix in some smaller towns and natural scenery.
Nice-Barcelona: Driving it seems to take about 6 hours which is do-able
Could be, but be sure to check surcharges for dropping off the French-registered car in another country.
Feb 3, 2012 5:13 AM
7Viamichelin shows Nice-Barcelona as 662 km of which 648 are on freeway (with corresponding tolls of over 55€). But I would be very surprised if you did it in the 6h20 announced -- especially in July, with heavy traffic on the roads. You won't be at 130 km/h the whole way. Not to mention getting out of Nice and into Barcelona.
You could fly from Barcelona to the north of France, at least to Paris and then get a train to Amiens.
Feb 3, 2012 6:08 AM
Feb 3, 2012 9:08 AM
9I was in Munich on two separate occasions last November and fell in love with the place. It’s a beautiful city and a great one for walking in. The old part of town, where most of the main sights are, is pretty compact and you can get to most places on foot.
As for things to see: well, you’ll want to make sure you’re standing in Marienplatz at 11am one morning for the chiming of the Glockenspiel, which is really quite magical. Then there’s the Residenz, a huge museum complex that used to be the palace of the Bavarian rulers. As well as the Residenz itself, which is a series of magnificently decorated rooms containing treasures accumulated by the Wittelsbach family over the centuries, there’s the Schatzkammer (treasury), where the crown jewels are kept, and the Cuvillies-Theater, a gorgeous little opera house where performances are still given even today. You can purchase individual tickets or a joint one covering all three, which saves you a bit of money. Make sure you allow at least a couple of hours for exploring the actual residence, though, as there are over 100 rooms. There’s a free audio guide, available in several different languages, so make sure you pick up one of those before you go inside. (From what I can remember, they don’t give it to you when you buy your ticket; you have to collect it from a separate desk.)
There are also lots of fantastic churches, but my favourite has to be the tiny Asamkirche on Sendlinger Strasse – the interior is one of the most elaborate confections I’ve ever seen. It’s quite eye-popping.
And don’t miss the Viktualienmarkt (food market), which is a real feast of sights and smells. There’s a huge choice of food stalls and eateries, as well as an outdoor beer garden where you can take food you’ve purchased elsewhere. (The market is closed on Sundays, as are a lot of places in Munich, so keep that in mind.)
Sorry I can’t help with your other destinations, but it sounds like a fantastic trip!
Feb 3, 2012 12:34 PM
10The following thread was written especially for you:
Especially day 17 onwards makes little sense to me-
Feb 3, 2012 12:47 PM
Feb 3, 2012 1:33 PM
12MTL is right, it is too cramped, my reordering doesn't change that.
Don't go to Nice because Nice is called Nice. You ask us what you can see there? That means that there is nothing in Nice that you absolutely want to see, so Nice is the first candidate for dropping.
I would drop Prague, Nice and Barcelona, do 11 days Germany, 11 days France, 6 days the Netherlands and 6 days Denmark. Ask your friends about interesting places in Denmark. Paris and Berlin deserve minimum 5 days imho.
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