Backpacking in Europe - 4 months
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Jul 24, 2012 8:27 AM Last Post By: daltonrosannab
Jul 15, 2012 8:45 PM
Backpacking in Europe - 4 monthsMe and my wife from NZ are planning to backpack in Europe for about 4 months Jul - Nov 2013. We are hoping to travel on a shoestring. I have seen many forums but am wanting some people's advice on how much we could budget per day. We plan to visit:
I understand Eastern Europe is a lot cheaper and that's why we plan to do a lot there. Also want to stay at a mix of hostels, hotels and airbnb.com as well as friends which should keep the price down. Any more ideas?
Jul 16, 2012 10:57 AM
1Couch Surfing is really valuable.
Why Kattowice of all cities in Poland? There are so many great places there, Kattowice seems to be rather industrial.
Do Warszawa, Gdansk, Kraków, Wroclaw, etc.
Also wouldnt miss out Berlin and Dresden (can be included on the way from Poland to Czech Republic). Berlin is really cheap and a hell of a city. I've lived in several places now, and I truly fell in love with Berlin, such a unique place to live. Dresden is beautiful.
Don't miss on Slovenia either. It's a beautiful country. Ljubljana is a small but really nice capital. Maribor is the European capital of Culture 2012.
Croatia isnt only Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian coast has to be wonderful, Zagreb seems like a very interesting city. I will check that all out in the fall.
From Nice to Lisbon there is sooo many great things to see.
Marseille goes without explanation, Nîmes (Roman history), Montpellier is a nice student city and a good place to relax in the Camargue or its beaches for a bit ( or go hiking for day trips, e.g. St. Guilhereme le Désert, Lac de Salagou) I used to live in Montpellier and really enjoyed my time there, Narbonne (more Roman history), Minerve and other rememnants of the pays cathare, Côte Vermeille (so beautiful, kinda lost a part of my heart to that area, hiking from Collioure to Portbou, but its also beautiful by bus or car on the coastal highway),Figueras (Dali's birth and deathplace with his museum, which is so unique, its probably one of the best museums I ever visited), Barcelona (such a terrific city), Madrid and Salamanca, or if you go the other way from Languedoc to Carcassone (the ultimate castle thing in France? though its a reconstruction..), Toulouse (la ville rose, not so much going on in the nights, at least, when I was there in the winter, however a beautiful place), Albi (beautiful little place, a reminder of the power of the church back in the days), Bordeaux, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Madrid, Salamanca.
Jul 16, 2012 5:35 PM
2Katowice only because it is nearby to Auschwitz - only using it as a base to get to/from Auschwitz. I have a number of reasons for choosing various cities for example have already done Berlin/Dresden, Marseille and much of France as well as Slovenia. Travelling direct from Nice to Lisbon as have limited time.
Jul 16, 2012 10:07 PM
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Jul 17, 2012 2:01 AM
6Sorry that is not true anymore
Switzerland as well as most of the other Continental European countries are part of the Schengen zone.
Countries that are not part are
Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia (and Kosovo), Montenegro, Albania, Turkey, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland
but well you'll manage to spend one month outside the Schengen area
Train from Kraków to Auschwitz is 1 h 40, costs 4 Euros. There are certainly also a lot of Busses.
Jul 17, 2012 12:17 PM
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Jul 19, 2012 10:04 AM
10My experience of Katowice stems from my former better half booking us flights with Wizzair to Krakow/Katowice airport, bit cheeky of the airline in my opinion given that Katowice airport isn't that close to Katowice, let alone Krakow. The night before that flight reminded me why I normally don't leave travel arrangements to others. Ha ha.
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