We are two Aussies who are flying into London on 2 July 2015 and will be travelling through Europe for approx 6 weeks. We have booked our flights and 3 nights accommodation in London. From London we intend to travel to the following countries and cities but are not sure what is the best route to take and would like to combine our travel by plane/rail. Towns and countries we propose to visit are as follow:-
Cologne, Berlin, Stuttgart & Rottweil in Germany (approx 1 week)
Legnica, Krakow in Poland - approx 9-10 days to be spent with family who will probably assist us by driving and touring through some of Poland including Krakow.
Budapest in Hungary - 2-3 days
Switzerland or France 2-3 days (not sure which city/cities to visit - would welcome some suggestions)
Spain - Madrid and east coast (1 week)
Lisbon & Porto - Portugal (1 week)
Return to London on 13 August 2015 to fly back to Australia
We would like some advice whether it would be preferable to fly from London-Cologne-Berlin and train to Legnica in Poland; or
Fly from London-Budapest, overnight train to Krakow and train/bus to Legnica in Poland.
Any advice/suggestions would be much appreciated.
Wow, such ambitious plans. May I ask why Legnica? It isn't the most popular Polish city.
I am meeting our relatives, and in particular my first cousins for the first time in Poland? One of them lives in Legnica, so a visit to this city is a must. My other cousin lives in Szklarska Poreba which is a ski resort in the south of Poland, near the Czech Republic. Have you been to Poland?
2-3 days isn't long for either France or Switzerland. I'd recommend you cut some time from another stop, or forget France or Switzerland altogether.
If you do go to Switzerland especially, weather is very hit and miss- you could have rain and low cloud for 3 straight days, which obscures the beautiful alps. Lucerne & surrounds are beautiful, I definitely recommend if you have the time.
For Spain, if you're looking to do the east coast then I'd drop Madrid and fly to Barcelona or Girona etc on the east coast. A week isn't long though, so you might want to stick to a region eg. Costa Brava and Barcelona/Girona, rather than trying to see the whole east coast.
Hope this helps
Wow amazing countries you got there. I can surely assure you that those are amazing countries to visit with. I've been to those places you've mentioned, that was my backpacking days with friends. I wish I could share all my details here what I did and what should you do when you visit them, or you may check out my personal travel blog, -snip- is my brand of traveling because I'm into cycling and backpacking.
Good luck to your trip.
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Instead going from Krakow to Legnica you can also go to Wrocław (capital of Lower Silesia) and from Wrocław it is only 80 km to Legnica.
Also, when you are in Legnica you should also come to Wrocław (easily by train) and visit our Old Town (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g274812-d287877-Reviews-Old_Town_Historic_Center-Wroclaw_Lower_Silesia_Province_Southern_Poland.html), Hala Stulecia (http://halastulecia.pl/en/), afrykarium (http://afrykarium.com.pl/gallery-s105.html), multimedial fountain (http://www.wroclawskafontanna.pl/#/STRONA%20G%C5%81%C3%93WNA), Ostrów Tumski (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostr%C3%B3w_Tumski,_Wroc%C5%82aw), botanic garden, japanese garden and many many other interesting places.
And from Berlin to Wrocław you can go by Polski Bus, it is a direct connection, a few times a day.
[ Edit: Edited on 13-Mar-2015, at 17:21 by dxdwro ]
Wow! Those places sound amazing. We are Aussies and are actually doing something similar in May this year. But we have chosen the tour option as we are travelling for 8 weeks. But you will have a fab time. We did London, Spain and Paris last year, and Spain is amazing. Which Coast are you planning to visit? Barcelona is incredible - preferred it to Madrid, but loved the Costa del Sol (stayed there for 2 was travelling), it's a must visit at some point (if you can).
Why don't you go to Prague instead of France/Switzerland? We chose Prague over Switzerland this trip because of its location compared to the places we are visiting. Then you're closer to the borders of the other countries which may help you with your travel plans, and costs. We have heard that Prague is amazing and quite cheap compared to other places. Could be a win win for you both!
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Mar-2015, at 00:14 by Kris and Kayla ]