I am finally, after years of waiting (to long), going on a one month backpacking trip through Europe. Question is, will it be cold / too dark to travel? I would like to travel feb 15 - mar 16. Cities: London, Bruges, Brussels, Frankfurt, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, Paris.
Any thoughts. Thank you - Rich
There is no such thing as it being too cold to travel... although I may be biased as a Canadian. Seriously though, if you are prepared for the weather wherever you go, you'll be fine. As far as daylight goes, you'll still have plenty of daylight in the daytime, and in March you're halfway between the longest and shortest days of the year. London doesn't really get below freezing, although it feels colder because it's quite damp. Mainland Europe can be colder as it's landlocked and doesn't experience as much of the temperate effects of the ocean.
3 days (roughly) per city plus travel time makes your itinerary very tight though. You'll probably want more for London, Budapest, and Paris at least. The others can probably be done in 3 days, but that doesn't take into account any travel time, and you're covering a lot of ground. Are you planning to take the train or?
Generally, I'd suggest taking advantage of Use-it europe maps and likealocal type guides as they will provide you with information you won't find generally. I'd also recommend the free (tip-based) walking tours wherever they are offered as they're a great way to get to know a city, it's history and a bit about the local culture.
Otherwise, what are you interested in? History, music, culture, art?
Cheers, and happy travels.