Hi there. We are a young and fit 40-plus couple travelling to Europe minus the kids for the first time in 15plus years. WooooHoooo....
We have been to England, France, Spain and Italy a few times pre-children and have done the major tourist sites. Currently thinking Germany, Netherlands, Poland (Auschwitz) as these will be new for us....3 weeks all up.
Flying into London late Sept and will hit continent October....
On the one hand, very used to planning it all out - flights, hotels, sites etc....but in the other hand, keen to just 'go with the flow' and not book too much.
Budget can be 4-5star hotels but then again, keen to experience new things and new people...perhaps even a hostel (not sharing though!) here and there.
Our intent is to experience some off the beaten track stuff....eg. Tulip fields in Netherlands, drive to/thru Black Forest - perhaps even the German Spa culture (but if thats too scary, we can give 'Yodelling' a go)....
Interested to hear from any others planning anything similar around that time....at this stage, other than flying into and out of LHR, nothing's booked!
Our intent is to experience some off the beaten track stuff....eg. Tulip fields in Netherlands
Sadly the tulip fields are only in bloom between March and May. In September/October, they'll be extremely boring fields of sand. No worries, though, there's still loads of worthwhile things to do to very easily fill three weeks.
Personal recommendation for an off-the-beaten-track area in Germany would be Saxon Switzerland, on the border with the Czech Republic. I happen to have raved a bit about it (for hiking purposes) just last week, so rather than repeating myself, I'll link you to that thread. If you're not much into hiking, then most of the cities in Germany are worth a visit for a day or two of exploring, particularly mid-sized ones. (Some of my favorites: Aschaffenburg, Bielefeld, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Göttingen, Kassel, Köln, Leipzig, Mainz, Würzburg... but really, the only city I've experienced would I would give a miss would be Frankfurt.) Note that October has a large share of festivals in Germany; you'll have heard of Munich's Oktoberfest, but there's a lot of similar (if much smaller) fests in other cities - something to either avoid or seek out depending on personal preferences.)