I (alongwith 2-3 friends) am planning to spend a week going around France, Belgium, Netherlands and possibly Germany (sounds too ambitious?) As of now, I have the following destinations in mind
Paris, Brugge, Brussels, Amsterdam, Strassbourg
Since I dont have too much time, I just want to visit the "must-see" places. Can anyone let me know how I should plan my trip? Also, should I include any German cities in my trip (I dont want to go more than 700 km away from Paris)? Any info on cheap accomodation will be of immense use.
Thanks in anticipation!
Well, if you enjoy seeing things from a moving vehicle, the trip sounds perfect! Seriously, though - what with travelling from one place to another, you'll be in certain cities for only a matter of hours. I'd say you could do a grand total of 2 cities during your trip - MAYBE three if you cut the last stop short. Paris alone can take you a week to full see and enjoy - and I'd add Brugge to the list just because you can get to Belgium on the TGV in no time (plus Brugges is so incredibly beautiful!).
Don't mean to be a downer - I actually think you'll enjoy your trip more if you weren't rushing around to get to what's next. That said, though, I'm sure other people have done it before you! Like maybe on the Amazing Race (I love that show!)...
I think you should still try and include Amsterdam as it's a fun place day or night so when ever or for however long you are there you can enjoy it, also all the sights are in a smll walking area close to the main train station (Central Station). I'd skip Strassbourg as there's really no way you can visit, and enjoy, all 5 cities.
By the way, when are you going? You can see much more in the Summer than the Winter as the hours of daylight are much longer.
Thanks for your replies guys. I will be landing in Paris around September 3. I agree there is no point trying to rush things around, so I will probably limit my trip just to Paris, Brugge and Amsterdam