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1. Posted by Tvan (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi all I am meeting my brother in law in the Dam on Nov 2nd, is it busy there in Nov?

We are planning to to stay in Amsterdam for 4 or 5 nights and move onto 2 more cities, my first ideas were Hamburg and Prague.

We are looking for very lively cities that will be busy at that time of year.

Can anyone suggest an alternative city rather than Hamburg?

Preferably near to Amsterdam.

Any help much appreciated.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Cologne in Germany would be nearer. And you'll never lack for party in the "Ruhrpott", the industrial conglomerate of cities between Düsseldorf, Essen and Dortmund, because there is always a party somewhere. But if you want "affordable girls", Hamburg is the place to go.

3. Posted by Tvan (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thanks for the suggestion, is hard finding transport to Prague from germany?

Just as I really have my mind set on Prague as well in the winter time.

Any help appreciated.

4. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Quoting Tvan

Hi all I am meeting my brother in law in the Dam on Nov 2nd, is it busy there in Nov?

It all depends on the weather and what you quote busy... The Dam is not a big square. My suggestion : Meet eachother at the White Finger (it's not too miss). If it's raining just choose a restaurant or bar.

5. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 10y

Place near to amsterdam that a worth a visit. Maybe Antwerp (Belgium) or just Den Haag (the Hague) or Rotterdam.

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

You picked a bad season... november tends to be rainy throughout Europe, even in the south.

Near to Amsterdam, Cologne would indeed be good. But Hamburg is nice, too.

All my other suggestions are further afield. Consider Berlin or Copenhagen (expensive!) if you want to stay up north. Krakow (Poland) is said to be real nice, too. Budapest (Hungary) is a bit remote, but worth the trip, although I'm not sure if it's any good during the "indoor season".

In Belgium, there's Antwerp and Gent, both dramatically under-rated; don't bother about Brussels, thoug. Further south, Lyons (France) would be a good choice if you speak at least some French, as would Padova, Milan (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain).

Quite some choice, as you see ;-)

enjoy, best regards,
Niels (Amsterdam)

[ Edit: Edited at May 16, 2006 8:09 AM by bentivogli ]

7. Posted by toransurf (Full Member 55 posts) 10y

Hey that post is excactly my plan of this summer.
But quick question.. What is the cheapest way to travel between Amsterdam and Cologne? I will have my eurailpass but not for Netherlands, it's the selectpass, for 3 countries..

Plane? Bus? or train?

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

@ Tvan:

It is not hard finding transport from Germany to Prague. If you are in Munich or Berlin there are trains every few hours, from Dresden every hour, I think. Look at www.bahn.de to check the times. Buses (www.eurolines.de) should run once a day.

@ toransurf:

Best (fastests and most convinient) way would be by train - about 50 Euros one way, but check www.ns.nl for possible discount fares. Note that your destination is Keulen (Cologne in Dutch). Travel time is 2 1/2 hours, trains leave almost every hour.

Fare with Eurolines is 22 EUR, but travel time is 4 1/2 hours - bus leaves once a day at 14:15. Book in advance through their website.