Our ticket is now finally confirmed and we need help.
7 Oct : London for 2 nights : Dover Castle
9 Oct : Zurich for 2 nights : have not decided on accomodation. It seems so expensive in here. Can you recommend a hostel for us?
11 Oct : Stockholm for 2 nights : City Hostel
14 Oct : Dublin for 2 nights : Paddy's Palace
16 Oct : Glasgow for 2 nights : Blue sky
18 Oct : Edinburgh
Wish could spend more time, but we have to work
See if you can help us especially in Zurich.
Googled City Hostel in Stockholm, and if I'm correct, the address is Fleminggatan 19. That's a bit away from downtown, but not too far. About 2 km to Gamla Stan (Old Town), so you can easily walk that in 20 minutes or so. If you do, you'll be passing by City Hall, which is a very famous and well known building. Gamla Stan is definitely worth a visit. Narrow streets, most of which are 'pedestrian only' and lots of little stores and places to eat. In October, the busy tourist season is long gone so it's not going to be very busy. The Royal palace is also in Gamla Stan, facing east (by the water).
As you look east, past some of the smaller islands, you'll see the island of Djurgården - home to two very famous museums: The Vasa Museum. This is where the Vasa ship is on display. Vasa capsized on its maiden voyage, in 1628 I believe, and wasn't raised until some time in the 1950s, and then painstakingly and slowly restored. If it hadn't capsized it would have been the largest warship at the time in Europe. Seems like someone got a bit carried away when they designed it (it was top heavy).
The other museum is a VERY different museum: Skansen. This is an open-air museum, and you get more of a feeling of walking around in the forest than in a museum. Old buildings from all over Sweden (REAL old buildings) have been brought here and reassembled/restored. There's also a little zoo. A very popular and well known place. You could easily walk here from Gamla Stan. Probably in less than half an hour. Or you could simply catch the bus. There's also boat service from Gamla Stan to Djurgården. The more modern part of downtown Stockholm is immediately north of Gamla Stan. A number of 'pedestrian only' streets makes it a pleasant walk.
I stayed at the iPR Guesthouse when I was in Zurich. Will send you their website in a PM. It's only a 5min walk from the main train station, is set above a busy little cafe and right by the shopping street. It has an interesting set up and is very well-maintained. Only problem is that the rooms don't have aircon (there's a fan) which can get uncomfortable if it's too hot especially at night.
Zurich is the most expensive city I've been to and you must be willing to sacrifice things like aircon, free internet, share a bathroom etc if you wish to reduce accomodation costs.
I did a daytrip to Schaffhausen and the Rhinefalls. Loved the medieval setting of Schaffhausen and climbed a fortress which offered a spectacular view of Greater Zurich. Just gotta make sure you've got the stamina to walk, climb and hike when in Switzerland!
thanks for tips.
I agreed! zurich seems like very very expensive. A nite at a hostel can cost us easily about 50 euro..
and the one that u suggested is already fully booked.
i have to look else where. Let us know if you have any other ideas.
Try 'City Backpacker - Hotel Biber'. It's an OK place for the price (around €25 a night). There's no real meeting or chillout point within the building, but for a bed in one of the world's most expensive cities, it'll save you cash - and it's situated in a very nice pedestrian part of the city.
Im thinking of buying a prepaid sim card while in Europe, can you recommend what is the best?
Any idea if I can use my phone (from Malaysia) in Europe?
what is the best way from Basel Mulhouse Freigburg airport to Geneva and how long is the journey.
appreciate your reply.
Best way to do that is the train. See www.sbb.ch for schedule and prices.
if your stuck for accomidation in edinburgh try the metro inn/falkirk i know its outside edinburgh but its dirt cheap and theres a regular train service to the town(every 15mins)
Hi t_maia, thanks, got it but no prices shown...
Rozandwill, what do you think about Nightingale Lodge?