A friend and I are going to be landing in Frankfurt in mid december and will depart on Jan 6th. I have been to Europe twice before, once in the winter and once in the summer, but it was with my parents both times. I have done the whole tourist track through the larger tourist destinations in Europe and will undoubtedly hit some of the more popular ones again, but what I am really interested in is something a little more off the beaten track. We are planning a few days in Budapest, but that is about as adventurous as it gets so far ha ha. Any ideas would be helpful. We are both getting the Eurail global pass so anywhere that is accessable by the train sounds good. Thanks for helping me out!
Once you hit Eastern Europe, your Eurail pass may not be as useful. Local fares are cheaper across the counter mostly, than the ones you can buy with your pass.
As a little itinery (in this order)..
Budapest, Oradea (Romania), Sighisoara in Transylvania (Romania again), Timisoara (still in RO) and onward back to Budapest via Lake Balaton (one of Europe's largest). Budapest to Vienna is a nice trip, as is Budapest to either Prague or Bratislava and you can do every one in just 3 to 4 hours or less. Out of them all, Vienna will hurt your pocket the most. All the others will compensate very well as long as you keep away from the tourist hotels en-route.
Wizzair do some excellent one way flights within Eastern Europe, from some remote and obscure cities, for just a bit of back pocket cash. Check out their website. One of the cheapest airlines in the world.
Hey thanks, I really appreciate it. I'll look into all of those cities.