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Europe in November 2009?

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1. Posted by localgirl (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y


I need help! I have about 10 days to explore some parts of Europe! Backpacked last year w/ my brother to: London, Dublin, Rothenburg, Interlaken, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, and Amsterdam.

I am undecided where to go because I had heard some major attractions in each place will be close in the Winter.

So in you guys' opinion, where is the best place to go during early November where I can see Europe at its finest...the Old Town feel, culture, architecture, semi-safe if I am to travel by myself, attractions I will not normally see here in the states..castles...etc..

local girl

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1834 posts) 7y

How about Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Munich. Germany is quote well of for castles:
I don't know if you have been to Europe before in November but expect cold and wet.

3. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting Cyberia

How about Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Munich.
I don't know if you have been to Europe before in November but expect cold and wet.

Pretty perfect itinery there, I would say. Vienna, Munich and Warsaw will be more expensive than the other suggestions, although Warsaw not quite so hard on your budget as the other two.
Try a bit of Bulgaria and Romania too. Wizzair do some incredibly cheap flights within Eastern Europe (check out their route map). You can get some great deals for around €20 one way including tax.
It's not just cold and wet. It will be cold for sure, but also snowing in it's masses if you pick the right region.

4. Posted by localgirl (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Thank you everyone for the input! I realize that it will be cold and wet and I hope this will not deter me from enjoying the sights and culture.

I've decided on one place to go: Prague...But not sure about the other..I was thinking Florence, Italy...I know it doesn't make sense to travel from East to West but I love Italy! I did contemplate on going to Germany (Rhine Valley, Munich) but I think I've pretty much made up my mind!

Any other advises you have PLEASE let me know..other than packing warm and rainy clothes. (Hey, I didn't live in Seattle for nothing!) LOL



5. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 7y

You probably get some snow in Seattle (but not much if it is anything like Vancouver, BC), but you should expect more in Europe in the winter, depending on where you are travelling. It is safe to say you will get snow in the places you mentioned that you'll be travelling in. So expect it to get to around 14 degrees Fahrenheit, colder if you go north. So dress accordingly, in layers, good coat, good gloves, good shoes, etc. ...

Ten days seems like an awfully short time to do a couple countries, though. IMHO, I would stick to just one: two major cities, or a major city and some countryside/small towns.

Have a good trip. :)


6. Posted by localgirl (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

HI Steph

Thank you for the advise. Ya..I think I'll skip Prague this trip. I live in Hawaii now and I can't tolerate cold like I use to! :) So I was thinking Florence/Tuscany? It shouldn't be that cold right? I can tolerate 40-50 deg F but I don't know if I would be too happy with rain all the time for 10 days in Italy! I would just cry! ;)

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 7y

If you are interested in Italy and have already been to Florence and Venice it will be a good idea to explore the area south of Rome. Naples (Pompeii!!), Sicily, Capri and the Amalfi Coast should all have decent weather around 20 C / 68 F mixed in with some rain.