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Planning a Europe trip in April-May, any suggestions?

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1. Posted by sassi_lou (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

Hi

I'm planning on travelling through Europe on the train in April/May and wonder if any of you have suggestions on places to see/stay? I havent made any concrete plans yet but I plan on seeing most of the big cities/capitals - Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Rome, Venice and Athens to name a few if I can squeeze them all in.

So any suggestions would be most appreciated as I want to make the most of this trip as I'm moving to Australia later in the year and it will be more difficult to get back and see bits that I've missed!

Also if anyone wants to join me for any or all of the trip please feel free to let me know. So far I'm going it on my lonesome but I'd rather have some company to share the experience with me.

Thanks!

Sarah x

2. Posted by TSSB (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

You should stop by Sofia, on Bulgaria. It's an incredible city!
If you need a place to stay, try -snip-

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3. Posted by WillowR (Budding Member 13 posts) 6y

Well if you've got time, do Vienna then you can leap on the high speed boat down the Danube and visit Bratislava too. Just watch out for The Castle, oh my goodness that hill - I passed a couple of teenagers conked out a quarter of the way up.

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

I havent made any concrete plans yet but I plan on seeing most of the big cities/capitals

Plan on around 5 days for most of the big cities or skip them. Also include some of the smaller destinations. Don't overlook a place just because it isn't the capital. Tip: if you plan to visit more than one place in a certain country you should plan on 10-20 days for this country.

I'm planning on travelling through Europe on the train in April/May

Does this mean that you have 8 weeks? Or less? What is more, is your wallet up to it? For 8 weeks travelling all over Europe you need approx. 3500-4000 EUR (3200-3600 pounds) - and that is if you stay in hostels and eat food from the supermarket.

Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Rome, Venice and Athens to name a few if I can squeeze them all in.

Tips:

1) Dresden is halfway between Berlin and Prague and I can highly recommend a stop in the city itself and in the national park one hour south close to the border with the Czech Republic. You can easily get there by taking the train.

2) Watch were you are going in Prague. It is probably the city in Europe where you are most likely robbed and beaten up after a night at a club. Be very careful after dark.

3) Consider visiting Florence. If you love art I would even recommend that you skip Rome and spend the time you planned for Rome in Florence.

4) Look at night trains before you take a flight. Saves you considerable time if you travel in your sleep.

5) some useful links:

www.skyscanner.net (budget flight search engine)
www.eurolines.com (bus all over Europe, check out their bus pass)
http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en (train schedule all over Europe)
www.jizdenka.cz (approx. train prices)

And finally:
http://www.travellerspoint.com/accommodation.cfm

5. Posted by meheu (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

When staying in Paris, I can highly recommend you to rent a flat -snip-. It will be cheaper than the hotel because you can make your meals in the apartment instead of the restaurant and the rent is a good price.
Have a nice stay in Europe

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6. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 6y

Florence, Italy at Easter is amazing. Be sure to be at il Duomo by 9am to secure a good spot to view the "exploding cart."