Hi everyone. So glad I came upon this site in a google search! It looks like a wealth of information.
I live in Australia (Sydney) & am planning a trip with my son to Europe/Middle East in end June 2010. I have been planning this trip in my head for the last year so I pretty much have the agenda worked out with visiting some family we've never met in the Mediterranean area & ending with a marathon 30 day small group tour from Istanbul to Cairo.
I would really appreciate some info on independent touring through Amsterdam, Munich/Fusen, Innsbruck (& maybe Switzerland) down through Italy to Rome.
Information on recommended accommodation (& if management helpful), sightseeing tips, transport or places to eat nearby would all be great.
We will be starting our trip in Frankfurt & travelling by bus &/or train so want to stay somewhere central preferably within walking distance of some sights. Would like to have private twin room accommodation rather than dorm type but as long as it's clean I'm not too fussy. I don't want anything too expensive as will still have a few months to go in Europe so will be trying to stretch my dollar (or rather euro & various other denominations) as far as possible.
Looking forward to chatting with you all & hopefully being able to give some recommendations (or warnings) of my own when I get back on travel, tour groups, etc as am hoping to do a diary as I go.
Hi, welcome to TP!
I suggest you post your questions in the Europe and the Middle East forums, there you'll get some better answers than in Introductions.
Also it is difficult to answer your questions about Europe without knowing how much time you have in each place and how long you plan to travel in total. I recommend that you include that info.
You obviously have ample time to see and do a lot during your European visit. You mentioned that you have concerns regarding places to stay, travel methods and connections and warnings. To answer these and other questions for yourself, I would recommend going to the following web site www.virtualtourist.com Click on the world map, then the continent, thern any countries of interest from which you will have a listing of numerous cities and towns of interest. In each of these cities you will find several topical categories with opinions expressed by people that have been there and done that and many will include photographs! In several visits to Europe and other places in the world, this web site has proven to be a valuable source of information!
I would suggest reposting this in one of the other forum sections, you will probably get a faster and more broad response.
Switzerland is AWESOME: I suggest Interlaken, The Riverlodge is very nice, clean, simple, dorm style cabins for fairly cheap price. They may have private rooms as well, but you'd have to check. When I was there there wasn't a lot of noisy travelers. It is on the river and nearby the train station. There is also a campground next door. Interlaken has great hiking and adventure sports. Montreax is also nice. Both are right along the alps.
Cinque Terre- I hear this is awesome, hit this b/w Switzerland and Rome
Rome- We stayed in the Pensione Ottaviano which is like a block or two from the train metro and a block from the Vatican. Small hostel, has option for private room. Not expensive and my experience was quiet.