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Where is a good place to start in Europe!

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1. Posted by mcmm2050 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

If one is traveling through Europe where is a good place to start? And what is a good root to take?
Thank you very much!
Ps. Any extra tips would be great!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

London seems to be a favourite. It's pretty expensive, so best to go when your bank account is still full. Plus it's a huge hub, and you can go anywhere from London. And I imagine it's a good idea to be starting at one end of Europe instead of in the middle.

3. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Hi, the route really depends on what places you want to see. Are you sticking to Western Europe or going to Eastern as well? I have found that it is easiest to fly into and out of differnt places as this will give u more scope for the distance you can travel. The first thing to do would be to decide what places want to go to and then see if it is do-able - look at train timetables and see how long journeys are and what distances are between cities. Generally i have found that you tend to choose cities that you have heard of and hence to do tend to be on reasonable routes.

Hope this makes some kind of sense and if u have any questions please feel free to let me know.


4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

That's hard to answer if you don't have an idea where you want to go. Make a list of everywhere you want to go (even if it seems like the list is too long...just go for it). Then after that, look at how much time you have for your trip. Try to make a schedule to corrispond with the amount of time you have and the amount of cities that you want to see. Give yourself at least two or three days per city (and even that is rushing it if you plan your whole trip in two or three day sections). Then see if you can get to all the cities you want to see. Then see what cities you can drop (ie: the ones you wouldn't mind seeing).

As for a general answer, either London or Paris would be ideal, just because they are hubs. It'll be the easiest to find a flight that works for you because they have so many flights coming in and out of them.

Katie ;)

5. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

If you want to start on the continent itself then Amsterdam is another major hub for Schiphol airport is very easy and cheap to get to from the city. If you're travelling by train, then London only connects internationally by Eurostar with Paris, Lille and Brussels, and the trip is expensive unless booked far in advance.

As for a route, it all depends how long you have and which countries you're interested in seeing. If you wanted to do major cities by train or bus you could do London - Paris - Brussels - Amsterdam - Berlin - Krakow - Budapest - Prague - Munich - Bern - Paris - London....that would take you on a loop hence give you the same start and end point for a return flight home. That really is only an off the top my head everyone has said, it all depends how you're travelling and which countries you're more interested in. You could check out the Inter-rail pass and Euroline bus pass and base your itinerary on the freedom each of their packages offers.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

If your native language is English, then England is an excellent base from which to explore Europe.

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

If your native language is English, then England is an excellent base from which to explore Europe.

But it's bloody expensive!

My base was Den Haag (because I was staying with a friend), and I'd recommend the Netherlands as a place to begin exploring Europe. As toidi mentioned, it is very easy to navigate from Schiphol to the major Dutch and other European cities. The train system is pretty fast and reliable, and the Dutch speak excellent English.

8. Posted by Kapuchok (Full Member 101 posts) 11y

I agree with toidi.. it´ll depend of how long you have and which countries you're interested in seeing!!
My tip goes to my country - Portugal !! :) ehe
After drink and eating well you can adventure throught out Europe. Barcelona-Paris-Brussels ... and soo on !! eheeh

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

The best "root" to take is whatever one you can get