Im going to europe for the first time in march,
my cousin and I have picked out going to paris and amsterdam, more or less because they two of the cheapest cities to fly into from the US.
But I am not set on them, can anyone suggest better cities to in a span of a week and a half?
thanks a lot, its overwhelming figuring out where to go
Amsterdam is a great place! Don't dismiss it. It's a very lively city, full of verve and good fun. You'll really enjoy it. There are a lot of things to see and do in Amsterdam (museums, Red Light District, shopping, night life, canal tour, special events at the time of your visit, etc etc). Have fun!
I totally agree about Amsterdam. I have been loads of times and love it. It's a beautiful place full of culture. Offers everything for every kind of person.
Paris - never been but I heard it's nice but I also heard that Barcelona is better.
Hope this helps but do go to the Dam!!!!
Amsterdam is a truly excellent City - the architecture is superb, it's full of history and culture, the Anne Frank museum is one of the best I have ever been to, and it has the coffee shops and nightlife to keep all types of people entertained.
Personally Paris is one of my least favourite places. It is very nice to look at, but my own experience is that wherever you go the architecture is the same (with the possible exception of Montmartre) and I found it to be lacking any kind of buzz.
London is easy to get to from Amsterdam. Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is so easily and cheaply got to by train, and you can get flights to London from there with either KLM, Easyjet, BMI or British Airways. If you decided to go to London instead of Paris you should check out their websites in advance and see if they're doing cheap flights - Easyjet especially is the budget airline, but all of them do decently priced fares (the cheapest return fare I could find in March at the moment is with Easyjet at £31, or about $55). For me, London is much more diverse than Paris, has more varied architecture, better nightlife and generally there's just more to see and do. I'd be happy to suggest a list of the must see things from a locals point of view. Let me know if you'd like more info...
I love Paris, although I have only been there once. But I am going again this summer. Paris is great if you love old architecture and historical monuments. Everything in Paris also seems to move at a much nicer pace than everywhere else.
Amsterdam is great - March is probably a good time to visit - not too many tourists, comfortable weather....
Definitely take a trip on the canals....you see quite a differemt aspect of the city from walking around the streets...
Anne Frank Museum was very interesting!
Feed the pigeons - great fun. (dont forget to pay the guys with the birdseed though - they can get a bit in your face! )
Visit the Red Light District - it's an experience!
Go to a "coffeeshop" (although a smoking ban has recently been introduced in Amsterdam and you cant actually smoke IN the coffeeshop anymore..but you can still buy smoke )
Lots of weird little shops....
Havent been to Paris. My parents were there recently and werent too blown away by it. They had heard so much about it over the years that it was anti-climatic. They much prefer Rome. But it depends on what you like I suppose. If you read some of Tway's threads, you'd really want to visit Paris.
Hope that helps
Paris and Amsterdam would not be a bad thing at all. In such a short time frame, you don't want to be going to 2 places a huge distance apart as you'll lose a day or so in travel. Paris and Amsterdam would give you the option to spend a day or two in Belgium (probably Brugge or Bruxelles) on your way between them.
London would be an excellent alternative to either, and probably for not much extra cost in terms of travel.
If you have specific interests, there could be other alternatives as well, but any 2 of those 3 and you can't really go wrong