Hey everyone. I'm going on a Europe trip with a few of my friend from here in the USA, going to London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Berlin, and Amsterdam. I've been to England, Scotland, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria alread, so I'm definitely not a Europe rookie, and I've done a lot of research as far as Europe goes, but this will be my first time backpacking it. I know I'm going to need to get a Eurail pass and such things like that, and each of us is going to raise around 3700 dollars for the 23 days that we are over there. If any of you could offer any help as far as good hostels, budgeting, sites to see, travelling tips both intercity and innercity, or anything, and I mean ANYTHING else, that would be great. Thank you!
Sounds like a good trip I'd recommend to replace at least one of these cities with a smaller town. These are all large and very exciting cities, which can become quite overwhelming. A 2 day break somewhere quieter would be a nice change of scenery and can provide a good idea of what a country is really like.
For example, although Amsterdam is an incredibly lively city, the Netherlands is very diverse throughout the country. If you can convince your friends, hire a few bicycles and cycle around for a few days staying at local hostels (there's a great one in Zeeland in a castle) - you will really get an idea of what Dutch life and countryside is like.
Just one idea, but the general thought is that often the most enjoyable experiences can be found by doing something slightly unusual.
wow! sounds like a busy itinerary!!
out of all the cities you mentioned, i have only been to paris, however we stayed in a great hostel there. Its called the Young and Happy Youth Hostel, and its located on rue Mouffetard (in the latin quarter of the city... close to the 5th and 6th sections.) Its an English speaking hostel, nearby to the Notre Dame and other touristy places. However, its located in a very interesting section of the city and the night life is just bursting in that area!! hope this helps! have a fun trip!