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1. Posted by Drewee (Budding Member 13 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Hey guys how's it going?

I'll be travelling next month to Europe by myself most of the time. Is there any other people here who are doing it as well? I didn't book with any tour agency. My trip will be Bhudapest- vienna- prague- berlin to amsterdam then back to aussie. I'll be staying 3 to 4 days each city. This will be my 1st time in europe. Any suggestions? Thank you!

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1109 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Sounds like a good taster trip. It sort of sells itself, as all those destinations have massive resources at your disposal. I assume you're doing it by train. Do you have any time budgeted for smaller places on the way, or is it just the cities? Every one of those cities will easily have enough to keep you occupied for 3 or 4 days. Bonne Chance!

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Mar-2018, at 08:44 by Piecar ]

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1100 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

Give yourself an easy first couple of days, the jetlag from Australia to Europe could last a week.

In Budapest I'd recommend you try some of the spa baths. Szechyeni is the fanciest and (in my opinion) best, well worth an evening visit.

Budapest and Prague will be cheap, maybe a third of the price of the others, so maximising your time there helps the budget go further. If budget is an issue you could stay in Bratislava rather than Vienna and travel across to Vienna as a daytrip, as again Bratislava is maybe a third of Vienna's prices.

4. Posted by Drewee (Budding Member 13 posts) 19w Star this if you like it!

@piecar thank you for the reply. Yes i will be going to countrysides if i can i might spend 2 days in the country side 1 to 2 days in the city and 1 evening for night life.

Andyf thank you for that info noted i will search it when it is nearer. Have no time for jetlag lol.

5. Posted by Drewee (Budding Member 13 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Anyone going to those places?

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1109 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Looks grim, bud. But if you are looking for travel buddies, that is a well trodden path.

7. Posted by Sarahew88 (Budding Member 4 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I went to Budapest last year and loved it. I tried the baths in the hotel, I was not able to go to a touristy bath and I really wish I did. If you do, read all the signs and make sure you do not accidentally break any rules, like cannon balling into the heated pool before rinsing off in the wall mount shower.

The castle in Budapest was disappointing, definitely go to Vienna and visit Schönbrunn Palace, it is wonderful! Don't waste your time at Mozarts house, he lived there one and just in a few rooms. It was like an apartment he rented, I just didn't like how it was implied the whole building was his house when it was not. If it is recommended to eat ghoulash by all means do it. It is delicious. Just keep in mind do it once or twice, it is very hearty and will get boring. Anyway you can manage, take a boat ride on the Danube, if for nothing else but for the bragging rights to say you did it.

Amsterdam is great! Beware of bicycles. Although if you go home with bicycle tracks across your face consider it a badge of honor. Walk walk walk all over, you see so much more. Anne Frank house is AWESOME. My best advice, get online NOW, pre-purchase your "timed ticket" That's the only way you can get in. Yes, you can show up and buy a ticket but with the timed tickets, you may have to wait hours till your time. Buy two tickets, you will meet someone along the way and will be able to invite them to join you. That's what I did, it worked out great. Anyway you can manage, take a boat ride on the canals in Amsterdam, if for nothing else but for the bragging rights to say you did it. Look into the history of the house boats there, and there is even a museum for that. I have regret I did not k now about it till I left.

Next month I explore Germany a little more in depth than I ever have before, I am very excited aobut this. I will go to Switzerland and Austria as well.

I have travelled the world alone and loved it. I am thrilled you are not waiting for someone to go with you. You can go where you want when you want. Please please report back and let us all know how it went

Sarah

8. Posted by Planeterium (Budding Member 20 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sarahew88

Sounds like you had an amazing time. I was doing a little research myself as I did think of visiting Germany and Amsterdam sometime this year. Was wondering if you could recommend places of interest in Amsterdam, and whether there are any social 'to-dos and not-to-dos'?

Much appreciated!

Wilson

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Mar-2018, at 09:46 by Planeterium ]

9. Posted by Sarahew88 (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Of course, above I did list things to do in Amsterdam.

As for social no-no's. I'm sorry I cant think of any. I was a Federal Civilian in the ME for 8 yrs so I always operate on travel etiquette no matter where in the world I am. I try to not draw attention to myself, I don't take photos of people; at least not obviously, dress modestly while in religious sites, I keep my distance while on public transport. These days you just don't know what people are going through, a simple brush-by or accidental bump can cause an international incident. But don't be afraid to travel alone, there will be great social interactions with people, but let it happen organically, UGH I hate that phrase LOL

I leave for Germany in 33 days. So far my only "pre" let down is Hitler's Eagles Nest will be closed for the season. Anyone have an insiders tip or back door to visiting this? Even just for exterior "I was there" photos?

Happy Wednesday travelers!

XOXO

10. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 72 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

In Amsterdam one "social don't" is to try to take pictures of the ladies in the Red Light District (whatever is left of it). Your camera, and even yourself, may involuntarily end up in the canal. A better idea in that part of Amsterdam is that retired RLD neighborhood police officers organize walking excursions there. Plenty of stories from the wild days, and interesting and funny anecdotes. The tour ends in an old jenever (Dutch gin) bar.