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1. Posted by TPAUSE (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be travelling through Europe next summer with a couple of my friends and I was just wondering if there are any tips for travelling on a budget and attractions to see. We are planning on travelling through: London, Paris, Nice, Milan, Munich, Berlin and Amsterdam. Unfortunately, we are only going for 3 weeks so it means only a few days in each place. Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam are the cities on our trip that hold the most interest for us so we will be in those cities longer than the others.
I know it's cramming a lot of sightseeing in a short time but I would appreciate any help in regards to my trip.

Thanks in advance, I know your input will be very helpful.

2. Posted by adam3809 (Budding Member 47 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


If your on a budget a great way to save money on food is cooking your own meals in hostels. This of course means staying in hostels with kitchens. When your in Berlin a great place to see a large section of the Berlin wall is at the Ostbahnhof, or East train station. There is a huge portion still their that not many tourists know about. They are going to take it down, but I believe it is still up. Have fun!!!

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Not again the 2 1/2 days per city routine. Sorry, but you'd get much more out of your trip if you went for 4-5 days per city.

I particularly cannot understand why you'd go to Milan and Nice. Do you got friends or relatives there? If not, don't bother. It takes quite long to travel to these places, time better spent elsewhere and there is not that much to see there.

I've been to London, Amsterdam and Berlin and I can assure you, you'd need weeks to really see London or Berlin. With 5 days you might start to scratch at the surface, 7 days would be better. Paris is similar in size and amount of sights, I doubt you could get away with spending less time there. So 4-5 cities in three weeks is very rushed, but realistic. 7 cities is utterly impossible unless you are willing to spent a whole week of your three on trains, buses and planes.

If I was you I would travel London-Paris-Amsterdam-Berlin-Munich-London or something similar, maybe adding Prague and skipping either one or two of Paris, Amsterdam or Munich or all three. The exact route would depend upon getting cheap flights and places in sleeper trains.

Another thing: You focus mainly on the big cities, you should set aside a few days for smaller cities. You could easily do this by doing day trips from the big cities, but also consider stopping somewhere else.

And if you are mainly interested in Paris and not London, consider flying into Paris and not London, thus skipping London.

With Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam being your main focus, going in summer and being on a tight budget consider bringing a tent and camping gear.

4. Posted by jujuhelder (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

It must be really exciting for you to be planning your trip to Europe. That being said, ofcourse this comes with its own challenges.

If you´re on a budget and want to make the most of both your experience and your trip throughout Europe, I can provide you with tips for the cities of Paris and Berlin.

For Paris:

When visiting Paris, it is absolutely a must to visit and experience the Eiffel Tower in person. The pictures and it´s accompanying images do not even come close to experiencing this magnificent monument in person. It will take your breath away.

If you´re a big museum buff, then it is an absolute ¨must see¨attraction to visit the Louvre. It is here where you will find the most famous painting in the world, The Mona Lisa.

Upon arriving in Paris, it is vital to stay within the city, by doing so, this enhances your experience of the city. -snip-

For Berlin:

When reading that you were also planning in visiting the city of Berlin, my first recommendation would be to visit the Berlin Wall & The Brandenburg Gate. This is an absolute must if you want to get a direct sense and feel for the city. It is also very nice if you could swing by to the Fernsehturn, which is a TV Tower that is suspended several hundred meters in the air. It is here where you´ll be able to wine & dine whilst enjoying from the magnificent views of the city.


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5. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

As t_maia says it takes more than 2 days to see a city and get to know it real good; i spent a week in prague and i didn't have enough time to do what i was after.
That said, if your goal is to get the flavour from each city you can achieve it in 2 days. I saw paris in 5 hours so i don't really know it that well, but you get to see what it is about.
I'd skip milan and nice, mainly because there's nothing to do. Nice will be expensive and it will be more expensive in summer, as well as crowded.
You're talking about central european cities, going down to the south of france will waste you much time; this time could be better employed in london, berlin or amsterdam.

6. Posted by robc8 (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You are doing something many first time visitors to Europe do...
you are most likely attempting too much in too little time.

As others have mentioned, I would also strongly advise
cutting back to 3 cities at most. To save both time and
money I'd try and choose 3 that are closest... ie
Paris/Amsterdam/Berlin or London/Paris/Amsterdam.

Don't forget, you will pretty well lose both the first and
last days of your trip to arriving and departing. So 3 weeks -
21 days - is now down to 19 days.

By the time you pack, check out of your accommodation, travel
to airport or train station, do the trip, arrive, get to accommodation
in new city you can lose from 1/2 to a full day each time you change

Let's say half a day for 3 inter city travel days so now you are down to
17 1/2 days... if you add back in the other cities on your list you're
down to only about 2 weeks of actual visiting your destinations.

It's amazing how fast time can disappear on you when traveling.

So give your itinerary some careful thought and come back and ask some
more questions!


7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting robc8

By the time you pack, check out of your accommodation, travel
to airport or train station, do the trip, arrive, get to accommodation
in new city you can lose from 1/2 to a full day each time you change


Too right. The only way I'd consider that sort of itinerary would be on a tour. Otherwise your time is wasted as rob says.

8. Posted by TPAUSE (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the input everyone. After talking it over with the people I'm going with we decided to chop a few of the cities off our trip and focus on the one we really want to see

9. Posted by karlyfu (Budding Member 62 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm totally obsessed with the Rodin museum in Paris. I recommend it to everyone.
Of course everyone needs more time in each place but u also want bang for ur buck (ie that hugely expensive plane ticket) Just make sure you don't overload your days, pick out things you really want to do and leave time in between for just meandering through a town.
Also I would totally skip Nice... BLIP.

10. Posted by Andysworld (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello. The time to do a round trip like this isn't to short. There are companies in Europe you can visit even more countries in 3 weeks. They use sleeper buses and travel overnight (Band buses with lounges, kitchen aso. from the music busness) . You'll sleep comfortable inside and next morning you're allready arrived in the next metropele. You save a lot of time and be able to see more. In every city are day rooms to have a Shower. Its not expensiv - much cheaper than going on your own + hotel costs.

Greets Andy

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