Dec 8 2009, 01:51 PM
I am planning a trip for 2 months (September, October) in 2010. I've done a lot of research and reading but I am looking for some MUST SEE places/things in Europe. If there is somewhere you have been that you think I shouldn't miss out on i'd like to hear about it.
Dec 8 2009, 03:49 PM
My favourite place in Europe was Nice. I just loved the sound of the pebble beach.
I have spent a lot of time in Amsterdam in the past as well, the Rijksmuseum is ginormous and really amazing.
If you like live music though, head over to the Melkweg.
Dec 9 2009, 07:57 PM
Iíve travelled quite a bit around Europe and there are endless amazing sights to see. As far as a 2 month itinerary, I would recommend Eastern Europe. Granted the travel methods arenít always as convenient as in Western Europe, but thatís what makes the experience all the more interesting! Also Eastern Europe is considerably cheaper than itsí European counterpart and, in my opinion, is less touristy (at least for the time being).
My Eastern Europe top five!!!
1) I really enjoyed Bosnia-Herzegovina; we visited Mostar (and nearby Blagai) and Sarajevo. I found that both cities was a really interesting mixture of European and Middle Eastern styles. Mostar especially is different because it as some beautiful sites, but also many places ridden with bullet holes. Sarajevo has a huge ĎTurkish Bazaarí and many pretty mosques.
2) Croatia has tons of amazing places to visit, but my personal favourite was Dubrovnik!! (Zagreb not so muchÖ)
3) Budapest is a great city; we spent a week there and could have easily spent more time! I didnít visit any other parts of Hungary, so unfortunately I canít offer you any tips for the rest of the country.
4) I visited the Czech Republic over 4 years ago, but I had a great time in Karlovy Vary, which is a tiny town about 2 hours outside of the capital. There were special hot spring fountains around the town and many spas, so it was a rather eclectic place to visit. I didnít really enjoy my lodgings in Prague, but there is definitely lotís of interesting things to see!
5) While Turkey is not always considered as a part of Europe, I would definitely recommend it!! I spent 2 and a half weeks there and I could have easily spent months! I recommend Pamukkale, Goreme and Istanbul!
If you would like more info, I have a travel blog for my backpacking adventure in Eastern Europe.
There are lotís of great things to see in Western Europe too, so here are some of my favourites (and they are likely many other peoples favourites too):
1) Paris: There is so much to do and see in the city, that you can never get bored!
2) Italy: Iíve been to this country so many times, that I am probably biased now, but everytime I return to Italy, I have a better time! There is so much diversity to discover within this tiny boot-shaped country, that if you are travelling to Western Europe, you really must visit it! My favourite cities are Rome (while it is definitely touristy, there are all sorts of unique restaurants that you can find and have your own individual experience), Florence (Or Firenze, thereís just something pretty about this town), San Marino (a quirky little independent country within the confines of Italy), Vatican City (another independent nation, with some amazing architecture and museums), Cinque Terre and Portovenere (if you like hiking, this is a great place to visit!) and there are lotís of other great spots to visit! Half of the fun is having your own vehicle and stopping off in random spots, as it increases your chances of interesting experiences. If youíre on a real historical kick in Italy, itís worth checking out Pompeii and Tarquinia (an old Etruscan city).
3) Amsterdam is a city with a great atmosphere and again there is lotís to see and do. Another great part about Amsterdam is that it is very walking friendly!
4) I havenít visited Spain much, but the one city that I did visit I loved! Granada is a great city both for itsí Islamic heritage (The Alhambra fortress) and itsí free tapas (the only place in Spain for free food with oneís drinks, or at least thatís what Iíve been told). Of course the city has other pluses, but the two above were the key draws for me.
Sorry if I have included waaay too much!! I hope that it is in some way helpful!!
Dec 9 2009, 08:18 PM
My top 5 for Europe is (in no particular order)
1. Barcelona. Lots of Gaudi and other amazing galleries.
2. The Balkans. I lump them together cause you can cover the region easily in a couple of weeks, although the highlights are Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgrade and Dubrovnik.
3. Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful and unique city, and there's nothing like the highlands anywhere else.
4. Czech Republic and Slovakia. Beautiful old medieval towns, snowcapped peaks and amazing countryside. And some of the best beer in Europe.
5. Krakow, Poland. A truly amazing city.
Dec 13 2009, 02:49 PM
My number one place in Europe (that I've been to) is Barcelona - as will said above, for the Gaudi inspired scenery - especially Park Guell.
I'd also rate Edinburgh too for the castle slap bang on a hill in the city centre!
My other faves would be:
- Norway - I just did the train journey from Bergen to Oslo and it was amazing! I'd like to see Stavanger one day too
- The Netherlands - so easy to get around by train there - you can cover most of it easily, as nowhere is more than 3 hours by train away really
- Ireland - not being biased by living here, but I love the randomness of this country, and the people are so friendly.
- Greece - a bit of island hopping, delicious Greek food, sunshine, and gorgeous white houses
Dec 17 2009, 07:18 PM
Croatia seaside (Split, Rijeka, Zadar, Hvar, Pula, Dubrovnik...) After you see all the nature - islands, PURE water, beaches, mountains, you'd want to come back every year! And old structures - very beautiful!
One of my wishes is Ireland also! Never seen it but what pictures say...
Dec 26 2009, 03:30 PM
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Mar 21 2010, 08:47 AM
Thank you all for your ideas! Getting more and more excited!