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play: Paris for the big city, and Seville or Nafplio for relaxation.
Stockholm in the summer or somwhere in Austria
I've been to:
Munich, Interlaken/Gimmelwald/Murren, Venice, Vienna, Prague
I think all are worth a trip. Prague was my favorite. Art, history, architecture, people are all great. Vienna was my least favorite, but if you're into art you'd probably love it. Venice is worth a trip but I wouldn't stay more than 3 days or so.
I've heard great things about Barcelona, the Greek Isles and Croatian coast. I've always wanted to check out Istanbul as well.
It really depends what you're into though. If you like war history, places like Prague, Munich, Berlin, Normandy, etc would be great. If you're into art and theater, places like Vienna, Rome, etc would be better. If you want to have a good time, Prague, Amsterdam, etc.
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Oslo didn't disappoint. Terribly expensive, though.
LOL. I hope this is a joke.
Prague.....If you want all the skinny let me know.
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It could've been worse. He could've suggested Brussels.
Any particular reason on Brussels? Only because it's been mentioned as a possible city, and if it sucks I want to take it off the list. Sounds like Zurich isn't the best either.
Thanks for the advice all - very helpful. I know it's basically a can't lose situation, which is good. We're only looking at about four days
I will say that the following are probably ruled out just because one or both of us has already v visited - Athens/Greek islands (I know there are tons of islands but that's a whole bigger trip to me), London, Amsterdam, Paris. Probably ruling out Russia for the same reason and also because the visa process is kind of a pain in the ass.
Brussels is just an ugly city without much to do. Aside from drinking beer (at a much more expensive cost than Prague or some of the German cities), there isn't a lot to do. Based on you've ruled out, I'd say it's a coinflip between Rome and Prague. Prague has the better night life while Rome has more historic stuff to do during the day.
If you're only going for 4 days, I'd suggest a smaller city. Again, Copenhagen and Lisbon are both right around 500k. At that size you can see most of the city in 4 days and not feel like you're racing. I've been to both, and they are both great. Lisbon is at the top of my list right now in Europe, but others have suggested some good medium-sized cities as well.
I haven't been to Rome so I can't compare, but Prague actually has an incredible history behind it
Think Prague on a much bigger scale and you have Rome. Like I said, it depends on which the OP places a greater value on. They're both great cities to visit.
I've lived in Europe. Been to most of the big and mid-sized cities with the exceptions of Madrid and Barcelona. The only city I ever advise friends to not waste time seeing is Brussels. IMHO, it's a dump. Nothing to see unless you want to check out NATO HQ or the EU facilities. Expensive as hell. If you have to allocate time spent in Europe, it is literally the last place I'd recommend visiting.
Since I can't pick just one, I'll give my top 3:
One of the Greek islands
Presuming you've done Rome, Florence, venice, paris, etc..
Portofino. Had one of the best weeks of my life there. Hike from village to village, wines to die for, views and setting unmatched.
It looks like it's been narrowed down to
2. Rome + some outlying city (Naples, Florence, Venice but not all - don't want too much travel)
3. Somewhere in Germany (note: we can line up w/end of Oktoberfest)
4. London (always fun, but I'm hoping not since I've been there a few times).
I would have also liked Prague, but we're trying to find favorites that overlap...
This post was edited by PolskaSpartan 14 months ago
Not sure how you are getting around Germany but my favorite town was Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber look it up...only about an hour from Frankfurt on the romantic highway. One of the few Western German cities that didn't get bombed back to the stone age during WWII and it was spared much of the destruction of war because of its early economic decline. But much of the city is original, all of the ramparts are still standing and you can walk all of them, the town is beautiful and what you think of if you like historical cities from the middle ages. Lots of stuff to see and do. plus it is over a valley so great views. I had a much better time there than Munich.
Your other choices are solid except you can't miss Prague...or if you are adventurous I would add St Petersburg but the latest to go is August/early September
This post was edited by Kozz 14 months ago
I've been to Barcelona and loved it. Great food (but don't expect to eat until late), great museums, incredible architecture if Gaudi is your thing. Watch your stuff though as the pickpockets are particularly aggressive there.
Rome I've done a few times and love it as well. Everyone I've spoken to (Italians included) describe Napoli as a crime-ridden shithole, so I just passed through on my way to Pompeii (which was a very cool visit if you are into ruins). Florence has great art and food. Venice polarizes people but I particularly enjoyed visiting the smaller islands (Murano, Burano, Torcello).
Germany - haven't been able to see much other than Munich and parts of Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Cologne on business trips. Meh.
London - I like the city but it doesn't rank up there with the rest as a tourist destination. Great to visit once or twice but I'd rather spend my time elsewhere.
Terrible. Have you been there lately?
Germany = FKK
Down to Barcelona vs. Rome.
Hey, this'd be a great place for a poll!
Amsterdam is my favorite city in Europe, food is great, the parks are great, the old town is great, etc. and the Dutch speak very good English, love beer and are utterly hilarious. I have a strong bias toward central Europe, though, Spain and Italy are nice but the grime, crowds and total lack of order drive me nuts.
I have to stick up for Zurich, too, even though if I could only visit one city it certainly wouldn't be my pick. it is much more than a banking town, the waterfront in the city is amazing, the old town is very cool and it is 110% the safest city in Europe.
I think we should take some of these people, and send 'em up to Bear Mountain for a picnic.
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