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Suggestions for first trip

Hi All

My wife and I are planning our maiden trip to Europe. So far, we think we have the broad itinerary covered. It would be great if you guys can pitch in give some suggestions for

a) places nearby that are maybe better/cheaper/ more worthwile to visit

b) some “off the normal tourist path” things / places

c) we are doing mostly rail travel. Any other suggestions would be most welcome here

d) and finally, some “must-do” things

Well, this is what we have for now:

Reach Frankfurt, take immediate train to Cologne
Stay in Cologne for 4 days.

Camping in Switzerland

So I am an 18 year old from British Colombia, Canada and I am in the final planning stages of my first solo Eurotrip holds for applause! I had some questions for all you grizzled veterans of stepping off the beaten trail. A fantasy of mine has been to just hike off away from the population with some camping gear and rough it away from civilization. I have had years of camping experiance in BC and have good gear that I will bringing with me anyway and with the little info I have, I hear Interlaken, Switzerland is the place to be.

Help with Eurorail!

Hello all,

So i have a big trip that i just started planning and saving for. I am going next mid april til mid june. Going to ireland, england, paris, italy, switzerland, denmark, belgium, austria, greece, sweden…2 months… most places i am staying 3-4 days but Italy and Switzerland there are about 4 cities in each country I would like to visit so I am staying in Italy for 9 days and switzerland for 14. Flying in to London, England then want to head to Dublin then Dublin to paris and all around Europe from there. Is the Eurorail 2 month pass the right choice for me?

Is Flying more convenient?

My friends and I have been planning a month-long trip to Europe for this summer. We are visiting 7 countries: England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Germany, and Denmark

We originally were thinking of using the Global Eurail Pass for the 5 out of the 7 countries but are now thinking of taking the plane instead. Our main interest is both cutting down on actual travel time and saving the most amount of money.

Summer 09 Itinierary help!!

I traveling with my cousin this Summer [both female, 20/21] and am looking at putting together a basic itinerary. I’m going to on Exchange to England from September so am traveling for a while before then. We are flying into London and spending 3 wks in the UK, then spending a week in Spain with some friends. From there, we have about a month to do Europe, pretty much August. We are looking at doing;

Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France as our main countries.

Visa question-more than 90 days

I’m confused about how exactly the visa situation works. I know I can only stay for 90 days out of a 6 month period but I’ve seen some posts that say “in a calendar year”. Thus, my question is what if I stay for October, November, and December, then January through March. It’s more than 90 days but would that time period restart with the new calendar year? (Fyi, I’m trying to stay in Switzerland.)

Other possibilities I’ve though about but which I’m not sure are possible are staying in Switzerland for 89 days then become a student and getting a student visa.

Interlaken Hostels

Does anyone know if it will be possible to book Funny Farm or Balmer’s just a few days before we arrive? We are planning on being in Amsterdam and Munich beforehand, and don’t want to limit flexibility in our days with a premature booking of one of the two good hostels in Interlaken… should we bite the bullet and book ahead anyways to make sure we get a room? Or will a 3 day in advance booking while were in Munich be safe?


Switzerland pass

I’m going with a class trip to Switzerland in May and they require that i purchase a Swisspass for the 8 days that we are there. This is for the convenience of being allowed to use any transportation network in Switzerland so we can just hop on and hop off whenever. However, I will be travelling around Europe for approx. 2 months and was considering buying a global pass, so I was wondering how (or if it was possible) i could buy the travel pass that’s exclusively for Switzerland’s inner train and transportation networks, and not have to buy the Swiss rail pass.


critique my itineraries

Hi all – I’ve posted two itineraries in the eurotrips section, and I’d love some critique/comments, but trips scroll down so fast there I’m not sure anyone even notices some of them. Both of these are dream itineraries, although I’m hoping I might be able to do one or the other during summer 2010. So far I’ve left the time spent in places blank, as some places will warrant a lot of time and others will just be stops along a day’s train ride. Comments on how long you think it’ll take to complete either itinerary are also appreciated.

Packing light but enough & other questions...

Hi fellow travelers,
I am a student leaving from montreal and going on a trip around France, Switzerland, and Germany in late May of 2009. I am leaving with my boyfriend and we’re staying with friends and family, so no hostels or other accomodations are needed. We are staying for 5 weeks.
I have a few questions, as this is my first trip… – What kinds of things can I leave out of my packing and purchase or borrow when in europe and what can I absolutely not leave the country without? – What is a realistic budget for me, considering we won;t be paying for accomodations?