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Back from Iraq, want to travel.
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Hello, I am currently in Iraq and am planning a trip to Europe when I get back to the states. I would leave from Washington on the 9th of September and will arrive in Germany around the 11th of September, 25 days total in Europe. I have a rough idea of where I would like to go but I want to receive input from more seasoned travelers as this is my first time “traveling” on my own and in another country. Here is what I have so far:
1. Frankfurt, Germany 2 days
2. Interlaken, Switzerland 3 days
3. Gimmelwald, Switzerland 3 days
4. Nice, France 4 days
5. Cinque Terre, Italy 3 days
6. Rome, Italy 4 days
7. Munich, Germany 5 days
8. Frankfurt, Germany 1 days

I am arriving to Germany with $2,000 and I do not want to waste a lot of money on transportation, so if anyone feels I may be stretching myself thin then I am more than will to alter my plans. I am very intent on going to switzerland because I continuously hear that the scenery is breathtaking, and I would like to experience that after where I have been. If anyone feels that basing myself out of another city in France or Italy would be better, definitely let me know. Thanks for everyone’s input in advance.

Edited: I have changed from Venice, Italy to Cinque Terre, and I have also added 3 days in Salzburg, Austria. I have removed 1 day from Frankfurt but I have a friend stationed there I would like to meet. Also I have added 1 day to Interlaken.

Edited: Took out Salzburg, Austria and threw in Rome, Italy instead. Figured I might as well explore the coast a little more along italy.

I am leaving from Seattle, wa with $4000 for 26 days
Frankfurt, Interlaken, Gimmelwald, Nice, Levanto, Rome, Munich, Frankfurt
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  • A suggestion: Cut some days from Frankfurt and add them to Switzerland.
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Way too much time in Frankfurt (I wouldn’t even go there). Also, I’d rethink my stance about “wasting too much money on transportation” if you’re talking about the use of the transit system itself. The best way to do it is to buy a eurail pass of some sort… a week long 4 country flexipass would probably work for you here. You’d be surprised how much money you’ll end up saving, especially if you take a night train anywhere.

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Bath, Haltwhistle, London, Füssen, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Speyer, Nördlingen, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Salzburg, Rome, Ostia Antica, Athens, Delphi, Athens
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Sounds like a great trip…. looks like we’ll be in Munich at the same time. I’ll be starting my trip about the same time you are ending yours.

I am leaving from Los Angeles, CA, USA with $3000 for 21 days
Frankfurt, Munich, Prague, Bruges, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London
I am traveling for 20 days
London, Paris, Bruges, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Prague, Munich
I am leaving from LAX and traveling for 20 days
Madrid, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Gibraltar, Granada, Barcelona, Paris
I am leaving from Los Angeles, CA with $2800 for 23 days
Nottingham, Birmingham, Munich, Stuttgart, Bruges, Dublin, Copenhagen, Tallinn, London

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I certainly agree with the others in that there isn’t really anything noteworthy in Frankfurt (At least compared to the other places). Other than that you really have a great plan put together. Most people put way too many place when making up their itineraries but yours looks just right. I didn’t stay at Interlaken but Gimmelwald is out of this world. Perhaps the most beautiful place I have ever been. Definitely stay at the Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald. The place has one hell of a view, the food is fantastic and there is a bar there. Nice is great —- take some day trips to like Monaco (Monte Carlo is there), Eze, Antibes or whatever sounds good to you. I might cut one day from Cinque Terre since the 5 towns are small, but if you want scenery that’s fine to stay four days. That’ll just be personal preference. I’m glad you have 5 days in Munich because that was EASILY one of my favorite cities in Europe. It’s freakin amazing. Stay at Wombats. It’s right by the train station and the food/beer is inexpensive and surprisingly good. Have a great time!

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aether1515 wrote:
… I’m glad you have 5 days in Munich because that was EASILY one of my favorite cities in Europe. It’s freakin amazing. Stay at Wombats. It’s right by the train station and the food/beer is inexpensive and surprisingly good. Have a great time!

Yeah when I was in Europe last time I couldn’t even get a room at Wombats. It’s a pretty popular place, and it was completely booked up. Thankfully I booked ahead and got a few nights at Wombats for Oktoberfest this time around.

I am leaving from Los Angeles, CA, USA with $3000 for 21 days
Frankfurt, Munich, Prague, Bruges, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London
I am traveling for 20 days
London, Paris, Bruges, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Prague, Munich
I am leaving from LAX and traveling for 20 days
Madrid, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Gibraltar, Granada, Barcelona, Paris
I am leaving from Los Angeles, CA with $2800 for 23 days
Nottingham, Birmingham, Munich, Stuttgart, Bruges, Dublin, Copenhagen, Tallinn, London

“If you are living for tomorrow, you will always be a day behind” – Bill Hicks

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I can definitely see why Wombat’s was booked. I was there in very late April early May 2007 but I had booked my reservation well in advance, and I’m glad I did. Next time I go to Munich (probably next spring) I’ll do whatever I need to get a reservation there. How far in advance did you have to book it for Oktoberfest, Comish?

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aether1515 wrote:
How far in advance did you have to book it for Oktoberfest, Comish?

I checked out there hostel right after I got home and I saw that they didn’t take reservations for Oktoberfest until June 1st at noon Munich time. They do this so people can’t book a year or two ahead. Everyone gets a chance to book rooms at the same time. It was crazy… I had to get up at 3:00 am California time to get some rooms. Even trying to book that I couldn’t even get the last weekend. I tried getting Friday or Saturday night, but couldn’t get them. I got Tues, Wed, Thrs… hopefully we can find a place to stay for Friday night.

I am leaving from Los Angeles, CA, USA with $3000 for 21 days
Frankfurt, Munich, Prague, Bruges, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London
I am traveling for 20 days
London, Paris, Bruges, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Prague, Munich
I am leaving from LAX and traveling for 20 days
Madrid, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Gibraltar, Granada, Barcelona, Paris
I am leaving from Los Angeles, CA with $2800 for 23 days
Nottingham, Birmingham, Munich, Stuttgart, Bruges, Dublin, Copenhagen, Tallinn, London

“If you are living for tomorrow, you will always be a day behind” – Bill Hicks