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Help Planning an Itinerary!

Hello!

My friends and I will be traveling through Europe for 3 weeks in February to mid-March. We fly into Paris and leave out of Berlin so I have found cities along the way that we are interested in but am open to suggestions on places to see at a later time or must-dos and don’ts. Any help would be greatly appreciated! We want to experience the history that comes along with Western Europe while also getting to experience the unique culture of the different places! Thank you! (We’re also traveling mainly by train!)
Paris
Versailles
Luxembourg (country)
Brussels
Cologne
Frankfurt
Stuttgart
Zurich
Liechtenstein
Munich
Salzburg
Vienna
Bratislava
Nuremberg
Prague
Berlin
We plan on for sure seeing Neuschwanstein Castle and then maybe Hohenzollern Castle or Lichtenstein Castle.

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123 posts

That is a lot of places for only 3 weeks. Are you fine with spending half your vacation on a train and only staying one night at most locations?

I suggest you narrow it down to where you spend (at minimum) 2-3 nights per city/area (Like Versailles is a day trip from Paris, so i wouldn't consider that it's own stop/city).

After you narrow your list down, i think it would be more manageable to help with a plan. If you are set on visiting all those locations, this may not be the best site to help you out since that is not how Rick travels :)

Posted by
2 posts

We’re not set on seeing all of these, they are just options! I was hoping to get some insight into places we should really go to over others maybe! The only ones that are set are Paris and Berlin as that is where we’re flying into/out of!

Posted by
1514 posts

Hi Rachel,

Here is a modified list of the cities you should stick with on your Itinerary for your 3 weeks adventure.

Paris
Amsterdam
Frankfurt
Munich
Füssen
Salzburg
Vienna
Prague
Berlin

You can divide your 3 weeks (21 Days) with the suggested itinerary below with short travel distances between cities via train:

Paris (3 Nights) - Amsterdam (3 Nights) - Frankfurt (2 Nights)

Munich (3 Nights) - Füssen (1 Night) - Salzburg (2 Nights)

Vienna (3 Nights) - Prague (2 Nights) - Berlin (2 Nights)

Posted by
4161 posts

Way too many places for three weeks.

Suggest eliminating Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Zurich.

Those places are not top tier places. Brussels pales compared to nearby Brugges. Cologne is nice to see the famous cathedral. Stuttgart is good if you want to see the Mercedes Factory. Instead of Zurich, consider Interlakken.
Liechtenstein is really no big deal, don't make a special effort to go there. However, if you are going that way, a stop is OK.

Paris and Versailles should take up 6 nights.
Plan on 3 in Interlakken
Munich, Salzburg (also nearby Berchtesgaden, although in March, not sure the Eagle's Nest is open), should take 5 days. The Neuschwansten castle is near Fussen and Garmisch, not real close to Munich or Salzburg, but you could stop there for a day on you way from Switzerland.
After all this, you probably have 8-9 days left to do Vienna, Bratislava, Nuremberg, Prague and Berlin. You need 3 days in Vienna, 3 in Prague and 4 in Berlin, so eliminate Nuremberg and Bratislava.

Posted by
13962 posts

If your trip's only 5-6 weeks away, you don't have much time for planning. A lot depends on your budget. Fast trains are expensive. You can save money by buying discounted tickets ASAP, but then you lock yourselves into an itinerary. Every time you change locations you use up about 1/2 day. Best to travel either early morning or late afternoon. REmember, you'll have to pick up your bags before you go to the station and drop them off before you go wandering. If you don't have hotels/hostels lined up, you'll waste a lot of time looking for places to stay along the way.

How many are you? What kind of accommodations do you want? Except for dorm rooms in hostels, it can be hard to find rooms with twin beds or rooms for more than 2 adults.

Posted by
4078 posts

Honestly, you need to decide what interests you. Do you like art? Do you want to party? Do you want to hike? Is food important to you? Strangers on a forum can't make these decisions for you. Every place on your list is a large city - or even an entire country. I suggest that you combine cities with more rural locations, like the Salzkammergut or Tirol in Austria. If it were me, I'd pick four places and spend 5 days in each location. These locations would have many opportunities for day trips and the timeframes would allow you to actually enjoy your time. I'd pick Paris (Versailles, Brussels), Salzburg (Munich, castles, mountains), Prague and Berlin.