Hello eveyone! I am planning a one month trip to Europe w/ my best friend. Even though the thought of cities crawling with tourists is not my idea of heaven, we are planning this trip for 6/22-7/22/10, or about those dates. I know this is the extreme peak season but this is the only time we can go. We will just have to deal with it. Here is what I'm thinking:
Paris- 4 days (originally I wanted to fly into London because it seemed cheaper, but since the Railpass does not cover London and surrounding areas, I decided it would be easier forget England and to start and end at Paris, my #1 location) We will probably couch surf here.
Brussels- 2 days
Amsterdam* - 4 days :)
Germany - 4 days (Now here is where I need help: any opinions on where to go in Germany? I have researched a bit, but I can't decide. I was leaning towards Frankfurt or Munich... I want at least one castle, loads of fun, and possibly less tourists)
Prague*- 4 days
Zurich- 3 days
Venice- 3 days
Milan- 3 days
Spain- 3 days (again I need help, where should I go in Spain?)
1.) The places with stars are musts, but feel free to offer suggestions about changes I could make. Does this itinerary sound okay?
2.) I added up the costs of train tickets going on this route and it is about the same as if I bought individual tickets. So should I just get the railpass to save time and stress?
3.) Not counting airfair and railpasses/tickets, do you think $100 a day per person will be okay for this trip? I am planning to stay in hostels, possibly couch surf, plan rail trips so we can sleep on trains, picnic from grocery stores, usual attractions/museums, some beer/wine, cafes, possibly only one maybe two sit down restaurant meal per-country, I don't mind walking, rugged... I plan to be very frugal in transportation/hostels, but I still want freedom to spend when I want.
4.) Do I need to lug around a coat? Windbreaker? Heavy sweater? Light sweater? Will it be cold out at this time of year?