Hell, I am new to the Rick Steves forum, and my husband, our 20 year old son and me are headed to Europe in September 2023 and will be there for a few weeks. I would love some help from seasoned travelers. This is our first trip, and it’s an early 25 year wedding anniversary. We are doing it all on a budget,though.
Heads up that we aren’t doing open jaws because we got a killer deal from Spokane to Luxembourg round trip for 3 people for less than $600 each, so that’s non-refundable- and we know it would have saved travel time if we had done open jaws, but that can’t be changed.
The itinerary we are strongly considering and think we have set is the following:
9/4 leave Spokane
9/5 arrival Luxembourg sleep Luxembourg
9/6 sleep Luxembourg
9/7 sleep Prague (plane Lux to Prague arrive 10:30 am)
9/8 sleep Prague
9/9 sleep Prague
9/10 Prague day with overnight train Prague to Budapest, sleep Budapest
9/11 sleep Budapest
9/12 sleep Budapest
9/13 sleep Budapest
9/14 sleep Vienna (train from Budapest to Vienna)
9/16 sleep Salzburg
9/17 sleep Salzburg side trip to Eagles Nest sleep Salzburg
9/18 Munich side trip to Dachau
9/19 Munich Oktoberfest
9/20 Munich Oktoberfest
9/21 Munich leave 5:15 pm arrival in Luxembourg at 6:45 pm
9/22 leave for Spokane at 6 am with an 8 hour layover Amsterdam
9/23 arrive Spokane
1) does that itinerary seem like a good one? We have flights from Luxembourg to Prague set up on 9/7 and plane from Munich to Luxembourg set up and paid. The rest we think will be trains.
2) My husband really loves Mozart, which is the reason for Vienna. I have heard great things about Vienna, but I am not too interested. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Hapsburg palace, but so far nothing else stands out to me. Thoughts?
3) Okay, obviously a newbie error is that I still don’t have lodging for Munich. I looked today, and Munich is going to break the budget. I was really surprised by how much the lodging costs increase. Seeing that I want to go to Dachau, go to Oktoberfest for at least two days and that I am Lea from the airport, are there other good options for lodging slightly away from Munich but within quick train travel? I found a place called Chalet Zum Kurfürst for 3 days for $515. For the life of me, I can’t figure out if it would be convenient to travel using a train or if I would need to use a rental car. Any information and suggestions if you have other areas that may also work would be really appreciated. So grateful for all of you and your knowledge 😁