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is it worth to go poland,slovenia and romania?

They say some countries in europe look almost the same.But what about poland,slovenia and romania?I have a 15 days within 2 months global pass. i'm trying to fit at least one country for one country.This is my second visit in europe and i would like to explore the east europe this time.Any comments if the country is worth going or have better suggestion?Currently i have switzerland,portugal,spain,italy,greece,sweden,norway,germany,austria,luxemburg,czech,belgium,hungary,france.
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Yujjin, I think Poland, Slovenia, and Romania are all beautiful countries with unique histories, cultures, and scenery. They are all "worth" visiting. However, if I understand your travel plans, you have two months to visit Europe, with 15 days of travel possible on your pass. My suggestion is that you limit your travel to fewer countries, and use your 15 days of travel to explore different regions within a country. Just as an example, if you travel to Poland, I would recommend visiting Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, and Krakow. You would use a number of travel days just within Poland. If you tell us what countries you visited on your previous trip to Europe, perhaps we could help to choose which countries to visit this time.

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I see. I visited italy (rome),uk,france(paris,nice),monaco,spain just barcelona,austria (salzburg and vienna),germany(munich and fulda),greece(corfu,patras and athens),sweden(stockholm,gothenburg),denmark(kobenhavn),and a stopover in switzerland.All in a month :) so this trip im actually tryin to spend more time in italy,switzerland,spain,portugal,germany and greece.

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Just be sure to do your homework on how much travel time you'll need and compare that to the available time on the pass. For example: Portugal is not easily reached from Spain by train. Spain has limited connections to France by train. Switzerland has several private rail lines not covered by the pass. A train pass is almost worthless in Greece and you can't get to Greece by train. You can't get to Norway by train. Many of these long stretches will require 2 days of travel. For example, any overnight train leaving before 7:00PM uses 2 days on your pass.

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Yujjin, this extra information is helpful. I would limit your travels to the countries you just said you want to visit, except I would probably exclude Greece. As another person wrote, your rail pass probably doesn't include Greece and travel to Greece is a bit out of your way. But, you could see some ancient Greek buildings in parts of Italy. Tell us what kinds of things you want to see. Do you like scenery, historic buildings, shows and entertainment, museums...?

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All three countries are very worthwhile, although I would rate Romania above Slovenia (unless you're doing a lot of hiking) above Poland (aside from Krakow). However, point-to-point train tickets are cheap in all three countries, it's probably a waste to use your rail pass there.

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eastern europe beyond budapast and prague can be somewhat disappointing for mainstream tourists or folks who haven't seen enough italy or france. but for the curious ones, i think it's worth a trip. I was in slovenia, romania and bulgaria for a few weeks recently and loved it. i thought bulgaria was pretty cool as well. 15 days is pretty short, and if you haven't see prague and budapest you should see these first, then you can consider lake bled or piran in slovenia, the transylvania region in romania. With budapest and prague you can't fit romania and bulgaria in, and with austria and italy you don't have to go to slovenia. but without budapest and prague you can squeeze slovenia and romania in, and possibly bulgaria but it'll be very rushy.

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Hi, i'm not really a fan of museums. I prefer scenery and buildings.Not too much of shopping. Just wandering around the city in each country is okay. It is a 2 months trip with 15days of train journey.I dont mind to take buses to some cities for certain country. my top listing countries are switzerland,austria,germany,italy,greece,spain,portugal,czech republic,hungary and sweden.each of this country will stay 4/5days.
Add on belgium,luxemburg,norway/finland or this poland/slovenia/romania route. David, taking into consideration your point,I will be going to budapest and prague,italy and austria.so i dont have to fit in slovenia and romania.

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I personally loved Romania (guess I am not in step with the hundreds of dudes). The countryside was beautiful, the villages intriguing, the people were very friendly, and I found it very interesting to visit a country that has such a diversity between the cities and the villages. Transylvania was spectacular, and the food was very 'earthy'... similar to Hungarian. Lots of castles and the real bonus is that it is so much more reasonable than lots of countries on the euro, as well as not being so crowded. I would go back again.

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Slovenia and Poland are wonderful, have not been to Romania. The people in Slovenia are great and Ljubljana is a nice city. Lake Bled is beautiful, as are the Skocjan caves. Poland is also very nice, Krakow and Auschwitz are not to be missed. Did not have as much luck in Warsaw, that was a last minute trip and we went by car.

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Romania is one of my favorite countries. We have been there twice and hopefully will return. The country is beautiful, the people friendly, the prices "very very reasonable", the language is a romance language so if you may already know a part of it if you know any other romance languages. AND, it is a very traditional country that has not changed much with its fall from communism. My favorite guide is Sorin Crupa with: http://exclusiveromania.com/ He is one of the best guides we have had in our tours of the world. Great knowledge, perfect English, culturally astute and a real pleasure to be around. Gary