we finish a Budapest to Amsterdam River cruise with nine days till we fly home. What would be a good way to get a taste of Scandinavia in that short time - driving, training, ferry, ????? or if that is not enough time just concentrate on Netherlands..... Jocko
Nine days isn't really a short amount of time, you can cover a lot of ground in that time span. For example, you can take an overnight train from Amsterdam to Copenhagen, the fly to Stockholm, do the overnight ferry to Helsinki, and take a day trip to Tallin Estonia. You should get a copy of Rick's Scandinavia Guidebook and checkout some of Ricks article for the region: http://tinyurl.com/5dwteu
thanks any clues on how to find info on night train amsterdam to copenhagen? bahn.d only lists day trains Jocko
You can get info and book tickets online at www.citynightline.ch You can even print out your tickets at home. The night train departs Amsterdam at 7pm (19:00) and arrives in Copenhagen at 10am. There are two types of tickets: The "Normal" is refundable/changeable, the "Saving-Night" is considerably cheaper but is non-refundable and no changes are permitted.
Michael's suggestion is excellent. Copenhagen is a very interesting city with wonderful architecture, and Stockholm is incredibly beautiful -- one of my favorite cities in the world. Helsinki and Tallinn are perfect for day trips. I've taken the overnight ferry to both and really enjoyed them. Each city is very different, so you would get a good taste of Scandinavia.
Another option would be to go to Norway. Fly to Bergen, which is another of my favorite cities -- it's quite small and very scenic. You can do a fjord cruise from there. You can also do the Norway in a Nutshell trip to Oslo by boat and train. It is nice to stop and spend a day or two in the fjords. We stayed in Balestrand, which has fabulous views of the fjords. Oslo is not one of my favorite cities, but there is quite a bit to do there and you could fly back to the US from there.
I would probably pick the first option, but either one would make a great trip.