I had an amazing time on my 1st trip to Europe!
The only thing I would change would be 3 nights in Salzburg and 1 night Hallstatt.
Aug 28th - Sept 20th
Paris 5 nights
Gimmelwald Switzerland 3 nights
Fussen 3 nights
Salzburg 2 nights
Hallstatt 2 nights
Bled Slovenia 3 nights
Venice 4 nights
I only took public transportation. The only really long day was from Gimmelwald to Fussen. But it was doable.
I really enjoyed going from country to country too.
Paris - was my least favorite place. Not sure why tho. It was beautiful. On the first day a lady tired to pick pocket me. She managed to unzip my bag, but I was ready for her. Beware they are everywhere! I stayed at Champs de Mars. Great room, price and location. My favorite activity was taking a free walking tour: http://www.wegowalking.com/
WARNING: If you take the metro from the airport, keep your ticket. haha I had no trouble figuring out how it buy a ticket, get the right train, and I even got off at the right station BUT I needed my ticket to get OUT of the station. After about 15 minutes (no one was there to ask for help) I found a ticket that worked. Not all station are like that but a few required a ticket to exit! :)
Gimmelwald - Was so pretty. but it was very expensive. I paid 20 CHF for a plate of lasagna at the youth hostel. I highly recommend staying the Ester's Guesthouse. I hiked from Gimmelwald all the way to the Schilthorn – 007 James Bond restaurant and back down to Gimmelwald. It took me over 12 hours. It was an amazing hike, one I will never forgot! PS: the hike down was harder then up!
Fussen- This was the perfect town. Not too small but not too big. I walked to the Neuschwanstein castle. Lovely walk passed 2 lakes. I was very lucky to be there during their yearly renaissance festivals. I stayed at my first hostel here. The old Kings hostel. Love it! Thanks Chisiti! You were right, I loved Fussen. Thank you!
Salzburg - was amazing. 2 nights wasn't enough here. I highly recommend a bike tour: http://www.mariasbicycletours.com/
I stayed at St. Sebastian Institution: http://www.st-sebastian-salzburg.at/ prefect place!
Hallstatt - Was cute and charming. I had a balcony with a lake view at Gasthof Simony and it was right in the center of town. I enjoyed the salt mine. I hiked down after. it was an easy hike with great views.
Lake Bled - WOW it's a wonderful town not only the lake but the gorge is the most beautiful place! I enjoyed a day of white river rafting too! I can't wait to see more of Slovenia. Some on here said Lake Bled wasn't worth it and it was hard to get too. Wrong! it was easy. One train from Salzburg to Bled. Lake bled was so worth it too.
Venice - Okay Venice won me over. It is my absolute favorite place! I stayed at a nice B&B called Hotel Casa Boccassini. I wish I had scheduled a walking tour before I went. They were all booked. But I'll be back.
I hope my links to YouTube works if not I'm at Walk With Carrie.
If you have any questions I'll try to answer them. I hope you all have wonderful trips too!