Traveling Europe for Christmas, Need Suggestions, as far as “WHAT ARE THE Very best TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF EUROPE”?

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Query by Pinky: Traveling Europe for Christmas, Need to have Ideas, as far as “WHAT ARE THE Best TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF EUROPE”?
My fiancé and I ( from Texas, USA ) will be traveling to Europe for the duration of the Christmas holidays for about 2½ to possibly three weeks. We will fly into AMSTERDAM then travel by train to other countries. From all we have read on this site, we would like to invest “X-MAS IN GERMANY”. Where should we invest “NEW YEARS EVE”? Right after Germany, we want to travel to ITALY, SPAIN, FRANCE and perhaps Austria and Greece if time allows (not necessarily in this order ). In which order should we travel these nations? Can we travel to all of these countires by train (Rail Pass)? Can we see all these countries in this quantity of time? How significantly time do you think we require to spend in every single nation? Which are the “Must SEE SIGHTS” of every country? We don’t want to miss their principal attractions. Please list the cities and their “Have to SEE SIGHTS”. This is our 1st trip to Europe and we want it to be a memorable holiday. Would love to hear from Europeans or Experienced Europe Travelers. Thanks a Million

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Answer by nagster123
Nicely, I have been to the 3 nations ( Spain, France and Italy)…I would take Paris…France over the other two in a NY minute.. in between Italy and Spain.. it is a coin toss, nevertheless, offered the time of the year I assume Italy would be my 1st selection given that Spain is a lot more of a Summer country…by the way my cities selections are Spain: Barcelona , Italy: Rome, Florence and Vinece….in that order…other locations to contemplate are Bruge, Belgium…Stunning
Prague, Czech Republic…Awsome.
Montreaux Switzerland..out of this planet (remain at Montreaux Palace)

safe travel

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4 thoughts on “Traveling Europe for Christmas, Need Suggestions, as far as “WHAT ARE THE Very best TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF EUROPE”?”

  1. I am stationed in england right now (NAVY) and have been to Scotland, Belgium, Spain, Germany, and Austria

    For New Years Eve, Edinborough, Scotland is the place to be. Its where everyone goes.

    Also, I here Poland is awesome for christmas.

    One more, Brugge, Belgium was the most beautiful city I have been to, with Munich Germany in a close 2nd.

    Good luck

  2. When you are in Germany, the place for New Years’ Eve is Berlin Brandenburg Gate.

    As for time, 2½ to maybe 3 weeks is just enough time to discover max 2 countries. Berlin alone takes a week to see properly, and you need to plan at least 4 days for Amsterdam. I tend to plan 2-3 weeks travel time per country, depending upon the size. IMO 1 week is the minimum time you should allocate to one country. In certain instances one week is just enough to see a certain region in a country, like Bavaria in Germany or Andalucia in Spain. Germany and Italy definitely require 3 weeks, the north or the south of one of these countries country alone could be done in 2 weeks. Austria takes 2 weeks, Spain 3-4 weeks, France 3 weeks.

    To give you an idea of the scale, Europe is roughly the same size as the Eastern part of the USA from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi. The individual countries are about the size of states in the USA. Think of your home state and how much time a guest would need to see the highlights in your state. Then consider that in Europe regions are much more fractionalised, that within 50 miles radius the landscape, the dialect, dress and local customs and traditions can change drastically. And with all the history there is a lot more to see. Therefore I strongly suggest you pick the 2 countries you want to see the most.

    You can travel all over Europe by train, it is no problem. There are only a few areas and routes where bus is the better option. Many people in Europe do not own a car, they walk, ride bicycles and take buses and trains all their live.

    If you want to do it cheap, do not buy a rail pass. If you plan your trip carefully and always use the cheapest method of travel available out of bus, train and plane, you can save up to 20 % compared to a railpass. Germany especially can be done on the cheap by using Laendertickets.

    I won’t be giving you lots of highlights yet, there is just too much in all 5 countries. Ask a new question, stating the 2 countries you have picked and I’ll make the effort. As for your choice of countries, I strongly suggest you consider the Czech Republic too.

    http://wikitravel.org/en/Berlin
    http://wikitravel.org/en/Dresden
    http://wikitravel.org/en/Czech_Republic
    http://wikitravel.org/en/Germany

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20071101215045AABzbN6

  3. If you want to travel into Europe for Christmas you should choose Austria instead of Spain…There the spirit of Christmas is great…

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