My wife and I are in our twenty's and we are hiring a Wicked Camper in Amsterdam and have it for 71 days. We have a rough route but would love any sugestions!!
The rough route which we are planning to do is
Amsterdam to Berlin (stopping by the Jagermeister factory)
Berlin to a concentration camp near by
Berlin to Prague
Prague to that skull church near it
Prague to Vienna
Vienna to Hungary
Hungary to Croatia
Croatia to Venice
Venice to Florence
Florence to Rome
Rome to Pompeii
Pompeii to Tuscany Region
Tuscany Region to all the bottom of France
Bottom of France to Spain
We have no ideas where to go, what to see or what is a must do.
Please share your experiences!!!
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Seems a good schedule. You will miss the Alps though, and personally I think that is one of the highlights of Europe. You don't need to be interested in climbing mountain, but just seeing the lush valleys with a backdrop of the mountains covered in snow is just amazing. Of course if you are going in the winter it may be difficult, but even going via the autobahns is worth it. You could go Prague to Budapest (lovely city I liked it much better than Prague) to Vienna, and then to Insbruck and down south via the Dolomites and the Garda lake (very beautiful), and then corss over to Croatia. There are other routes possible through the Alps, for example Vienna - Salzburg and then south to Ljubljana. Be aware that autostradas in Italy (and possibly France) are very expensive, if you have time secondary roads are more cheap and interesting, but much slower of course. Dresden is a wonderful city between Berlin and Prague, it is like a museum in itself and definitely worth one or two days. In Spain take your time along the Costa Brava coast, cute little villages, beaches, striking scenery. If you are going before April it won't be beach weather though, not in Croatia either or anywhere in the Mediterranean. Reply to this
corss over to Croatia. There are other routes possible through the Alps, for example Vienna - Salzburg and then south to Ljubljana. Be aware that autostradas in Italy (and possibly France) are very expensive, if you have time secondary roads are more cheap and interesting, but much slower of course. Dresden is a wonderful city between Berlin and Prague, it is like a
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I Recently came back from an InterRail journey. We started from Amsterdam all the way to Greece then back through Italy to Paris.
The Duomo in Florence is amazing and is a must see. The Uffizi art gallery is also spectacular but don't fall into the trap by going in the middle of the day. The gallery stays open until 9-10ish, so go when all the tourists are having their supper - between 6-8pm. You'll stroll straight in.
I lived in Amsterdam for a year during University and would recommend staying a little out of town at Vorburgstraat- there is a very cheap hostel there, it means you save about 10 Euros on accommodation and have a very pleasant 15 min bike ride through Vondelpark into town.
Hope this helps
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Amsterdam: I had an amazing time there! It wasn't just about the red light district or the coffeeshops, there is actually a lot more to see and experience! I highly recommend the heinekein brewery, my friend and I had a really good time there. Initially we only planned to stay an hour but we were there for 2 hours because there was so much to see in each room for example we recorded a heinekein music video and emailed it to all our friends back home. There is also the sex museum (very cheap about 3 euros), torture museum, cocktail bar where they made over 150 cocktails and u can sample them! and can't forget about the canels! Oh and the souvenir t-shirts are quite funny!
Berlin: Currywurst is a must try! Absolutely delicious:) The concentration camp you're talking about closest to Berlin must be Sachsenhsn Concentration Camp? Its an eye opening experience but smaller than the concentration camp in munich I heard. If you're staying at a hostel, they usually have pamphlets regarding different day tours where you can visit various world war II sites (cost about 15-20 euros). We stayed at the wombats hostel (clean, friend/helpful staff).
Berlin to Prague: the train ride there is about 5 hours and very scenic! Amazing breath taking views so be sure to have your camera ready!
Prague: The prague castle is a must see! We remained in the old town for most of our stay and just wandering through the city with its old unique architecture is satisfying enough. The one thing that boggled my mind was how the local beer was so much cheaper than all other drinks on the menu haha (only 20 CZK, which is less than $1 USD). Also at night you can see the prague castle light up from the old town by charles bridge, its a beautiful view. Karlovy lazne is an amazing 5 floor club if you're interested.
Vienna: If you're looking to watch an opera at the state opera house but don't want to pay $40+ euro than you can always line up extra early for the standing area only $3 euro per person. What you do is go to the state opera house and go around to the back (should be a sign or bunch of people lining up) around 90 mins before the performance.
Venice: My personal opinion is spending a day or two is enough. Other than the gondola rides, eating and shopping there isn't much to do. They do have a lot of cathedrals if you're interested in that and a glass making museum.
Thats about all the info i can rack up right now. Hope this is somewhaat helpful and happy travels!!! Reply to this
I would definately get to Ireland via the Euro Tunnel and ferry. The southwest coast of ireland especially is breathtaking and absolutely perfect for camper van travel. Tours of Cork and Kerry can be very rewarding as not only the scenery brings visitors but also the shopping, festivals, local traditions, everything.
I can't recommend strongly enough that you visit. You won't regret it.
Slan agus Beannacht! Reply to this
Hi all, I just want to do a big thank you to every one who has given comments and inputs into our eurotrip. It all is being listed into our itinerary so please keep them coming. I didnt mention it before but we have the vehicle from 6th June til the 15th August.
Once again, thank you but keep them coming!! Reply to this
I would suggest visiting the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, I haven't been myself ...yet, but it is high on my places to visit in Europe.
Whilst visiting Pompeii you could also visit Herculaneum, aparently better preserved & less people visit there. Reply to this
Agree that Herculaneum is better than Pompeii (and it is further north) - I was there almost 20 years ago and it was impressive, but since then, they have uncovered even more in Herculaneum so the difference will be more stark. Having said this, you should still visit both sites.
I concur with Inga re the Alps, if you have a vehicle, it will allow you to visit parts of the area inaccessible to public transport. One of my memorable times in Europe was at a camping ground in Grindelwald (at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau) in Switzerland. In the morning you would wake to see their three impressive mountains tower over you. Even if you are not into mountain type activities, the Alps area of Europe is stunning and well worth some time.
If I returned to Europe with a vehicle again, then I would head into Alps and Italy (avoiding as many expensive toll roads as possible) as there is so much of that area which is perfectly suited to just meandering with a vehicle - there is plenty to discover and explore. Reply to this
I've just been reading some of your blogs. It looks like the trip is going well. Thanks for blogging about it. Reply to this
I want go to Eurotrip with my husband needed some information. Reply to this
Are you able to say more about what do you like to do when travelling? There are so many choices in Europe, it helps if you can narrow them down. Reply to this
hey nice schedule and you will have a lot of fun if you follow as you planned.. Happy travel... :-) Reply to this