Want suggestions for traveling on weekends in europe in April / May.
I study Business in India, and will be in Munich, Germany in April and May for an internship. My weekends will be free, and I plan to put them to good use. I am thinking of traveling on 4-5 weekends out of the 8 odd I will be there, though that can change if it doesn't get too tiring.
I would like suggestions on what places I should travel to, especially since I wont be having more than 2.5 days at my disposal at a stretch (I can probably leave on Friday evening and return on Sunday night or Monday morning, but the Monday morning bit is critical :P). I am thinking of couchsurfing wherever I go, though that is not a strict requirement (doing it more for the experience rather than saving money).
I've never been to Europe before, so it's all a completely new experience for me.
Suggestions on what mode of travel to take would also be great.... currently the only option I see is a eurorail pass.
Thanks in advance!
Hello Harshad 😊
If you want to go on day trips from Munich you could use a Bavaria train day pass. It costs less than 30 Euros and is for up to 5 adults and a number of children. You can easily take day trips to the Alps from Munich.
For night life, you could start with the Kult Fabric. It has lots of bars and clubs of different types in one place. If you are interested in a particular type of music then post it here and maybe someone can point you in the direction of finding a club or bar to suit.
If you want to meet other travellers and backpackers and watch your money at same time, then the tent
is a good place to stay.
The Eurail pass is expensive compared with buying train tickets when they are on special offer. You could also try mitfahrzentrale
to get around inexpensively. It is a company that finds paying passangers for people making car journeys. It is generally much cheaper than full price train tickets.
Hello Mel 😊
Thanks a lot!
I should have said this in the first post itself - my bad - that I want to visit other countries in Europe as far as possible. I mean I know there'd be lot to explore in Germany itself, but somehow the lure of visiting other countries is inescapable.
So, although visiting a country for 2 days would be a grave injustice to the place, I'd like to give it a shot... thinking of visiting 2-3 countries at least during my time there. I know it's madness, but still 😊
Will definitely check out Kult Fabric during weekdays or a free weekend... Yeah, the mitfahrzentale sounds like a great idea!
You can also get cheap flights if you buy them while on special offer. I just saw one from Munich to London for 58 Euros return including taxes.
I have flown from Munich to Berlin, Munich to Madrid, Munich to Paris etc for 58 Euros return including taxes.
A couple of the airlines I use to search for these bargains are www.condor.com
. Try buying the tickets several months before you go to find the best prices. Also, if you are flexible about where you go then you will also have more chance of finding good prices. There are also other cheap airlines for flying from other cities in Europe.
An easy and nice weekend trip would be to go to Salzburg, Austria. It is 2 hours by train from Munich and you could leave Saturday morning. Two full days will be enough to explore the city and its sights and on Sunday afternoon you can take the train back to Munich.
Another option is to take a night train to Italy, Rome or Florence are good options. Leaving Friday night, you will arrive Saturday morning somewhere central and not at an airport outside town. You can take a train back Sunday night and arrive in Munich Monday morning.
Otherwise, as Mell suggested, you can fly to many cities from Munich.
In my experience, it can be tiring to fly out Friday evening, arrive very late somewhere and finally make it to the hotel after midnight or so. The same applies to flying home on Sunday evening and being back at work on Monday really knackered - maybe I'm just showing my age here 😊. Also, travelling from the airport into town can cost you the same or more than your budget flight.
Thanks Em 😊
Didnt factor in the cost of traveling from the airports to the town... which does make flying an avoidable proposition when I dont know the place.
Austria does sound like a really good option!
www.skyscanner.net and ryanair.com are great for finding cheap flights. I have had great fun doing short weekend trips to new countries. but yes, often the budget airlines land at airports which are quite far from the city centre. IN april/may there will be lots of lovely places to visit as everywhere is warming up. Dublin is the ryanair hub and therefore often flights there and its easy to get to city centre, lots of cities in england are easy and cheap to get to. There are some beautiful little towns in germany/switzerland to visit. Paris for a weekend is great fun, the airport ryanair uses is an hour by bus but it is easy to get the bus. May is a good time for tulips in holland! enjoy it, all the best!
I really enjoyed Budapest when I went there last summer. It will be a good example of European culture if you've never been here before, and I expect it's pretty easy and cheap to get there from Munich.
Friends of mine tell me that Warsaw is a fun place to be for a day or so...
Thanks Ibha and Vinovat 😊
Oh boy.... so many interesting places and so less time!
Yes, Europe will keep your weekends busy. 😊 I have been living here all my life, (except for a year here and there) and have not been to all the European countries yet.