Name a city in Europe

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Loves_Shizuka, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Well-Known Member

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    ....I should visit.

    I am lucky enough to once again spend the summer gallivanting round the place like the irresponsible tart I am.

    So...TELL ME WHERE TO GO!

    I have no criteria; two places already on the list - Berlin and Cologne. Where else should Loves_Shizuka go and make a fool of himself? Europe is my oyster! :cheer:


    Danke, merci and thank you! :D
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  2. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Where in Europe have you been already?
  3. gingercrush

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  4. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Well-Known Member

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    ^Ok, half my first post didn't happen and I don't know why.

    I MEANT to say I've spent a lot of time in Germany already (hence going back to Cologne and Berlin to see friends) and other than that I've been to Bucharest, Amsterdam and Helsinki. So.... elsewhere!
  5. Vagabond

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    I was going to say Skopje, but then I saw you tacked on the bit about visiting it. :shuffle:
  6. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Paris, South of France, Florence, Rome.
  7. Zemgirl

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    Everyone should go to Paris at some point or another :)
  8. paskatefan

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    Prague, London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm
  9. Lyinna

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    Scotland is nice. Brugges is a small city with a lot to see.

    And obviously Switzerland is THE country to visit
  10. screech

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    Stockholm is amazing. I fell in love with the city when I visited for a few days and it's really easy to get around. Plus, you have the bonus of so many people who can speak fluent English.
  11. briancoogaert

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    Of course, Paris.
    Buildings are beautiful, and bars and restaurants so nice.
  12. Mozart

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  13. Rob

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    Paris
    Vienna
    Florence
    Rome
    Barcelona

    One I haven't visited but everyone says I should
    Prague
  14. Cachoo

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    I think Rob nailed it with his suggestions. I would add London.
  15. my little pony

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    i also like lisbon and cyprus (so small you will hit all the cities w/o trying), i pick my favorites based on the eating
  16. Jenya

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    Not a city, but go to the Balkans - the Croatian and Montenegrin coasts, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. All amazing places, wonderful people, much cheaper than Western and Central Europe, and gorgeous scenery/interesting history. Some of the places (Croatian coast in particular) do get touristy in the summer, but a lot of them (Bosnia, Albania) are still off the beaten path of most tourists.
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  17. *Jen*

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    Stretching the definition of Europe, but...ISTANBUL! And Saint Petersburg. Oh my :swoon:
  18. orbitz

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    Istanbul !!!

    One of the Greek islands like Santorini. It's touristy but gorgeous.
  19. orbitz

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    What's going on with Switzerland?
  20. *Jen*

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    It's beautiful. But expensive. Slovenia, however, has Swiss landscape at a fraction of the cost...
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    Budapest, Prague, London, Stockholm.
  22. Artemis@BC

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    Most of my faves have already been listed (Vienna, Prague, Paris, Barcelona, London) but I'd add Edinburgh, York, Liverpool, and Dublin.

    And ever since the movie I've wanted to go to Bruges. :D
  23. smurfy

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    London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Madrid, Granada, Rome, Salzburg......
  24. Vash01

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    Munich- I loved it.
    Rome - So much to see!
    Geneva- Beautiful city

    The ones I would like to visit- Vienna, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Budapest, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sochi (in Feb. 2014 :lol:)
  25. Loves_Shizuka

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    :COP:

    Thanks for the suggestions so far everyone; certainly looking into all of them!

    Can I ask if anyone here has any experiences of Belgrade and the Baltics (Particularly Tallinn and Riga) please?

    Keep 'em comin'! :D
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  26. IceAlisa

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    We would get along on a trip. I travel to eat, mostly.
  27. Lyinna

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    There's a lot of beautiful sceneries, the Alps, very old cities & big museums.
    That's not a very touristic place in summer.

    I just made this sugesstion because it's where I come from.
  28. kwanfan1818

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    Tallinn is a fantastic city. There's wifi everywhere, so many people speak English, and beautifully, it's still affordable, it has a gorgeous, restored old city and beautiful parks, great food, terrific small opera and ballet companies, Hortus Musicus, if you like old music. It's very walkable, but has an extensive public transportation system, including a cheap city bus from the airport to the center of town. From Tallinn you can also take day or overnight trips to smaller cities (more like towns) in the countryside. (I had very good Indian food in a small restaurant in Parnu.)

    You can also take a ferry to Helsinki from Tallinn. There may also still be a drunken overnight ferry to Stockholm from either Helsinki to Tallinn.

    Barcelona is an incredible city.

    Iceland is an incredible country, but it's more an accumulation of experiences, rather than x days in Reykjavic.
  29. Mozart

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    My SIL and her family immigrated to Canada from Belgrade. I'll ask her about it.
  30. alexikeguchi

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    My father is from Belgrade, and I have been a few times. It's nice and inexpensive compared to western Europe but has relatively little to see. The fortress of Kalemegdan is interesting and affords a nice view of the Danube and Sava rivers, and there is a nice cafe scene along Knez Mihailova. That's about it. The people are lovely, though, and the food is delicious (as long as you're not vegan...) Within the former Yugoslavia, I actually think Ljubljana had the most charm, plus the scenery in Slovenia and parts of Croatia is breathtaking.
  31. flyingsit

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    Venice. Venice. Venice.
  32. moebius

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    Riga is also inexpensive. I was mesermerzied walking through the Old Town in addition to the modern part of Riga which has an area dominated by Art Nouveau buildings. If you do go there, eat at Lidos. Food is delicious and cooked in front of you. There are many stalls for you to choose from. I love the setting of this restaurant. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed. I also enjoyed walking through the Old Town of Krakow. Yummy pierogis from a mean old lady who wouldn't allow me to take pics. But I took them anyway right before I left. Forgot the name of the restaurant, but I know it is mentioned in Lonely Planet b/c that's how some tourists found the place.
  33. merrywidow

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    Of the larger cities I loved Vienna but actually preferred some of the smaller ones like Salzburg & Trier.
  34. IceAlisa

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  35. dinakt

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    London and Prague are my favorites. I hear Edinburgh is incredible- but I've never been.
    But what do you like to do?
    Culture? Hiking? Castles? Are you a North person or a South person?
    Bruges has been mentioned- it is indeed amazing, for a day or two.
  36. UMBS Go Blue

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    Corroborating what most have said here. If Berlin / Cologne are also going to be your temporary home bases, such that you'll be staying mostly with friends and then venturing off for 1, 2, or 3 days at a time, then depending on your budget, I'm guessing you'll probably be limited to places that are fairly close by with a rail pass and easy rail connection.

    From Berlin, there's obviously Prague (4 hours away by train), Dresden (cathedral), Leipzig (Bach legacy), and Potsdam (Sans-Souci).

    From Cologne, there are plenty of German destinations, the closest being Bonn. You're also really close to Maastricht, a lively Dutch university town that's influenced by its closeness to Belgian and German sister towns Liege and Aachen. Further afield in Belgium and the Netherlands, if you haven't already been (you said you'd already been to Amsterdam), there's also Leuven, Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, Bruges, Utrecht, Rotterdam, and the Hague.

    Further afield in Germany are Stuttgart, which is a longer haul but where you can visit the Daimler and Porsche factories, and of course Munich. A bit remote, however, is Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a quintessential rural Bavarian town near Wurzburg and Nuremburg that was unscathed by Allied bombing and, as such, has its quintessential German buildings and architecture intact.
  37. ballettmaus

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    I'd add Lyon and the South of France (Avignon, Montpellier, Nimes) as possible "targets".
    Otherwise, I'd second Barcelona, Prague, Vienna and Salzburg!
  38. Loves_Shizuka

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    :cheer:

    Again, big thanks for all the suggestions! You guys have certainly turned my attention to cities I'd not really considered before :) Still n the process of "researching" so no final itinerary yet.

    Was anyone at Euros last week OR anyone else been to Zagreb?
  39. Vagabond

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    Zagreb is okay. It's got a charming old town, and there are some interesting places for day trips, like Samobor, but the Dalmatian Coast (from Split to Dubrovnik) is much more interesting and deserves more time.
  40. maatTheViking

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    Copenhagen (in the summer)
    Prague
    Florence