Post # 1
My Darling Husband and I planning our Europe vacation for this Sept 2012 as a little last “hurrah” before we start TTC.
We would like to get to Switzerland, Austria and Venice with posissibilities of Germany and France if we were compelled enough to go. We have about 3 weeks to play with. I have been to Interlakken and Berne in Switzerland as well as Venice but am always open to suggestions especially from those of you who have spent time in ANY of these places recently and have some advice for us! We are really looking for more of a relaxing trip (ie spend a couple days in each city) but enjoying as many fun experiences as we can. Looking for any tips/hints on hiking, mountain climbing/biking .. paragliding – anything of the sort! We are relatively adventurous (DH is up for anything – i’m not so much! LOL).
Any advice Bees? Cities, tours, attractions, must do’s and must avoids?
Many thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
Since you’ve already seen Interlakken and Berne, I think you should go to Germany or France over Swiss. I’ve been to Interlakken, Berne, Geneva, and Lusanne, and honestly I would say to go somewhere new, since you’ve already seen IMO, the best Swiss has to offer (Interlakken.)
I LOVE Germany, espically Munich (great for beer lovers espically.) We didn’t do anything too adventerous there, as the world cup was going on when we went. Mostly, just walked around and did some general sightseeing.
And since you did say you were going to Venice (and esp since you have already been,) you really should go south to Florence & Rome. Rome is AMAZING! Not only for the obvious history and sights but “Roman food (not Italian, but Roman) is AMAZING!! Everytime my husband and I go to Europe, we joke about catching a train or flying to Rome just for the food.
I’m just one of those travelers who would rather go somewhere new, then to a place I’ve already been. However, I know its hard to decide, esp in Western Europe when everything is so close.
Post # 4
We spent a week of our honeymoon in the Black Forest, and it was awesome! There’s tons of outdoorsy stuff to do, and all the little towns are so cute and quaint. We also took a couple day trips down to Switzerland and around Germany; it’s close enough to Switzerland/Austria/etc… that you can easily travel from one place to another in just a couple hours. If you want some more info on where we stayed and stuff PM me, but I would definitely recommend a couple days or a week in the Black Forest.
Post # 5
If you’d like to see a little of everything, then why not do a bus tour? contiki would have great trips that would allow you about 10 days to do probably 7-10 cities, and then you could go back to the cities you liked best and stay a few extra days.
I highly suggest you go back to venice. It’s beautiful there (as you know) and would be a nice romatic city to stay in for a day or two.
Post # 6
I second Munich. It’s a beautiful city that really blends nature and town life. There is so much to do and see there that it’s hard to start! I’m in love with that city though! Mt. Titilis of Switzerland is also gorgeous!
Post # 7
The two best things from my first marriage were my son and the honeymoon; spent 10 days in Austria, based out of a tiny town in the mountains called Schladming. It was about a 3-4hr train ride from everywhere, so it was perfect to use as a “homebase” and do day trips/overnighters. Saw Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna as day trips and then caught Paris and Berlin as overnight trips (flew in and out of Paris so there was train time on either end), as well. The town was super cute, relaxed, and the resort was lovely – table tennis looking over the Alps… can’t get much better than that!
Post # 8
Depending on when in September you are planning to go, you could catch the beginning of Oktoberfest in Munich if you like beer.
I’ve never been, but Darling Husband and I may go this year for our anniversary at the end of September.
Post # 9
Thank you for all your suggestions, keep them coming!
The reason i am going back for round #2 for some places is that my husband has not been. He LOVES the mountains and i know he would absolutely LOVE Switzerland, so that is a must go to country. I have also been to Rome (and enjoyed it) however hubby has no desire to go, so we’re skipping it. And again, while i’ve been to Venice Darling Husband has not and is quite excited, so i’m okay playing tour guide for places i’ve already been. It’s also been 10 years since i’ve travelled across the pond so i’m sure a TON has changed since i was there.
I am not sure a Contiki type tour is something we are looking for (although a great way to see Europe…) we are looking for more of a romantic getaway where we can do things on our own time/schedule and stay a little longer in certain places if we are really having a great time.
Thank you everyone, i’m going to be doing a lot of googling tonight!!
Loving reading all the suggestions, especially the places i’ve never heard about – can’t wait to check them out! Thank you bees… loving the response so far! 🙂
Post # 10
I uploaded some photos of Schladming, Austria in August to a Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/haleyusf/travel/
All the photos were taken from the road leading to the hotel; pretty amazing views!
Post # 11
Paris is always lovely and the Northern countryside up into Belgium is very nice.
I’ve never been to Southern France, but it would be hard for me to do a European vacation and never step foot in France.
Germany has some lovely mountains in the Bavarian region. I’ve done a short Rhine cruise also which was lovely and interesting.
If you love mountains then Switzerland is definitely a must, maybe you can do some sort of cruise between Geneva and France? I met my husband in Geneva so it’ll always have a special place in my heart.
I’ve never been to Italy, but it’s next on my list! Good luck with planning!
Post # 12
I love Austria! Go to Innsbruck if you have the chance!
Post # 13
I loved our Med cruise in Italy, France, and Greece, but it sounds like you may want to be more inland