(Closed) Oktoberfest for honeymoon…plus other lovely cities! Suggestions needed!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think your honeymoon sounds GREAT! mostly because it sounds a lot like mine, haha!

We are going to Amsterdam (1night), Antwerp (1night), Brussels (3 nights with a day trip to bruges), Nantes (2 nights), Barcelona (4 nights), and Paris (4 nights).

The only thing I would say about the amount of time you are spending in each is that people from europe have told that you may not care about spending too much time in Amsterdam – 1/2 nights should be good.  If that makes any sense to you, you may want to switch out your amsterdam for two nights and add the third to your Bruges night, so you can take a day trip out to Ghent, which is a quick train ride away and apparently an awesome Belgian city, according to some local Belgians that I met! I kinda wish we had some extra time to do the same.

We are going in June, so if you bookmark this somehow (is that possible?) and remind me later, I can tell you from experience about how some of the cities are before you go!!

 

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If beer is the main event of your trip, I would spend a little more time in the awesome Bavaria region around Munich.  Get to Salzburg if you can… it’s a really fun little town with lots of great food and beer, even if just for one day and night.  I love that area of Germany and Austria… the Romantic Road is exactly what it sounds like, and you will find tons of little towns that you might not get to otherwise.

I totally agree that 3 nights in Amsterdam is too much. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

Have you considered Budapest? It is beautiful, romantic and historic. You can also take the train from Paris or Bruges to London from where you could fly back to Amesterdam for about $100 and it only takes 45 min. 

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@brittanybed:  I think your itinerary sounds perfect! I’ve been to all of those places, and that’s a good amount of time to spend in each city. Are you taking the train from place to place? I would recommend doing two nights in Amsterdam, and using the extra night to spend the night in Heidelberg. It’s a beautiful, romantic college town in Germany that would be a perfect honeymoon destination. It has a REALLY beautiful crumbling old castle, and a river flowing through it- and since it’s fairly small, one night there would be plenty. I don’t have any hotel recs, because I stayed in hostels in all of those places, but PM me if you want some ideas of things to do! Here’s a few of things I did though to give you some ideas:

Paris: Luxembourg Gardens, the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, walk up to Sacre Coeur, lunch at Montmartre, day trip to Versailles, Notre Dame, shopping along the Champs Elysees, day trip out to Chambord or one of the nearby castles in the Loire Valley… Oh gosh, I could go on and on.

Bruges: Bruges is a small city, and very walkable – it has some really amazing old breweries (worth it go on a brewery tour, esp. since it sounds like you two like beer!), great food in general (seriously… in one day there, I had the best hot chocolate, best hot dog, best beer, and best waffle I’ve ever had in my life!), and lots of pretty sights – I just enjoyed walking around there 🙂

Amsterdam: Go on a walking tour (the Free Europe walking tours are great, and they are free – you just tip your tour guide) because the city is huge and overwhelming. I loved renting a bike and riding to the Vondelpark (seriously… one of the best parks ever!), the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, and the tulip market.

Munich: I did a brewery tour, higly recommend – it didn’t really take me off the beaten path but it was fun to go to the Hofbrau Haus and a few of the other famous breweries with a big group. I did a day trip to Dachau, probably not too much fun for a honeymoon but if you’re interested in history, it’s a very interesting (tragic) place. And the main park in Munich – I can’t remember what it’s called! – is super pretty, a great spot for a picnic.

Hope that helps!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Don’t miss Prague! Great beer and amazing city! it is where we got engaged though, so I’m biased! Fiance (the beer lover in our relationship) also swears by Poland, but I’ve never been. Enjoy an awesome honeymoon!

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