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Old 01-19-2008, 11:05 AM   #1
 
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Hello everyone.

In about two years, I'm planning on flying to Europe to spend as much time there as my budget allows. The places I want to visit are; Germany, Ireland, Rome, Switzerland, England, Amsterdam, and possibly Denmark.

Other than that, I have no idea what to do, or if this is even the right place to post this.

I know I want to see the major tourist attractions as well as the underground local stuff. Can anyone give me advice on where to go, what to see, etc?

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Old 01-19-2008, 11:36 AM   #2
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OK well in Germany I would check out Berlin as it is jammed pack with stuff for people of all interests-while in Berlin I stayed at the heart of gold hostel and thought it was great. The folks there know the city and if you tell them what you're into they should tell you where to go.
Check out Leipzig to its doable in a day from Berlin and the Nickoli Church is sooo pretty.
England well...go to London for sure but maybe not stay too long because it is a very expensive city. Again this all depends on what floats your boat but if it were me I would check out the Imperial War Museum. Try to see the south west as well like Dorset very nice area and maybe make a jump to south Wales as well.
Now, I personally did not enjoy Amsterdam so maybe I am not the person to give advice but what I will say is there is a lot of Thai food and pancakes that you may enjoy. Anne Franks house was interesting in a spine tingling chilling way and of course there are art museums with the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gough
If we're talking budgets I know Switzerland is expensive-Geneva is home to the worlds most expensive Big Mac! Cost aside Geneva is a pretty nice city with fillet au perche to eat and the worlds largest fountain-oh and I think there is even a clock museum oh those Swiss!
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Yeah, I'm not real sure on how big my budget will be. Right now I have about $2,500 saved, so in two years, I'd say about $7,500-ish. Not much, unfortunetly. I love music, that's my big thing. Just about every type of music, especially Celtic, punk, metal, hardcore, and the likes. I do enjoy museums as well, and I fancy myself a photographer too, so anywhere with good photo opps. I wanna visit.

Not sure how much that helps anybody, but any small clubs, pubs, hostels, castles, and the like are all stuff I wanna see. ^^'
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Well Ireland is the right choice for Celtic music but I;m sure you already knew that. Berlin is simply crawling with Techno Rock and Metal clubs but be very VERY careful of some of the punk/rock/metal/hardcore clubs as some of them have...political overtones.
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Check out Munich if you like beer, the Hofbrau house is awesome.

There is a lot of great stuff to see in Eastern Europe as well. It will also help stretch out the length of your trip as your money will go much further. One of my favorite places was Krakow in Poland.

Also make sure you keep an eye on the gig guides so you can catch some concerts and plan your trip around those, I saw the Chemical Brothers at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam and it was the best venue I've ever seen.

For the record, Iceland has the most expensive Big Mac. http://www.economist.com/markets/ind...ory_id=8649005
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Well Ireland is the right choice for Celtic music but I;m sure you already knew that. Berlin is simply crawling with Techno Rock and Metal clubs but be very VERY careful of some of the punk/rock/metal/hardcore clubs as some of them have...political overtones.
I'm being dumb, and, for clarification purposes, what do you mean?
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Ah yes but Iceland is technically half in North America and not on the continent of Europe
What I meant was some clubs are basically hang outs for Nazis and Communists. In Berlin there is currently a trend known as "Ostalgie" where people dress up in East German uniforms and such. They're not rampant but they do exist and it can be very easy to stumble into one.
I would suggest asking people at the hostels for good clubs.
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Ok, cool. Thanks!

I'm sure they wouldn't have a problem with me, I actually have a form of albinism. :P
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As any expression of Nazism including owning flags and such are illegal most of these clubs tend to be underground and the chances of ending up at one is probably small. The Ostalgie clubs on the other hand while more public really only exist in east Berlin. Its not a huge problem but they do exist I'd just hate for you to accidentally walk into one of these places and have it sour your experience. But I doubt you'll have a problem maybe just ask the hostel people for their favorite clubs as there are so many ones all varying in quality.
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Ok, cool. Thanks again!

Do you have any hostel reccomendations? I really need to get on the ball with this, but I have no idea where to begin.
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two years! Wowzers, a lot of time! You must be excited! :D

you'll find more than enough stuff browsing the forums... and more importantly, you'll probably hear about cool stuff there when you actually go. And maybe get yourself a book like this: http://www.amazon.com/Rough-First-Ti.../dp/1843530457

I bought this book and it was worth every penny!

Oh yeah, and in Amsterdam, you gotta check out Anyday Cafe... they have this vapourizer contraption on the 2nd floor that's just badass
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