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18 Day Itinerary- Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris.

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I've been lurking for quite a while and I think I have a solid enough idea of what I'd like my trip to look like, so now I'm posting.

First, a little about me. I'm 27 years old, never been to Europe, but have travelled elsewhere extensively. On vacation I enjoy eating well, museums, walking, and sightseeing. I have no fear of public transportation. I have little desire to drive anywhere in EU.

I'm planning this trip for late August- early September. The exact dates will depend on when I am granted vacation days from work. I'm traveling alone, which I enjoy. My budget is quite negotiable. I have plenty saved, and I work a good job with excellent overtime opportunities.

I'll be using AirBnB for lodging, which I've done in many other cities and LOVE. Seriously, if you haven't tried it, please do. It has made such a positive difference in my vacations.

I plan on using trains for transport between cities, and public transportation, bicycling, and walking for travel within each destination.

Here's what I'm thinking so far:
Day 1- Travel from US
Day 2- Arrive in Copenhagen, late evening. Do very little aside from find my apartment, eat, and probably sleep quite a bit.
Days 3-4 explore Copenhagen.
Day 5- Depart Copenhagen midmorning for Hamburg. My real destination is Amsterdam, but it's quite a long train, and I'd like to see a tiny taste of Germany. Hamburg seemed like a nice place for a daylong break. It looks like the 1130 train would put me in Hamburg at about 1615. Find my apartment, eat, explore a little. Just to clarify, I am using Hamburg as a break in travel. I am not under the illusion that I will "see the city" in my short stop.
Day 6- Walk around Hamburg, find some breakfast/lunch. The 1245 train from Hamburg would put me in Amsterdam about 1900. Find my apartment, walk around, get some food, find a bar.
Days 7-8 explore Amsterdam.
Day 9- depart Amsterdam in the afternoon for Brussels. The 1315 train would get me to Brussels a little after 1500. Same deal as before, find my apartment, food, walk around. The shorter travel time means I can spend some time in Amsterdam before I leave, and I have a whole evening in Brussels.
Days 10-11 explore Brussels.
Day 12- Depart Brussels to Paris. The 1430 train would get me to Paris a little after 1600. Find my apartment, eat, walk around.
Days 13-17 explore Paris. I have a longer number of days in Paris, because I would like to do a day trip to do a WW2 Normandy tour.
Day 18- travel back to US.

Does this seem feasible? Enjoyable? I like to move around a lot on vacation, but not feel super rushed, if that makes sense. I didn't list the sites I'll see because each city has plenty.

Does anyone have a different suggestion for a "halfway point" day in a city other than Hamburg? I know that night trains run Copenhagen-Amsterdam, but I'm not interested in being on a train that long or overnight.

My last question is one regarding long layovers. Polish Air has several inexpensive ticket options with long layovers in Warsaw. Is it feasible that I could explore the city and see some cool sites? I know a bus goes directly to the city center, but I'd love to hear from people who have done it!

Thanks for reading the whole way through, and thanks in advance for your excellent advice.

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