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3.5 days in Amsterdam/Holland vs 3.5 days in Copenhagen/Denmark

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We are a family of 3. Me, wife and 6 year old daughter. Our interests are to go to places which are beautiful, nice scenery, good weather (we come from a very hot place) and have good monuments/castles. A good museum here and there will be a bonus. We are not foodies but would enjoy local cuisine wherever possible.

We have a 8D/8N trip planned to Europe in the first week of July. We have kept Budapest as the entry and exit point for our trip (because we got cheap tickets from our home town to this city). We have already visited Budapest in the past. The second part of our trip will be spent in Munich/Bavaria where we will spend time in Munich and in the Bavarian Alps. We will hire a car for this part of the trip.

For the first part, we are torn between Amsterdam/Holland and Copenhagen/Denmark.

We had almost finalized Amsterdam till we heard some negative comments about the sleaze aspect - drugs, red light district etc. etc. Also heard that it could be very crowded. The positives continue to be the amazing canal dotted streets, museums and nice countryside. Heard good things about the Zaans Schans area as well.

Copenhagen appears to be a very clean and eclectic city. Somewhat away from any kind of mass tourism. The day trips to Kronborg Castle, Frederiksborg Palace and Roskilde look very nice tool. Entire Copenhagen and Denmark appears to give a feel/vibe which is different from other mainland European cities (this is my internet research/I may be wront). But on the flipside, Copenhagen is more expensive than Amsterdam.

Another option (which appears to be a rushed one) could be 2.5 days in Amsterdam and 2 days in Copenhagen and balance 3 days in Munich/Bavaria. The downside to this plan is that in Copenhagen we will have one day for the city and one day for any kind of day trip. And also we will have to forgo a drive thru the German Alpine Road to Berchtesgaden (Eagle's nest and Konnigsee lake). But we get to see 3 different countries.

In case we decide to do Amsterdam+Munich/Bavaria, we will be taking a flights from Budapest to Amsterdam and taking an overnight train back to Munich from Amsterdam. In case we decide to do Copenhagen+Munich/Bavaria, we will take flight from Budapest to Copenhagen and another from flight from Copenhagen to Munich.

In case we decide to do both Amsterdam and Copenhagen - we will fly Budapest-Amsterdam-Copenhagen-Munich.

Last leg of our journey from Munich to Budapest is fixed. It is on the City Night Line train. We had unused German railway credit vouchers which we need to avail.

Please advise. We are confused.

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