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5 Weeks in Northwestern Europe

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Hi there folks,

My girlfriend and I are in the early stages of planning a roughly 5-week trip across Europe for the upcoming spring. We've done a decent chunk of research on Fodor's and elsewhere and seem to have come up with what a basic sort of roadmap for what we would like to do and see.

A little about us first; we're both in our early 20's (although we probably have more in common with a pair of 70 year olds), we're not much into the partying or club scene, would much rather have a quiet evening in a nice pub or cafe than spend the night out at a club. We're very much into exploring the culture, architecture, and natural beauty of a city and tend to shy away from the more typical "touristy" type attractions. Although we enjoy learning the history of our destinations, that's usually not the main focus of our trips. Museums and the like usually stay off our short-list; walking the streets and talking to the locals is usually what we find ourselves doing instead.

One of the reasons for this trip (although not the only) is that my girlfriend and I are planning to take our graduate studies overseas in a years time, we'd like to scout out some viable options before we make a commitment to a school in a place we've never been. This means not only do we have to plan for nice vacation cities, we're also planning on places that we may call home for a few years.

Obviously the caliber of the Universities will be a strong consideration when choosing where we'll eventually end up for school, but for the sake of this thread, I'd like to leave that out and focus on the cities and this trip itself.

Anyways, here's the (tentative) itinerary:

Flying out of either Vancouver or Calgary (either city can be easily accomplished)
Arrive in London (Should be sometime in late April)
~1 week in London area
Train to Paris (~2.5 hours)
~1 week in Paris
Train to Amsterdam (~3.5 hour)
~1 week in Amsterdam
Train to Berlin (~6 hours)
~1 week in Berlin
Train to Copenhagen (~7 hours)
~1 week in Copenhagen
Fly back home to Canada (Late May or early June)

Beyond this, there will probably 1 or 2 yet to be determined day trips from each city.

So now I ask for advice from you Fodorites, are there are any glaring errors or innefficienies with this plan? Are there other cities or places we must see or should consider along this general route? Should we stay longer in some cities, shorter in others? We're very flexible in regards to both time and money so please feel free suggest at will. We've both spent some time in Europe before but never tried to cover this amount of ground, really any amount of advice or suggestions you can offer will be very much appreciated.

I know I wrote a bit of novel here so I'd really like to thank anyone who takes the time to read through this thread and reply.

Thanks again,
-C

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