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Backpacking through Europe and wanted to get some feedback...

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So I made a kind of last minute decision last week to go and backpack through Europe for a couple months, starting mid-September 2012. This is my first time backpacking anywhere in the world and I plan to do the majority of the trip alone. The only place I have been to in Europe was Italy about three years ago for just under three weeks, but I saw a lot of it and do not plan to see it this trip as a result. I do not have any major agenda for this trip other than to take in the culture/history of each area visited, eat all the amazing foods, and having a good time all the way through it bringing back memories that will last forever. I am a 29 year old male from Los Angeles, just in case you needed to know.

Since deciding to go I have taken a large list of cities and whittled it down to what I think is a more manageable list and route through Europe. I chose major cities to help me plot the points as I progress through Europe, I plan to take day trips when in the more major cities where possible. Although I was hoping to stick to this route, I am open to suggestion. Here is my itinerary as follows:

September:
***Plan is to depart from LAX on 09/13***
Lisbon, Portugal: 14-17
Madrid, Spain: 17, 18
Barcelona, Spain: 18-21
San Sebastian, Spain/Biarritz, France: 21-24
Marseille, France: 24-26
Cannes/Monaco, France: 26,27
Geneva, Switzerland: 27-29
Interlaken, Switzerland: September 29 - October 2

October:
Munich, Germany: 2-5
Vienna, Austria: 5-7
Krakow, Poland: 7-9
Prague, Czech Republic: 9-11
Stuttgart, Germany (I might change this): 12-14
Cologne, Germany (I might change this): 14,15 (I should have a place to stay while here)
Brussels, Belgium: 15-17
Brugge, Belgium: 17,18
London, UK: 18-22 (I should have a place to stay while here)
Paris, France: 22-25 (I should have a place to stay while here)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 25-28
Copenhagen, Denmark: 28-30

November:
Berlin, Germany: October 30 - November 2

***Overlapping days would be travel days***

Questions:
1. Does this look like a reasonable timeline as plotted out?
2. What kind of budget am I looking at for this trip? I did some calculations and I figured $6000-7000 USD for airfare, hostels, food, everything.
3. Should I look into possibly doing part of the trip with Eurail and part with Euroline in order to save some money?
4. Is couchsurfing.com worth checking out? The idea of this is a bit worrisome but, I believe they have a reference/feedback system, which would alleviate some of my worries.

I know the trip may seem a bit rushed, but I don't mind keeping on the move. But, if you think it would be worth staying longer in certain areas I am willing to take this into account and adjust. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am a novice when it comes to planning out a big trip like this and kind of jumped in head first. I'm sure there are multiple questions that I am overlooking, but I just can't think of them at this time. Thanks!

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