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First Europe trip/solo travel

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I've been lurking travel forums for a while now, but I'm just starting to plan my first European trip and wanted some input from seasoned travelers. I'm 26 and I enjoy traveling by myself, but I've never done so outside of the United States so I'm trying to do as much research as possible.
I've always wanted to go to Europe and I figured if I wait for someone to have the time or money to go with me that I might be 80 by the time I get to go! So I recently decided it was time to start planning the vacation I've been dreaming about for years.

I'm planning on a 6 week trip through Europe (most likely it will be next spring, probably beginning in late April) with a planned itinerary of:
London - 6 nights
Amsterdam - 5 nights
Paris - 6 nights
Florence - 2 nights
Rome - 4 nights
Venice - 2 nights
Munich - 3 nights
Nuremberg - 3 nights
Cologne - 3 nights
Hamburg - 2 nights
Berlin - 5 nights

I plan to do some touristy things combined with wandering on my own around the cities. I've never been to Europe before and I'd like to spend this trip doing "traditional" city travel, and exploring less-traveled areas on later trips.
I don't plan to rent a car; I'd prefer to walk or take buses around the cities, and travel by train to the next city on my itinerary.

So I have a few questions because I'm starting to look at my budget for the trip.

1) do any seasoned travelers see any potential problems with this itinerary? I know I want to start in London and end in Berlin, but the order of other cities in my travel is not set in stone.

2) would train travel between all of these cities be best, or are there any cities I should travel between by air?

3) a lot of the train information I've found has been overwhelming. Are there any train travel segments I should buy as an individual ticket rather than making sure I buy a rail pass with enough uses? What I mean is, would any of this travel be cheaper if I bought an individual train ticket?

4) is bus travel safe in all of these cities? If not, what would a better mode of transportation be?

These are some of the general questions I have for the moment. My trip is in the early planning stages, so I'm open to suggestions.

Any other tips are welcome! Thanks in advance for your help.

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