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Help with 2-3 month tour of Europe

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Hello everyone, I'm new here and this is my first post, so I apologize in advance if I unintentionally breach any etiquette! I would love to hear any input or advice for a 2-3 month trip to Europe I have planned starting in April. This will be my first trip overseas, and as the stars have aligned and allowed me the time and money to do this, I'm very excited!

I have spent many many hours researching each individual country, travel routes, costs, etc so I have a fairly good idea of what I am getting into. I also have a friend who lives in Mainz Germany who I plan on staying with for a few weeks and using their place as a base to explore most of Germany, and the closer attractions like Paris, Amsterdam, Prauge, etc. I have already decided, with advice from my friend, to travel by rail during my whole stay in Europe and am purchasing a pass shortly.

What I need help with are the more far flung places, like Eastern Europe, Greece, Spain and Italy, Scandanavia, and The UK. What are the must sees? must do's? I have also been wondering is it better to do UK by rail (as they are not part of the Eurail Pass and I would need to purchase a seperate Brit Rail pass) or is it better to just rent a car for a week or so?

I think my biggest problem so far is trying to decide how much time to devote to each country to really get an opportunity to see the "best of's" as well as some of the more off the beaten track places. I am sure a country like Denamrk will not take as much time to see as, say, Spain. So I guess Im wondering, if you had 2-3 months to see all of Europe, which countries would make the list?

My other roadblock is that I'm not the type of person who likes to plan everything ahead of time, I like to be able to go with the flow. Are hotel rooms or Hostels or other types of accomodations failry easy to find without advance reservations? When does the tourist season start in full? Also, I may be missing something, but I noticed alot of the local trains require a reservation. Can that be done the day of or maybe a day before? Like I said, I'm kind of a spur of the moment type of guy. Also Im not too big on the toursity spots. Sure I'd like to see the iconic stuff, but I'd much rather take a scenic hike, view some really beautiful outdoor scenery,or check out a local pub or village then see a museum or a house someone famous lived in.

I know this is turning into a novel, and it's alot of ground to cover, but any little bit of advice is welcome and appreciated greatly!! Thank you for your time and consideration!

CH

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