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In early September, my boyfriend and I are doing two weeks in Europe, and we'd love some help maximizing our time in each city. I've spelled out our itinerary below. I'm sure many of you will say "That's too many cities in too few days" but we both have short attention spans. One half day in each city seeing the main tourist/historical attractions is quite enough for us. Otherwise, we'd like to spend our time eating, drinking and partying with locals. We're also interested in doing a little shopping and finding some fun, non-touristy things to do (sorry if that sounds cliche).

At this point, our itinerary is set, as we've purchased all of the tickets (planes and trains). We have yet to book any AirBnBs (our lodging plan for most cities) so it would be really helpful to get some neighborhood suggestions in each city that will help us reduce the time we spend moving around the city and maximize our enjoyment. Also, if there are routes you recommend to see all of the main sites in just a few hours (again, short attention spans), that would be amazing. Something like: walk here, spend 20 min looking, walk another 20 min, check this out, then go here for lunch, etc.

Here's the itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive in Copenhagen at 9am from the USA
Day 2 - Copenhagen
Day 3 - Copenhagen, 4-5pm flight to Berlin
Day 4 - Berlin
Day 5 - Berlin
Day 6 - Berlin, 12:30-5:30pm train to Prague
Day 7 - Prague
Day 8 - Prague
Day 9 - 12:30-5:30pm train to Berlin, 8pm-9am night train to Paris!
Day 10 - Paris
Day 11 - Paris, 12:30-3:30pm train to Amsterdam
Day 12 - Amsterdam
Day 13 - Amsterdam, 8pm flight to Copenhagen to fly back to USA (for me, my boyfriend is continuing to London)
Day 14 - London
Day 15 - London
Day 16 - London
Day 17 - London, 1pm flight back to Copenhagen

So there it is, our grand European tour. I'm slightly nervous that we'll be spending too much time traveling, so it would be great to get suggestions on how to make the most of this time. If you think we are seriously mistaken with the number of cities we plan on visiting, do we still have time to make changes on our train tickets? They're through bahn.de and Thalys train companies.

Thank you so much and please also let me know if we should also check out any other resources to get a better idea from the locals.

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