3 days to spend in europe

Aug 26th, 2016, 04:41 AM
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materialscongress, I would be more than happy to add to your itinerary. You have three extra nights. Would you like to visit Warsaw, Rome, and Barcelona? Or would you rather go to Copenhagen, Gdansk, and Riga? Or perhaps Prague, Budapest, and Sarajevo?

Please do the needful and advise me on your desires so I may craft a doable itinerary for you.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 04:43 AM
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Seriously, even with added time, it is impossible to visit four countries.

Your negativity is not constructive to helping materialscongress see 8 or 9 countries in 11 days.

materialscongress, ignore the naysayers. You can do it!
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Aug 26th, 2016, 04:46 AM
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Thanks for the laugh everyone, I needed some light entertainment.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 04:52 AM
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Sparkchaser. Could you please add St Petersberg as I would like to go there.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 04:55 AM
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That's not a bad idea.

materialscongress, would you like to see Vilnius, Riga, and St Petersburg?
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Aug 26th, 2016, 05:44 AM
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Dear sparkchaser, our main target is Paris, kinda dream city.

So please suggest any sequence which covers Paris. Also few of my colleagues suggested Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris is a perfect sequence to travel. So I was thinking it is gud idea to visit Paris from Frankfurt and then from Paris to Amsterdam through Brussels (stop in Brussels for few hours) and finally reach Berlin from Amsterdam.

Please advice and help us. Thank you very much.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 05:53 AM
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If you spend more than two days in Paris then you won't be able to go to Prague or Vienna or Krakow or Copenhagen or Budapest or Rome or Madrid or Lisbon or London or Belfast or Kiev.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 06:01 AM
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>>Please suggest us to travel Paris, Amsterdam and if possible, Zurich in the time period available.<<

Nope -- sparkchaser is trying to give us all a laugh, but he isn't serious.

>> our main target is Paris, kinda dream city.<<

Then go there (and ONLY there). If you must see something else do a day trip to Chartres, or the Loire, or Normandy or someplace,

>>Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris is a perfect sequence to travel<<

Would be IF you had 6 or 7 days (that means 7 or 8 nights). You could do Paris and a day/night in either Amsterdam (my preference) or Brussels. Realize it will use up more than half a day getting to Paris, half a day getting to A'dam and you will likely need to be in Berlin very early in the AM, or possibly the night before your meeting.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 06:05 AM
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Nope -- sparkchaser is trying to give us all a laugh, but he isn't serious.

That's not necessarily true. The itinerary I have come up with is 100% possible. Obviously nobody here would actually suggest doing it but it is doable and materialscongress WANTS TO DO IT, so I am doing my best to do the needful and give him what he is asking for.

Naysayers gonna say nay but I believe in materialscongress and his plan and want to see it happen.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 08:09 AM
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oh fergoodness sake. you have 4 days. just go to Paris (your dream city) and call it good.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 10:17 AM
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>>Obviously nobody here would actually suggest doing it but<<

Yes, as you say "Obviously" - and IMO you are giving the OP an unrealistic hope that what they want to do is remotely doable - at least if they want to actually see anything.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 01:20 PM
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materialscongress, I think you will be very pleased with this itinerary. You will get to visit Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Paris (two full days in Paris!!!!), and Berlin. All the train itineraries can be found here: https://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml


Sept. 2 14:00 land at FRA

Sept. 2 14:20 deplane

Sept. 2 14:30 arrive at immigration queue

Sept. 2 15:30 clear immigration queue

Sept. 2 15:40 claim baggage and clear customs

Sept. 2 15:50 grab a coffee and a sandwich or pastry at any of the several bakeries there then head to the train station

Sept. 2 16:35 arrive at Frankfurt Airport train station Platform 7

Sept. 2 16:43 take ICE 122 to Amsterdam

Sept. 2 20:57 arrive Amsterdam Centraal. Walk to hotel (I went ahead and imaginary booked you at the Hilton Doubletree)

Sept. 2 21:07 arrive at hotel, check-in, go take a shower

Sept. 2 21:40 leave hotel to walk to red light district and grab some dinner on the way there or back then return to the hotel.

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Sept. 3 7:00 Get up and get ready. Pack your stuff. Grab breakfast and checkout of hotel.

Sept. 3 8:00 Leave hotel and leave luggage there if they will allow it, else go to the train station and put your luggage into a locker.

Sept. 3 8:15: See as many of the following things as you can before 15:30: Sex Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience, Ann Frank House, Royal Palace, Maritime Museum, perhaps a return to the Red Light District (I won't judge you)

Sept 3 15:52: Are you back at the train station with your luggage? I hope so because your train to Brussels leaves at 15:52. Yes. You are going to Brussels. Because you love Belgian beer, even if you don't know it yet. And you definitely love Belgian chocolate and mussels (but not at the same time like some filthy hipster).

Sept. 3 18:08: You arrive in Brussels. You are staying at the Hilton Brussels City because I imaginary reserved a room there due to its proximity to the train station and the price is not bad. So go check in.

Sept. 3 19:00: Head to the Delirium Cafe. It's a 10 min walk away. On the way you will pass many restaurants serving mussels. Go to the one where people are speaking a language you can't understand and does not advertise with photos of the menu items. Order mussels and reflect on how amazing they are.

Sept. 3 20:30: You almost forgot that you're supposed to go to the Delirium Cafe like your best pal sparkchaser suggested. You head over there and are blown away by the sheer amount of Belgian beer available -- you are tempted to panic and order a Budweiser or a Heineken: DO NOT DO THAT. Order a Delirium Red to start. As you take that first sip you decide that you could drink this forever and never want to leave. As you finish it, you survey the list of beers and decide to see what the Delirium Tremens tastes like...

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Sept. 4 9:30: What? How did I get back to my room? Why does my head hurt? Ugh, what died in my mouth? Where is my wallet? Oh, there it is. Whew! Better get up and get ready. Pack your stuff up. Check-out and take your luggage to the train station and put into a locker.

Sept. 4 10:30: Go have breakfast somewhere. The Hilton breakfast is solid so you can do that.

Sept. 4 11:00: Here is a list of things you should probbaly see: Royal Palace, National Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Koekelberg, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Musical Instruments Museum, Église Notre-Dame du Sablon, MOOF Museum, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, a bunch of statues and fountains, and Choco-Story Brussels. You realize that the EU is based in Brussels and you want to go see their building(s). Don't do that. It is a waste of time. You need to be back at the train station at 18:34 for your train back to Frankfurt.

Sept. 4 18:34: Catch your train to Frankfurt.

Sept. 4 21:30: Arrive in Frankfurt. Head to your hotel. I didn't reserve anything for you. Sorry.

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Sept 5: Meetings. In the evening do whatever your local colleagues suggest.

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Sept. 6: Meetings. In the evening do whatever your local colleagues suggest.

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Sept. 7 13:00: You are done with your obligations in Frankfurt. Now, head to the train station! You are going to Zurich!

Sept. 7 14:00: Are you at the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof with your luggage? Good. Your train to Zurich leaves at 14:05.

Sept. 7 18:00: You train arrives in Zurich. What? You didn't want to go to Zurich? Too bad. You're in Zurich. Now, go check into your hotel (I imaginary booked you at the Hotel St. Gotthard because of its proximity to the train station). Ask them where a good fondue restaurant is and go there. If you don't want fondue then ask for a good restaurant nearby and go there. I don't really care.

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Sept. 8 8:00: Wakey, wakey. Get up, get ready, grab breakfast, and check out. See if they will hold onto your luggage and if not then put it into a locker at the train station.

Sept. 8 9:30: So, you're in Zurich. Do you want to buy a watch? You can do that here. There's probably a watch museum or a Memorial To Neutrality During The World Wars or a Banking Museum or something. You can see the Alps. That's cool. You can also pay like 20 Swiss Francs for a Burger King Whopper meal. Just be back at the train station before 17:30.

Sept. 8 17:34: All aboard your train to Paris via Basel (FYI you have 8 min between trains).

Sept. 8 21:40: You have arrived in Paris. Well, Paris Gare de Lyon. I have imaginary booked you a room at the Novotel next to the station. Go check in!

Sept. 8 22:20: OK, you have checked into your hotel. Grab dinner wherever the hotel suggests. You should go to bed early because tomorrow is gonna be jam packed with stuff to do.

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Sept. 9 8:00: This is your wakeup call. Get up, get ready for the day. No need to pack because you are coming back tonight. What? Yes, that's right: you're getting two full days in Paris, my friend.

Sept. 9 9:00: Go have breakfast somewhere. I hear that it is just a croissant or pain au chocolat and an espresso. So do that.

Sept. 9 9:30: Go see the following in whatever order you choose: http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/f...paris#!1-intro The day is yours!

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Sept. 10 9:30: Get up, get ready for the day. You should totally splurge and do a river tour. Perhaps the Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise. Oh, and do whatever you didn't get to do yesterday.

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Sept. 11 5:00: Rise and shine, sunshine. You have to get up. Yes, I kow it is 5AM but you have a meeting in Frankfurt at 13:00 and the trains don't run so regularly on Sundays. Wait, you have a meeting on a SUNDAY? Seriously? Damn dude, that sucks. Anyhoo, get up and get ready to leave. Pack your stuff and check out of the hotel. Grab a taxi because you need to go to the Paris Est train station. Don't worry, it's not far.

Sept. 11 6:39: Get on your train to Frankfurt via Karlsruhe.

Sept. 11 11:08: Arrive at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof.

Sept. 11 13:00: Your special Sunday meeting. I am going to assume that your meeting will be over by 17:00

Sept. 11 17:13: Your train to Berlin leaves from the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof.

Sept. 11 21:28: Arrive in Berlin. I have imaginary booked you at the InterCity Hotel because it is right there. I suggest checking into the hotel and hunting down a Döner or Currywurst for dinner (you can thank me later). Have a beer or two and go to bed.

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Sept. 12 8:00: Get up. Grab some breakfast. No need to check out today.

Sept. 12 9:00: You should be on your way to see as much of the following as you can: Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, a piece of the Berlin Wall, Reichstag Building, the Großer Tiergarten, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Currywurst Museum, Ramones Museum, Buchstabenmuseum, Pergamon Museum, Führerbunker Parking Lot, and whatever else you happen to see. If you had Currywurst for dinner, have a Döner for lunch but if you had a Döner for dinner last night, have a Currywurst for lunch. If you fancy something lighter, check out the Tajikistan Tearoom. You will be tempted to go to the Hofbräu Berlin -- don't. Go to the La Soupe Populaire Restaurant and order the königsburg klopse. Or get more Döner.

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Sept. 13: Check-out and head to the airport. If you have a few hours to kill, go see whatever you didn't get to the day before.

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That's it!

Now, all of the posters in this thread (except me because I am contrary) have said that this is a horrible idea and, as experienced travelers (armchair and otherwise) who have been to Europe before, you should probably heed their warnings.

However, if you actually do go through with this cockamamie idea of yours I want you to come back when you return home and report back on how it was.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 01:39 PM
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>> cockamamie idea <<

ditto
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Aug 27th, 2016, 12:21 AM
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sparkchaser. When we are planning our eight week 2018 trip to England I am just going to tell you where we want to go and the way we travel and you can do all the work. You are a good person to take the time to work all this out for this OP.
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Aug 27th, 2016, 01:20 AM
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Eight weeks? That means you can visit like 50 cities, so like all of Europe! Just tell me you arrival and departure date, time, and airport and I will sort the rest.
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Aug 27th, 2016, 02:32 AM
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Lol. Thanks. Just England and three weeks in Italy (places already decided) will be fine.
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Aug 27th, 2016, 02:43 AM
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Dr Phelps saw the world in 80 days.
50 days should then cover at least 2 continents.
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Aug 27th, 2016, 07:01 AM
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OhMyGoodness - sparkchaser, you have DH & I in stitches reading your itineraries. They make our trips look like positively relaxing.
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Aug 27th, 2016, 08:03 AM
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Hilarious.

Even though I don't need itinerary planners, at this point Sparky would be the very last person I would ever ask. He'd kill me.
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Aug 27th, 2016, 08:17 AM
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Sparkchaser wins this week's "Rising to the Challenge" award.
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