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Apr 16th, 2018, 12:48 AM
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A quick trip to Frankfurt-Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam

Hi,

Whenever I am clueless about how to even start planning my trips, I rush to Fodors. I am visiting Frankfurt (Main Taunus Zentrum to be precise) for 3 days, for business and planning to further go to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam before returning to India. Need your inputs on the below:

When and where can i book train tickets in advance?
Is there a train pass that can take me to all three places?
Where in Belgium should I go? Which is the best city to visit?
I love taking pictures, need suggestions on places to visit in Amsterdam and Belgium city.
Is there a website where I can get cheap accommodation? Hostels may be?

I may have further questions once I get an idea on the above.

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Namrata
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Apr 16th, 2018, 04:27 AM
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How much time do you have for this trip?
Brugge is a pretty town to visit, or Gent, which is also pretty but a bit less touristy. Or if you have very little time, just stop in Brussel and go to the Grand Place before continuing to Amsterdam.
For traintravel, this is a great site: https://www.seat61.com/
Just buy point-to-point tickets, if you only want to do Frankfurt - Paris - Brugge (change in Brussel) - Amsterdam.
For Paris/Belgium/Amsterdam book the Thalys train well in advance for cheaper tickets.
For hotels; www.booking.com
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Apr 16th, 2018, 06:19 AM
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Yes book train tickets far in advance to get serious discounted fares which are limited in number and can sell out early sometimes - book any train involving Germany at www.bahn.de/en online yourself.

Thalys trains www.thalys.com. And yes www.seat61.com is the best source for current rail info and didactic advice on booking your own online discounted tickets - general train info like 1st v 2nd class, etc BETS-European Rail Experts and www.ricksteves.com.
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Apr 16th, 2018, 06:44 AM
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Yes, I don't have much time. I was thinking 2 nights in Paris, 1 night in Belgium and 2 nights in Amsterdam. Do suggest if this sounds feasible and worth. Thank you for your inputs, helps a lot!
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Apr 16th, 2018, 06:53 AM
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Skip Belgium and add a night to Paris. Have you been to Paris or Amsterdam before?
Can you fly back home from Amsterdam?
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Apr 16th, 2018, 07:00 AM
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>>Yes, I don't have much time. I was thinking 2 nights in Paris, 1 night in Belgium and 2 nights in Amsterdam. <<

That means you'd have 1 day in Paris, about half a day in Belgium, and 1 a day in Amsterdam.

I'd choose either Paris or Amsterdam and leave it at that.
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Apr 16th, 2018, 07:47 AM
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Yes. I will be flying back home from Amsterdam. I am visiting all the places for the first time.
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Apr 16th, 2018, 08:03 AM
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Then do Paris - Amsterdam, time you train journeys well, to get the maximum out of it all.
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Apr 16th, 2018, 02:52 PM
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Yes skip Belgium - though could easily stop off in Brussels for a few hours to see the Grand' Place and Mannequin Pis and area. Put bags in station locker butn really even have little time for that but if it's Tuesday.... Paris 3 nights - Amsterdam 2.
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Apr 17th, 2018, 12:05 AM
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Got it! Thank you so much. Also, any suggestions on accommodation at Paris and Amsterdam would be helpful. I do not wish to spend much on the same.
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Apr 17th, 2018, 06:12 AM
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>>I do not wish to spend much on the same.<<

That really doesn't tell us anything -- what is your actual budget?
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Apr 17th, 2018, 06:50 AM
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Since I will be roaming around the whole day, I just need a place to crash at night. I am open to options like hostels. budget - 30-40 Euros.
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Apr 17th, 2018, 06:56 AM
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Amsterdam has many youth hotels and hostels - see Let's Go Europe guidebook for rundown on zillions - but you get what you pay for - multi-person rooms with no privacy. Check www.hostelworld.com too. Paris also has several.
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Apr 17th, 2018, 01:01 PM
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Not sure of current status of airbnb in Amsterdam or Paris but check and see if they meet the legal requirements as many have not. Cheapest non-hostel option.
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Apr 17th, 2018, 10:26 PM
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Amsterdam is expensive, and Airbnb is as expensive as hotels there. 30/40 euros is very little money.
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Apr 17th, 2018, 11:27 PM
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For reasonable prices, choose Haarlem (although even there prices now are rising) or Utrecht (university city, gorgeous, partly medieval city centre, interesting night life (students!) and it's a train hub: within half an hour you can be in Amsterdam)

40 euros will buy you next to nothing in Amsterdam, unless your standards are really, really low.
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Apr 18th, 2018, 01:24 AM
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Okay! In this case, I will ensure to secure a good place. Thank you guys! Now, please do help me with list of places that are a must visit in Paris and Amsterdam. I will have a minimum of 2 days at both the places.

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Apr 18th, 2018, 02:48 AM
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There are no "musts" when traveling - it all depends on your personal preferences. If you haven't done so, and it would seem you haven't, pick up a guidebook and select places that are of interest to YOU.
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Apr 18th, 2018, 05:46 AM
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Do a google search for topics like "If you one have 1 day in Paris" or "2 days in Paris what should I see" and the same for Amsterdam. Not all the links will be the same, so you can pick and choose what you might like most.
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Apr 18th, 2018, 08:13 AM
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>> 30-40 Euros<<

Just not realistic. And many airbnb's in Amsterdam are illegal
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