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Two-city, two-week vacation in late Oct

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I'm looking for Fodorite inspiration quickly to plan a solo trip to Europe. I want two cities or biggish towns that I can plunk down in for a total two weeks (last half of October), places big enough for interesting wandering during the day, with a day trip or two to the countryside, followed by coming home at night and collapsing in a comfortable business-class-type hotel in front of the TV or with a book. I'm an experienced traveler. My interests are history and architecture and language/culture, not so much food. I'd like to do recreational poking-around shopping. And . . . this is a biggie . . . I would really like to see some green mountains or hills at least some of the time. I don't want to rent a car. The goal is to chill out.

I did this successfully last fall with Helsinki and Tallinn, so what I'm looking for is a comparable pair of places (with extra added terrain!). Places I don't want to revisit:: UK (I spend a lot of time there), Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Paris, Rome/Venice, Amsterdam, Vienna, Munich, Helsinki, Tallinn, some others.

Thoughts? Copenhagen + Berlin (but is late October a good time for Copenhagen, and Copenhagen distinctly lacks hills)? Berlin + someplace else? Prague + Cesky Krumlov? Budapest + somewhere? I've never been to Spain, but the green hill thing might be an issue. I've never been to Scandinavia, but late October doesn't sound ideal (?).

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