Five Weeks in Europe- Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses

Not long ago, Mike and I returned home from our amazing honeymoon. We spent five weeks in Europe, experiencing everything from small lakeside villages in the mountains, to one of the world’s most popular festivals.

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I’ll admit it, I planned a very ambitious (and detailed) itinerary for our five weeks in Europe. I left home with a spreadsheet telling where we would be on each day, a list of things we could see and do, the trains we would take and contact information for all the hotels we reserved in advance.

Sure, people made fun of me and how I “over-plan”. Plus, it was a heck of a lot of work to get everything in order. But it was so worth it!  We didn’t spend any vacation time trying to find a hotel to stay at or wondering what sights to see. We didn’t have to stress about train schedules or try to figure out public transportation on the fly. I had done my research and we were prepared and ready for anything! Lucky for us, everything went as planned during our five weeks in Europe.

Of course, we didn’t see and do everything on my list (that was close to impossible!) There were some places I wish we would have planned to stay longer and others maybe left a day earlier. But all in all, it was an epic trip that we were really happy with.

Before we get into writing detailed posts about the places we visited, I thought it would be fun to list some hits and misses- things that we loved and things that were not what we’d expected- for each stop on our trip.  So here you go….hits and misses from our five weeks in Europe!

Five Weeks in Europe- Our Itinerary

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Paris, France

4 days, 4 nights

Hits: Paris is such a photogenic city and there’s so much to see and do, it’s almost overwhelming! Seeing the Eiffel Tower twinkle at night was spectacular and will always be a great memory. We loved the night scene and how people would hang out by the river in the evening. I am not a night person at all, but in Paris, I felt that by going to sleep I was missing out.

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Misses: We were surprised to see that Paris is a bit filthy. And in some places, it really smells. I’m not going to tell you what it smells like, but if you ever go you will know exactly what I am talking about. Plus there are rats, a lot of them. Especially around Notre Dame at night. The bike share/rental program also needs to do a better job of repairing their bikes. In the evenings, we had a hard time finding bikes that had air in the tires and a chain on.

Read more: How to Spend 4 days in Paris- Our Itinerary, Ile de la Cite- An Island in the Heart of Paris, Romantic Paris- Our Favourite Activities for Romance in Paris, Where to Stay in Paris- A Guide to the Best Paris Neighbourhoods

Strasbourg, France

1.5 days, 1 night

Strasbourg was a 2 hr 20 min train ride from Paris. We arrived just before 11:00 am and didn’t depart until 3:00 pm the next day.

Hits: Strasbourg is beautiful, especially Petite France, and we loved the half-timbered buildings. The cathedral was amazingly tall and the astronomical clock inside was like nothing I have seen before. Also, the ice cream was the best we had on our entire trip!

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Misses: My guidebook and all the tourist pamphlets raved about how we should go to the cathedral to see the astronomical clock strike the hour of noon (which it actually does at 12:30). However, both days we were there the church was closed from 11:15- 12:45 with no explanation why. It wasn’t until we got home that we read online you have to buy tickets for the clock show in advance at the postcard stand (from 9:00-11:30) or from the cashier at the south door (from 11:50-12:20). The cathedral is closed to non-ticket holders during the show. One would think that is information the guidebook should have told us!

Read more: Strasbourg- Charm, Romance and One Incredibly Tall Cathedral

Brussels, Belgium

1 day, 2 nights

Brussels was a 5 hour train ride from Strasbourg. We arrived at 8:00 pm so had the entire next day to explore Brussels.

Hits: The waffles! They were so delicious and you could choose from a large variety of toppings. It seemed like every street we went down had more than one place serving up tasty Belgian waffles!

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Misses: Brussels is known for it’s french fries, or frites, and it’s very popular to eat them with mayonnaise. I like fries and I like mayonnaise, but just not together.  I tried to enjoy it, but eventually had to scrape the huge dollop of extra thick, extra rich mayo off  my fries. My heart was probably thanking me for that move.

Read more: Brussels- Belgium’s Quirky Capital

Bruges, Belgium

1 day, 1 night

Bruges/Brugge was a short 1 hour train ride from Brussels, allowing us a full day to explore.

Hits: The chocolate was oh-so satisfying and the Markt was charming with its colourful, gabled buildings. I loved the views of the Markt square from up inside the Belfry.

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Misses: We were still craving waffles after being in Brussels and searched high and low for them one very rainy evening. We didn’t find any street vendors but did end up having a waffle at one of the restaurants in the Markt. Unfortunately, it was a let down.

Read more: Bruges- A Love Affair That Started With a Movie

Cologne, Germany

4.5 hours

Cologne was a 3 hour and 15 minute train ride from Bruges.

Hits: We stopped in Cologne only for a few hours to see the cathedral. It wasn’t as impressive to me as the one in Strasbourg, but what was impressive was the church’s treasury. So many golden, jewelled relics to admire!

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Misses: It was very handy to be able to store our suitcases in the luggage lockers at the train station. However, they were very expensive. It costs three euros to rent a locker for two hours. After that, it costs six euros for 24 hours. Since we didn’t pack lightly, we had to rent three lockers, which left us with a hefty bill!

Nuremberg, Germany

1 day, 2 nights

Nuremberg was a 3.5 hour train ride from Cologne. We arrived at 8:00 pm and had the entire next day to explore.

Hits: My favourite memory was wandering the old town at night. It was quiet, nicely lit and felt like we had the whole town to ourselves. I think I actually was skipping in the streets! The Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle) was also a highlight.

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Misses: Nuremberg turned out to be much more interesting and enjoyable than we anticipated, so the only miss was that we didn’t have enough time here!

Read more: Nuremberg Castle- Symbol of Imperial Power

Bamberg, Germany

Day trip (we spent half a day in Bamberg)

Bamberg was a 40 minute train ride from Nuremberg.

Hits: I loved photographing the Old Town Hall. It’s built like an island in the middle of the river with a bridge on each side. One part of the building is painted with an amazing fresco and the other part is a half-timbered building. It’s just beautiful!

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Misses: We didn’t go into the New Residenz because a visit is only possible with a guided tour and the tours are only in German. Another miss was how the town is besieged with tour groups during the day. We got to Bamberg before 9:00 am and were able to enjoy it’s quiet beauty, for a few hours at least.

Read more: Bamberg, Germany- A Bavarian Treasure

Regensburg, Germany

1 day, 1 night

Regensburg was a 50 minute train ride from Nuremberg. We arrived at 9:30 am so had a full day to enjoy Regensburg.

Hits: We loved the tour of the Old Town Hall. Our guide was excellent and the torture chamber (yes, there was a torture chamber in the town hall) was interesting to learn about, even though I was feeling some bad vibes coming from the dungeon.

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Misses: There wasn’t anything we didn’t like about Regensburg. We saw almost everything we wanted but still could have easily enjoyed another day here.

Read more: Discovering Regensburg- A Walk Through the Old Town

Prague, Czech Republic

3.5 days, 4 nights

Prague was a 4.5 train ride from Regensburg. We arrived just before 3:00 pm.

Hits: I’ve never met anyone that didn’t like Prague. It was the one city on our trip that I really felt a connection with. I could go on and on about everything I loved about Prague, but probably the main reason I felt so strongly about it was because of it’s atmosphere. Prague is a very welcoming, friendly and musical city. We found ourselves simply walking the streets taking it all in.

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Misses: Oh my…just thinking about this walking tour we went on is getting me all worked up. The guide told us it was going to be a two hour tour of the old town. It started at the astronomical clock. An hour later, we were still at the astronomical clock! Five hours later the tour was no where near finished. Mike and I had other things we wanted to do that day and this tour killed all of our plans. We debated ditching the tour earlier, but being polite Canadians, felt bad because there were only four other people on the tour. Finally, we gave up and left. So, if you see a scruffy looking blond guy holding up a “Free Tour” sign under the astronomical clock, don’t do it (unless you want an eight hour tour that is so in-depth and detailed it will go right over your head).

Read more: Pleasant Surprises in Prague, A Walk Through Prague: The Old Town, A Walk Through Prague: Lesser Town and Castle Quarter

Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Day trip (half a day)

Hits: We went on an excursion to Kutna Hora, which is just a short bus ride from Prague. For a small town, there is quite a bit to see here. At the Italian Court, where the Royal Mint used to be, we learned how silver coins were made. At Sedlec Ossuary, we saw a huge chandelier made entirely from human bones. It was remarkable and incredibly strange all at the same time.

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Misses: We were only in Kutna Hora for an afternoon and enjoyed everything we saw!

Read more: Kutna Hora- Getting to Know the City of Silver, The Bone Church- Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora

Budapest, Hungary

3.5 days, 4 nights

Budapest was a 7 hour train ride from Prague, the longest one on our trip.  We arrived at 2:30 pm.

Hits: Budapest at night is gorgeous! All the bridges, important buildings and monuments are illuminated in a golden glow. We also really enjoyed the Castle District, especially Fishermen’s Bastion and the amazing views of the Hungarian Parliament Building.

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Misses: Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, however, I was pretty disappointed. We went to two of them and at both the staff were very rude (especially at Szechenyi baths), impatient and unhelpful. They are confusing places for people who have never been there before. The signage (or lack thereof) just added to the confusion. I also was expecting something luxurious and elegant, like it probably was in the past, but now they are in desperate need of renovations. The peeling paint, tarnished railings and general feeling of uncleanliness left me underwhelmed.

Read More: How to Spend 3 Days in Budapest- Our Itinerary, Budapest- City of Spas, Budapest- Exploring Castle Hill

Vienna, Austria

3.5 days, 4 nights

Vienna was a 2.5 train ride from Budapest. We arrived at noon.

Hits: Vienna is a very beautiful city full of exquisite Baroque architecture. When in Vienna, you have to go to a classical music concert. We had a great evening listening to the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra play at the Orangery, where Mozart himself performed in 1786.

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Misses: Vienna is expensive. Very expensive. Food, drinks and especially entrance fees into many of the attractions were way higher than we were willing to pay. Also, we found the city to be a little on the boring side. In hindsight, we would have spent one less day here.

Read more: Vienna for Non-Museum Lovers- Finding the Fun, The Vienna Card- Worth it or a Waste of Money?

Wachau Valley, Austria

Day trip (full day)

From Vienna, we took the train to Melk which was about a 1.5 hour ride. From Melk, we took a boat cruise on the Danube to Krems, then returned to Vienna by train.

Hits:  The landscape of the Wachau Valley is breathtaking! Vineyards line the river banks and the valley is dotted with castles and picturesque villages. A definite highlight was the Benedictine Abbey of Melk. We also very much enjoyed Durnstein. The somewhat difficult hike up to the ruined castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned is worth it for the views alone.

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Misses: We were hoping to rent bikes and ride from Melk to Krems. We couldn’t do it though because you had to use a cell phone to call or text the rental company to get the bikes unlocked. It would be better for international travellers if the bike rental system was like that in Paris- just put your credit card in the machine, enter the bike number and done!

Read more: Cruising Austria’s Scenic Wachau Valley

Hallstatt, Austria

1.5 days, 2 nights

Hallstatt was a 3.5 hour train ride from Vienna. We arrived at 1:30 pm.

Hits: Hallstatt is a beautiful little lakeside village. I took so many photos…I couldn’t help myself! The best way to enjoy the town’s beauty is from the lake. We rented a small electric boat for an hour and just floated around the lake, enjoying 360 degrees of gorgeous scenery. We also loved the nearby Dachstein Ice Cave and highly recommend a visit.

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Misses: I really wish I didn’t have to say this, but I try to be honest about all the places I visit. Unfortunately, we found a lot of the people (not everyone) to be extremely rude and short tempered. These were people who were in the service industry- shop-keepers, waiters and hotel staff. People whose livelihood depends a great deal on tourism so I couldn’t understand why some of these people treated us like they didn’t want us in their store or at their restaurant. At Cafe Derbl (popular place, right on the main square), we sat for quite a while without being acknowledged. The menus were on a counter right beside our table so Mike took one. When the waiter finally came by he rudely grabbed the menu right out of Mike’s hand! He then asked us what we wanted to drink and never once came back to take our food order, which is what we were there for. So we walked out after our drinks were done and went to the Heritage Hotel for dinner instead (where the people were friendly and the food was delicious!)

Read more: Hallstatt, Austria- A Picturesque Lakeside Alpine Village

Salzburg, Austria

1.5 days, 2 nights

Salzburg was about a 3 hour train journey from Hallstatt. We arrived by noon.

Hits: We enjoyed walking around Salzburg because the sights are in close proximity to each other. The path along the river is very pretty and offers great views of the fortress. My favourite place though was the Mirabell Gardens. I loved it so much we made two visits in one day!

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Misses: There isn’t anything we disliked, but we were disappointed by the weather. The fog covered up the views of the Alps which was something we were really looking forward to seeing.

Read more: Discover Hohensalzburg Fortress- Salzburg’s Medieval Castle, Exploring Salzburg’s Old Town- A Self-Guided Walking Tour

Munich, Germany

3 days, 3 nights

Munich was a 1 hour 40 minute train ride from Salzburg. We rented a car in Munich for the final leg of our trip.

Hits: We went on some wonderful walking tours in Munich.  All our guides were excellent and we learned a great deal about Munich’s interesting and notorious history. We also had the opportunity to attend Oktoberfest and pay our respects at the Dachau Concentration Camp.

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Misses: The only time I felt unsafe on our trip was when we went up the tower at St. Peter’s Church. It was a disorganized free-for-all! First of all, the stairway is so narrow that people can only move in one direction. This is pretty typical for old bell towers and wouldn’t have been a problem if there was some crowd control. But the church kept on selling tickets and sending more and more people up without having any idea how many were already inside the tower. It was so narrow and packed that at the top you couldn’t even move- the crowd just went nowhere. When people did start to move, some went clockwise, some went counter-clockwise. All I kept thinking was that if there was an emergency, like a fire, it would be compete chaos and we all would die. That tower was probably not even built to support that many people stomping up and down all day long. Other towers we visited had crowd control/occupancy limits and I think that needs to put into place here, especially during Oktoberfest.

Read more: A Walk Around Munich- Photo Series

Fussen and Hohenschwangau, Germany

1 day, 1 night

Drive time from Munich to Fussen, without stops, is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes.

Hits: Neuschwanstein Castle in Hohenschwangau was one of the places I was most looking forward to and it did not disappoint! It is beautiful both inside and out, a real-life fairytale. Fussen is also a cute little town and we enjoyed wandering through the pedestrian area.

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Misses: We toured both Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. At each castle, the tour groups were huge! It really made it difficult to hear the guide and fully take in everything we were seeing.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

1 day, 1 night

Drive time from Fussen to Rothenburg, without stops, is about 2.5 hours. We stopped to visit the Wieskirche, in the small hamlet of Wies. We didn’t depart Rothenburg until noon or so the next day.

Hits: Of all the walking tours we went on, The Night Watchman’s Tour was by far the most fun. The guide is in character as the Night Watchman, wearing a cape and and carrying around a lantern. He was a captivating storyteller and funny too. I was completely engaged the entire time.

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Misses: I was surprised to see that cars were allowed inside the medieval walls. In most other places I’ve been like this, the old town is pedestrian only. It was handy for us, because we had a car at this point in our journey, but it really took away from feeling like we were in a time long since past, which is what we were hoping for.

Read more: Rothenburg, Germany- An Enchanting Medieval Town

Wurzburg, Germany

1 day, 1 night

Wurzburg was about a 1 hour drive from Rothenburg, without stops.

Hits: I had a great time photographing the gardens at the Wurzburg Residenz. Sometimes I think I actually prefer palace gardens over the palaces themselves!

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Misses: Considering how huge the Residenz is, relatively few of the rooms were able to be visited (at least when we were there). It seemed like we were in and out in no time at all.

Heidelberg, Germany

Half a day

Heidelberg was approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Wurzburg. After visiting Heidelberg, we drove about 1 hour to Frankfurt and caught a flight home the next morning.

Hits: We went to Heidelberg specifically to see the castle. It was unique because it was part palace, part ruins. It was worth the extra money to take a tour of the inside because our guide was fabulous! You could tell he really loved his job- he talked about the royals that once lived there like they were close, personal friends!

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Misses: Again, the only miss was that we wished we had more time to explore the city.

Read more: The Romantic Ruins of Heidelberg Castle

So there you go, a brief rundown of our favourite and not so favourite moments from our five weeks in Europe. Thanks to everyone who followed along with our travels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We hope we inspired you to visit some of these wonderful places on your own five week trip to Europe!!

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By Rhonda Krause
Ellen Christian - October 24, 2013 - 3:45 am

Your photos are truly stunning. I’d love to visit Europe some day. You’ve shown me tons of things I’d like to visit but I think a walking tour would be the most fun.

Rhonda Krause - October 24, 2013 - 7:53 am

Thank you! Europe is a really amazing place and I hope you get to go one day. Walking tours are a really great way to learn about a city. A lot of them are “free” you just pay by tips what you think the tour was worth.

Cora Sousa - October 26, 2013 - 1:39 am

Very nice Rhonda! Photos are beautiful!!

Jennifer - October 27, 2013 - 2:35 pm

You really saw a lot during your honeymoon! Your tour of Prague made me chuckle. I was on a tour last summer that was supposed to be 3.5 hours and turned into a 12 hour tour. I felt held hostage by the guide!

2 wisemonkeys - October 27, 2013 - 8:59 pm

What a great summary :) you have made us want to go back to Germany to see more of it! The photos are beautiful!!!

Rhonda Krause - October 28, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Feeling held hostage is a great way to describe it!

Rhonda Krause - October 28, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Thank you! Even though we managed to see quite a lot of Germany, I could see us making another trip back there one day. It’s such a beautiful country!

Cara Illerbrun - November 10, 2013 - 3:37 am

Thanks so much for this. We did a whirlwind 3-month European adventure a few years ago… 17 countries – wow! We are planning a trip back to Germany in the next year or two as our sister-in-law is originally from a little village outside of Bamberg. And we want to go see her family. I can’t wait to check out some of the other towns you listed! Also, I went to uni with Mike and just wanted to say a huge congratulations to the both of you. I’m so glad he found his soul-mate. xxx Caramia

Carolyn - November 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Fantastic post and beautiful photos – you’ve really showcased the places you visited perfectly. I love all your comments on the German towns you visited. These are all on my next European itinerary so your comments are really useful. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Rhonda Krause - November 11, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Thank you! Glad you found the post helpful!

Frank - November 26, 2013 - 9:19 am

Interesting post – you covered a lot of places on that trip! We did some of the same spots a few years ago. I was also very impressed by Regensburg, not a place many people go to. Enjoyed, like you, Munich and Fussen (but disappointed by the Neuschwanstein tour as well). Heidelberg we found pretty but overly touristy, kind of felt the same way about Salzberg. We actually ended up being big fans of Germany – and your German photos especially are fantastic. You almost expect Hansel and Gretel to show up…
Great job,
Frank (bbqboy)

Derek Freal - March 12, 2014 - 11:43 am

I love your hit / miss approach. Definitely a different approach but that’s just makes it even better — and more insightful! For example although I’ve never been to Budapest (although I really want to) I have heard lots about their thermal baths. Everyone else that has written about them only speaks of the good — I’ve never heard anyone mention of the downsides, namely the rude staff that y’all experienced. Shame to hear but I appreciate your candor. Travel isn’t always a perfect experience but I feel all too often bloggers only write about the good and leave out the bad. For not doing so I just really want to say THANKS! Keep up the good work :)

Rhonda Krause - March 12, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Thanks Derek. I always try to be honest about our experiences, even if they are not so great. Travel is still real life- many things are wonderful, but sometimes a few disappointments sneak in there. I think we would be doing readers a disservice if we didn’t write about our struggles, but I always try to convey that our experience, is nothing more than our experience. Someone else can have a completely different experience/opinion of a place and that’s okay. As for the baths in Budapest, I had read many reviews on Trip Advisor that were almost identical to our experience, but many blog posts that were opposite of what we experienced. I wrote a more in-depth review article about the baths, highlighting both the positives and the negatives, but I made sure to tell readers that our experience is just that- our experience. I think people should still go and try things out for themselves, but a little heads up about what they may encounter is nice!

Toccara Maytrott Best - April 1, 2014 - 3:05 am

We’re heading on a 6-week trip to Europe this summer, including several of the places you guys visited! (Munich, Fussen, Rothenburg, Cologne, Burges, Brussels, Hallstatt, and Salzburg!) Thanks for the inspiration! I will be trolling around your blog for more tips! :) (I’m very much a detailed planner, like you!) I look forward to all of the wonderful memories (and tips) I’ll be able to write about when we return! :)

Erny To - June 9, 2014 - 1:05 am

I love your blog so much. My sister and I went to some of those places in 2013. We have same opinion that Salzburg is truly amazing old town.. We love Neuswantein dearly. We do have the same problem in Paris. Paris is beautiful city but it was slowly lost its charm due to the smell, vandalism… We plan to go to Hallstatt next year…

Alicia Gruhl-Overton - June 24, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Hi there planning a two week trip next year paris for 6 days then on to munich and area my question is should we spend a night in rothenburg and a night in salzburg or just stay in munich and do day trips? Should we skip ludwigs castles is it really worth 30min tour of each ?? Thanks so much love your blog!

PassingThru.com - July 11, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Nice job on this recap! Like you, we spent five weeks in Europe earlier this year on our way to the Winter Olympics. It was fun to see your impressions of the places we have mutually visited. Your itinerary, like ours this time, was quite ambitious, as my husband had never been. At times it felt as though we were doing reconnaissance, anticipating return visits in more depth. Now we are embarking on a “deliberately homeless” two-year round the world trip so that we can slow down. I appreciated your impressions of the places in Germany and Belgium we have yet to see and will add them for the Europe leg. Safe travels and Aloha!

manish - July 28, 2014 - 11:48 am

hi i was online looking for tips to travel europe and as i have never been there i found your article very helpful thanks a lot for sharing it. i would really appreciate if there is a way i can get your itinerary where to traveled when and how. i would understand if you do not wish to share it. thanks again for this article.

Mary - July 28, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Thanks for your post. Very useful, well written with amazing pictures! I’ll definitely use your advices for my trip to Europe next year!

Rhonda Krause - August 6, 2014 - 11:08 am

Thank you so much! Hope you have a fabulous time in Europe!

Elena@Elena's Travelgram - August 18, 2014 - 6:35 am

That’s a fantastic itinerary, though as a local I would definitely opt for more time in France!

In case you’ve liked Strasbourg so much, you would definitely love Colmar even more! It’s even more colorful and fairy-tale like :) The small city in France is – the more allure it has, actually.

Your photos are fantastic!

P.s. yep, ice-cream in Petite France is an absolute yum!

Rhonda Krause - August 18, 2014 - 11:15 am

I’ve seen pictures of Colmar and it looks absolutely delightful! On my next trip to France, I will definitely plan on visiting it.

Wikki Amornsak - September 5, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Hi! Wow that was great! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
I’m starting to plan my honeymoon trip for next year 5 weeks in April-May and I don’t even know where or how to begin it. Your hit and misses really have me a great platform to start on. Thank you

Daniel Danco - October 5, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Hi! This is a great guide, thank you for taking the time to make it. I am planning a similar trip and was wondering; did you know any other languages for this trip?

Arnie @ Romantic-Vacations-Guide.com - October 19, 2014 - 5:01 pm

I just stumbled across your blog, Rhonda, and have spent far to much time reading it when I should be doing something more productive. I always get suckered in by good writing.

My wife and I have been to quite a number of the places that you mentioned here and can never decided which to return to. With one exception.

At the end of every trip to Europe, we spend the last four to five days in….. Paris. We have been there the last three years running, and, maybe it’s because I’m getting old, but I have never noticed the bad odor that you mentioned.

If you want bad smells my wife would encourage you to visit Rouen in Normandy. She swears that the whole town smells of dog p..s.(Had to be delicate there.)

At any rate, have been enjoying your blog immensely.
Bonne journée

Rhonda Krause - October 20, 2014 - 10:22 am

Thanks for your kind compliments, Arnie. I’m glad you have been enjoying my blog! My husband and I could also keep returning to Paris again and again. I’ve been twice now, but still don’t feel like I’ve seen and experienced all that I want to. I think for any future travels to Europe, we will try and use Paris as our starting point. If only it weren’t so expensive! Happy travels!

Jackie - October 25, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Hi there! Thank you for this post! I am planning a trip to Europe for next year and I found this really helpful! I was curious about how you structured your itinerary. When you say you spent 1 day in a certain place, do you mean one full day without traveling, or is that with traveling to/from the city?

Rhonda Krause - October 27, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Hi Jackie! I’m glad you found this post helpful. To answer your question, the amount of time I stated we were in a city is the actual time we had to explore (it doesn’t include travel time). So for Budapest, I said 3.5 days because that’s how much time we were actually in the city. We arrived early afternoon and then had another 3 full days to enjoy. Hope this helps. Have fun planning your trip!

Cityoftheweek - November 28, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Very impressive itinerary! I’m sure you guys had a blast! Although I am not anywhere near my honeymoon, I always imagined something similar for myself as well (meaning three-five weeks of roaming around everywhere and anywhere in Europe). Enjoyed the post :)

Rhonda Krause - November 28, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Yes, we did have a great time! We had so much fun seeing all the sights that it didn’t feel like 5 weeks at all. Glad you enjoyed the post!

Tracy Green - January 16, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Hi,

Thanks for sharing your trip, it was a great read and very helpful.
We are going to Europe for 4 weeks in ‘May 2015 and im struggling to work out how long everywhere. Some people say you have to stay a few days everywhere or you waste too much time travelling and get too tired .

Ive noticed alot of organised tours only do 1-2 night stays. There is so many places I want to see . What are your thoughts on overnighters? Is it difficult with luggage and check in & out times?

Originallly i had planned london-paris-venice-rome-munich-amsterdam-brussells-mannheim(our son is playing hockey representing australia here for our last 6 days). I was planning 4 nights/3 full days in each but now wonder if 2 full days is enough after reading your post?

We are late 30’s and fit and have our 13 yr old daughter in toe as our son travels with his team.

Cheers :)

Rhonda Krause - January 17, 2015 - 10:40 am

I always struggle with deciding how long to stay in one place. On one hand, I like to see a city in depth, but I also like to see many different places in a country.

When I’m planning a trip, I make a list of places I “must-see” in a city, and then another list of places that would be nice to visit if we have time. Then I look on a city map how far apart the attractions are, and use that to estimate how much time we need getting from place to place. In Europe, many of the cities are compact with the main sights close together, so you actually can see quite a lot in a day if you wanted to.

For bigger cities, I like to spend at least 2-3 days, but for smaller towns, I have no issue with only spending one night. If possible, I try to arrange it so that we have a few over-nighters in a row, then take a travel break with a few days in one place. This way we didn’t get too tired or feel like we were travelling all the time. We also tried to do day trips if possible.

I never unpack my suitcase, so the luggage wasn’t an issue. We always took an early morning train in order to maximize our days. Most places we arrived at late morning/early afternoon which still left us half the day to explore. We found train travel to be really relaxing, so that helped with not feeling too tired.

I can’t really tell you if 3 days is too much because it depends on what you want to see. If you get bored, you can always do a day trip somewhere. Munich wasn’t my favourite city, but there are a lot of great places you can see on a day trip around there. For myself- 3 days in Brussels would have been way too much, but you could look into doing day trips to Bruges and Ghent from there. I wouldn’t take away time from Paris or Rome though- both incredible cities!

Hope this helps. It’s hard to give advice for things like this because everyone’s travel style is so different. I personally don’t travel to relax- I want to see as much as possible, so I don’t mind getting up early, travelling around, and returning home tired. But, that’s not for everyone (my husband included lol!)

Dylan Rose Geerlings - March 11, 2015 - 11:31 am

Hi there, I am a relatively new traveler and I will be spending a month or so this summer traveling Europe by myself after my abroad program ends. I am trying to lay out an itinerary for myself but I am also trying to figure out the best way to get from place to place. Your itinerary looks quite similar to what I had envisioned and I was hoping you could let me know how you got from place to place. Any information you can give me would be a big help. Thank you!

Johnny Hentsch - May 21, 2015 - 10:29 pm

I really, really, really liked this review. Thank you very much, you helped me a lot in my planning.

Tyrowe John Alarcon - August 23, 2015 - 6:38 pm

Thanks a lot for this review this is such a big help… i am pretty excited with my plan to visit europe. Still collecting and searching possible itineraries…Will be there hopefully from October to November,,,Excited to experience autumn and see amazing sceneries…

Annie Sharp - August 25, 2015 - 8:15 am

Amazing review – hit miss approach is great idea. Just wondering if you booked ahead many of your trains with your eurail pass or did you have any issues with booked out trains?

Mari - October 4, 2015 - 3:46 pm

I feel the same way about planning a trip as you do! I also faced people saying it would not be convenient to book everything in advance and plan what to do. But for me it’s definitely the best way to travel because you don’t have to use your valuable time abroad doing that.

I’m also a big fan of these hits and miss styled posts. I really like the way you approach travelling in your blog in general as well. It’s refreshing somehow. Thank you! :)

Rhonda Krause - October 4, 2015 - 5:49 pm

Hi Mari. Thanks for reading my post- glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like we have some things in common about our travel style!

Deb Tew - October 8, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Loved your trip review! I’m going on a Danube rivercruise next week that starts in Budapest and ends in Nuremburg. We had planned a couple of days in Salzburg afterward but now are thinking of staying in Nuremburg and taking day trips from there. Would you recommend Regensburg and Bamberg as the best daytrips from Nuremburg?

Rhonda Krause - October 8, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Great idea to spend some extra days in Nuremberg! I wish I had planned for more time there. We enjoyed both Regensburg and Bamberg, but would maybe give a slight edge to Regensburg, if I had to pick only one. But both towns were great! Another option would be Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This was my favourite place in Germany! Most people do it as a day trip, but I’m really glad we spent the night so we could enjoy it without all the crowds. Hope this helps! Enjoy your cruise!

Peita - March 3, 2016 - 8:02 pm

Hi Rhonda,

How did you go about budgeting for this trip? This is the hardest part for me, as I have planned an itinery myself, however just want to make sure we are not leaving ourselves short.
Also how did you go with the trains and finding your way around to your accommodation everytime, is this time consuming? or did you just catch taxi’s etc?

Rhonda Krause - March 4, 2016 - 9:08 am

Hi Peita! When it comes to budgeting, we honestly don’t worry too much about that while we’re on the trip. We almost always use our airmiles/points for flights, so really only budget for mid-range hotels and train passes to get from city to city. Once we’re there, we do everything we’re interested in and not worry about the cost. We actually have a box that we throw all our spare change in and we use this as our spending money for our trips (it’s amazing how all that change can add up!)

I always tried to book hotels that were sort of halfway between the train station we’d be arriving at and the main tourist areas, also not far from a subway stop. Sometimes we’d walk to our hotel, sometimes we’d take the subway or a cab. Since we were staying so close to the train station, cab rides weren’t very expensive.

Hope this helps with your planning!

the cape on the corner - March 17, 2016 - 11:55 am

i think i have like 10 tabs open here. what a great idea for a blog post, this is super helpful. we were going to do an overnight in munich, after 2 nights in salzburg, but i thought it was just getting a bit too fast paced, and since we’ll have a rental car, parking is expensive. i figure i will likely visit munich on its own than st. gilgan in austria, or the wachau valley. how i wanted to drive the romantic road! oh well, next time. from our week in the alps, we are driving down to lake bled and spending 2 nights in ljubiana, have you been?
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Michelle Tay - March 20, 2016 - 6:37 pm

Hi, your trip sounded like a lot of fun!
I would be traveling to Europe soon too and am wondering if I should drop by Strasbourg or Rothenburg. Any suggestions? Both looks amazing!

Rhonda Krause - March 22, 2016 - 4:51 pm

No, I haven’t been to Slovenia yet, but it’s on my list. So many places to see, never enough time (and money) lol!

Rachel Melefalahola - March 26, 2016 - 11:31 am

Thank you heaps. This is awesome and will help us on our first trip to Europe

Farah Mohammed - April 3, 2016 - 11:16 pm

i was wondering if you can help its my first time to go to
Europe and i was wondering which shall i visit i have one month

Hailey - April 24, 2016 - 4:01 pm

This post is exactly what I have been looking for! I am trying to plan an itinerary for my Europe trip and have had no luck looking online. Yours seems perfect the only thing I would have loved to know is travel time and the way you travelled between each place. I am super organised when I travel and I am really struggling with a Europe itinerary and where to find one with travel times and best way to travel :(

Rhonda Krause - April 25, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Hi Hailey! I’m glad you’ve found this post helpful for planning your own trip. I’ve gone and added the travel time between destinations, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, so thanks for the reminder! We took the train almost everywhere and rented a car once. Train is definitely our favourite way to travel in Europe. It’s easy, fast and efficient. Good luck with the rest of your planning!

Sam - June 15, 2016 - 2:27 am

Bookmarked! :)

Beastie - July 25, 2017 - 7:36 pm

I found your blog while searching for a 5 week itinerary for a trip to Europe. I really enjoyed reading about your trip but I couldn’t help but laugh about what happened on your walking tour in Prague. Something similar happened to us while my husband and I were in Cordoba, Spain. It was our first time taking a walking tour, we even paid for it because we wanted to skip the long lines to the Mesquita. The tour was so awful that we wanted to leave. Like you, we’re polite Canadians and we simply couldn’t bear the thought of being rude.

Rhonda Krause - July 26, 2017 - 8:27 pm

Oh no! It’s always unfortunate when a tour is not what you expected. I still regret doing that one in Prague because it made us miss out on other places we wanted to visit. I think a good guide is knowledgeable but a great guide knows how to read (and cater to) his/her audience.

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