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Going to Europe- what are must sees/must dos?

Asked by Likeradar (19583points) December 24th, 2009

If you were giving advice to someone traveling to Europe, specifically London, Amsterdam, Paris, and the French Countryside, what would you recommend they should see or do while there?
Off-the-beaten-path suggestions are appreciated- the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, etc are already on the agenda.

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desiree333's avatar

ouu, I am going to England in March, for a literary tour (mainly on Shakespeare, and other amazing writers/poets) We are going to Manchester, Bath, Stratford, London, and Oxford.
I don’t really know any “off-the-beaten-path” suggestions other than the Charles Dickens walking tour, the Bronte sisters house/museum, the Globe Theatre, and Anne Hathoway’s cottage (Shakespears wife). Those are a couple alternative, not as popular suggestions that are in my itinerary. Also the tower of London, The London Eye, Oxford Universtiy, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace (the Changing of the Guard), and gothic cathedrals.

Other than London, in Paris you may want to go to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Champs Elysees (sorry if the spelling is off) may be good places to check out.
In Amsterdam check out the Red light district (total culture shock, and is kind of disturbing), the cannabis coffee shops, and I believe there is a museum of Piccasso, or Leonardo De Vinci or something.

jrpowell's avatar

I spent a month in Europe. We did all the normal stuff. I did 11 countries in 30 days. Prague was by far my favorite place.

zookeeny's avatar

Go visit my Grandma she lives in Europe and she is really nice.

StupidGirl's avatar

Nothing. The is EU; you MUST nothing here, except in Germany maybe.

stouthearted's avatar

While in London you could enjoy the nice surprises that the the Hoxton, Shoreditch and Old Street districts offer. There are great bars and clubs to be found there.
Paris offers Segway tours, if you’d be willing to pay the money to zip about town with a small group to visit (and wind your way cleverly through) the sites.
It might be wise to find a Bed and Breakfast in the French countryside where the hosts (call and e-mail to ask your questions about the possibilities) are especially helpful about recommending and guiding the activities of your stay.
For a good time in Amsterdam, you might be keen to indulge in at least one unusually good crepe, schnitzel and piece of cake.
In all instances, for a better experience, try not to be too shy (or easily offended even) when venturing to make friendly conversation with strangers.
Silly pictures and postcard notes that document your travels are always a good idea, too!

gggritso's avatar

Go see the Red Square! Not a lot of people do that, and it’s pretty sweet. Or, if you love architecture, go to St. Petersburg. It’ll blow your mind.

HungryGuy's avatar

Tour Ireland!

RareDenver's avatar

Come to Leeds, we’ll go to the pub !

HungryGuy's avatar

@RareDenver – What’s your local?

RareDenver's avatar

I have many, currently go to distikt a lot also frequesnt Mook, Fibre, The Shed and we also like A Nation of Shopkeepers.In fact we’ll be having a bit of a Boxing Day session tomorrow and will probably visit all of them.

LTaylor's avatar

10 Must-See Places in Europe

1. Vondelpark in Amsterdam – Imagine Central Park, but with a connected series of ponds and streams and you have one of the most beautiful parks in the world. 10 million visitors flock to this 120 acre park each year to see the park and its open air theater and film museum.
Now don’t you want to see that in person?

Wouldn’t you like to see that in person?

2. Prague Castle in Prague – One of the biggest castles in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, this castle is home to the Czech Crown Jewels. Measuring at 570 meters in length and an average of 130 miles wide, make sure to bring your wide-angle lens.

3. The Colosseum in Rome – Have you ever seen Gladiator? Check out the spot where the real Gladiators fought in brutal battles for their lives. Later in its existence, the Church tried to turn it into a wool factory to provide employment for Rome’s prostitutes.

4. Sagrada Familia in Barcelona – Easily one of the most spectacular buildings in the entire world, Sagrada Familia is a massive Catholic church that has been under construction since 1882. The construction budget for 2009 is 18 million Euros.

5. Alhambra in Granada – The Alhambra was completed towards the end of Muslim rule in Spain, which is evident in the architecture of this beautiful building. You may recognize Alhambra if you’ve ever read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

6. BMW Museum in Munich – The visually stunning four-cylinder BMW headquarters and adjacent museum is as beautiful outside as the cars are inside. One of the most recognized car brands in the world, the BMW Museum showcases some of the best offerings ever produced by the manufacturer.

7. Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy – Most people go to Italy for the fine food, beautiful people and beautiful Duomos, but Lake Como is a can’t miss for anyone looking for breathtaking scenery. Make sure to scan the shoreline for some of the most amazing – and probably expensive – Villas you will ever see.

8. Hyde Park in London – While the park itself is great, the real must-see is located on the north-east corner. That location is home to Speakers’ Corner, where free speech reigns. Step on your soapbox and get ready to be heckled, just make sure to avoid profanity to avoid the ire of the police.

9. Paris Plage in Paris – Imagine walking through beautiful Paris seeing the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and then….a beach. Paris Plage, located in central Paris, is an artificial beach on the banks of the Seine River that is attracting tourists and locals who can’t afford to take a vacation.

10. Uffizi in Florence – Home to a statue of the famous hometown poet Dante, the Uffizi is also home to works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Make sure to get your ticket in advance, because the wait can be long during peak season.

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Likeradar's avatar

Thanks all. :)

mattbrowne's avatar

My advice is: spend more time in fewer countries. @LTaylor‘s list is great, but if you only got a month I would focus on three countries only, e.g. France, Spain and Portugal. Or France, Switzerland and Italy. Or Belgium, UK and Ireland.

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