Your Questions About Amsterdam Travel Guide

Sandra asks…

Best/Cheapest way to travel around Europe & how much money needed?

My boyfriend and i are heading over to Europe for 6-7 weeks. We are from Australia and are looking at going Oct/Nov. Since we are heading into the cooler weather we are planning to go to the southern countries first to make the most of the good weather
We are planning to fly from Aust to

Barcelona 2 nights
French Riviera (Nice, Monaco) 3 nights
Milan 1 night
Venice 2 nights
Florence 2 nights
Rome 3 nights
Athens 1 night
Greek Islands( Ios, Santorini, Mykonos) 4 nights
Dubrovnik 2 nights
Budapest 1 night
Vienna 2 nights
Prague 3 nights
Berlin 2 nights
Munich 2 nights
Lucerne 3 nights
Paris 3 nights
Brussels 2 nights
Amsterdam 2 nights
London 5 nights
Edinburgh 2 nights
Dublin 2 nights

This is just a rough guide at the moment of places we are really interested in. I have look up eurail, possibly getting a global pass for 2 months either 10 or 15 days, is this worthwhile.
I looked up eurolines (bus) but I thought it may take a long time to get places. Have also looked up flights, thought we would do that on the long distances eg Barcelona to French Riviera, & Athens to Dubrovnik

Any suggestions, tips & advice would be great
How much money do you suggest? We are happy to stay in hostels (private rooms) or hotels, cabins in caravan parks etc as we want to be comfortable and clean but also spend our money more on sights/attractions etc. We also plan to eat say one meal out a day/night and the rest pack our own

Yaz answers:

Wow… You’re planning on doing quite a bit while you’re in Europe! Most of your itinerary sounds pretty good, but I would suggest spending more time in Budapest rather than Prague. I spent a long weekend in Prague and was pretty bored, and when I was in Budapest I just wished that I could stay longer!! There’s loads to do there (the baths, castle & labyrinth are all a must) there’s great food, good nightlife and it is cheap. There’s a place in Budapest that does all you can eat and drink for £12 each (drink includes wine, beer & soft drinks). Nice I would miss as well, I personally think it’s just a bit boring and pretentious (but I have friends who enjoyed it there, so to each their own).

In the Eastern European countries and Berlin I would say that £100 – £150 would cover you both per night for everything (£50 each) and that would enable you to see the sights, have a few drinks, stay in a decent hotel and enjoy yourselves. Western Europe I would budget for at least £75 each staying in hostels, buying drink in an off-license, eating at cafes and only seeing free/cheap tourist things.

Personally, I think that you’re trip is a tad too ambitious because it
takes time to get everywhere so you will be spending so much of your holiday travelling and trying to fit things in so you will miss a lot. Based on my own experiences, I would skip Nice, Milan, Florence, Edinburgh and spend only 3 days in London so that I could see more in the other cities. Good luck with your trip!

George asks…

Traveling overseas first time ?

Hi i am traveling to Amsterdam for first time on my way i have a layover for 9 hrs in Germany. I am a US citizen andi know i don’t need visa to visit any European country. I wanna step outside during my layover, i am worried will that be a problem or its a normal thing to do. I have never travel overseas and i am worried if i go outside during my layover German authorities might gimme hard time. Please guide

Yaz answers:

It’s not unusual; you’ll need to go through passport control and customs to get out of the airport. You also need to make sure that you allow enough time to get back to the airport, get through security and get to your gate for boarding of your flight to Amsterdam. I do this myself sometimes when I have a long connection time.

Joseph asks…

What should I do in Hamburg, Germany if I have only 5 days time ?

out of which I need 2-3 days for the Official /business things, and then a Saturday and Sunday full day.
I would like to travel out of Hamburg, probably out of Germany – namely to Amsterdam or somewhere fancy.The first three days, I am free at night, so utilise it inside Hamburg, and 2 days, going somewhere, travel at night. I would really appreciate if you guys can guide me what I should be doing inside Hamburg and outside. I always had a passion for the secrets and History / archeology stuff, and ofcourse reeperbahn kinda stuff too :) Really appreciate all your answers, thanks

Yaz answers:

The reeperbahn, obviously. Not only a red light district, but also a place to party with many clubs, pubs, bars, discos, theatres, etc. Much alternative stuff, but also great for “normal” people who enjoy partying

hamburger michel. A church, the town´s landmark, great baroque architecture.

The harbor. The biggest in germany and thirdbiggest in europe, worth seeing.

If you want to get up early: sunday at 5 am the fish market. It´s a traditional thing and therefore probably worth seeing and if i am not mistaken they trade other things than fish there, too (but i am no early bird and that´s why i havent been there yet on my visits to hamburg)

the town hall. All town halls of bigger european cities are worth seeing (and of some smaller cities, too) because of their most often traditional architecture. Hamburg´s is great, too.

That´s all that comes to my mind right now, but there´s of course more. Try google, too, maybe, but i hope i helped.

Linda asks…

Inter railing Europe, need Irish advice please!?

2 of my friends and I are inter railing europe this summer. (our inter-railing tickets allows us to travel on European trains for one month as much as we like). We are all male, around 21, students and Irish (we are cheap, messy and will be mostly boozing and sight seeing on a low budget). I am looking for your advice, opinions and pass experience to guide me on where to go/visit.
This is our rough plan. We are flying from cork to Amsterdam in early June and our inter-railing pass is valid for one month. Our rough idea so far is to go like this…
Amsterdam to Berlin to Prague to Auschwitz to Krakow to Bratislava to Budapest to Zagreb. We would like to spend a day or two lying on the beaches of Croatia and then get a ferry over to venice for a day or two and then fly home from there.

Cost is a big factor for us. We will be staying in hostels!

Have you ever done something similar or been to any of these places?

I am looking for cheap places to stay? sights to see? things to do? places to go? etc etc. Or do you think my plan is un-practical and should perhaps take a different route?
Yes Orla, sleeper trains it is. And yes probably only one night in venice and then fly home! i know how expensive it is, one of us has already been. And Auschwitz we are because of the history, my cousin was their and says it was amazing (emotionally like, not pretty scenic like.) I study history… and also because, why not? its different and right along our route.

Yaz answers:

Yeah did the whole inter-railing thing with a couple of my class mates a few years ago. Same age and interests! We weren’t as ambitious. Mainly hung round rome, venice and then worked our way into slovenia. We loved it there so settled down in Lake Bled for 10 days, hired bikes and cycled around the place. It’s amazing. Lakes, castles, great food, CHEAP, amazing scenery. Was a great hostel there. Can’t remember the name of it but we met loads of people there. The owner even gave us lift to the town and picked us up. Was really friendly. I’ll ask the girls and get back to ya if they remember. They’re better at that thing.

Venice…loads to do. Just walk round. TOurist trap though. Expensive there unless you stay outside the city. We used to get the bus into it each day. Accomodation in the city VERY $$$$.

You’ll have a great time! I’m off to australia to roadtrip it in August. Sick of work and recessions:-)

Chris asks…

Why is the US Gov. removing God from things more & more? [Details inside…]?

I am sorry my question is long, but if you read you will see what I am trying to say.

I am NOT bashing anyone. I believe the Native Americans are also founders of the land we now call America. However, they too believed in a Creator, a spiritual guide so to speak. They prayed to God all the time, and based their lives upon what they heard and saw, which they were told/shown by God. My family is Cherokee and Choctaw indian, and my grandma, grandpa, great grandpas & gradmas, have all told me that they believe in God as Christians do, they simply worship & honor Him differently. My great grandma “Ollie Broadfoot” traveled the Trail of Tears.

NO, I am not saying America was founded FOR God. I am saying the forefathers who founded it were Christians. They started America from a Christian prospective. They added God into everything they did.
The first to emigrate for religious reasons were Puritan Separatists (known to history as the “Pilgrims”) who established Plymouth Colony in 1620.

During the reign of Elizabeth I certain English Puritan groups called Separatists, despairing of reform and unwilling to compromise, formed voluntary congregations. They broke with the Church of England, chose their own pastors by common consent, and lived as religious communities in accordance with their conception of the original church described in the Bible. They were savagely repressed by Elizabeth. Two laymen were hanged in 1583 for selling Separatist tracts; and three Separatists clerics were hanged in 1593. Severe pressure on these groups continued under her successor, James I (1603-1625), who had the Bible translated into the “Authorized King James Version”, and swore that he would “harry the Puritans out of the land”.

Seeking to escape persecution and the worldly excesses of English society, a small Separatist congregation from the area of Scrooby, England, fled to Holland in 1607. They lived first in Amsterdam and later moved to Leyden where they formed an English Congregational Church. After 13 years of exile in Holland, they decided to emigrate to America and returned to England in July 1620 to make final preparations for the voyage. They sailed from Plymouth on 6 September 1620 aboard the Mayflower with a company of 102 men, women and children to establish the Plymouth Colony. Two months later, on 11 November 1620, these Pilgrims disembarked on the shore of Cape Cod Bay. After prospecting the coast for the best place to settle permanently, they chose the site of the present city of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Yaz answers:

That is a common misconception. The majority of the founding fathers were not Christian. They did want to escape Religious persecution but the goal was for them to dictate what religion was practiced.

I suggest you do some further research to see the crimes and atrocities that have been committed in the name of Religion.

As for removing God from our country that is also a misconception. Our bill of rights grants us protection in practicing or not practicing any religion we choose. It also forbids setting up a national religion. Some religious kooks out there would make you think otherwise. On a side not have your read Revelations and the part of the false prophets – makes you wonder if these kooks are a false prophet.

Not being smart or nasty, I would suggest reading your bible, pray, follow your beliefs and let others follow theirs.

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