Winair From United States of America, joined May 1999, 270 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7268 times:
Im in Munich right now studying abroad. Have one more weekend left and Id like to take an overnight trip to some city in Europe that isnt too far away. What Id like to know is this: Which citys airport is close enough to the center of town for me to get around easily with public transportation and by foot? My goal is to fly into the airport Friday morning, explore all day friday, and leave Saturday afternoon. Id like to spend as much time exploring as possible and as little time trying to get fom the airport to the city as possible so a centrally located airport is very important. Apart from that I dont have any real preferences on where to go? Any citys in France, Belgium, Denmark, or the Czech Republic that would work?
Toulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2760 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7239 times:
Why not give Toulouse a visit. LH have numerous daily flights between Munich and Toulouse, then you have a free airport-city shuttle bus operating every 20 minutes taking approx. 25 minutes to get to the city centre. The city is relatively compact so you could easily spend the day walking around, and of course it has a good bus network and especially the metro to speed up your visit.
Swiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7213 times:
Prague is beautiful. CPH is good for getting into the city too - you get a train, which carries on to Gothenburg, via Malmo. You could take the Malmo part of it, and see both Sweden and Denmark, and you'd get to travel via this bridge/tunnel. It starts as a bridge, then goes underwater as a tunnel:
Colingally From Germany, joined Mar 2007, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7163 times:
Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Paris airports are all linked by good train services.
Seriously the choice is endless where you are situated. Very central indeed. No more than a couple of hours in any direction to any major tourist city. Stick a pin in a map!
Ansett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7083 times:
I'd go with Brussels (and the surrounding towns). You can spend one day there - that's all you need.
Then get a train to Ghent (40 mins). Spend the day there, and go on to Bruges/Brugge (20 mins further) and spend the night and the next day - Both those towns are STUNNING and Soooooo much fun to stroll around and soak up the old town/Belgian atmosphere (including the amazing food, waffles, and frites! hehe). Both these towns are on-foot type of towns- even Brussels centre is small enough to explore in a day on foot.
Otherwise I would suggest getting the train down to Salzburg as it's close to munich - and even spend a day trip from there in Innsbruck which is just as picturesque and beautiful!
PavlovsDog From Norway, joined Sep 2005, 666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6986 times:
Lisbon is a bit farther away but the city is really close to the airport. The approach takes you right over the old city center. Taxis are really cheap as is the metro. Lisbon is a unique and charming city.
Ansett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6967 times:
Quoting PlateMan (Reply 17): Barcelona topped the list, but couldn't find the time to get out there.
Agreed. Barcelona is amazing in summer. I have to say if you listed Spain on your list I would have recommended this! However you may want to consider???
Anyway, I lived in London for 2 years, and did weekend and long weekend trips twice a month, so I have pretty much seen most of Western Europe. I still stick with Belgium considering your location as my top pick but if you want to know anything more send me a private message - I have also created a group on facebook for this sort of thing (travel in europe asking people their opinions on best places to visit/eat/see etc!) so if youre on facebook let me know and Ill point you in the right direction!
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27157 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6958 times:
Geneva is worth a visit and it's small enough (population about 450,000) to cover in a weekend. You can walk almost everywhere and there's good bus and tram service. Scenic location at the end of Lake Geneva, largest lake in western Europe (a 1 or 2 hour trip on one of the lake boats is pleasant on a sunny day). French Alps to the south and the Jura mountains to the north. French is the dominant language (GVA is right on the French border, surrounded by France on 3 sides) but English is widely spoken with GVA the European headquarters of the UN and many UN agencies and other international organizations (Red Cross, World Trade Organization etc.) based here.
Few airports are as close to the city center as GVA, only 5 or 6 km and just 6 minutes by train or 15 to 20 minutes by city bus (the same ticket is good on both). If you stay at any hotel in GVA now, when you check in you get a free public transport ticket good for unlimited travel for the duration of your stay, including the day of departure. The only thing you'd have to pay for would be the trip from the airport on arrival. Avoid taxis which are expensive.
LH has 8 flights a day MUC-GVA (codeshared with LX), about 1 hr and 15 min.
Otherwise, I would also recommend PRG except this time of year when it's overrun with tourists. It's more pleasant in the spring or fall to avoid the crowds. The airport is about 20 km from the city center but you can do it by public transport in about half an hour (combination of bus and metro) and the fare is only the equivalent of about $1.
Nicogagne From France, joined Feb 2003, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6899 times:
You should fly down to Nice (NCE), on the French Riviera. It's a beautiful city, lots of sunshine, there's a mix of Italian & French heritage and you'll find lots of nice restaurants/bars by the waterfront. Plus, when you're on the beach, planes take off or land right above your head.
: Having to select from these countries and sticking to my personal experiences, I would recommend Copenhagen like others did before. However, with fli
: Finding an airport close to the city isn't the major problem. As others have suggested, LIS is a good option. It is such a beautiful and charming city
: Amsterdam. Great airport with good spotting, and it's only 15 minutes by train from the city, where you can walk to just about anything you want.
: Agree with above. Been there and done it and would recomend it. Great atmostphere, places to see and things to do. Very liberal for the broadminded a