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Which European City To Visit?  
User currently offlineWinair From United States of America, joined May 1999, 270 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6679 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?

Thanks for your help!

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User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3017 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6665 times:

LHR should be a good bet. The Heathrow Express or the Piccadilly Line will get you right into Central London very quickly. There's lots to see.

I loved Munich, but you're already there. I recall riding around town on my bicycle tanked up on liters of beeeeahhhhhh!!  Big grin



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User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2759 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6650 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.

[Edited 2007-06-19 08:47:32]


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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6624 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:







User currently offlineHMan From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6608 times:

If it's only about the airport, how about FRA?

User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6591 times:

Rome FCO is a good choice.

User currently offlineColingally From Germany, joined Mar 2007, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 6574 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!


User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5807 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 6521 times:

Try Veince. Get the water BUS, not taxi, to San Marco. Very unique

Gemuser



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User currently offlineSAS A340 From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 6512 times:

I would say,take a trip to Scandinavia  Wink Welcome!!,Copenhagen then a small trip over the bridge/tunnel to Malmö by train,then back for a evening beer or two...or...  wave 


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User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 6494 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!


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6486 times:

Quoting SAS A340 (Reply 8):
Copenhagen then a small trip over the bridge/tunnel to Malmö by train,

Check reply 3!  Smile


User currently offlineSAS A340 From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6475 times:

Quoting Swiftski (Reply 10):
Check reply 3!

yes,but i am still entitle to give Winair my personal choice,right?
But of course,i could just have written "Check reply 3"  Wink



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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6456 times:

Take the train to VIE. Or fly there and take the bus which leads directly into the city.  Smile Is a 20min ride and you end up at the city center.

User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6455 times:

Quoting OHLHD (Reply 12):
Take the train to VIE. Or fly there and take the bus which leads directly into the city. Is a 20min ride and you end up at the city center.

Vienna is cool - 3 days is worth your while and you can even do a day trip to Bratislava (Slovakia) that is 1 h away if 3 days is too long for you.

By the way, CAT (City airport train) is the quickest way to the city. Only 16 mins! Bus is 20 mins to Schwedenplatz but if youre going to Sudbahnhof its 25 mins and Westbahnhof its about 30-40 mins.

Cheers!


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6435 times:

Quoting SAS A340 (Reply 11):
yes,but i am still entitle to give Winair my personal choice,right?

Of course; it just seemed like you hadn't noticed it; I assumed you would have said "i also..." to show support  Smile I'm promoting your country here, hello?!!? :P


User currently offlineSAS A340 From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6417 times:

Quoting Swiftski (Reply 14):
Of course; it just seemed like you hadn't noticed it; I assumed you would have said "i also..." to show support I'm promoting your country here, hello?!!? :P

Ok,i now know what you mean,it was a little language mistake from my side,sorry and i guess i should say thanks for promoting my country.  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6408 times:

I was in Warsaw in this past March and liked it.
It is inexpensive compared to most European cities.
I stayed at the Mercure Hotel for $35 a night.

It was about 15 minutes and .80 cents by bus to the city center from WAW.



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User currently offlinePlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6400 times:

I also was looking for some good cities as I'm studying abroad. I settled on Edinburgh, Dublin, Amsterdam, Munich, Rome, Venice and Geneva and possibly Paris.

On all my travels, I have been asking fellow passengers what to see and asking co-workers in my internship. Barcelona topped the list, but couldn't find the time to get out there.

Since you are studying abroad in Munich, what are some must sees from an American student viewpoint?



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User currently offlinePavlovsDog From Norway, joined Sep 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6397 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.

User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6378 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!


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6373 times:

How about Zürich? It's only a 4.5 hour train ride.


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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6370 times:

Quoting Jeremy (Reply 16):
It was about 15 minutes and .80 cents by bus to the city center from WAW.

Bit longer than that, but not much. Bus 175 from the airport.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25983 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6369 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.

More info on GVA:
http://www.geneve-tourisme.ch/?rubrique=0000000000&lang=_eng

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.


User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2395 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 6351 times:

Quoting Gemuser (Reply 7):
Try Veince. Get the water BUS, not taxi, to San Marco. Very unique

You must mean the Vaporetto, and yes there is no place like it. I visited three weeks ago and would recommend it.



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User currently offlineNicogagne From France, joined Feb 2003, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6310 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.

Have fun!

Nico


25 Post contains images HT : Having to select from these countries and sticking to my personal experiences, I would recommend Copenhagen like others did before. However, with fli
26 CPH757 : 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
27 RwSEA : 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.
28 ERJ135 : 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
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