Travelfilter: How to see Europe without burning out? I'm planning a 2-month long trip that includes Italy, France, and ultimately Africa, and would like to spend 8 days traveling in Germany and Austria. Mefi - what's your recommmendation on how I should spend my time?
I'd really like to go to Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna, but not sure if I have enough time in my itinerary to make the most of each city. I've looked through a lot of askme questions on the region, and have the Rick Steves guides for these cities, but am torn about whether I should condense my trip. This is for early February. Here's my itinerary so far:
4 days in Paris
2 days in Amsterdam (2nd time for me, first for my travel companion)
2 days in Munich (via sleeper train from Amsterdam)
2 days in Salzburg
2 days in Vienna
Return to Munich to take the sleeper train to Paris
Flight from CDG in Paris in the afternoon to Africa via Dubai
Given that I've got a long flight to Africa, I don't know if I'll be tired of living out of my bag with the short stays in each city. In terms of my interests, I'd really like to go on the Sound of Music tour (not afraid to admit my love for that musical), Augustiner brewery, and Mozart's house in Salzburg. In Vienna, I would like to see the Spanish Riding School exercises, the Naschmarkt, and really just get a chance to stroll through the city and enjoy the cafes.
Is it too much? Should I stick with Munich & Salzburg, or Salzburg and Vienna (using Munich as a trainhub)? While in Salzburg, would it be too much of a detour to spend a day at a spa, like this one
? Any favorite recommendations on things to do/places to eat in any of these destinations would be appreciated! Finally, would love to meet up with any local mefis in these cities!