Besides drinking the alcohol, what should I do in France, Belgium, and Germany?
January 5, 2012 11:13 AM Subscribe
I'm considering going to France, Belgium, and Germany in late April for 3 weeks, what should I do and see while I'm there?
posted by buckaroo_benzai to Travel & Transportation (15 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 33 year old guy and will be traveling solo for a 3-week vacation to Europe beginning April 20th and ending May 12th (I'll be leaving from San Francisco). Currently considering going to France, Belgium, and Germany.
My main interests are outdoor adventures (hiking, waterfalls, hot springs), meeting people and making new friends, and experiencing local culture (especially food and drink). Basically I like to go places, meet people, and hang out with them to do whatever it is they love about where they live. I plan on mainly couchsurfing, perhaps a hostel or two, and taking the train or hitchhiking wherever I need to go.
I do not care about typical tourist stuff like museums, tourist attractions, monuments, hotels, shopping, and fancy restaurants.
So what's my question?
I'm wondering if anyone out there has any good tips on:
- particularly good cities to visit (and why)
- interesting places to go or things to do
- specific types of food or drink I should seek out (e.g. "While in Paris, you must eat a _____" or "Be sure to try the ______ beer in Belgium")
- any festivals or cultural events that happen in late April to early May
In general, please tell me about the most awesome things you've seen or done in France, Belgium, or Germany and what I shouldn't miss while I'm there.