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    Any European travel tips?

    We're traveling with another couple to Germany this fall for Oktoberfest. We'll be staying for a week with friends who live in Frankfurt. Any suggestions on must see attractions? The women, of course, want to see Paris. Us guys, of course, want to tour breweries. We plan on touring a few castles and maybe checking out ruins of the roman empire. Any suggestions? Any messages for Steiger?



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyOps View Post
    We're traveling with another couple to Germany this fall for Oktoberfest. We'll be staying for a week with friends who live in Frankfurt. Any suggestions on must see attractions? The women, of course, want to see Paris. Us guys, of course, want to tour breweries. We plan on touring a few castles and maybe checking out ruins of the roman empire. Any suggestions? Any messages for Steiger?

    You do realize Paris isn't in Germany?

    Paris is ok but I'd recommend driving/riding a couple of extra hours and seeing the Normandy region.



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    I went to spain about 15 years ago and got into some bad drinking water. I think i got it the worst by losing 20 pounds in 3 days.
    1. make sure it is bottled water.
    2. bring your own toilet paper! having the runs and wiping with cardboard really killed me.
    3. We went to Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia Spain. We saw the olympic village in Barcelona and that was pretty cool.
    4. Make sure you know where you staying and bring a Pamphlet or write down the name of your hotel. Some taxi drives dont speak english and wont know where to go.
    Have fun.



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Germany is awesome. There's a lot of cool stuff to do, but I would recommend renting a car and cruising the a****ahn. We rented a "normal" car over there and it as an Audi A6. Like 30-40 bucks a day. Awesome.



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Don't go to the Louvre if you're just staying a day in Paris, it's something you can't rush.

    Take a cruise on the river seine right before nightfall.
    If you're just going for one day I would just walk around. Check out the Champ Elysees, the ladies will like it.



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Pack light. Take the bare minimum.



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    You do realize Paris isn't in Germany?

    Paris is ok but I'd recommend driving/riding a couple of extra hours and seeing the Normandy region.
    Paris is practically a suburb of Berlin. Its a nothing commute. This is why France and Germany have always been allies.



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    While you're over there... see the Monument des Poissonieres.

    It's a monument to all the local
    fishermen who were lost at sea.

    Frommer's says it's supposed
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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    Paris is practically a suburb of Berlin. Its a nothing commute. This is why France and Germany have always been allies.
    If you consider a 10 hour train ride a suburb.



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Recommend the Romantic Road and the Bavarian Alps if you can fit it in. The drive from Munich to Geneva is amazing. Driving the Auto-bahn is an interesting experience. Consider buying a car there, to drive and drop off for shipment home.


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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Watch out at EuroDisney. I heard when the fireworks go off the French try to surrender!



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    If you consider a 10 hour train ride a suburb.



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyOps View Post
    We're traveling with another couple to Germany this fall for Oktoberfest. We'll be staying for a week with friends who live in Frankfurt. Any suggestions on must see attractions? The women, of course, want to see Paris. Us guys, of course, want to tour breweries. We plan on touring a few castles and maybe checking out ruins of the roman empire. Any suggestions? Any messages for Steiger?
    Rick Steves goes a loooong way over there.
    Many discounts for just showing the book, even if you don't read it (I would recommend reading it though). A cruise on the Rhine River from Bacharach to Cologne is awesome. Comfortable enough to fall asleep on the front deck. Very scenic with PLENTY of castles. Also, I would suggest Staufen and Rothenburg (ob de Tauber). Rothenburg is a great place to do almost all of your shopping at, because it has everything, but don't be afraid to pick up things you like along the way. Would suggest getting your Cuckoo clock in Triburg (near Staufen), you won't find a better place for that. I would highly suggest going to Reutte, Austria. Absolutely beautiful town in the Alps with two (free) castles. Also, the Neuschwanstein castle is nearby, which is a German icon (the one Walt Disney modeled his own after). Finally, the Hofbrauhaus in Munich (Munchen) is a must. We went at around 2:00-2:30 in the afternoon and there was plenty of seating.

    Most of this info is in Rick Steves' book, so again, please buy this book...it's a lifesaver. One more thing...don't expect to cram 5 people in a car, as it becomes very uncomfortable.

    PM me for more if you would like.


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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    How many days do you have if you plan to go to Paris ?
    Go to Versailles if you can. When I visited the palace, I could understand why the inhabitants literally lost their heads.



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    Re: Any European travel tips?

    Visit Salzburg, Austria which is very close by train. Wonderful city.



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