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Me and a couple buddies just graduated and we are hitting up Europe for six weeks (late July-early September) before we start our boring careers.

The following are cities we are hitting up:

London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Zürich, Budapest, Mıkonos, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Ibiza, Madrid, Lisbon

Was wondering if anyone has been to any of these places, and what we should look to hit up while we are there. Are there any events that we should look to attend or just generally anything that we should check out? Nightlife is pretty important to us, but definitely isn't the only thing.
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A lot of places. Better sticking with 6 cities for 6 weeks. A lot of travel dates and things to sort out.

Out of the places you listed that I've been. London, Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam then Rome. Not a nightlife person but if you like Museums London and Berlin are the best. They even have free museums. Public transport is good but Rome is the worst out of all of them.
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A lot of places. Better sticking with 6 cities for 6 weeks. A lot of travel dates and things to sort out.

Out of the places you listed that I've been. London, Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam then Rome. Not a nightlife person but if you like Museums London and Berlin are the best. They even have free museums. Public transport is good but Rome is the worst out of all of them.
I was thinking the same thing, but the rest of them were adamant about wanting to check out as much of Europe as possible, even if its just for a little taste.

Thanks for the museums tidbit, were definitely going to check some out and we're spending a lot of time in Berlin so I'll keep that in mind.
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Berlin has nightlife and museums but it's not "exciting". Calm city, open space, trees, parks and museums. It's relaxing after visiting cities like London.
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My 2 cents....

Be aware that both London and Paris are VERY expensive when it comes to hotels and nightlife. I recall paying over 10 euros for a mixed drink in a nightclub in Paris. Both cities are also pretty big so you'll want to make sure that you use public transportation as much as possible because cab costs will kill you quick.

Rome (IMO) is a must-see and I'd spend at least 3-4 days there to check out all the major sights. It's a really beautiful city. And the subway is pretty good. Florence is worth checking out too for sure. The museum containing Michelangelo's David is there. You could also do a quick day trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower.

Prague is also very nice. One of my favourite cities in europe. Good nightlife and touring Prague castle and Karl's bridge is well worth the time.

I only spent a very short time in Brussels but I thought it was nice. "Grand Place" (the historical center of the city) is a must-see. Several nice churches there too. My money went a lot farther there than in Paris too. That was a bonus.

Not sure if Zurich is worth it.... most people there told me that Geneva would be a lot more fun for young folks. Didn't seem like anything special from what I remember.

Barcelona and Ibiza I would def. check out (be prepared to pay 50 euros to enter an Ibiza club and you'll pay 10 euros for a bottle of water).... Madrid? You can prob. skip it.

Can't speak to the rest as I haven't travelled to those places (yet). I can't be sure but you may want to check up on the nightlife in Mykonos. I think that there's a large gay population that tends to migrate there lol. TBH, Greece is a little out of your way on this trip (based on the other places you've listed) so I might even cut it out entirely and go back some other time when you can do the whole country on it's own.

Additional places I might suggest? Vienna, Monaco, Venice and perhaps Zagreb or Split if you want. Add those to London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Prague, Budapest, Barcelona, Ibiza, Lisbon and Amsterdam and you have 12-14 places to choose from which would allow you at least 3-4 days in each spot depending on travel time.

I'd say "have fun!" but it'll be pretty hard not to lol.
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TORap when did you go to Rome? Trains are horrible there. Maybe the subway is better.
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TORap when did you go to Rome? Trains are horrible there. Maybe the subway is better.
Was there in 2010. The subways were great. All of the stops are labelled with the major sights too so it's easy to see where you want to go.

Took trains to Florence and Pisa and didn't have any problems....
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I think I was there at the same time. Train I was on didn't make it to the central station so some guy kicked out the door so we could get out. Fun times
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looks like you would go to Mıkonos for the beaches. croatia has similar quality, if not better, and its less crowded.
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My 2 cents....

Be aware that both London and Paris are VERY expensive when it comes to hotels and nightlife. I recall paying over 10 euros for a mixed drink in a nightclub in Paris. Both cities are also pretty big so you'll want to make sure that you use public transportation as much as possible because cab costs will kill you quick.

Rome (IMO) is a must-see and I'd spend at least 3-4 days there to check out all the major sights. It's a really beautiful city. And the subway is pretty good. Florence is worth checking out too for sure. The museum containing Michelangelo's David is there. You could also do a quick day trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower.

Prague is also very nice. One of my favourite cities in europe. Good nightlife and touring Prague castle and Karl's bridge is well worth the time.

I only spent a very short time in Brussels but I thought it was nice. "Grand Place" (the historical center of the city) is a must-see. Several nice churches there too. My money went a lot farther there than in Paris too. That was a bonus.

Not sure if Zurich is worth it.... most people there told me that Geneva would be a lot more fun for young folks. Didn't seem like anything special from what I remember.

Barcelona and Ibiza I would def. check out (be prepared to pay 50 euros to enter an Ibiza club and you'll pay 10 euros for a bottle of water).... Madrid? You can prob. skip it.

Can't speak to the rest as I haven't travelled to those places (yet). I can't be sure but you may want to check up on the nightlife in Mykonos. I think that there's a large gay population that tends to migrate there lol. TBH, Greece is a little out of your way on this trip (based on the other places you've listed) so I might even cut it out entirely and go back some other time when you can do the whole country on it's own.

Additional places I might suggest? Vienna, Monaco, Venice and perhaps Zagreb or Split if you want. Add those to London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Prague, Budapest, Barcelona, Ibiza, Lisbon and Amsterdam and you have 12-14 places to choose from which would allow you at least 3-4 days in each spot depending on travel time.

I'd say "have fun!" but it'll be pretty hard not to lol.
Thanks for the info its definitely very helpful.

You're not the only one to tell me to skip out on Madrid. For some reason, some sites suggest its a good city to check for young folk (one even said better than Barcelona?!), yet people I've talked to said to spend max a day in Madrid. Definitely seems weird.

Mykonos is definitely problematic for the exact reason you mentioned-- its just out of the way. But we definitely want to check out the Greek Islands. Any suggestion of which one to go to if not Mykonos?

I really want to check out Monaco, but I'm pretty sure my bank account doesn't agree.

Zagreb or Split seem pretty cool, will definitely look into it.

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looks like you would go to Mıkonos for the beaches. croatia has similar quality, if not better, and its less crowded.
We seemed to have really missed on our Croatia in our itinerary. Place looks sweet.
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my roommate is from Monaco and theres nothing to do there unless you're rich. theres St. Tropez and Cannes too. Lyon and Bordeaux are probably the best cities in France. You'll never be able to see everything in Europe though so just pick places that are easy to get to and have different attractions i.e. not all party towns.

East europe is definitely lighter on the wallet.

If you go to London I'll tell you which places to avoid. lol

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my roommate is from Monaco and theres nothing to do there unless you're rich. theres St. Tropez and Cannes too. Lyon and Bordeaux are probably the best cities in France. You'll never be able to see everything in Europe though so just pick places that are easy to get to and have different attractions i.e. not all party towns.

East europe is defiantly lighter on the wallet.

If you go to London I'll tell you which places to avoid. lol
I just want to get a broad taste of the different parts of Europe (i.e. not all party towns), Croatia seems like a country we have missed out on completely. That's what we hoped to achieve with the way our itinerary is set up now.

As for London, we are actually not spending a lot of time there, just because we have all been there already. In fact, I'm not even flying into London at all. It's the first stop for them, and I'm meeting them in France two days later.
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Yeah. Good thing you are going after the Euro soccer tournament. Better that way. not as crowded in bars and public squares.
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My 2 cents....

Be aware that both London and Paris are VERY expensive when it comes to hotels and nightlife. I recall paying over 10 euros for a mixed drink in a nightclub in Paris. Both cities are also pretty big so you'll want to make sure that you use public transportation as much as possible because cab costs will kill you quick.

Rome (IMO) is a must-see and I'd spend at least 3-4 days there to check out all the major sights. It's a really beautiful city. And the subway is pretty good. Florence is worth checking out too for sure. The museum containing Michelangelo's David is there. You could also do a quick day trip to Pisa to see the leaning tower.

Prague is also very nice. One of my favourite cities in europe. Good nightlife and touring Prague castle and Karl's bridge is well worth the time.

I only spent a very short time in Brussels but I thought it was nice. "Grand Place" (the historical center of the city) is a must-see. Several nice churches there too. My money went a lot farther there than in Paris too. That was a bonus.

Not sure if Zurich is worth it.... most people there told me that Geneva would be a lot more fun for young folks. Didn't seem like anything special from what I remember.

Barcelona and Ibiza I would def. check out (be prepared to pay 50 euros to enter an Ibiza club and you'll pay 10 euros for a bottle of water).... Madrid? You can prob. skip it.

Can't speak to the rest as I haven't travelled to those places (yet). I can't be sure but you may want to check up on the nightlife in Mykonos. I think that there's a large gay population that tends to migrate there lol. TBH, Greece is a little out of your way on this trip (based on the other places you've listed) so I might even cut it out entirely and go back some other time when you can do the whole country on it's own.

Additional places I might suggest? Vienna, Monaco, Venice and perhaps Zagreb or Split if you want. Add those to London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Prague, Budapest, Barcelona, Ibiza, Lisbon and Amsterdam and you have 12-14 places to choose from which would allow you at least 3-4 days in each spot depending on travel time.

I'd say "have fun!" but it'll be pretty hard not to lol.
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If you come to Madrid, July is better than August. In August a lot of people leave the city and it gets too hot at noon. But if you want to party, this is the place to be. Madrid has a better non stop party attitude than Barcelona. Its a street thing. Every day at everytime people in the streets having beers. Barcelona has the better clubs though.
Another really cool thing about Madrid is that if you are like me and hate being flooded by tourist, Madrid owns Barcelona. In Barcelona it gets really annoying. In Madrid everything is more relaxed but you still have a bunch of hot "guiris" (this is how we call tourist) around and partying. July is a good mix of students that have finnish their courses and want to party and all those tourist that come in search of fun.

If you want culture. Theres 3 of the top painting museums in the world in a 1km span. Prado, Reina Sofia, Von Thyssen. You can see Picasso, Dalis, Goyas, Velazquez top paintings.

We have a bunch of awesome parks to hang out, amazing mediavel cities to visit closeby like Toledo and Segovia and the best public transport in Europe.

So yeah, im done with the tourism lessons. Dont skip Madrid! (or Barcelona)
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I want to go to Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas and La Maestranza in Sevilla. No bullfighting in Barcelona. I was visiting when they banned it

If you plan to visit Sagrada Familia in Barcelona be prepared to spend hours in line. Longest line ever. Never got to go inside. At least the line in the Vatican was quick.
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The subway in Rome is the worst thing I have seen in my life. Public Transport in general in Rome. Is better just to walk the city. And I would avoid it in the summer honestly.

Another thing. Lisbon is a cool city when it comes to nightlife and culture but if you want a more beautiful and relaxed city go to Porto.

Also if you have to chance go to Granada. Most beautiful city in the country, best and cheapest tapas, awesome night life, and the one you should visit if you are interest in the Flamenco culture. You wont find that in Madrid or Barcelona.


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The subway in Rome is the worst thing I have seen in my life. Public Transport in general in Rome. Is better just to walk the city. And I would avoid it in the summer honestly.
same experience I had. people actually live in the central station too. thats why I was surprised TORap said it was fine.
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I want to go to Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas and La Maestranza in Sevilla. No bullfighting in Barcelona. I was visiting when they banned it

If you plan to visit Sagrada Familia in Barcelona be prepared to spend hours in line. Longest line ever. Never got to go inside. At least the line in the Vatican was quick.
Ive never seen bullfighting in person and never will. I dont know one person that approves it actually. Its a rarity within the young people, specially in the cities. Sadly a lot of people in the little towns depend on it so its really difficult that it will be made ilegal anytime soon.
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