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Some friends and I are planning a backpacking trip in Europe for next summer. Has anyone here been backpacking in Europe before, if so, where did you go, do you have any tips, would you do it again.... any information that you guys have would be great, I'm trying to find someone who has been and get some pointers from them...

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I recommend Austria or Bavaria. Both are very sceninc and both have beer huts just about everywhere so you can fill up along the way.
 

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I went in 1995, and I am proof positive it can be done on a less-than-shoestring budget. Started out in Amsterdam ( >:D) and almost didn't make it out. If you're a fan of the group Morphine, then you know Dana Colley was the saxophonist. I became friends with the band, and Dana told me to look up his old college roommate in Nijmegen. It turns out his old roommate was harbouring a whacked-out Englishman who was caught smuggling hash out of Lebenan. It all got really weird, so it became rapidly clear it was time to get the hell out of Holland. Then my roommate with whom I was travelling got busted for using erasable ink with his Eurorail pass and got it revoked and was fined 500$ (so, y'know, don't do this). Hightailed it to Spain where the peseta was worth dirt and slept in the streets and on the beach (where applicable). Begged for food in cantinas a couple of times to make what little cash we had last until our flights home. We managed for about 6 weeks.

So as far as advice goes - don't do any of this.
 

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I think in this case what not to do is more important then what to do. Check out Italy....just don't attempt driving there. See attached picture.
 

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Everybody's got to test what their bodies are capable of at least a few times. I'll say this - nobody parties like the dutch. I'm not talking about the coffee shop scene either. I mean these people club from sundown until like 10 in the morning.
 

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Isn't every country road in Europe like that? Narrow, with wildlife, bumpy in spots, no shoulders, curvy and slippery when wet or freezing. Oh yeah, and watch out for french horns (???). There should be another sign on the side of the road that warns people of all the signs on the side of the road, so they don't accidentally drive into them.
 

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I don't know how you're planning on going about it, but if you are doing a circular tour of Europe (departing where you are arriving), then you might consider doing a motorcycle tour. Since you're going in the summer, if you have the means, I would rent a dual-purpose bike if you can. I've read a ton of online accounts of trips like these, and they sound BAD ASS. Beats a train any day.
 

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Well here's what we have planned so far, as far as cities go. Start in Amserdam, to Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Rome, Monaco, Geneva, Le Mans, Paris. It's our parents gift to us for our senior year, and therefore the budget is VERY flexible. We plan to spend at least 4 weeks there and we want to do factory tours of Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Lamborghini etc. I went to the Ferrari dealership and asked them about a tour and they said it was next to impossible if you weren't an owner. We plan on staying in bed and breakfasts along the way, possibly a few hotels in like Rome and Monaco, and we planned on taking trains most of the way. We also wanted to try and rent a car for a few days in Germany for some autobahn driving. We'll see what other developments come up in the next few days. I'll keep you guys updated on anything that comes up.
 

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That's a LOT of ground to cover in 4 weeks. Given that info, trains are probably the way to go, and if your budget is "flexible," I would recommend taxis unless you have a specific reason to rent a car (e.g. autobahn, things you want to see all over a large city, etc.).

This is your thread, and your trip parameters are yours alone to give, but if it were me, I would focus less on having a quantitative experience and more on having a qualitative one. Instead of spending a day or two here and there, seriously consider paring down your list to a few must-see cities and hit them hard, renting a car or bike and being able to take in the places as well as the people/culture. In my opinion it makes for better stories and a less hurried experience.
 

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That's a LOT of ground to cover in 4 weeks. Given that info, trains are probably the way to go, and if your budget is "flexible," I would recommend taxis unless you have a specific reason to rent a car (e.g. autobahn, things you want to see all over a large city, etc.).

This is your thread, and your trip parameters are yours alone to give, but if it were me, I would focus less on having a quantitative experience and more on having a qualitative one. Instead of spending a day or two here and there, seriously consider paring down your list to a few must-see cities and hit them hard, renting a car or bike and being able to take in the places as well as the people/culture. In my opinion it makes for better stories and a less hurried experience.
I'm agreeing with dean here.. I spent a month in spain, we saw barcelona, segovia, toledo, salamanca, madrid and like 5 others. We spent 26 of the 30 days in salamanca studying and taking in the culture. i remember little of everywhere else some stick out moments but i remember salamanca like the back of my hand :) and oh the stories do i have. and i must say i would wake up at like 8 or so and would be walking to school and there would be drunking hotties falling out of the clubs. And being 16 at the time and getting drunk out of my mind ... ALOT ... was the best. but i would focus on a few big cities that are near smaller targets and hit them like bonds hits homers.
 

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Also, I know no self-respecting Texan would ever do this, but if I hear you sewed a Canadian flag on your backpack so as not to incur the snooty rath of European natives, I'll buy myself a first-class ticket to wherever the hell you are and pull your ass up through your throat. :D
 

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Also, I know no self-respecting Texan would ever do this, but if I hear you sewed a Canadian flag on your backpack so as not to incur the snooty rath of European natives, I'll buy myself a first-class ticket to wherever the hell you are and pull your ass up through your throat. :D
Hell yeah! Texan pride brother... Texan pride...
 
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