Planning a trip to lovely Europe

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So Hungary and Turkey and one of them will be my destination.
 

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Bro if you planning to do a trip just because of food make sure to visit Kosovo.
 

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I'm off there for a long weekend sometime in the next 12 months. Mrs went and loved it.

OP,
Depends what you're after in terms of food.

I live in Spain and the food here is good, menu of the day so 3 or 4 courses and a drink for 10euros or so. Wine here is cheap.

Barcelona and Madrid are nice cities, but not cheap.

France has some great scenic areas too, nice food, decent wines.

That's great! It's one of my favorite cities in Poland. If you'd like to grab a beer or something together when your here just let me know :)
 
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So guys I am also digging this up online from my end but I need you travel freaks to suggest me a country in Europe that is must visit. Make sure to give me 5 options and I will go with only one. I am looking for scenic and food.

I have Spain, Italy and Croatia in mind so keep them coming.
Why do you want to stay in one country only though? Once inside the EU, you can travel freely and some of the countries aren't that big.

I would recommend starting a trip in Northern Italy: Padua -> Verona, down to Genoa, travel alongside the Ligurian coast (the Cinque Terre), through Monaco (you'll be disappointed, it's not that great, but the route is scenic), continue in France, Côte d'Azur (go see Nice), you can skip Marseille and down to Spain, Barcelona. When in France and getting close to the Spanish border, don't take the highway, follow the coast line, that shit is as scenic as it can get.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Pad...fb3d4f47660a!2m2!1d2.1734035!2d41.3850639!3e0

It's 1,200 km, a 12 hour drive. It easily can be done in a few days with one day stops in frequented places.
The scenery you can imagine i guess.

Food:
Fresh sea food next to the beach close to Spain:
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Some medieval bean stuff (called cassoulet) with duck, pork and sausage in a castle in South of France:
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I'm from Hungary. Would not recommend as your only destination when visiting Europe. :) The food is nice, but we can't compete with most French or Italian scenery.
 
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At the moment you need to go to the south of Europe, because in mid and the northern path its still quite cold.

I live in the Netherlands and still haven't visited all the countries here - but Italy and Spain are my most loved countries. Also, I really like to go skiing in Austria and Switzerland. If you are staying one week I wouldn't visit The Netherlands unless you like windmills, hookers, flat areas and sailing.

- Spain
Pros:
1. Cheap food and wine
2. Nice weather
3. Kind people and nice roads for a road trip across the country
Cons:
1. Big cities are tourist minded while the countryside has not much to offer unless you like road trips
2. Nature isn't the greatest (unless you stay at the beach)
3. People don't speak English in the countryside

- Italy
Pros:
1. Wonderful architecture and old historical buildings
2. Great nature and nature parks
3. Great to visit multiple little really old towns
Cons:
1. Quite expensive
 

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I plan a 2 weeks trip in Italy in mid May:

Trieste (because I am DJing), Venice (for their rivers and canals or whatever you call them), Florence (one of the most medieval towns), Pisa (to get this iconic picture with the tower) and Milan (seeing a friend and doing some sight-seeing) before I fly to Sofia (also, flights are like £15 from Milan ro Sofia).

I have been to Rome twice and Sicily. Italy is awesome.
 

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Definitely Kraków, Poland.
It's cheap and beautiful just look it up on youtube.
It has more pubs and bars per square metre than anywhere else in the world.
It's a must see OP, you won't regret it trust me :)

Been there twice, had so much fun.

First time there, first day, I'm in the main square and it's full of Catholics, bishops and what-not having a celebration/no-idea-what. It finishes and the crowd neatly starts going away, no fuss - something like 10 minutes later, there is an artistic parade of metal cages loaded in vehicles with people locked in dancing, loud music, the whole nine yards. I'm like, HOLY SHIT AMAZING COMBO.

Two days later I bump on an artistic event on a smaller square where there is a HUGE (like seriously huge) chair, with a girl dressed like an escaped inmate from a mental institution sitting on the edge of it being goofy about it. I'm like, HOLY SHIT, I LIKE THIS PLACE.

Next day, I'm walking outside of the tourist section, there's a guy dressed like a mix of superman and borat casually posing on the normal street. GUESS WHAT I'M THINKING :D

Must visit the salt mine. Must take the tour to the abandoned Commie city. Must visit Auschwitz.

If there happens to be a musical event on the church on the road to the castle, buy a ticket. Nice acoustics. If the place the locals go to eat for their lunch break is still where it was, go eat there for the really old-school feeling. Make sure you order fast or the people on the line will be pissed off. The cashier didn't speak English, I just got what someone on the line who spoke some English told her to give me :)

I loved the stylish cafeterias, the bazaars and the general liveliness. Oh, and there's a nice castle in walking distance but who gives a s* about that :p

Where to stay: either rent an apartment (you're not there alone) on the tourist section or (you're there alone) go to a hostel near the square.
 
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At the moment you need to go to the south of Europe, because in mid and the northern path its still quite cold.

I live in the Netherlands and still haven't visited all the countries here - but Italy and Spain are my most loved countries. Also, I really like to go skiing in Austria and Switzerland. If you are staying one week I wouldn't visit The Netherlands unless you like windmills, hookers, flat areas and sailing.

- Spain
Pros:
1. Cheap food and wine
2. Nice weather
3. Kind people and nice roads for a road trip across the country
Cons:
1. Big cities are tourist minded while the countryside has not much to offer unless you like road trips
2. Nature isn't the greatest (unless you stay at the beach)
3. People don't speak English in the countryside

- Italy
Pros:
1. Wonderful architecture and old historical buildings
2. Great nature and nature parks
3. Great to visit multiple little really old towns
Cons:
1. Quite expensive
im from spain and have to disagree with the nature side , spain has a LOT of nature things like natural parks forest mountains and all of that about the other 2 cons yeah i aggree not everyone speaks english specially older people
and there is some cities that are really turist based


anyway OP i recomend you to visit
spain or italy if you want food and good places to visit
the food on spain and italy are probably the best you can find in europe
 

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Been there twice, had so much fun.

First time there, first day, I'm in the main square and it's full of Catholics, bishops and what-not having a celebration/no-idea-what. It finishes and the crowd neatly starts going away, no fuss - something like 10 minutes later, there is an artistic parade of metal cages loaded in vehicles with people locked in dancing, loud music, the whole nine yards. I'm like, HOLY SHIT AMAZING COMBO.

Two days later I bump on an artistic event on a smaller square where there is a HUGE (like seriously huge) chair, with a girl dressed like an escaped inmate from a mental institution sitting on the edge of it being goofy about it. I'm like, HOLY SHIT, I LIKE THIS PLACE.

Next day, I'm walking outside of the tourist section, there's a guy dressed like a mix of superman and borat casually posing on the normal street. GUESS WHAT I'M THINKING :D

Must visit the salt mine. Must take the tour to the abandoned Commie city. Must visit Auschwitz.

If there happens to be a musical event on the church on the road to the castle, buy a ticket. Nice acoustics. If the place the locals go to eat for their lunch break is still where it was, go eat there for the really old-school feeling. Make sure you order fast or the people on the line will be pissed off. The cashier didn't speak English, I just got what someone on the line who spoke some English told her to give me :)

I loved the stylish cafeterias, the bazaars and the general liveliness. Oh, and there's a nice castle in walking distance but who gives a s* about that :p

Where to stay: either rent an apartment (you're not there alone) on the tourist section or (you're there alone) go to a hostel near the square.

Sounds amazing! Glad you enjoyed your stay here. If you ever decide to come back just hit me up! Beers on me :)
 

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Definitely Kraków, Poland.
It's cheap and beautiful just look it up on youtube.
It has more pubs and bars per square metre than anywhere else in the world.
It's a must see OP, you won't regret it trust me :)

I'm from Poland and can recommend Krakow too. Definitely city you must visit at least once in your life :)
 

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So guys I am also digging this up online from my end but I need you travel freaks to suggest me a country in Europe that is must visit. Make sure to give me 5 options and I will go with only one. I am looking for scenic and food.

I have Spain, Italy and Croatia in mind so keep them coming.
How long are you going for? Things are close in Europe and intra Europe flights are pretty cheap, so often makes more sense to see more especially if you are coming from 8-9 hours away.

Will you rent a car?

Tons of choices
- Germany: Go to the south , Alps , Munich...You into history? Well take a pick and look at famous castles (Neuschwanstein and too many more to list), Nuremberg etc.
Food is great especially in smaller towns and you will usually have a great restaurant there, in the bigger cities will need to do some more research.
Good thing s you are close to Austria and Switzerland as well if you want to go there (can even take a train and won't take too long)
- Spain : Liked Madrid, Barcelona not so much my cup of the tea as the food really was not great and hotels totally overpriced, and I am used to NYC prices so just to put it in context.
Obviously, if you are into beaches why not try Costa del Sol , rent a car and from Barcelona you could drive to Germany or France through the Pyrenees.
- Italy : Milan is very stylish and some nice Architecture. Obviously Rome for the Vatican etc. but I suggest do NOT stay near the Vatican. It is totally dead at night and totally sucks there. Again try to go to real Italian places, not the touristy ones. Should you be used to American Italian, forget that concept as they will not know "Alfredo etc" lol

Well this could be continued for a very long time, scenic like what kind of scenery? Beaches? Mountains?
What kind of food ?
 

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How long are you going for? Things are close in Europe and intra Europe flights are pretty cheap, so often makes more sense to see more especially if you are coming from 8-9 hours away.

Will you rent a car?

Tons of choices
- Germany: Go to the south , Alps , Munich...You into history? Well take a pick and look at famous castles (Neuschwanstein and too many more to list), Nuremberg etc.
Food is great especially in smaller towns and you will usually have a great restaurant there, in the bigger cities will need to do some more research.
Good thing s you are close to Austria and Switzerland as well if you want to go there (can even take a train and won't take too long)
- Spain : Liked Madrid, Barcelona not so much my cup of the tea as the food really was not great and hotels totally overpriced, and I am used to NYC prices so just to put it in context.
Obviously, if you are into beaches why not try Costa del Sol , rent a car and from Barcelona you could drive to Germany or France through the Pyrenees.
- Italy : Milan is very stylish and some nice Architecture. Obviously Rome for the Vatican etc. but I suggest do NOT stay near the Vatican. It is totally dead at night and totally sucks there. Again try to go to real Italian places, not the touristy ones. Should you be used to American Italian, forget that concept as they will not know "Alfredo etc" lol

Well this could be continued for a very long time, scenic like what kind of scenery? Beaches? Mountains?
What kind of food ?

Beaches Mountains nd every country has different food

How's Prague?
 

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You asked me about Istanbul in PM. In fact I am quite surprised that so many people recommend Turkey here. Why?
If you visit only one country in Europe, I would recommend you to visit Italy, of course. It is most beautiful country in the world.
 

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You asked me about Istanbul in PM. In fact I am quite surprised that so many people recommend Turkey here. Why?
If you visit only one country in Europe, I would recommend you to visit Italy, of course. It is most beautiful country in the world.

What about Prague
 
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