Visiting Europe

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by amcrory, Sep 10, 2001.

  1. I'm taking my beautiful and generous (hope she's reading this!) wife to Europe for her 33rd birthday on the 19th of this month. We'll be visiting Vienna for 4 days, Prague for 2, Mainz (Germany) for 3, and Amsterdam for 3 (back to the US on Oct. 1).

    I'm trying to get tickets to a Mozart Konziert in Wien while I'm there (and also trying to catch the Linda McCartney photography exhibit while it's there). Besides the obvious cathedrals and museums, any suggestions? We won't have a car, but we'll have tour guides (cousins and friends) in Vienna and Mainz who are transportationally enabled. :)

  2. Vienna is a beautiful city, you probably won't want to leave, but Salzburg is only about an hour away. You could go see Mozart's birthplace. Stay away from the hookers in Prague, and don't party too hard in amsterdam. Have fun, be safe!:)
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I spent a month in Amsterdam about 10 years ago...great city. There's so much going on, all I can tell you is make sure you find a concert listing as soon as possible and plan around that. When I was there, I almost had to flip a coin to figure out what to go to on any given night.
  4. Now I'm not so sure if we're going after all...

  5. I see you're cunningly avoiding Belgium! ;)

    Private European joke...they have the reputation as the most boring nation in Europe!
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Belgium is great - Bruges is very beautiful and Brussels is one of the best capitals in Europe for eating out and not as expensive as say Paris. The Belgian Grand Prix is the favourite of most of the Forumal One drivers and has the best setting as well. The trouble is that most of these places really need weeks rather than days to appreciate them rather than just visit tourist sites.
  7. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Next to Venice, I'd have to Prague as one of the most beautiful cities I've seen. Maybe I just happened to have a great time for some other reason, but spend as much time in Prague as you can. Hell, spend as much time in Europe as you can. Unless, or course, you run into Bruce. Then, of course, high-tail it out.
  8. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    For my honeymoon just under a year ago, my wife and I went to Europe for our honeymoon, to various countries.

    Our favourite city was Paris - beautiful.

    But back to topic, if your cousins and friends there are busy, it may be prudent to take a paid tour around those places - you can organise them when you get there. This way, you don't have to worry about transport or queueing up for tickets etc. You get taken to the popular sights.

    The alternative is to hire a car when you get there, get a good map in English, and go driving around yourself, which is great too.

    While you're in Europe, if you can, take more time to travel to different cities and countries - you really need to spend lots of time there. Europe does have a sense of history and romance that does not exist anywhere else in the world.
  9. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Always nice to have locals take you to the places you can't find in books.

    What I've always done, is find the best tour book I can. (Eyewitness and Let's Go are great brands). In fact, it doesn't usually hurt to have two books. And make sure that they're the most current edition. Then I plan my days based upon the books. They'll usually have hours of museums and names of hotels and restaurants. A good book will also have detailed street maps, information for buses or taxis, and some basic vocabulary in the national language. I've been very successful using this methods while on vacation. The only thing to watch for, is sometimes the books, even the latest editions, are a little behind on the location's hours or entrance fees. Don't take the hours or entrance fees for granted, but check once you get there, or even before hand if you have a website or phone number.
  10. Well, we did end up going! (Just got back home after 13 hours in the air and 5 in the airport). Thanks to all who emailed with suggestions.

    Vienna was gorgeous, Prague was a pleasant surprise with friendly people, Mainz/Wiesbaden and the Rhineland-Pfalz areas were beautiful and relatively tourist-free, and Amsterdam was... crowded.

    Played some homegrown basses in Prague that sounded AMAZING (a carved with ebony fittings for about $2700US) - great musicians all over the place. Ditto for Vienna (duh).

    Was STUNNED at the women in Prague. You can't swing a deceased feline without hitting a supermodel-looking girl. Even my wife (who's no slouch herself ifyaknowwhutimean) commented, "do ALL the waitresses have to look like Eva Herzigova?!" One question lingers however: Where do they get all the old ladies?! Something does not compute.

    For future Praguers, I heartily recommend Pension Vetrnik, just outside the city. Milos, the owner, is a former executive chef, and he owns a beautiful converted windmill/gated compound (unfortunately surrounded by ugly-ass Communist-era gray buildings) that dates to 1722. The dining area of the pension, however, was a former chapel and dates to AD 980. Can't say enough good things about the place.

    Dutch girls are scarily tall and blond. No complaints here.

    If anyone's interested in boring, American-style photos, I'll be organizing and uploading to photopoint this week...

  11. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I feel the same way about Rome.