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Sagrada Family, Gaudi's, Bercilona, Spain Sagrada Family, Gaudi's, Bercilona, Spain
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The old world is really quite old. Every other town in Europe is packed with monuments dating back several centuries. Little villages were once the capitals of a kingdom. The countries are small, but most of them were once the center of an empire that embraced the whole world.

Travelling in Europe seems to be underestimated, especially by the younger generation and budget travelers. To say it clearly: Europe offers more than most other regions in the world. There is hardly anything that cannot be found in one of the megacities, like London, Paris, Rome or Berlin.

Southern Europe offers great beaches and "Dolce Vita": good food, good weather, beautiful people, charming towns and cities. It is hardly surprising that Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece and France are always top of the bill when it comes to most popular holiday destinations.

Since 1989 Central and Eastern Europe has become a very popular destination as well. Magnificent cities such as Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Moscow, Yerevan and St_Petersburg all attract many visitors.

In the heart of Europe you'll find Germany , the most populated country of Western Europe. It has romantic castles, beautiful nature, fast paced life in big cities such as Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt and great highways.

South of Germany you find the Alps. Great for skiing, but Austria and Switzerland have a lot more to offer. Vienna, the capital of Austria, for example rates as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The North of Europe is not as cold as you might think. In summer cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki are among the most pleasant places to be. The people are easy going and very friendly and cultural life is rich.

The United Kingdom, Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands have that special island mentality that keeps you coming back. The Celtic spirit is still very much part of life in Scotland, Ireland, The Isle of Man and in Cornwall whilst the spirit of the Druids is ever present in Wales. The Channel Islands reflect their proximity to and history with Normandy & Brittany although the culture and food tends to be very British.

Travel in Europe, especially in the rich North West, is not particularly rough or demanding, with the exception of the Balkan, Russia and the Caucasus. In Western-Europe things are well taken care of, it is easy to get from A to B, but all this comfort has a drawback: you pay for it. However, despite the high price of Europe there are still many affordable ways of having a good time without breaking the bank. Take a train from Denmark to Switzerland for less then 25 Euro with the whole family for example. But at the same time hardly any region in the world is so easy to hitch-hike like Central Europe: with the help of Germany's highways you can make with a bit of luck 1'000km per day!

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Top Destinations in Europe

London
Amsterdam
Paris
Barcelona
Berlin
Rome
Munich
Prague
Budapest
Madrid
Florence
Brussels


Travel Q&A on Europe:

Question: #1: Europe Travel?
If you have traveled to Europe how hard is it to get passport and once there have you ridden the chunnel/ rail ? And how about the cost of a taxi to and from airport? - asked by Angela W

Answer: Getting a US passport is not incredibly difficult. Get your photo taken at a walgreens, grocery store, UPS Store, AAA office, Costco, or anyplace else where they take photos. Visit the
http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_832.html ... - answered by: Veronica Sawyer
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Question: #2: Europe Travel - "Is there a fee to use VISA / Mastercard?"?
I am travelling to Europe (France and Italy) in April 2007 and I have a VISA (credit - Chase) and Mastercard (debit - Washington Mutual). Is there a fee everytime when I use them? Which one is better - credit / debit or VISA / Mastercard? Do they have lower convertion rate than cashing out Euro in US banks? - asked by manson_one

Answer: Both Visa and Mastercard have a service charge which is paid by the vendor and cannot be passed on to the customer. You pay the face value.The advantage of these cards - both are widely accepted - is to ... - answered by: Bart S
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Question: #3: Do you think this is too ambitious? (Europe travel)?
The summer after my friend and I graduate high school, we want to spend approximately 3 weeks in Europe, traveling by train. Do you think in that time frame it is too ambitious to see parts of the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany in that time frame?Oh and would we need to make hostel reservations in advance? - asked by Person!

Answer: As for hostels, It depends on when you go... you can make them about a week in advance...It is NOT too ambitious... I spent six weeks in europe and I saw a majority of Western and some of central europe ... - answered by: Scott A.
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Question: #4: Do you think this is too ambitious? (Europe travel)?
The summer after my friend and I graduate high school, we want to spend approximately 3 weeks in Europe, traveling by train. Do you think in that time frame it is too ambitious to see parts of the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany? And POSSIBLY Austria, but probably not. Oh and would we need to make hostel reservations in advance? I'm afraid they'd be too expensive just buying rooms on the go. - asked by Person!

Answer: I think a trip to Europe after graduation is a great idea. Just have it well planned out in advance and start saving your money.3-weeks isn't a lot of time, but it is more than a lot of people have. You ... - answered by: baja annie
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Question: #5: How much does it cost to travel around Europe?
My partner and I wish to travel Europe in 2008 for a period of 2 months. We want to travel to a number of countries UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Belgium. We were hoping to book all of our accommodation before we go, we're looking to stay in low budget accommodation and travel by train between each of our destinations. If any one can give me some info on an around-about price range excluding flights it would be very much appreciated. Alternatively I would be open to any other suggestions on accommodation or travel between cities.Thank you... - asked by Icess86

Answer: In Europe, buy a U-RAIL Pass for the length of time you will stay in Europe. Then you can travel all over western Europe, on and off the trains as many times as want- no extra cost. You can find that ... - answered by: LOW
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Question: #6: Know a cheap way to travel Europe?
I really want to travel many cities in Europe. I heard there is a deciently cheap way to go about. - asked by diva4life_04

Answer: Stay in hostels and buy a rail pass. Air is expensive these days - but if you travel in low or shoulder season you might be able to get a special fare. If you want to visit a lot of countries - do an open ... - answered by: baja annie
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Question: #7: how does a poor to lower class individual attempt to travel europe without lots of money?
I want to travel Europe but I make hardly any money. Anyone know any secrets of extreme budget traveling to Europe? - asked by the_nuttiest1

Answer: You could stay in Hostels. Hostels, also called youth hostels, provide short-term accommodation to travellers or backpackers, particularly encouraging outdoor activities and cultural exchange for the young. ... - answered by: The_Answer_Man™
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Question: #8: Should I follow my life long dream(travel europe for 2 months)while i have the chance,or take a good job offer
I have a chance to travel europe for 2 months,or i can settle down and take a sales job that has some good potenial.what should i do? - asked by ishcarre

Answer: Imagine how much more valuable you would be at any sales job once you have some international experience. Make this choice for yourself, not because of family or significant other. If you really think ... - answered by: thechdlikempress
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Question: #9: How much would it cost for my friends and I to travel around Europe?
My friends and I thought if would be fun and a great experience to travel Europe after we graduate high school. There are about 10 of us and we will graduate in 4 years(not including the end of this school year). I was just wondering about how much we should save, if we decide to go. - asked by hellothereeveryone

Answer: The most fun way to travel around Europe is by train. Get a Europass good for however long you are going to be there. It saves time and money. You can buy them here before you leave - in fact you can't ... - answered by: monkey
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Question: #10: Travelling Europe any advice?
I am wanting to travel round Europe for a few months. Has anyone got some advice or suggestion any thing would be appriciated. - asked by Mikey

Answer: Try to ask more detailed questions. If you ask totally vague, all-encompassing questions, it's very, very difficult to help you.But in general, watch for pickpockets. Always keep an eye on your bags. ... - answered by: thepenismightier
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