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I might end up making a thread for this question, but for now here goes.

I'll be taking a two week trip to Europe in October, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips or advice. I should be visiting a total of four countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. I've looked into whether a rental car would be better, individual train tickets, or purchasing a Eurail pass for travel. I am also undecided on lodging. I know a trip like this takes a lot of planning, but before I begin making final decisions, I wanted to ask for any advice. Whether our European based friends here have any suggestions, or whether any others may have visited in the past. All suggestions are welcome!

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Mara Jade Skywalker wrote:
I might end up making a thread for this question, but for now here goes.

I'll be taking a two week trip to Europe in October, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips or advice. I should be visiting a total of four countries: Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. I've looked into whether a rental car would be better, individual train tickets, or purchasing a Eurail pass for travel. I am also undecided on lodging. I know a trip like this takes a lot of planning, but before I begin making final decisions, I wanted to ask for any advice. Whether our European based friends here have any suggestions, or whether any others may have visited in the past. All suggestions are welcome!

Thanks in advance! Smile


Driving and parking in Europe are different in subtle and difficult ways than in North America. In ways that you may find frustrating or freaky, if you're planning on sticking with cities on the train lines, I'd stick with that. You'll find smaller cities are great to walk, and larger ones will have good mass transit.

Some places are obviously not on the Train lines, but I'm not sure if you plan to visit those. Two weeks isn't a lot of time for 4 countries so I presume not.

I'm of course generalizing but I've traveled to Paris and Geneva a bunch of times for work and am very glad I've never needed to drive. But I've had colleagues rent cars for day trips and had fun. Just not for me.
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I've never been in Switzerland, but I've been in Italy and Avstria dozens of times. I've been in Germany a few times as well.
If you have any Q's that I can anwser; Mara I'm here to help (if the cantina mailing thingy works that is).

As for transportation goes Taral is right in this:
Taral-DLOS wrote:
If you're planning on sticking with cities on the train lines, I'd stick with that. You'll find smaller cities are great to walk, and larger ones will have good mass transit.


Trains in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are mostly on time. Italy...hm not necessary.

But bare in mind that a lot of sites aren't near the train lines. Especially medieval castles and forts and such.
Im not sure what interests you the most (history, art, siteseeing, nature, museums, ....).

I don't know if you're traveling alone or not, but if you're alone or in a pair, rental cars will deffinetly be more expensive than a train.

If you should choose a car rent, you should know this:
Gas isn't cheap like it is in the USA.
Don't fill your car on a highway because gas costs more there.
4 different countries means 4 different highway systems.
Italy has pay tolls- expensive IMO.
Avstria has Vignette (sticker that you put on your utmost left uper side of the front window) which cost 8,7 EUR for 10 days but you can use all of the Austrias highways from there on for free.
I don't remember paying anything for the highway in Germany. Ever. But don't take my word on this. I have no clue what Switzerland has.
You have to pay toll for the long tunels in all of this countries. Same goes for natural parks and such.

As for spending the night:
Germans and Austirans (probably Switzerland likewise) have (mostly) good accommodation. In Austria privat rent-a-room people are the best. Hostels are ok but their pricecess differ too much to anwser. Hotels with 2 stars are usually nice too. Anything above 2 stars hotels you are just paying for the pool and stuff you don't actually need.
Italy is not the same. It's a hit/miss scenario there. You may be lucky and get a nice room, or you can get a shitty inffested room for the same price.
A lot of those places have this toilette/shower hybrids that I absolutely loathe.

For accommodations I would look from the site booking.com. It's more accurate and usually offers better prices than similar sites.


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Thanks for the input! I will be traveling with someone else, so it's not a solo trip. We realize four countries is a lot to see in two weeks, but unfortunately it's the most time I'll be able to finagle out of work. We may cut Italy from the trip, but we also know we may never get to go back. So we're trying to make the most of it.

Have either of you ever purchased a Eurail pass? At first glance they seem to be great options. But once you start reading the finer details, it seems like you can do just fine purchasing tickets as you need them, rather than relying on the pass.

My only concern with taking the trains is that, as Hogy pointed out, the castles and forts and such can't be reached via that method of travel. But we've discussed possibly traveling by train between the major cities, and maybe taking a jaunt or two in a rental car in between. We shall see. We have a lot of planning to do yet.

Again, thank you for the input! I will have more questions as it goes. Smile
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I love this quote by Stan Lee:



It's true. Stories aren't just entertainment for me. I've drawn an amazing amount of strength and inspiration from my favourite stories. I honestly don't know where I'd be without some of them.
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Last night my fiance wanted to watch the Steelers game. We never watch TV, so do not have cable or satellite, but keep a digital antenna to watch Saints games and such. Being a Monday night game, I thought for sure they would be broadcasting the Steelers game to everyone, but nay.

This resulted in my determined personality figuring that some way, somehow, it must be possible to stream the game over my Xbox. Sure enough, there is a streaming service called SlingTV that includes 16 base channels. ESPN is one of those channels. I signed up for the 7-day free trial, and we were off to the races.

I was impressed with the service (only took a few minutes to setup, never had to mess with it again, plus you can pause it), but I wonder whether anyone else here has ever used it. After the trial ends, it is $20 a month for the base channels. These include ESPN, AMC, TNT, History, HGTV, Food Network, Disney Channel, etc. I think they're great channels for the price. But I'm just curious if anyone has first hand experience.

The commercials do get annoying, because they are the same two or three commercials the entire time. I usually mute commercials, but my fiance likes them as background noise, so it can get annoying to listen to the same ad across four hours. Otherwise, though, I thought the streaming was impressive. We never had buffering issues like you often do online, and I thought it was a smooth service. Interested to try it out further.

Oh, and by the way. Go Steelers! Wink
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So I've been pondering about hairstyles. Now hear me out. I was barely born in the 80s, I just squeaked in May 1989. But I proudly claim that decade, and I've always felt a regretful longing to have been old enough to actually experience it. The music, the styles, the technology of the day. Computers were in the home, arcades were all the rage, video game systems were just coming into the living room. What a time to be alive. But what I really want to talk about today...the mullet!

I've always been slightly fond of the mullet. The styles of the 80s were awesome in an awful kind of way, and the mullet was one part of that. There was the bad mullet, consider the redneck. And there was the good mullet, consider Richard Dean Anderson and Bon Jovi as examples. But I've always assumed, in my naivete, that everyone in the 80s liked the mullet. That it was an accepted hairstyle. But now I begin to wonder.

Today, it seems a prevalent hairstyle for men is the man bun, and/or the full, often untended beard. While this style seems to be popular and will probably be remembered as a prominent style of the 2010s, I don't know a single person who likes it. I certainly don't like it, and I don't know anyone else, male or female, who does.

So...! Was the mullet an approved hairstyle? Or was it simply a style that was popular, but perhaps not loved by all? Curious.
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lol the man bun, oh no...

I'm not that much older, but I don't remember the mullet being an object of mockery until some time later, the mid nineties. I'm sure plenty of people thought it was dumb, but there were many more dumb hairstyles in the 80's. I seem to recall there was some dispute about when the term "mullet" was coined, but allegedly it wasn't always called that.
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I lol'd this entire post! It is a hardcore 80's icon, and as a child of the 80's myself I am sure I have rocked it. But this is a horrible style! For me all I can think of when I see one is Joe Dirt, and the little kid from Malcolm in the middle playing a young Joe Dirt...... It is so bad it's hilarious
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Mara Jade Skywalker wrote:

Today, it seems a prevalent hairstyle for men is the man bun, and/or the full, often untended beard. While this style seems to be popular and will probably be remembered as a prominent style of the 2010s, I don't know a single person who likes it. I certainly don't like it, and I don't know anyone else, male or female, who does.


Facial hair is masculine. I don't know why, but I actually prefer beards over the clean shaven, baby face look. There's nothing like feeling soft hair that kinda tickles your lips while you're kissing.

Man bun?

Not my thing. At all. Most guys I've seen have really frizzy hair, so I usually want to give them a gallon size jug of conditioner. Really the only positive of the man bun is that it opens up the face more. I love a guy with a nice smile!
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Funny thing with the man bun... when I saw Avatar: The last Airbender a few years ago, it crossed my mind that it might be cool to get a haircut like Sokka. After a few minutes thought, I decided it would look ridiculous and never seriously considered it again. A few years later BOOM it's everywhere. So... I decided it was uncool before it was cool. Not sure if this makes me an anti-hipster or an ultra-hipster. Razz
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Dancelittleewok wrote:
Mara Jade Skywalker wrote:

Today, it seems a prevalent hairstyle for men is the man bun, and/or the full, often untended beard. While this style seems to be popular and will probably be remembered as a prominent style of the 2010s, I don't know a single person who likes it. I certainly don't like it, and I don't know anyone else, male or female, who does.


Facial hair is masculine. I don't know why, but I actually prefer beards over the clean shaven, baby face look. There's nothing like feeling soft hair that kinda tickles your lips while you're kissing.



Complete opposite here, Dance, I abhore facial hair. A little stubble or 5 o'clock shadow, I can live with but never a beard.
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Do y'all have any regrets?
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