I get carried away when I’m planning a trip – I forget that travel takes time and that I personally prefer to travel slow and get a real feel for a place, rather than stop for a day and see just the high street.
So when my boyfriend and I booked a couple of weeks off work in December, the thought of having 16 days to play with blew my mind! So many opportunities!! We know we want to go to Germany, because we love a good German Christmas market. But do we want to spend 16 days exploring Germany, or do we want to branch out a bit and explore new countries?
When I was planning our trip to Palma, I noticed on the easyjet website that they had flights to Copenhagen in December dirt cheap. As in cheaper than if I wanted to take the 30-minute train from my old house into London for the day. So it seemed like an obvious choice to check out Copenhagen first, then nip down into Germany and see what’s going on in Hamburg. Ever since I read about the Christmas markets and Miniature Wonderland over at That Emily blog, I have wanted to check out Hamburg.
And if we’re already in Hamburg, we could continue south and tick off Nuremburg, Munich, and back north to Frankfurt. I toyed with the idea of heading to Brussels via Luxembourg, but it seemed to be pushing it time wise when I wanted to visit Ghent and Antwerp too. Seems like a lot to do in 16 days, but is it possible? Especially when I think about adding a trip to Prague in when we pass by Nuremburg. I mean, it’s only down the road when you’ve already gone that far!
So the potential plan at the moment goes something like:
London – Copenhagen – Hamburg – Nuremburg – Prague – Munich –
Fussen – Frankfurt – Ghent – Antwerp – Brussels – London
I won’t be exploring London on the trip, because it’s something I can do on a weekend. And I won’t be spending much time in Brussels other than to visit the cathedral, and if I have time to check to Atomium. So really, it’s looking like 9 cities in 16 days. Is it doable? It is the right route to take, or should I stop being tempted by cheap flights to Copenhagen and go further afield?
So many questions, so many options, but at the end of the day – so much fun!!
Can you recommend anything to do in these cities, or do you have somewhere you think I should add in or swap out? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below…