If someone had told me that planning a 3-week trip to Europe would be this hard, I think I would opt out of going. How do you decide where to go, how long to stay at each place, and what to do when you have virtually no time?
With very little input from Brady and a quick once-over by said travel companion, I think we have at least come up with a temporary list of cities we would like to visit when overseas next June.
This will be the start of our journey for a business meeting. We will be spending approximately 5 days in Killarney. It can be found in Southwest Ireland located in County Kerry. Killarney is the ultimate base for touring Ireland’s Southwest region. It also provides the start and finish points for doing the Ring of Kerry & The Dingle Peninsula. Sights around the area include Aghadoe Church, Muckross House, Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall, and much more. Thanks to Pinterest, I have found several places for us to explore on our off days, one of which being a stop at Blarney Castle on our drive from Cork to Killarney!
From Killarney, we will drive back to Cork and take a flight to London. Our plan is to stay for 2-3 days and take in as many sights as we possibly can. I think we could easily stay here a week, but we are crunched on time as it is. Several attractions have made their way on to our list including: Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The Monument, Kensington Palace (a girl can dream), London Bridge, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, and Borough Market.
Prague, Czech Republic
Departing London, we will hop on a flight to Prague. Prague has long been on my list of places to go ever since I wrote a research paper on Prague Castle my senior year of high school. To have the opportunity to go to Prague and explore all it has to offer would be a dream come true. Among the places I am dying to visit are Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, Wenceslas Square, Powder Tender, and of course, Prague Castle itself!
After Prague, we will be taking a train to Vienna. Brady and I both agree that getting to see the countryside by train will be much less hassle than flying, and much cheaper. Besides… YOLO! Yeah, I just went there.
Anyway, Vienna. To be honest, Vienna never even crossed my mind until discussing our trip with a friend of ours that backpacked Europe one summer. He said it was his favorite city that he went to, so it’s really hard for us to pass that up. We also may add a little day stop-over in Salzburg, Vienna (where The Sound of Music was filmed) on our way to Munich via train.
From Vienna, we will again travel by train to Munich. Why Munich? Why not! Something about Germany has always interested me, but I’m not sure what. Maybe it’s the Lederhosen! Munich looks like such a neat city. A friend of ours has also traveled to Munich (back in the 90’s) and said it is a must-see! Among the places to visit are Marienplatz, Schloss Nymphenburg, Olympiapark (home of the 1972 Olympics), climb St. Peter’s Church Tower, tour Dachau Concentration Camp, and shop at Viktualienmarkt.
Brussels & Bruges, Belgium
Departing Munich, we will then take a train to Brussels. Where do I even begin? There is so much we want to see and do in Brussels. We can visit the Grand Place, see Manneken Pis (yep, it is exactly what is sounds like), see the Comic Strip Trail, visit the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, and view the Atomium.
One of the days we are there, we want to take a train over to Bruges, about an hour north of Brussels. Small enough to walk on foot, Bruges is a well-preserved medieval town with tons of old world charm. Among the list of things to do are canal boat rides, visit Markt Square, Belfry Bell Tower, Basilica of the Holy Blood, and eat Belgian waffles….and chocolate!!!
After leaving Bruges and going back to Brussels, we will again hop on a train for our final city, Amsterdam. Now settle down – we don’t want to go there to eat hash brownies, although the thought has crossed my mind. Instead, we would like to walk through the famed Red Light District, take a canal cruise, see the Rijksmuseum, see the Anne Frank House, visit Leidseplein, and the Keukenhof Gardens (Tulips!)
Sadly, from Amsterdam we will make our journey back to Oklahoma City. As much as I hope this list makes it to our final itinerary, I’m quite certain it will not. If I have any pull over Brady, a stop in Croatia will replace something. If not, I suppose that is another journey we will have to look forward to in the future.