Where Have I Been? Charting My Worth-and-Not-Worth-it Travels

If you read my this blog, you already know most of the places I have been lucky enough to travel to. If you are new here and didn’t read it, let’s dive in! I was stationed in Germany for 2 years and got the opportunity to travel around Europe. Since then, I moved to Arkansas and now New Hampshire and try to get out and explore any chance I can!

Below, I’ll briefly explain each place I have been to throughout Europe, and tell you if I would or wouldn’t go back there and why! Because unlike others, I’ll actually tell you all the places that really aren’t worth a huge trip.

Germany:

Germany was the first place I explored, on my own and that I can remember. My mind seems to just erase anything that happened before 2017 lol. I have been to K-Town, Trier, Frankfurt, the Black Forest, Cologne, Heidelberg and other places around Deutschland. Germany will always hold a special place in my heart, and I think everyone needs to experience it at some point. And, believe it or not, I never even went to a real Oktoberfest. I know I know, I am planning a trip in the future.

But, Germany is a must for sure. There are endless places to go and foods to try, and the cobblestone streets never get old. Price was, it’s not very expensive compared to other places, I would say $/$$ average! Research the conversion of the Euro/Dollar before you go to ensure accurate costs.

Make sure to stop by the Neuschwanstein Castle, where Sleeping Beauty & Cinderella were inspired!

Check out this page for more information on the inspiration and history of the Neuschwanstein Castle, or to purchase tour tickets!

Switzerland:

How would I describe Switzerland? Breathtaking.

That’s it thats the description haha!

No seriously though, it’s insane. Definitely expensive, like straight up $$$, but so worth it. From the mountains, to the chocolate factories, to the picturesque lakes, it’s a dream.

I attached a couple of pictures below because I couldn’t choose just one. I didn’t go to Zurich, I went to Interlaken. A less popular but just as beautiful area. If you want to feel like you are literally in a movie, then be sure to add anywhere in Switzerland to your travel plans!

Oh, and don’t forget to visit the infamous Piz Gloria, where many scenes from the 1969 James Bond 007 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service were filmed!


Amsterdam:

At this point just understand all of Europe is 10/10. Unfortunately, I was only briefly in Amsterdam but it felt like forever. If you are a history buff, you definitely need to go to Amsterdam at some point in your life. And no, not because of the red light district lol.

The most common mode transportation is bicycles, which just makes for such a lovely and different environment. The canals are breathtaking as well as the houses that lineup alongside them. Be sure to add a canal tour to your itinerary, as well as of course, Anne Frank’s house. See here to purchase tour tickets.

Of course there are other things to see and do, but I definitely wouldn’t judge you if you went only to stare at the beauty of Amsterdam.

Czechia:

So I actually went to Ostrava first, and what a gem that town is! Definitely lots of history and cookie cutter buildings. We stopped at the cutest little café for some coffee and then walked through downtown.

Then we drove to Prague and stayed at the Hilton Praha. I had never been in a hotel like that before and it was crazy. Like its own little town inside a building!

Prague was even more beautiful than it looks online. The history in that city is incredible. It wasn’t that expensive, but there’s also lots to see for free. Make sure to check out the Lennonova zed’ (the Lennon wall), walk across the Charles Bridge, and grab some Trdelník from a local vendor!

Belgium:

Belgium is another hidden gem. Yes, everyone talks about it but people typically see other places before visiting Belgium. I’m writing to tell you that if you are anywhere near Belgium, make a trip over.

The Palais de Bruxelles is picture perfect, from the gold to the gardens. Although right now it’s temporary closed for visitors, it is still worth it to see it from the other side of the gates.

Be sure to cross the street and take a stroll through the Parc de Bruxelles and then get some real Belgian waffles!

Luxembourg:

Although I wasn’t there long at all, it was still a beautiful place to be. I drove through Luxembourg many times and was always amazed at the simplicity.

Personally, I don’t see you needing to spend more than 24 hours there as it is a very small country. If you already have a jam packed bucket list then you won’t miss too much by skipping over Luxembourg.

Austria:

Oh man was Austria beautiful. The Alps are absolutely breathtaking and the colors of the buildings contrast so perfectly.

I went to the Swarovski Crystal World in Innsbruck, and it was just as it sounds; magnificent! The tickets were not very expensive and it was a self guided tour which allowed us to take our time and really look at the magic of the crystals.

Innsbruck is another place that is definitely worth a visit, but 2-3 days should suffice.

France:

Last but not least, the most requested review; France! I have been all over the beautiful country of France to include the infamous Paris.

I’ll start off by saying France is just as exquisite as any other country; the landscape, architecture and overall feel is pure magic. And the food. Oh of course the food is phenomenal.

Nancy, France is an underrated city filled with lots of its own character, definitely an off-the-beaten-path place.

Paris. Oh Paris, France. The architecture is obviously insane and the cobblestone streets make you feel as if you’re on a movie set. It really is a romantic place to be.

However, my opinion is this: Paris, the Eiffel Tower area to be exact, is overrated.

Now, just about everyone I have spoken to agrees with me. I’m not sure if it is because it is just so overrun with tourists or what, but it was very.. dirty. There was trash EVERYWHERE, no one cared to pick up after themselves. Drugs everywhere, pickpockets in every corner and everything is overpriced (which makes sense yes). Overall, just not as intimate of an area as the movies make it seem.

Now, obviously the Eiffel Tower is a must see, I’m not saying that. But, that to me is a one day trip, and then I would experience the rest of what Paris has to offer. The Louvre, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Arc de Triomphe, and so many more amazing attractions are all too beautiful to miss.

Exploring the varied landscapes, rich histories, and lively cultures of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Amsterdam, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Czechia offers an unforgettable journey through Europe. Each destination has its own unique charm, from quaint villages to bustling cities steeped in tradition. Whether admiring architectural wonders, enjoying delicious food, or immersing oneself in local customs, traveling through these enchanting countries promises lasting memories and a deep appreciation for Europe’s beauty and diversity. As travelers venture through these remarkable places, they discover that the true essence of Europe lies not just in its famous landmarks but also in the warmth and friendliness of its people, creating a rewarding and memorable experience for all who embark on this extraordinary adventure.

Take only memories, leave only footprints.

Chief Seattle

xoxo, abby

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