Days 14-16: Paris

Our last day in Paris we dedicated to the Louvre – the largest museum in the world. It took us 4 hours to walk through all floors and rooms without reading all the details.

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

Paris, Louvre

While Europe was busy with creating all that stuff shown above, Hawaii decided to create some dudes! Eventually, this guy on the left is now my favorite exhibit 🙂 Was totally worth taking hidden stairs to see the American collection!

Paris, Louvre   Paris, Louvre

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Day 13: Munich

Munich was our stop on the way back to Paris and we had there just half of the day. Here are some pictures from the city center on our way to Hofbrauhaus:

Munich

Munich

Famous Bavarian restaurant Hofbrauhaus:

Munich

Munich

Munich

People having fun in the park 🙂 The current is actually quite strong so people just jump into the water and let it carry them.

Munich

More adventurous people are having fun on these river waves:

Munich

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Days 14-16

Days 11-12: Vienna

I couldn’t find direct trains from Prague to Vienna so this time we took a bus that was also very comfortable, however, it was a challenge to find the bus stop in Prague. Usually, we arrived 30-40 min in advance before our train departure but this time we were glad that we had more time as there are no clear signs around the station and we were running around looking for our stop.

In Vienna we were able to check in early and went to explore the city. Our first stop was in Belvedere Palace and Park as it was the closest to our hotel:

Vienna

Vienna

Personally, I liked most of all gothic churches. I’ve been to Austria in the mountains and I imagined that Vienna will look similar to that part of Austria, but it’s a huge city with 3 palaces and massive buildings with golden decorations and sculptures. The historical city center is also a big shopping area.

It was nice to be able to enter the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the very heart of the city:

Vienna

Vienna

Column of the Trinity:

Vienna

Beautiful Catholic Church of St. Peter where you can enter as well for free:

Vienna

Vienna

Vienna

Here is the Hofburg Palace and surrounding buildings:

Vienna

Vienna

Vienna

Rathaus – Neo-Gothic city hall:

Vienna

We accidentally entered from the side and witnessed orchestra practice.

Vienna

This is my favorite place – Votivkirche church:

Vienna

Vienna

On our way back to the city center:

Vienna

Austrian Parliament building:

Vienna

And finally some local schnitzel and beer!

Vienna

This was the first time when we saw people drinking this strange looking orange drink and we decided to give it a try. It actually came out really good so from now on aperol spritz is our new summer drink 🙂

Vienna

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Day 13

Days 9-10: Prague

As you can see from the amount of pictures below I liked Prague most of all. There are so many places to walk and we met with friends and family 🙂 Luckily Prague suffered only minor destructions during the Second World War and we can enjoy its beauty these days. Czech Republic uses their own currency, however, most of the places accept credit cards or euros. Prague is an awesome place for partying, too.

We started our morning in the famous historic cafe Louvre from where headed towards the river and the famous Charles Bridge.

Prague

Prague

Prague

After crossing the bridge we headed towards the Prague Castle but didn’t enter the territory this time.

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

From the Castle we went back down to the Senate of the Parliament:

Prague

Then we headed to the Old Town Square and explored beautiful historical streets:

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

The next day we walked to the Vysehrad Castle – another spacious area worth exploring that offers amazing views!

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

To regenerate our energy we decided to take a paddle boat (10euro an hour). I’m the lazy one sitting on the back seat and taking pictures (smart decision!) 🙂

Prague

Prague

Then we remembered that we didn’t come close to St. Vitus Cathedral and went all the way back to the Prague Castle. We saw the line of people and decided that we need entrance tickets so we went away. But we didn’t give up on seeing the Cathedral and tried to walk around the Castle’s territory. After approximately half an hour of walking, we found another entrance on the side. We wanted to turn around again but a nice security guard saw us and pointed to the entrance. He opened a path in a fence for us so we had no choice but to follow his lead. And to our surprise we saw no prices – the entrance was free. Here are some pictures from the Castle’s territory and of course St. Vitus Cathedral.

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Prague

Here is another breathtaking view from the Castle:

Prague

By that time we walked around 15 miles so we were ready to go back to the historical center to have deserved amazing local food and beer. Charles Bridge again:

Prague

Kafka Museum:

Prague

And delicious meal of the day 🙂

Prague

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Days 11-12

Days 7-8: Berlin

We took a morning train to Berlin to make a quick stop there on our way to Prague. Unfortunately, it was still raining. There are multiple historical places and monuments to check out in Berlin as well as modern art. We were also very interested in German beer and sausages!

Here is the Reichstag Building:

Berlin

Brandenburg Gate:

Berlin

Berlin Cathedral Church:

Berlin

Berlin

Here is advertised modern art:

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

They also have many interesting shops and restaurants under their bridges:

Berlin

We took a train to Prague in the evening of our second day in Berlin.

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Days 9-10

Days 5-6: Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of our favorite stops! Unfortunately, we were not very lucky with the weather this time but we still managed to walk a lot. We took a boat tour when it was pouring too heavily. Here are some pictures from the beautiful canal city:

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

In the night those windows open for the night workers of the Red District:

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

My personal favorite part was visiting Van Gogh museum the next day!

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

We also found some really nice local pubs with a great selection of craft beers!

Amsterdam

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Days 7-8

Day 4: Brugge

Brugge is a small city 1 hour away from Brussels. Trains run every hour that makes commute very easy. Brugge is one of the “canal” cities with architecture dating back to the 14th century. Its city center is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

Once you exit the train there’s an information desk where you can get a free map. The city center is really small and is walkable in a few hours. I’ll just leave here some of the pictures that we took. Unfortunately, the weather was not sunny.

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

Brugge

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Days 5-6

Day 3: Brussels

We arrived at 11pm to the Midi train station from where we walked to the historic center. Brussels offers beautiful 14th century architecture, art, delicious chocolate, waffles and of course beer.

Here are some pictures from the gorgeous main square Grand Place:

Brussels

Brussels

Brussels

Brussels

Typical streets of Brussels:

Brussels

Brussels

Brussels

There is a lot of hidden art on those streets:

Brussels

Famous tiny Manneken Pis specially dressed for some occasion:

Brussels

On the way to the Royal Palace:

Brussels

Brussels

Royal Palace of Brussels:

Brussels

There are many museums in Brussels but since we prefer outdoors we decided to travel to Brugge the next day.

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Day 4

Days 1-2: Paris

Long time no travel! The starting point of our trip to Europe was Paris since we found relatively cheap direct flight operated by XL airlines. There are also budget Norwegian airlines and Polish LOT (round trip can go as low as 500$).

We landed around 4pm and took a train to Gare du Nord (10 euro for the ticket) from where we walked to our hotel. During our first evening, we only went out to get some food and explored nearby areas.

The next day we walked a lot! Since my previous visits, I remembered that wherever you go Opera will be the first sight you’ll find. But it looks more epic with the clouds behind it.

Paris

From Place de la Concorde we turned to the Tuileries Garden and this area is very nice and relaxing. We decided to sit for a moment before entering busy touristic areas.

Paris

This time we walked in the Louvre area but decided not to go inside.

Paris

Paris

The same day we also went all the way to the Eiffel Tower as well as to Sacre-Cour to see the city from above.

Paris

Paris

Paris

The next day we decided to spend a lot of time just chilling by the Seine river.

Paris

Paris

Paris

Quick stop by the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris:

Paris

Second half of the day we spent strolling cozy streets of the Latin Quarter:

Paris

Paris

Listening to some music in Luxembourg Gardens:

Paris

Giving honors to notable French citizens by the Pantheon:

Paris

Paris

We took a 9pm train to Brussels.

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Day 3

2 Weeks in Europe: Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Munich

Flight: Los Angeles, LAX –> Paris, CDG –> Los Angeles, LAX
Trip to EuropeDuration: 16 days 
Mileage
: 2000 by trains
Starting point: Paris, France
Countries: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria
Budget for 2 people: $5640 (1900 flight,  $1370 hotels, $970 transport, $1300 food, $100 other)

  • Day 0: flight from Los Angeles to Paris
  • Days 1-2: explore Paris, train to Brussels
  • Day 3: explore Brussels
  • Day 4: daily trip to Brugge
  • Days 5-6: morning train to Amsterdam, explore Amsterdam

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