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I am travelling to Paris, Zermatt, Milan, Stuttgart, Munich, Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, Berlin and Amsterdam

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    Hi Ben, I can give you some tips about Italy and Amsterdam.
    Milan: the Duomo is a must see (free), especially because you can climb the stairs to the roof, which is magnificent. For the roof buy tickets at one of the counters in the square below. Nearby are the famous shopping galleries with the glass roof. San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore is a small church with wonderful renaissance frescos (free). The fresco "The last supper" by Leonardo da Vinci is on view in the church Santa Maria delle Grazie, but you must book the tickets months in advance! This is the official website for the online purchase of the tickets: http://www.vivaticket.it/index.php?nvpg[tour]&id=744&wms_op=cenacoloVinciano&Language=ENG
    The neighborhood called Brera is super nice and mostly pedestrian, full of small boutiques, cafes, restaurants and shops. There you find also the Pinacoteca di Brera, a wonderful art museum with important renaissance paintings.
    Venice: what to say? Just walk around and enjoy! If you would like to avoid the most touristic streets and enjoy some of the real Venice, you need a map (either paper or online), Venice is a labyrinth. The nicest areas are the San Polo neighborhood and campo Santa Margherita on one side, or campo San Lorenzo and the area around the Basilica of St. Giovanni and Paolo on the other side. Take your time to visit St. Mark square with the omonimous Basilica (free entrance), and if you are interested in history/folklore the guided visit (in English) to the Doge's Palace next door is amazing. Book the Secret itineraries tour, much more exciting. Peggy Guggenheim's collection on the other side on the Grand Canal from St. Mark square is a wonderful modern art museum, with masterpieces by Picasso, Mirò, Dalì, Kandinsky, Braque, Mondrian and tens of others, all set in a palace and gardens on the Grand Canal. The restaurant inside is also nice.

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    If you are interested in ships and craftmanship the Venetian Arsenal is fascinating.
    In Venice you should avoid big flashy restaurants and go for the typical "osterie": these are ancient wine bars where you can eat many different traditional tapas with a glass of wine, all very cheap and super tasty. You can find many of them in the streets around the famous Rialto Bridge, where the fish market takes place (e.g. Cantina Do Spade, Cantina Do Mori, All'Arco etc).
    Another very nice thing to do if the weather is good is take a tour of the lagoon. There are private tours online but if you don't mind the slow pace also the public service (vaporetto) is cheaper and gets you places :) The counters for the tickets are just outside Venice train station and you can get directions, I would suggest going to Murano (home of the mouth-blown glass, you can watch demonstrations in the shops there) and the colourful Burano if you have the time.
    Amsterdam: take a boat tour of the canals to enjoy the city from the water. Don't stay overnight in red light district, the noise and the drunks won't let you sleep. Be mindful of your wallet in that area and don't get into trouble with pimps. The Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum are both wonderful, but very busy. I also like the Stedelijk museum of modern art. Anne Frank house must be booked weeks/months in advance. The nicest areas to walk around are the streets on the canals, the Jordan district, the Vondelpark area and De Pijp which has many new restaurants. Indonesian cuisine is wonderful and you can find it everywhere in the city. Take the free ferry from behind Central Station to go to NDSM Werf (it's the last ferry on the far left) to enjoy a post-industrial neighborhood transformed in a hippie/hipster community of street art, architecture and open air cafes.
    Both the Hortus botanicus and the zoo are beautiful. For a free view of the city go to the cafe on the last floor of the public library.
    French fries bought from street carts or tiny take away shops are the best you will ever have. You can choose your sauce but they eat them with mayo :) Do you have the guts for the raw haring? :D

    Good luck!!! over 3 years ago

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    One off, three on. Works for almost all travel, almost anywhere.
    Day one: Relocate / travel day: Pack, eat, travel, unpack, eat, rest.
    Three days: explore.
    Day 5, see Day One.
    Important note from a podiatrist in Spain (while walking the Camino de Santiago) -- Everyone's body needs one off day to adjust & adapt to all the "new activity." If you do not rest then your body will never get a chance to adapt. You WILL hurt yourself but without breaking anything.
    A short [~5 days] hike with lots of ups & downs and wine and cheese is the Tour du Mont Blanc in the Swiss-France-Italy border Alps. Google or Bing or StartPage it.
    1::3::1::3... Enjoy without suffering. over 3 years ago

    Answered by Dennis in Ann Arbor via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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