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Old 07-06-2015, 08:41 AM
 
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Hello,

We will be traveling from Paris to Venice by train. We are looking to stop overnight somewhere along the way to break up the trip and hopefully see another city if only for a few hours. We would arrive in the late afternoon, check into a hotel, and only have maybe 2-3 hours to explore and grab dinner. We are fine with walking around everywhere.

Milan, Italy is the most direct, logical place, but is a huge city. There also appears to be a lack of decent hotels nearby the main train station, so we would lose time transiting to our hotel. Is Milan too big to see anything in one afternoon/evening? We were also considering Munich, Germany, although it adds several hours to our trip the next day. We may encounter a similar problem with too little time to see much. Geneva, Switzerland may be another option. I just am not sure what there is to see there in such little time.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:59 AM
 
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There are a lot of interesting things to do within a short walk of the Munich Hbf- museums, shopping, nice parks and open air eating when the weather is nice. Also tons of hotels between the train station and the Marienplatz central square.

Though I'll note that the red light district is also nearby- it does the European kind of sleazy but very safe thing- so check hotel reviews carefully to make sure you're not upstairs of a club.
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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I would second Munich's Hbf....fun city, easy to walk from train station...and there's currywurst to eat just outside the station! Mmmmmmm!
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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Regardless of which route you take you will have at least two connections.

It's perhaps the longest route, but I would probably try to go through Brussels.
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:07 PM
 
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Why not Lyon, grenoble or any Swiss towns?
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:01 PM
 
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As an different alternative, I might suggest just booking a sleeper cabin. Use the train as your hotel for the night. I suspect the cost increase of booking the sleeper cabin instead of a regular seat would be less than the cost of a hotel. Also, you get to spend more time in Venice.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Do you have enough time in Paris/Venice? Otherwise taking the shortest route + sleeper train would be advisable.

Milan is indeed huge so you won't see everything, but you can easily get around the city by metro so don't worry about the difficulty of getting to a "decent" hotel. Munich is also a great city...but I really wouldn't recommend one place over another if you're only stopping for a few hours. They're all basically equal on such a short stop.
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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As an different alternative, I might suggest just booking a sleeper cabin. Use the train as your hotel for the night. I suspect the cost increase of booking the sleeper cabin instead of a regular seat would be less than the cost of a hotel. Also, you get to spend more time in Venice.
This is a good idea if one is available....we did a sleeper train from Venice to Munich although I didn't sleep well, considering the noise and the stop in Austria where the conductor woke everyone up. The only drawback to it was that we got to Munich way early in the morning and then felt nasty without a shower, but our hotel was nice enough to let us wipe down in their lobby bathroom and they stored our luggage for us until our room was ready. It WAS a great opportunity to go have some Weisswurst in the appropriate setting at the appropriate time of day!
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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Ok thanks for the replies. I ruled out the overnight train because it would basically waste a day on the front end. We would have nowhere to store our baggage after checking out of our hotel until we board the train at night. Then when we arrive in Munich we would again have nowhere to put our baggage so we would need to purchase storage. Also, having nowhere to shower is no fun.

We will probably just go forth with Milan since it is the shortest duration between Paris and Venice. We want to maximize our visits to those cities, so Milan would just be an evening stopover. I was also considering Verona, Italy, since it is smaller and less stressful, but not as much to see.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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Hello,

We will be traveling from Paris to Venice by train. We are looking to stop overnight somewhere along the way to break up the trip and hopefully see another city if only for a few hours. We would arrive in the late afternoon, check into a hotel, and only have maybe 2-3 hours to explore and grab dinner. We are fine with walking around everywhere.

Milan, Italy is the most direct, logical place, but is a huge city. There also appears to be a lack of decent hotels nearby the main train station, so we would lose time transiting to our hotel. Is Milan too big to see anything in one afternoon/evening? We were also considering Munich, Germany, although it adds several hours to our trip the next day. We may encounter a similar problem with too little time to see much. Geneva, Switzerland may be another option. I just am not sure what there is to see there in such little time.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
Geneva is very 'doable' for 2-3 hours. The lake is a 15 minute walk from the station. Cross the Pont Mont Blanc (bridge) to the main shopping area and walk up the hill into the old town. Things to see in a short time; the lake, the expensive stores (window shopping is free), the old town including the Cathedral, the old cannons near the Cathedral, the monument to the Reformation in the Parc des Bastions. All that can be done in a couple of hours as Geneva is quite compact. Dinner tends to be at around 8pm in Switzerland so that gives you time to explore beforehand.

Plenty of restaurants around the station including the world famous Cafe de Paris which only has one menu item - steak done in garlic butter and served with salad and fries.

Also, there are plenty of hotels near the station and around Rue de Lausanne which runs east from the station.
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