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Old 03-16-2016, 08:36 AM
 
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Hi, Iím looking for suggestions for an extended family trip we are doing in mid-July to Europe (dates are fixed but countries are open).

Some details:

- We will have our 2 year old with us. A 5 year old will also be in the group.
- Would prefer somewhere thatís not crazy hot in July.
- Wife and I can only go for a week; rest of the group is going for 2 weeks.
- Ruling out Paris, London, Italy as weíve been there. Rest of group may go there that 2nd week.
- Flying out of Atlanta so we have a lot of flight options. Cheapest non-stop I see is to Brussels. Madrid and Frankfurt also have reasonable flight prices for one-stop.

Since wife and I are only going for 1 week, rest of group is asking where we would want to go during our limited days. Any suggestions for possibly 2 nearby cities in a one week span?

Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:49 AM
 
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Again, I recommend Portugal. Great value, tons to see.


You have been to Paris, but what about the midi Pyrenees/Dordogne area? France is far bigger than just its capital. You can easily spend a wonderful week in Provence too.


If you are only interested in cities, there are so many options in the summer also. Vienna and Prague? (although the latter will be like a zoo in July). Munich (and nearby areas) and Salzburg? Ireland in the summer is a great option too.


Brussels, Madrid and Frankfurt are all kind of dull.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:18 PM
 
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Big city or country villages? Willing to rent a car? What sort of accommodation? You leave a lot of things open.

For ease of access, a very "soft landing" in terms of getting around and language, I'd look at Amsterdam. Lots to see - museums, parks, day trips to Haarlem or Delft... Everybody speaks English, and it's a quiet big city - more bikes than cars in the center.

Second place, Edinburgh. Marvelous place and you're pretty close to some terrific countryside.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:49 PM
 
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Fly into Amsterdam, take the train to Berlin, or fly into FRA and be between them both.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:50 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. This would be a big city trip.

I like the Amsterdam suggestion. My boss grew up in Eastern Europe and says Amsterdam was his favorite city in Europe. What other city would combine well for an Amsterdam trip? Brussels?
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:53 PM
 
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Copenhagen seems to be scaled well for families with small children. Summer in the Alps is also generally pretty pleasant and the Alps resorts tend to be pretty geared toward family groups- Munich then a few day trip southward?
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Old 03-16-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. This would be a big city trip.

I like the Amsterdam suggestion. My boss grew up in Eastern Europe and says Amsterdam was his favorite city in Europe. What other city would combine well for an Amsterdam trip? Brussels?


as to Brussels: Brussels Most Boring City in Europe - Bloomberg Business


Yup, Brussels is Kinda Boring | Seek New Travel


Of course in the end it is your money and decision.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:33 PM
 
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as to Brussels: Brussels Most Boring City in Europe - Bloomberg Business


Yup, Brussels is Kinda Boring | Seek New Travel


Of course in the end it is your money and decision.
Wow that doesn't sound good.
What city would pair well with Amsterdam for a one week trip?
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:40 PM
 
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What other city would combine well for an Amsterdam trip? Brussels?
Meh. If you don't want to go back to Paris, then maybe Berlin (train, 6 hrs) or fly to Dublin, Edinburgh or Copenhagen, all ~$100 - $150. Buy your transatlantic ticket as an open-jaw, ATL-AMS//DUB-ATL for example.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:58 PM
 
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I was also going to suggest Amsterdam.
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