I'm attending a conference in Amsterdam in Feb next year. At that time, I'll be coming up on having to use all of my days off before I lose them at the end of Feb. Therefore, I'm planning on taking an additional 2 weeks off after the conference.
I've read quite a bit on forums that Europe is all but shut down during that time because it's so cold. I'm actually not worried about the cold so much, but I do want to maximize my time off and experiences abroad. I'll be in Amsterdam for a week for the conference, doing day trips out to Bruges and other places, when not working.
After that, I could use my vacay days to:
Buy a Euro rail pass and tour different German and Swiss towns.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.