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Hi,

I am planning to make a trip to Europe starting with Amsterdam in the month of October. Can someone please suggest if October would be a good time to visit Amsterdam. Also, I wanted to cover two more countries along with Amsterdam. So, what all countries can I add to the itinerary? I have 15 days with me. And I would like to spend 4-5 days in each country. I could think of Germany as a second country. I am a backpacker. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Any time is a great time to visit Amsterdam but October is particularly good.

In addition to Holland and Germany (which is an excellent choice), I would suggest Belgium. If you go from Holland and then to Germany, you may want to continue on to Austria, Switzerland or Italy but I would still recommend Belgium.

As a wildcard, you might want to consider Scotland. If you think you will like Amsterdam, there is a high likelihood you will also enjoy Edinburgh.

PS - Excellent hiking in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

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Any time of year is good for visiting Amsterdam. In October we have had mild weather sometimes, or rainy weather at other times. Sometimes all in one day. But the city has plenty to offer even if the weather is bad.

From Amsterdam there are cheap flights to Spain, Portugal, Italy, the UK and lots of other places.

The options are endless.

For example 4 days in Amsterdam + 7 days in Seville and Andalucia region (white villages with moor influences, amazing food, safe, cheap, music & dance, warm weather) + 4 days in Lisbon or Barcelona or where ever. Probably still good beach weather down south.

Or 5 days in Amsterdam, Paris and London each (traveling by train inbetween, and flying home from London), though they are expensive cities and I don't know if by 'backpacker' you mean you are on a tight budget.

In Germany I love Berlin, and I also liked Münster (Muenster)... I've been to a few other places but didn't like them all that much, Germany is not really my cup of tea I guess... a bit 'too' organized and overly neat and punctual. I prefer France, Spain, Portugal... and Amsterdam of course :-)

You could also take an overnight train to Prague, that way you save time, and money for a hotel. And from Prague go to Berlin and then fly home from Berlin. Or any other city you want basically.... it depends on your likes and dislikes (cities / countryside / adventure sports / museums / nightlife / beach time / road tripping through hills / good food / ...?), your budget, what you're hoping to see from Europe this time...

3 destinations maximum would be most enjoyable, better not add more or you'll lose too much time of your 15 days in transit.

If by 'backpacker' you mean that you do mountain hikes with a backpack on then listen to Ddavis (post #1).

Websites that could be helpful: www.skyscanner.com , www.easyjet.com , www.ryanair.com , www.vueling.com (for flights to Spain) , www.transavia.com , www.seat61.com (for train info).

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Personally I would say start in The Netherlands and visit Amsterdam, depending on the airport you could visit a other city in The Netherlands shortly. Fly too Valencia, Spain, which is a beautiful location with great culture and hiking places nearby. From there you could also check out Madrid or Barcelona. After that you could still try any major city in Italy which is a short flight from Valencia also. Or fly to Innsbruck, Austria from Valencia, also magnificent for hikers!

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Hi everyone, Thanks a ton for taking time out to reply. Your replies have indeed given me an idea of what to expect. I am planning to cover 3 countries at a budget of around 1700 euros including flight in15 days. I am not much of an adventure freak, so hiking is not my cup of tea :-) I love beaches, clubs, night life, good food, historical monuments, and museums. I hope this gives an idea of what I am expecting. Thanks again for your help, friends.

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So after the flight, how much money would you have left? And do you realize that for Amsterdam you need at least €70 to €100 per day for accommodation and food and some sightseeing, even if you stay in a hostel?

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I'm confused.

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About what Ddavis?

Plenty of backpackers out there who never hike a single step, but do city trips, carrying their luggage in a backpack. Does 'backpacker' mean something else in American English?

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Just a hint:

If I recall correctly then Aeroflot is the cheapest option on the route DEL > AMS.

I believe they have return single stop flights via SVO ( Sheremetyevo Moscow ) for a little over € 500.

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Backpacker generally means someone who stays in backpackers or hostels whilst traveling.

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Sunderim, in that case I think my reply is still good advice for you. Valencia has beaches and also alot of the other stuff you requested. In Amsterdam and Italy you will find enough to do also without the hiking.

By the way, if you go to Valencia I can recommend the hostel On Dormire Valencia, which is actually more a cheap hotel then hostel. But with good service!

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