This was my first adventure in Europe and boy, it was quite the adventure!
We only had 9 days and wanted to do as much as possible. We landed in Amsterdam on September 18th, and we had to get to Prague for September 27th to fly back to Ottawa. All we had booked ahead of time was a hotel in Amsterdam for 2 nights. From there, we would figure out where to go/stay and how we would get there! It turned out we could make it to Munich for the opening weekend of Oktoberfest, so we knew we had to get there! And then from there, we would get to Prague.
Day 1-3 | Amsterdam
Amsterdam was a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I had friends who were just there, and suggested we only take a few days there since it’s quite touristy. I was surprised to find myself fall in love with this city. The parks, canals, bikes and waffles, I loved it all. We stayed at the Vondel Hotel near Vondelpark. It was clean, stylish and perfectly located! I’m a fan of night life, and Amsterdam certainly has a lot of that to offer. However, I think one of the highlights was the food. It was delicious, reasonably priced and endless options! We spent our time walking around the city enjoying the sites and even hopped on a canal tour, which was a great way to see the city when you’re feet need a break! The only thing I would change would have been to spend more time to visit more of the city. But this gives me a reason to go back.
Arriving at the airport
Having a few pints at the Bulldog Pub.
The street our hotel was on. Great spot!
Breakfast at a pub after a night out.
Houses along the water.
I need this bike!
Day 3-6 | Munich
After breakfast in Amsterdam, we hopped on a train and made our way to München. The train ride was far from short, but we slept and watched movies on the ipad. Finally, 8 hours later, we made it! The only setback was that it was pooring rain. We had recently booked an AirBnB and took a taxi to the location. It was a great deal and a great experience, and I recommend anyone travelling to give AirBnB a try. Here is the link to the place we stayed! We chose Munich for Oktoberfest, so our host had left us tons of information in the apartment. We followed their instructions, and had a great time. I can’t even say how many beers were consumed, but I can tell you, the train ride to Prague was mostly spent sleeping. We spent our time pub crawling, walking around and enjoying the Oktoberfest fairgrounds. It poured rain our first day and we still had a great time! We spent day 2 (Sunday) in a few of the larger tents, they hold anywhere from 5000-8000 people, not including the beer gardens surrounding the tent, which hold anywhere from 1000-3000 people. It was a blast, we met a lot of really amazing people and we drank many litres of beer! I would certainly go back but would spend more time in Germany seeing other parts of the country.
In a sea of people.
Slowly the room fills up.
It doesn’t stop. You make friends with your neighbours fast since you get so close!
The servers could carry 6-8 at once!
Day 6-9 | Prague
We got up early and caught a train to Prague and 7 hours later we arrived. This was a very slow train with lots of stops. We had limited options, so we took the most direct route. We were tired and hungover so didn’t feel like having to think. Got on the train, we slept and got off the train. Prague is somewhere I will certainly return to. It was a beautiful place and was much bigger than I could have imagined. We did some sight seeing and walking, but that could only get us so far. We stayed in another awesome AirBnB apartment, but due to some circumstances out of anyones control, we had to leave early and stayed at a hotel at the airport for a night. I would still 100% recommend this apartment, it was well priced and in a great location. The building itself is old, but the apartment is very nice. Here is the link to the apartment listing! I would definitely go back to Praha, but would plan to spend more time there.
View from the bell tower of St. Wenceslas Chapel – only 287 stairs!
View on our way back down from the castle
Art Installation we stumbled upon!
This was my first time in Europe, but I can gladly say, it will not be my last. It was a whirlwind, but we had a lot of fun. The only thing I would have done differently would have been to only do 2 countries in 9 days. That would have given us a little more time in two cities, which would have been nice. I would also recommend and use AirBnB, it was such a great option for accommodations. Until next time Europe!