Less Tentative Thoughts

I’ve begun researching the cities from my previous blog post and have created a list of sights and experiences that I want to (dare I say it) see and experience.


  • Vienna
    • Schönbrunn Palace
    • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
    • Blutgassen District (Neighborhood next door to St. Stephen’s Cathedral)
    • Naschmarkt (outdoor market)
    • Hofburg
    • Donaturm (Danube Tower – Restaurant on top)
      • Danube Island
    • Belvedere (Klimt’s “The Kiss”)
    • Hostel: Myrthengasse (HI) – €26 (or stay in a hotel for as little as €34)
  • Salzburg
    • Fräulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour (May – September)
    • St. Gilgan/Wolfgangsee (Where the Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music)
    • Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains
    • Mozart’s Birthplace
    • Hohensalzburg Fortress
    • Hostel: Naturfreundehaus Stadtalm €20.50


  • Dubrovnik
    • Mljet National Park
    • Sponza Palace
    • Klis Fortress
    • Hostel: Cocoon Hostel or Youth Hostel Dubrovnik
  • Split (Part of Dalmatia)
    • Trogir – Romanesque Town Center
    • Zlatni Rat, Brač
    • Hostel: Hostel Eklata, Hostel Vila Mikica, and Youth Hostel Split


  • Copenhagen – Largest chance of getting nixed.
    • Tivoli Pleasure Gardens (amusement park with the worlds best roller coaster)
    • Little Mermaid
    • Viking Ship Museum
    • Hostel: Danhostel (~150-300 KR = $22.30 – $44.56)


  • Paris
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Arc De Triomphe
    • Disneyland Paris
    • Louve
    • Notre Dame
    • Louis Vuitton Foundation
    • Versailles
    • St-Ouen Fleamarket
  • Marseilles
    • Chateau d’If
    • Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM)
    • Porte d’Aix (Arc de Triomphe)
  • Normandy
    • D-Day Beaches
    • Mont St. Michel (Day Trip)


  • Berlin
    • Brandenburg Gate
    • Berlin Wall (and East Side Gallery)
    • Holocaust Memorial
  • Munich
    • Museum Sundays!!! (€1 Entry)
    • Englischer Garten
    • Bavaria Filmstadt (1pm tour – English, €25)
    • Third Reich Walking Tour (2.5 hours @ 10:15am, $17)
  • Frankfurt
    • Gutenberg Museum Mainz
    • Burg Eltz (Medieval castles)
    • Judenhof (Jewish Courtyard)
  • Stuttgart
    • Whatever Conny and Izzy take me to


  • Athens
    • Acropolis
    • Parthenon
    • National Archaeological Museum
    • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    • Agora
    • Plaka District (and the Jewish Museum)
  • Crete
    • Arkadi Monastery
    • Rethymnon Old Town
    • Agios Nikolaos – Port town
    • Elafonisi – Island you can walk to through the water
  • Santorini
    • Oia
    • Any and all of the beaches


  • Rome
    • Colosseum
    • Pantheon
    • Trevi Fountain
    • Spanish Steps
    • Ostia Antica – Ancient port
    • Catacombs of San Callisto
    • Vatican City

      • St. Peter’s Basilica (and Square)
      • Sistine Chapel
      • Vatican (and Necropolis)
      • Vatican Museums
  • Florence
    • Palaza Vecchio
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Piazzale Michelangelo
    • David
  • Venice
    • Grand Canal
    • Piazza San Marco
    • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Naples
    • Mount Vesuvius and Pompei (Day Trip)
    • Pizza….just pizza
  • Tuscany
    • Pisa (Day Trip)


  • Amsterdam
    • Anne Frank Museum
    • Prinsengracht – General shopping and meandering
    • Van Gogh Museum
    • Canals
    • Zaanse Schans – Windmills
    • Keukenhof Gardens – World’s Largest Flower Garden (Mid-March – Mid-May)
    • EYE Film Institute


  • Madrid
    • Puerta del Sol
    • Gran Vía
    • Plaza Mayor
    • Segovia (Day Trip)
  • Barcelona
    • Montjùic/Palau Nacional/Font Mágica
    • Parc Guëll
    • Casa Batlló
    • Casa Milá (La Pedrera)
    • Sagrada Familia
    • Barri Gótic – Gothic quarter

This is by no means a complete list.  Locations are subject to fall off without notice.  I might add some countries.  Maybe Belgium.  Belgium sounds nice.  I hear they have good waffles.

Can you tell I’m excited yet?

If you have any thoughts/opinions/concerns/recommendations on the preceding locations, please don’t hesitate to comment below!

Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Obtained my Master's in Film, Television and Screen Media in London, England. Now working as a small-group travel coordinator. Nice to meet you!

One thought on “Less Tentative Thoughts”

  1. Germany: Look into Heidelberg as a day trip from either Frankfurt or Stuttgart. I’m a bit biased, sure, but it’s a smaller town and has a bit more of a German feel to it than a city feel like major cities do. Plus, ruins of a castle with a wine barrel big enough to dance on!

    Italy: Look into Cinque Terre! It’s stunning and perfect for a relaxing vacation or a few hikes. Pisa can be a day trip from either there or Florence. I paid for a day tour of Pompeii/Vesuvius from Rome which included a Neapolitan pizza lunch and was well worth it. It meant I didn’t get to see Naples, but Pompeii/Vesuvius/pizza were my goal there.

    Spain: Add Temple of Debod to your Madrid sights. It’s my absolute favorite spot in Madrid! I’m not sure if you’re into art museums, but if you are, look into the Reina Sofia (my favorite, modern art) and the Prado (more classical art). If you choose to go to Spain (Madrid or elsewhere), let me know and I’ll give you alllll the insights!

    Copenhagen: I’m sad that you might nix this, because I fell in love with the city while I was there. I understand, though, because it’s expensive and doesn’t have AS much to see as some other places.

    General: Look into free walking tours wherever you go! You should tip the tour guide at the end, but they’re usually locals and it’s my favorite way to get to know a new city.

    I’d be happy to chat with you about any trips you plan on taking and help out with hostel recommendations and anything else if it’s some place I’ve been! You’re going to have a great time!

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