It included tours of the centuries-old catacombs beneath the buildings—very interesting! Another day we toured Neuschwanstein castle. It was built in the 1800s by a semi-crazy king (Ludwig II), and it is said to be the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. The tour was, again, pricey but worth it.
Our final major destination during our short time in Munich was Dachau, one of the German concentration camps used for Jews and others during World War II.
Dachau was a moving place—not necessarily fun but certainly worthwhile. All in all, we had a spectacular time in Munich and would highly recommend it for your vacation ideas! - Kelli from Texas
We landed in Zurich and toured the local science museum before boarding the Maria-Theresa train to Salzburg. Our kids love the Sound of Music and we started the trip seeing the Swiss countryside en route, arriving in the city of one of our favorite movies.
We toured the next day and then took a train to Basel where we were to join the cruise. The surprise for us was that a classmate of ours from college works for our college alumni office. He was guiding a tour of alumni from our college on the very same cruise. It ended up being a pep rally along with a very educational adventure.
We toured a new city every day and cruised the Rhine in the evening. The chef on board kept us all well-fed and the alumni, mostly over 60-years old were very kind to our kids.
And luckily, our kids were very well-behaved. We ended the trip with a day in Amsterdam before boarding a bullet-train the next day to exit via Paris.
Our younger child loved the trains more than anything we did, while our older child grew to appreciate the age of Europe versus the relatively young history of the US and really grew to appreciate the culture and architecture. - Jenny from Columbus
The atmosphere is sophisticated and it's easy to get around. I tried to visit as many sites as I could in the little time I was there. Of course, I went to Buckingham Palace. And although I didn't get to go inside, it was fun to see. It's impressive. I went on the London Eye, which is like a giant, enclosed Ferris wheel.
It is the absolute best way to see all of London from all points of view, as you can easily move around inside the compartment. I went into a few shops but bought mostly souvenirs. Otherwise, I would have spent more time trying on clothes than seeing London!
Also, I used their subway system and it was such a nice change. And I never got lost! Possibly, the best part about visiting London was just walking around. It was great to experience a different country and see all the differences (and similarities) to this country. It was a really satisfying vacation idea. - Grace from New York City
The whole religious tie in with society was something that amazed me, and will always leave a mark in my life. Outside of that there is so much to do. From shopping, to wine tasting, to taking tours of all of the historic buildings in Spain; there is something for everyone.
My favorite city was Barcelona, because there was so much to do and the entertainment there was A+. Whether you want to go shopping on Las Ramblas or go see the influence many artists had on the architecture in the city, there is so much to do. If you have to go to one place in the world I would recommend Spain! It's for sure one of the best European vacations. - Greg from Idaho
From there we walked to Bushmills to tour the distillery which was both entertaining and educational. After the tour we took a bus up to Giant's Causeway. A tour guide at the causeway told the folk story while we took turns sitting in the wishing chair. We then traveled to Dublin, Ireland. Dublin has a very beautiful and dynamic landscape.
We walked through the ancient streets admiring old churches both inside and out. Dublin also has a modern side as well. We visited several pubs in the area enjoying authentic food and spirits. Anyone considering vacation ideas in Ireland will experience both the scenic countryside and beautiful cities. - Kagan from Dallas, Tx