Have you traveled Europe?

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    Jul 04, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
    Leave Friday morning for Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, and Stuttgart.

    If you've been to any of these places and have some must see's: tours, restaturants, bars, cafes, anything..... let me know!!
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    Jul 06, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Most of the gay clubs are in Le Marais, lots of fun to walk around there and stop in. In Vienna we wenta couple times to the Cafe Savoy, which claims it has the largest mirrors in Vienna. Its very friendly and people are quite willing to approach and talk to one. It's a small place, faded grandeur kind of decor. It's a cafe, but the kitchen is a hot plate in a closet, so don't plan on getting much to eat there. Also, in Vienna, eat early on Sunday, hard as hel lto find any place open.
  • Nayro

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    Jul 06, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    Amsterdam!!

    Visit the Anne Frank house if you think the 2nd world war is interesting.

    And just walk through the streets of Amsterdam central its really nice, water everywhere, and nice buildings.

    Also the nightlife is real fun!
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    Jul 06, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    There's a great cocktail lounge in Amsterdam called Prik (and yes, it does pretty much mean the same as "prick" in English). Funky music, great cocktail specials (and they have Prosecco on tap! seriously), amazing staff and generally a mixed, friendly crowd. I went for cocktails there on my birthday 4 months ago!! It's right around the corner from the palace.
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    Jul 06, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    If it were me, and I were just going on vacation I'd not search out specifically gay places to go. I can see naked gays at home, but that's just me. Bruges has great places all over, you can't really go wrong. icon_smile.gif Here's a site with walking tours of the city, I've done the monument one. Beautiful place:
    http://www.brugge.be/internet/en/toerisme/sightseeing/wandelroutes/index.htm
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    Jul 06, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    I have lived in and traveled Europe extensively. Extensively enough never wanting to go back.

    In Amsterdam, don't buy weed from any "coffee shops" located on main streets, squares, or tourist areas. Use the English version of the yellow pages to look for one that is a little outside the center. Otherwise you'll get ripped off for inferior quality product.

    Avoid anything that looks North-African. Don't look them in the eye, for some reason they see that as a provocation. They're harmless unless they're in groups (as they are total pussies). Be careful in the gay area when the bars empty, the Moroccans roam the streets in herds at night.

    Also, watch out for the unlicensed cab drivers and people trying to push hotel rooms on you in front of the central station.

    Basically, just get on to Berlin as quickly as possible icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 06, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    cdncuteboy saidThere's a great cocktail lounge in Amsterdam called Prik (and yes, it does pretty much mean the same as "prick" in English). Funky music, great cocktail specials (and they have Prosecco on tap! seriously), amazing staff and generally a mixed, friendly crowd. I went for cocktails there on my birthday 4 months ago!! It's right around the corner from the palace.


    No it doesn't. "Prik" can mean a pinch, an injection or sting. Google translate has it wrong.
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    Jul 06, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    antelope saidMost of the gay clubs are in Le Marais, lots of fun to walk around there and stop in. In Vienna we wenta couple times to the Cafe Savoy, which claims it has the largest mirrors in Vienna. Its very friendly and people are quite willing to approach and talk to one. It's a small place, faded grandeur kind of decor. It's a cafe, but the kitchen is a hot plate in a closet, so don't plan on getting much to eat there. Also, in Vienna, eat early on Sunday, hard as hel lto find any place open.



    Also, don't forget the slightly sketchy area around Pigalle (around Blv Trudaine, metro stations Pigalle - Stalingrad). A little further down is the original moulin rouge. No gay stuff though.
  • Muscmasmat

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    Jul 07, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    I loved my trips to Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, Salzburg, and Berlin.

    You didn't mention how long you will be in each destination. Your best bet would be to get guide books (I recommend the ones by Rick Steves). That will give you the highlights of each location according to how long you have to spend in each place.

    In Amsterdam, go see the Ann Frank house, the red light district, and if you are into art, the Van Gogh Museum and Reichsmuseum (pardon my spelling). Also, there is a sex museum - the main one - that I found interesting. It is not expensive, but has a lot of pornographic artifacts from the 1800's and earlier. Porno started as soon as cameras were invented in the early 1800's. Who knew? The food is not that great in Amsterdam. Native Dutch food is basically fish and cheese. I found a great restaurant called Saturnino at Reguliersdwarsstraat 5 that is reasonably priced and the service is very good. It is also gay friendly. It is not in the tourist area per se (that is Leidseplein), but between there and the train station. In Leidseplein area, there is a Chinese Wok retaurant that I also frequented. It has decently healthy food. If you have time, rent a bike and just ride around for a couple of hours. Bikes are big in the Netherlands - they are everywhere. Be careful when you cross streets. There is usually a bike lane in addition to the street. Don't stand in the bike lane. :-). If you are going to be there a couple of days, get one of the 2 or 3 day tram passes so you can ride as often as you like. You can get these at visitor information just outside the train station. Get a gay Amsterdam map there also.

    Paris - well there are the usual - Eiffel Tower, Louve, etc. It will be mobbed with tourists. Go to the Louve early as possible and go to see the Mona Lisa first thing before the hugre crowds get there. Just enjoy the city and relax as best you can. Paris has so much to see and do, you will have to come back.

    I loved Munich and Berlin. Berlin of course has LOTS to see. Your best bet is the guidebook to decide. In Munich, go to the large park and eat and drink at the beer garden and listen to the band.

    In Salzburg, this is kind of cheesy, but I highly recomend the "Sound of Music" tour. You may be too young to remember or have seen "Sound of Music", but if so, take the tour. It lets you see a lot of the area by bus as well as some of the sights where the movie was made.

    I'm too old to go to the gay clubs anymore, but in all these places, there are some good ones I expect (well maybe not Salzburg). But they may start very late compared to here in the US. All these places I mentioned are gay friendly. And the young guys are hot. If you are into gay saunas, these are very good there also. In Europe they have lots of young guys, not like here in the States.

    HAVE A GREAT TIME!
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    Jul 07, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    I've never been to Europe... Waiting to go with my guy. (which means I'll never meet Europe). icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 07, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    I'd like to go to europe someday, visit places like venice, paris and london
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    Jul 07, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    I've been, but only place you are going that I've been is Paris and I'm sure you'll figure that one out. I had a layover in Amerstdam...the airport is awesome ;-)
    I did travel to Bordeaux, Paris, Frankfurt, Venice, Florence, Roma, Naples/Pompeii (day trip), Pisa (day trip), the Vatican (I nearly melted) and a brief tour of Switzerland. Oh and Strasbourg.
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    Jul 07, 2011 12:22 AM GMT
    Haven't been there yet would love to go
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    Jul 08, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    Mike's Bike Tour in Munich. Tons of fun. They take you in a big group on rattly old bikes past some of the iconic sights of the city, through Englischer Garten (the "big park" someone else mentioned), stop at a beer garden, etc. The tour guides are young and fun and mostly native English speakers. If you hang out in Marienplatz for the noon Glockenspiel chiming, there will be people there to sign you up for the tour.

    There's a Mike's Bikes in Amsterdam too, but it's not near as much fun as the Munich one.
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    Jul 09, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    I'm going to be in Prague and Munich later this month. Can't wait.

    You're seeing a lot. How long is your trip?
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    Jul 09, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    Porsche Museum in Stuttgart... thats if you love sports cars icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 09, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    Duh.

    Who hasn't?
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    Jul 29, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the responses... My trip was three weeks.. Im in Stuttgart right now heading back to paris in the morning. I didn't really get to read your posts before I left but I ended up doing most of the stuff that you guys mentioned anyways! Mercedes museum instead of the Porsche museum though.... But thanks a lot!!!
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    Jul 29, 2011 8:46 PM GMT
    is ile st.louis in paris still packed with guys sunning during the summer?
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    Jul 29, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    ah Im not sure... However Englischer Garten in Munich is full of nude sunbathers. And today I went to mineral baths here in Stuttgart with many pools and saunas and EVERYONE was nude in the saunas. My travel mates and I left because i think we made them uncomfortable wearing our suits! lol
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    Jul 30, 2011 8:03 AM GMT
    Make sure you don't overbook yourself. Spend time just roaming the streets, dining where the locals do, going to a pub the locals do, etc. For me, those are where the memories are made, not in some museum.
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    Jul 30, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    Azimmwax saidI'd like to go to europe someday, visit places like venice, paris and london


    I have a bed you can stay in in london

    /muahahahaha/
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    Jul 30, 2011 2:00 PM GMT
    Those are all great places, but the best two, I think, are Amsterdam and Berlin. There are all sorts of free tours of Berlin where you can see the history, etc. Also the gay nightlife there is fun. Go to some of the big clubs even if it's not your scene. It's got a hip, edgy, artsy vibe.
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    Jul 30, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    I lived in Stuttgart for four years and I am from this region... Of course you go to the sauna naked???? What's if for otherwise! The Opera House in Stuttgart and Schlossgarten is worth a visit too!