Which 2 European cities would you recommend for 3 nights?
MY WIFE AND I AND A COUPLE OF FRIENDS ARE VISITING MAINLAND EUROPE IN JUNE FOR AROUND SIX NIGHTS. WE’D LIKE TO STAY TWO OR THREE NIGHTS IN TWO DIFFERENT CITIES WITH A TRAIN TRIP IN BETWEEN. WHICH WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
My perfect pairing would be Paris and Amsterdam. These are two varied and hugely enjoyable European cities, whether your interests are art, food, architecture, history, street life or just stumbling around in a daze, which is what I usually do. If you wanted, you could easily spend the entire six nights in either city and never have a dull moment. They’re sufficiently different to keep you constantly entertained and stimulated yet they’re also close. The fastest trains take just over three hours to travel from one to the other. There are also plenty of train services. You could take an evening train for example, to make the best possible use of your time.
Another prime option would be Rome and Venice, less than four hours apart aboard the fastest trains. Again two great cities yet quite different.
This question and answer first appeared in The Tripologist column of Fairfax’s Traveller. Read more at www.traveller.com.au