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Adriana
Miami

London, Madrid, Germany

2 week itinerary for London, Spain, and Germany?

A friend and I want to take a trip to Europe and we both have family in different places there that we can stay with so we can save money for other things. We have a place to stay in London, Madrid, and Berlin. We want to plan a trip around that. Any ideas how to go about this? Where to start planning or where to stop on the way to one of those cities? We would want to go for 2 weeks. 


8 Answers

top answer by
Molly from United Kingdom

Hi Adriana,

Sounds like a great trip! Given that you only have two weeks - and you could spend that in London alone - I would recommend flying between places to maximise your time, rather than taking the train. You don't say which city in Germany you're staying in, but certainly flights between London and Madrid are quick and fairly cheap (whereas the train from London to Madrid / London to Berlin, for example, can take up to a day when you include changes). Check out budget airlines Ryanair and Easyjet.  

In London, it really depends on your particular interests. The London Eye is a great experience, and it's great to see sights like Big Ben, the House Of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. If you like art, I'd recommend the Victoria & Albert MuseumTate Britain, and the Saatchi Gallery to start with - although there's literally hundreds that you can choose from! London is also lovely for walking if the weather's nice. Try a stroll along the Southbank Centre, or through one of the parks - St James's Park and The Regent's Park are two of my favourites. The Thames Path along the river is also lovely, especially (surprisingly) through the East London section. 

For food, you can't beat Brick Lane - the salted beef bagels are incredible, as well as the curry! 

I would also try and catch a West End show while you're there. Listings can be found at the London Theatre Guide. 

My only recommendation for Madrid (not having been for years) is to visit Escorial, about 45 km outside Madrid. It's the historic residence of the Kings of Spain, and is just stunning. There's more information about visiting and the history of it here

Hope this helps - enjoy your trip! 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. London Eye (attraction)
  2. Big Ben (attraction)
  3. House Of Parliament (attraction)
  4. Buckingham Palace (attraction)
  5. Victoria & Albert Museum (attraction)
  6. Tate Britain (attraction)
  7. Saatchi Gallery (attraction)
  8. Southbank Centre (attraction)
  9. St James's Park (attraction)
  10. The Regent's Park (attraction)
  11. Thames Path (attraction)
  12. Brick Lane (neighborhood)
  13. Escorial (city)
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answered by
Juan Pablo from Bogota

London is totally amazing. You should stay at least one week there and the other week between Madrid and Germany. 

>> In London, I recommend you to visit, obviously, the London Eye. If you like arts, you two most go to Saatchi Gallery. Don't miss to have a look at The Big Ben, biking / chilling at Hyde Park, and visit one or two of those markets like Camden Market

Check this web for free local activities, parties, plays for the rest of the week... http://www.timeout.com/london

Cheers!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. London Eye (attraction)
  2. Saatchi Gallery (attraction)
  3. Big Ben (attraction)
  4. Hyde Park (attraction)
  5. Camden Market (attraction)
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answered by
R.a. from London

In London I would save your money and not go on the London eye and instead go to Duck & Waffle They are on the 40th floor, and you get the most amazing view. It is a restaurant, however you don't have to eat there, you can just go for a drink, and still get to see the view.

Primrose Hill is another good free place to get a nice view of London. And if the weather is nice, take a few beers, or wines, and have a picnic on the hill.

My favourite place to eat is Honest Burgers. They have multiple locations across London.

If you are after a cool venue to go out on a Friday or Saturday night, Koko is an old converted theatre that has live music and dj's playing.

My favourite market is the Borough Market which is open Saturdays.

Have tons of fun :)


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  1. Duck & Waffle (restaurant)
  2. Primrose Hill (attraction)
  3. Honest Burgers (restaurant)
  4. Koko (attraction)
  5. Borough Market (attraction)
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answered by
Katie from Lake District National Park

Sounds like a really interesting mix of places. I guess you need to decide whether you're going to fly between them, or spend time travelling by car or train and see the landscape on the way - in which case, be aware of how long it will take you to travel between the three. You need to decide whether you want to spend lots of your time travelling, or whether you'd rather be based in the three individual places. 

I would suggest around 5 days in London (even if you spend a month there, you probably won't fit everything in!). Make sure you check out the free places: National GalleryNational Portrait GalleryThe British MuseumTate BritainVictoria & Albert Museum etc. And if the weather's good, it's always lovely to spend some time relaxing and walking round the parks. 

Hope that helps!

K :-) 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. National Gallery (attraction)
  2. National Portrait Gallery (attraction)
  3. The British Museum (attraction)
  4. Tate Britain (attraction)
  5. Victoria & Albert Museum (attraction)
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answered first by
matthew from Paso Robles

You want to look into a Eurorail pass, the trains in Europe are much faster and more efficient than they are in the States and this will enable you to cover a lot of ground and save a lot of money.


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answered by
Ellie from Utah

What an exciting trip you have planned!

Here is my roundup of things to see and do in London whilst you are visiting.

EAT - Sticky Fingers (great for the family and Rolling Stones fans), Rainforest CafeThe Breakfast Club (check out whats behind the SMEG fridge door before you sit down!) are all great restaurants for something a little extra! 


STAY - Have you considered renting an apartment in the city from Air BnB? They have some great little places to stay for half the price of a hotel.


PLAY - Take a free guided walk around Covent Garden (http://www.goldentours.com/free-covent-garden-walking-tour) complete with tour guide to get all the history and tales of the town! Or try the Princess Diana Memorial FountainThe London Dungeon is great for all the family and a visit to One Aldwych Hotel for a Charlie and the Chocolate themed afternoon tea is a MUST! 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sticky Fingers (restaurant)
  2. Rainforest Cafe (attraction)
  3. The Breakfast Club (restaurant)
  4. Covent Garden (attraction)
  5. Princess Diana Memorial Fountain (attraction)
  6. The London Dungeon (attraction)
  7. One Aldwych Hotel (hotel)
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answered by
Ragan from Nebraska

We took our 2 younger kids on a whirlwind trip similar to yours last year..Paris, Normandy, London, Dusseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart, Fussen...21 days, planes, trains, buses and cars! it was exhaustingly fun.

In your itinerary our tip to anyone traveling is to take a day and just wander the area your in..you never know what you will find or who you will see! We took a wrong turn in London and saw a fabulous parade commemorating the anniversary on the UK military then as we were leaving on a small side street we saw the Queen!  Enjoy the vacation! It's kind of like a wedding..it all goes so fast after the planning...


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  1. Paris (city)
  2. Normandy (region)
  3. London (city)
  4. Dusseldorf (city)
  5. Munich (city)
  6. Stuttgart (city)
  7. Fussen (city)


answered by
Perla from Alexandria (Virginia)

 You can take a train from Madrid to Lisbon


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  1. Madrid (city)
  2. Lisbon (city)




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