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Medival Places to visit: Between now to march 2018


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#1 Bikerdude

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 06:12 PM

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So following on from my post in the the Inspiration thread - I am going to start looking for places to visit. So if we we say every second weekend, thats 9 places to go see, and as per a friend recommendation around £200 per person per weekend, but this is flexible as I may well be covering the costs of hotel rooms for friends.

 

As some of you might know I recovered from cancer, my best friend and my mom died as few years ago and I am nearly 50. So as the saying goes life is far too short and I have been meaning to do this, so instead of waistintg money on a gym, I would like to see some cool places instead.

 

This is the beginning of my research of where to go, then what airline to use, then what local hotel/motel/rooms to rent for the weekend. Should any Darkmoders be in the countries where I am going to that wan like to act as a tour guide (paid, otherwise or even put me (if its just me) up for the weekend and I will cover food/drinks)

 

Medieval europe, top 20 places to visit

 

Im posting this here as I think my trips will be inspirational if nothing else, and I will try to be interactive during said visits to maximize the effect.


Edited by Bikerdude, 01 December 2017 - 06:14 PM.

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#2 Bikerdude

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 06:19 PM

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#3 freyk

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 04:35 AM

The first thing that comes to mind is, Bruges in Belgium. (definitely, i.m.h.o)
then bad Bentheim in Germany. (both towns i visited)

Travel departments in my country, will advice you to go to countries like Germany or Hungary.
To look for Hanseatic League cities. (-> more-Rich "medival" cities)
 
I will be your tourguide, when you are traveling to the central of my hometown, Deventer in the Netherlands (its a bit like Bruges).
but there are also medival places in Haarlem, Zwolle (central) and and cities in the province Limburg.
(also they are all to watch, using Google Streetview)

Edited by freyk, 02 December 2017 - 06:56 AM.


#4 Bikerdude

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 05:17 AM

Awesome, whats the best times bwtween now and March to travel over there..?



#5 freyk

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 06:16 AM

My opinion is, to travel in the spring (or summer) to these places.
Because of the weather at that moment and the colors.
 
In the winter its grey/white and cold.
But at that moment you have there the Chirstmas markets.
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Here are some google streetview 360 panoramic pictures of Bruges, Bad Bentheim and Deventer.
I compared them with your expectations: I can conclude, go to Bruges.

Bad bentheim:
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Deventer:
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Bruges:
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Edited by freyk, 03 December 2017 - 08:47 AM.

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#6 Destined

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 02:40 AM

If you would like to visit a Hanseatic city, I am currently living in Lüneburg. It has many brick buildings and a couple of churches in the "brick gothic" style. Also, it is only half an hour away from Hamburg (also a Hanseatic city, but much bigger). Unfortunately, I can only offer one couch (that is not too big either) as a sleeping place, but I know of a small hotel that is quite cheap (with 40 € the night, at least that's what I paid there half a year ago). I myself have only lived here for a couple of months, so I am not sure how much of a tour guide I can be, but I know the old city centre and the most famous buildings (like said churches or the old water tower).

 

Regarding other German cities, I can definitely recommend Nürnberg, Rothenburg and Bamberg. Apart from its beautiful city center Rothenburg has a museum about medieval crime and punishment that I have visited basically every time I went there with my family and that is really interesting. Also, you can walk along the fortifications on the old city wall (or at least you could; it has been some time since I have been there last). The only downside of Rothenburg is that there are usually a lot of tourists (especially Japanese/Chinese). Nürnberg and Bamberg offer tours called "Nachtwächter" (night watchman) with various themes, in which you are shown around town and can get a lot of information about the town. If you like, I can also ask some friends, who still live in Nürnberg, what they would recommend regarding medieval sightseeing there.

 

EDIT: For the cities I mentionend, Hamburg and Nürnberg have airports and should be well reachable for you. From Nürnberg you can reach Bamberg in 30-50 minutes and Rothenburg in about an hour by train, so if you want to visit multiple cities at once, this would be a good place to start.


Edited by Destined, 04 December 2017 - 03:27 AM.


#7 demagogue

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 03:51 AM

Carpe diem & godspeed, bold traveler.


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#8 grayman

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 08:23 AM

Wow, I am soooo jealous. Wish I could do something like this, but I unfortunately can no longer travel comfortably.

 

Looking forward to a vicarious trip through your eyes.

 

Have fun!



#9 Bikerdude

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 08:30 AM

@Gman, I'm heading toward 50 and I havent really gone anywhere in the world. I been to the USA before 911, spain and and Ierland and thats it. So before I am too old and poor to go anywhere I want to atleast try and see some other places.

 

And I plan to take lots of pictures and videos.


Edited by Bikerdude, 04 December 2017 - 08:35 AM.

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#10 Amadeus

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:02 PM

I went to Luebeck, Germany last year and had an amazing time. It's an old Hanseatic city with gorgeous architecture and delicious marzipan (if you're into that kind of thing). Highly recommend going there!



#11 freyk

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:32 AM

Walked yesterday in the streets of the old city center of Deventer.

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It reminded me a bit of the starting point of st lucia mission.

 

(but i know that Bruges has more beautiful streets)

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#12 Bikerdude

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 04:32 PM

Evening

 

So the cash for the first trip is ready, I am off all next week so can travel at a drop of a hat flight prices allowing.

 

@Freyk, even though though the weather is probably not the best I never never been to the Netherlands, so for me it would be a fun interesting experience. Whats is your schedule like for next week..?


Edited by Bikerdude, 30 December 2017 - 06:23 AM.

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#13 grayman

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 11:46 PM

Have fun, Biker.



#14 Destined

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 05:48 AM

Have a nice trip!

#15 freyk

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 12:59 PM

@Freyk, even though though the weather is probably not the best I never never been to the Netherlands, so for me it would be a fun interesting experience. Whats is your schedule like for next week..?

Im sorry, havent followed this topic for a time.
I am busy this week (but i have time in the weekend. Saturday preferably. ).
But the weather is not good atm.
But I hope you can move (or book) your trip to somewhere in spring.

Edited by freyk, 01 January 2018 - 01:22 PM.


#16 Bikerdude

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 02:42 PM

ok.





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