Thinking ahead to next spring or fall ... I would like to spend a week (or maybe two) in Europe. I have traveled a lot in the last few years, mostly to Africa and the Middle East, and had many layovers in Europe that were tantalizing but unsatisfying, as I never got more than a few hours outside of the airport. The only place I've really spent any time is Hungary, which was an absolutely fabulous trip I did with some members of my family a few years ago, made more meaningful by the fact that we had some ancestry there that we were able to explore. And Budapest was quite safe, walkable, and rich in history, so I'm looking for an experience like that.
Possible contenders for a place to go would be: Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, or Helsinki. Right now Helsinki is on the top of the list because I am so curious about it, they have kayaking opportunities with all the lakes, and I could take a ferry to Estonia. Wrong or right, I am not particularly interested in France, Spain, Portugal or Italy, and though I would love to see Norway or Sweden, I have heard that they are very expensive countries.
I'll probably be traveling solo, and my strategy when doing so is to seek out B&B's for a more personalized experience, and do lots of planning ahead to avoid getting lost
If you had a week in Europe, where would you go?