Here are a few thoughts based upon my travels in Europe:
Scotland especially Edinburgh is lovely. Edinburgh is an amazing city seen quite easily in 3 or 4 days, lots of history, beautiful buildings, good bars and restaurants. From there I picked up a 3 day trip up to Isle of Skye which was just beautiful. In the UK it is one of the few areas of just total natural beauty and isolation that you will see (the sheer closeness of villages and towns is something I never quite got used to in the UK).
I spent a long weekend in Bergen, Norway and then caught the Flam train to the fjord areas where we then took boats through the fjords and back to Bergen. It is breathtakingly beautiful and quite surreal in June when the nights are non existent. I also went to Stockholm but it was only a night and I was sick. Probably my only negative comment about Scandinavia is the cost. We travelled on UK pounds when it was very strong and even we were shocked by how expensive it was. It is eye watering and you will spend more money in this area than the rest of your whole trip.
I love France and Italy and could move to either tomorrow. I cant even begin to say where I loved.....how long is a piece of string. The country areas and smaller cities of these countries are just brilliant as you get such a better taste of the country. I still love all the touristy stuff in Rome, Paris, Florence, Venice etc but I have had amazing experiences in cities like Lyon, Tours, Verona, Turin, Bologna (oh Bologna.....what an awesome place), Lucca. You can do so much more as the prices are cheaper, the food is better and the people a bit friendlier. I do find a car is the best option once you have trained between the cities and then want to explore even more. I really loved the Lakes area of Italy. As for driving....pffft completely terrifying but you get used to it!
Another favourite is Berlin. This city to me has everything. Great museums, fascinating modern history, architecture, awesome shopping, some trendy food areas....great city.
But as everyone says dont try and do everything. It is hard to pick and choose but do your research, look at the train maps of Europe so you dont spend too much time travelling and you will find the places that appeal to you.
Edited by Ehill, 07 December 2012 - 09:03 PM.