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Needed some opinion/ help for my Europe (central) trip.

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Hi there,

Happy Thanksgiving to all who will be heading home to celebrate with their family.

I need some help to plan my itinerary.
Basically my brother and I are planning a 16 - 18 days trip to central / eastern Europe for the next year spring time or fall season. We are not sure whether we should travel in May 2017 or October 2017.

We are just doing some brainstorming right now.
We wanted to travel to

1) Munich
2) Berlin
3) Prague
4) Budapest
5) Vienna

Or maybe we could add Salzburg and Amsterdam in it.

The thing is that we do not know where to start and where it should end. We are from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Last April, we went to Rome, Florence, Venice, Amsterdam, Paris and London for 25 days. Thanks to the folks here that help us plan our itinerary and the trip was magnificent and we couldn't be more happy about it.

Please tell us when should we travel (early May or early Oct), what should we see in each destination, what is the best way to travel, how many days should we spend in each city etc, etc.

Thank you very much for your help. I appreciate it very much.

Steven

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    May and October are both fine. However, in May we have spring and everything is in bloom and we have very long days, so my recommendation would go for May.

    You have already five destinations on your list and if you have only 15 full days in Europe and if you subtract time for travelling between destinations, then only 2 1/2 days are left for each destination, which is the absolute minimum. So, I would not add more destinations. A quick visit of Salzburg might be an exception because it so conveniently between München and Wien and you may just stroll for a few hours through this rather compact town during a train stop. You might do the same with Dresden on your way from Berlin to Praha.

    For planning, use www.bahn.de, the website of the German railway company. Here are the travelling times for the train:

    Berlin - Praha: 4:25, with a stop in Dresden
    Praha - Budapest: 6:43 (flying might be faster)
    Budapest - Wien: 2:41
    Wien - München: 4:07, with a stop in Salzburg
    München - Berlin: 6:16 (also, consider flying)

    This is a loop and you can/start stop anywhere, depending on the best flights from Malaysia. A multi-city flight would save you half a day, but it is usually more expensive.

    Amsterdam would be a geographic outlier and I am afraid you do not have enough time for it.

    For the sights in each city, use guidebooks or internet resources. You will need them anyway.

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