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Trip Report Prague, Dresden, Berlin... two weeks in one pair of shoes

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I wish to thank everyone who gave me suggestions and support last week when I was whining about " not loving" Berlin .
As travelers we know that many variables influence our impressions of a place including: the weather, crowds, accommodation, the length of stay..etc.
But, there is always that subjective emotional connection.. something like : "love at first sight", or " we have to see each other a few more times.." or " I am just not that into you".
I usually don't right trip reports.. (many here do a wonderful job), but I will submit a few facts and a bit more..
MOI : I have traveled for many years, this was my third trip to Europe this year, first visit to all three cities( Prague 5 nights, Dresden 2, Berlin 6), I was alone, not big on planning - no daily schedules , only carry on luggage , prefer : big cities with galleries, museums, cafes, some elegance, generally not drawn to : markets of any kind, small towns, line-ups, formal restaurants, palaces and castles, prefer apartments to hotels, will rarely travel across town to eat in a specific restaurant.
TRANSPORTATION: KLM ( via Amsterdam )to Prague, back from Berlin
DB train from Prague to Dresden and Dresden to Berlin.
COST: flight - very expensive this time of year ( used Air Miles), train : 19 E each way ( plus a few euros for seat res. and postage - DB mailed Prague - Dresden ticket, I was able to print Dresden-Prague. On D-P line I was asked to produce the CC I used to pay for the ticket.
TRANSFERS: Prague: http://www.prague-airport-shuttle.com/ recommended here 550K, (a very good outfit), Metro to train station Holesovice 26K
Dresden: taxi to hotel and back to the station ,6 E each way
Berlin: taxi to hotel 6 E, hotel to Tegel 19E
ACCOMMODATION: Prague : a private apt. in lovely, residential Vinohrady, Dresden: Hilton ( recommended here), Berlin Melia ( recommended by Thin)
Both hotels in a perfect location, very comfortable, big rooms.
I asked for a room facing the inner courtyard because both hotels are on a busy corner. Melia : $115 , Hilton : $135 a night ( Canadian dollars)
PREP: read Fodor's books on all 3 cities, looked at the Forum, booked train tickets ahead of time and a ticket for the Green Vault in Dresden : 12E (was able to print), hotels booked through Exp.
PRAGUE :
much lovelier and livelier than I expected, cosmopolitan , on the "move, tons of restaurants an pubs, good public transit ( ticket machines, must validate your ticket), concerts galore ..

memorable ( and not only..)
- buildings in many different styles ( from Baroque to Art Nouveau..and many more).. beautifully restored and lit
- a concert at the stunning Art Nouveau Municipal Hall ( the locals formally dressed...)
- Klementium
- cafes
- so.. "old Europe" and , at the same time , very much "with it"..

DRESDEN: something sad about the city.., lovely, but a lingering sense of
loss ...
memorable:
- a tour of the Opera in German - the language I don't speak , but was able to understand well enough when the tour guide passed around many photos of the bombed out building.
- both Vaults : gorgeous, completely useless art objects
- the "new" old Frauenkircke church . Can one go home again?

BERLIN:
Newer than I imagined, scared by the Wall , the city with more museums, history and art than I expected, but still the city I cannot put a "face "on.

memorable:
-laughing German children playing hide and seek among the stelae of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
- Bauhaus exhibit . Sort of a metaphor for the city : a beautiful building from the 1800s, a part of the Wall right next to it, the famous art ( and more) school closed by the Nazis.
-the Holocaust Tower at the Jewish Museum. How can bare walls
say so much.
-Berlin Wall Memorial Ste at Bernauer Strasse. More moving than a touristy Check Point Charlie
AND
- spend as little time as possible at Prague's Holesovice train station
- start a writing campaign to the Berlin City Hall to replace the existing hideous sign "Kulturforum " on the Kulturforum.
- if having lunch, don't sit next to a group of tourists who will go gaga when THE Rick Steves walks into the restaurant
-go easy on German and Czech food and beer - the walking does does not "make up for it"
- WEAR COMFORTABLE ( BUT STILL NICE LOOKING) SHOES !

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