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Short Family Visit to Germany, Czech Republic

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This may be last time DyoungerD almost 30 DW mid 50s and I, 70, may get quality time together on our own like the old times, before DD starts working 9-5 in Chicago and will have only a few miserable weeks a year when she will be vacationing with her DH.

We plan to fly from Istanbul to Leipzig on THY special fare of Euros 149/person with 30kg baggage allowance, late November, take Budget automatic at THY special rates at airport, stay one night at Hotel Fregehaus (room for 3)

Drive to Prague the next day, to stay three nights at Hotel Metamorphis (some sort of suite).

Drive back to stay one night in Halle at Hotel Atlas Halle (2 rooms)

Fly back to Istanbul noon on the 6th day.

We wanted to stay fifth night at Dresden but could not find any room at hotels we liked. There must be a convention or fair. We decided on Halle rather than Leipzig on the last night, to visit another city which is not far from the airport.

We have the following questions and hope we can get help :

1- All our hotel reservations are cancellable, so I will appreciate any warnings???

2- Any pointers about the routes we will be driving and parking & driving in the cities will be very welcome. We have arranged for parking with Hotel Metamorphis in Prague and parking at Halle seems to be no problem.

3- How much cash Czech currency should we have with us for tips, gas, food and other incidentals, if our bank charges us 3-4% on foreign exchange conversions for ATM use or on credit cards, and we can buy Czech currency cheaper at FX offices in Istanbul?

4- What to tip at restaurants and cafes in Germany and Czech Rep. ? (you can tell, it has been a long time since I visited Germany when I remember tipping about 5-10%. and I.ve never been to Czech Rep.)

5. Any non touristy, typical restaurant suggestions, especially in Prague will be very welcome, together with recommendations of menu items.

6- I am not a museum person but the girls are. I love walking in the streets, checking the architecture, quaint doors, windows, flower arrangements, driveways, gates, cobblestones, as much as I can within my age and weight limitations.
Hence, all recommendations for me and for them are welcome, considering our two full days in Prague and possibly 4-6 hours in Dresden on the way back, since Halle will probably be only a place of rest for us for that final night.

Please check my Fodors profile and if you have time, some of my trip reports if you need more info on us.

I will do my best to fight urges of procrastination and hibernation (for the coming Winter) and write a trip report on this visit.

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