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1st time to germany..itinerary..suggestions plz

1st time to germany..itinerary..suggestions plz

Dec 31st, 2010, 12:38 AM
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1st time to germany..itinerary..suggestions plz

Hi All,
Travelling to germany with husband and 2 yr old boy...have made a rough itinerary..needed suggestions

day 1 arrive frankfurt-after 12 hrs of flying
day2 leave for berlin
day3 berlin
day 4 berlin
day 5 berlin- day trip to potsdam
day 6 berlin- dresden
day 7dresden-prague
day 8 prague
day 9 prague
day 10 prague-nuremberg
day 11 nuremberg(day trip to rothenburg and dinklesbuhl)
day 12 nuremberg-munich
day 13 munich
day 14 munich
day 15 munich-day trip to salzburg
day 16 munich
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Dec 31st, 2010, 03:49 AM
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Hi r,

I wouldn't plan on both Rothenburg and Dinkelsbuhl in one day

Have a nice visit.

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Dec 31st, 2010, 03:56 AM
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Your sequence works, but after a long flight with a 2 year old, you could consider Nuremberg first. Then Berlin, Dresden, Prague and end with Munich.
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Dec 31st, 2010, 05:13 AM
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They are not going firectly to Berlin - the first day is spent in Frankfurt. Doing Nuremberg first would mean they have to get from Prague to Munich in one jump.

It is not that much faster to drive from Prague to Munich than it is to drive from Frankfurt to Berlin. If they are taking a train, then it would be easier and much faster (almost 2 hours quicker) on the Frankfurt - Berlin route.

Perfectly good route roochi - well planned.
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Dec 31st, 2010, 06:11 AM
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Aramis; Sound advice.
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Dec 31st, 2010, 06:16 AM
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P.S. Here is some information on most of the cities you will be visiting. www.inyourpocket.com
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Dec 31st, 2010, 07:50 AM
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roochi - going by train, plane or automobile?

as it is mostly large cities I would advocate the train since with a car once you get to a big city cars are kind of useless INe - many city centers off-limits to private vehicles and are pedestrianized in places - city transports are so so good (and cheap), etc. Many hotels do not offer parking in city centers or if they do may charge and arm and a leg as you may pay just to park your car in a secure log - leaving on streets not advised if bags inside, etc.

Anyone look at the German Twin Railpass (child goes free) as it would cover all your trips and you just hop on any train practically anytime - zillions of trains going everywhere and comfy trains - I'd advise first class for a family like yours - rarely a problem getting three seats together and could well be a problem in an often more crowded 2nd class. For loads of great stuff on German train and passes I always spotlight this troika of info-laden sites - www.budgeteuropetravel.com; www.seat61.com; www.ricksteves.com. And for schedules of all German trains and prices to compare to the pass - www.bahn.de - the German Railways official site.

so cars are great IMO for slowly exploring more rural areas, like the Mosel Valley or the Black Forest but the train will eaisly take you to each and every place on your itinerary.
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Jan 1st, 2011, 06:16 AM
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Germany even has a good system of overnight trains - very spiffy ones compared to most of Europe with some compartments even having their own private toilet and showers. You could hop one of these between Frankfurt and Munich, Prague and Munich, Bernlin and Munich, etc. Save times and the sleeping accommodation would be cheaper than the average hotel costs.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:04 AM
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$332

If going by train then I see six train days within Germany and you could get a 6-day Germany (Twin - two people per person) for $40 a day or about 30 euros a day (flexipass -use days within a one-month period, any time you want) - so 30 euros for a day's unlimited rail travel all over Germany - hop on any train anytime - and in first class the same pass would cost $332 or about $50/day or about 35 euros a day - even a better bargain IMO - again check fares for fully flexible tickets at www.bahn.de and see what great deals these are - that is for hop on any train anytime fares.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:40 AM
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The trip looks fine for adults - although there are adjustments I would make.

Not sure if it realistic with a 2 year old. that partly depends on you child's temperament. If he is very calm, sleeps well everywhere and doesn;t require a lot of running around time this will work. If he is an active child - you need to build in some hours every day for him to be a kid - and may find this itinerary too filled.
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 11:02 AM
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German trains or at least many I have been on do however have Family compartments and places with toys and games for kiddos. May be better than in a car, with no space to move around much for long drives.
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