9 days in germany by train

Jun 20th, 2008, 07:43 AM
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9 days in germany by train

we are traveling summer 2009, 2 adults and a 18,19,and 23 old . we would like to start in Paris for 2-3 days then take a train to go to berlin for day 3-4 . then take a train to frankfurt for day 5, 6, and leave day 7 for munich . day 8 in munich , day 9 leave back home. any suggestions on what attractions to see in place , where to spend more time /less time in. i have researched frankfurt doesnt seem too interesting. im also interested in maybe instead of paris , making a trip with either amsterdam , switzerland-zurich, or austria- salzburg with Germany combined . please help , ill apreciate any input / suggestions.
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Jun 20th, 2008, 07:53 AM
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I can tell you about the trains - fantastic service in those areas and easy to use. With that amount of travel you want to at least consider one of the following railpasses - the German Pass for Germany only; France-Germany railpass for both countries

eurail select pass - for any 3, 4 or 5 countries - say France, Benenlux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg as one country for this purpose and Germany - can add on Austria or Switzerland or both.

Folks under 26 can get seriously discounted Youth Passes and adults traveling together discounted Twin or Saverpass for putting two names on one pass. Anyway i always refer folks to two great sources that have tons of information on trains in these countries apart from the usual pass prices and 'add to cart button' - www.budgeteuropetravel.com where you can download their free 2008 European Planning & Rail Guide which is a great primer for learning about European trains - rail maps, itineraries like you are looking for, etc. and www.ricksteves.com which also has a lot of good content not typical of usual sites that merely sell passes.
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Jun 20th, 2008, 09:41 AM
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Hi G,

>we are traveling summer 2009, 2 adults and a 18,19,and 23 old . we would like to start in Paris for 2-3 days then take a train to go to berlin for day 3-4 . then take a train to frankfurt for day 5, 6, and leave day 7 for munich . day 8 in munich , day 9 leave back home.

A: You are 5 Adults.

B: You have too many venues for 9 days.

I suggest that you either visit Paris or Germany, but not both.

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Jun 20th, 2008, 11:20 AM
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we have two older adults 45 and I want to see what things they are for this age group like nightlife, and we would like to visit Paris and Germany . I need suggestions for where to go in Germany with Paris or just Germany . We maybe able to go for 14 days but we need time to rest when we back
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Jun 20th, 2008, 11:40 AM
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Point to point train tickets in Germany are expensive, so this is one country where railpasses make sense.

If you insist on 4 cities mentioned, an alternate routing Paris-Frankfurt-Berlin-Munich will "reduce" backtracking. Just look at a map and plug in travel into at bahn.hafas.de.

If I have to be around Frankfurt, I would not stay in Frankfurt. I would go down the Rhine River and stay in one of the lovely towns along the Rhine.

Removing Berlin would straighten out your itinerary if you insist on including Paris and Munich.

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Jun 20th, 2008, 11:59 AM
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For a 9 day trip, I would suggest you narrow it down to two cities... or at least skip Frankfurt this time. Four to five nights per city would give you a good taste of each.
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Jun 20th, 2008, 12:03 PM
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I would to do more and see more cities maybe see like one thing important in each city but is there so much to do in the described cities
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Jun 20th, 2008, 12:09 PM
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If you want to visit more cities rather than fewer, then stick to Paris, Berlin and Munich and perhaps stretch your visit to 14 days. In doing your calculations, don't forget that you lose at least one day every time you change locations.

Have a great trip!
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Jun 20th, 2008, 12:13 PM
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I need help with what to do and see in german cities , I been to Paris as a student and could give advice to my family . I need suggestions not criticism , I obviously no that 18 , 19, 23 are adults I just needed help catering the youth and ADULTS
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Jun 20th, 2008, 12:48 PM
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You don't have time to cover all that geography.

Suggest you drop Frankfurt and Munich; see Paris and Berlin, fly home from the latter.

As greg suggests, stop in the Rhine/Mosel region for 2 nights - it will break up the trip and provide some contrast with the megacities. There you can tour Marksburg Castle in Braubach, the only never-destroyed medieval castle on the Rhine; castles are interesting for people of all ages.

www.marksburg.de
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Jun 20th, 2008, 03:53 PM
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If you play your cards right, it's not true that you lose at least one day every time you change locations.

On our last day in a city, we check out of the hotel first thing in the morning, and stash our bags at the train station. Then we sightsee all day, pick up our gear, and ride the last train to our next destination. In this way, we travel during what is normally "down time" when the sights are closed for the day, and save our daylight hours to explore rather than travel.
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Jun 22nd, 2008, 09:52 AM
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And if you consider travel as the whole experience of being abroad in this case you never lose a day no matter what you are doing IME
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