Help needed with itinerary for Germany

Old Jun 1st, 2004, 08:36 AM
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Help needed with itinerary for Germany

I will be travelling to Germany on the 20 July and arrive in Berlin on the 21st. My departure date is 3rd August. I will be staying at a friends place for two days in Berlin. From then I would like to see as much of Germany as this is my first time to Germany. Can someone help me with an itinerary? Also is it better to travel by car or train?
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Old Jun 1st, 2004, 10:21 AM
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I prefer train because it is so easy... no hassel at all, and you can get to all of the most popular tourist destinations. However, I am sure there are probably some small villages which must be reached by car.

As for where you should go... just a few of my favorites: Rothenburg (with a "u"), Munich, Wurzburg, Heidelburg. You can easily do a daytrip to Salzburg, Austria from Munich. Here is what I would do: type in each of these cities into the search box and see the different posts about them... they should tell you the major sites in each town so you can get an idea of what you would like to see.
If you do go down to Munich in Bavaria, be sure to see Neuschwanstein and Linderhoff castles!
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Old Jun 1st, 2004, 03:12 PM
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I like trains because parking is not so easy. The autobahn is not for the faint of heart. Rothenburg ob der tauber is delightful.
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I like having a car in Germany a LOT! There does seem to be a growing problem with traffic on the autobahns - - which precludes being able to drive like they were designed for. But it is still a wonderful place to drive.

And although this thread is old, it remaains a treasure trove of a lot of personal opinions on places enjoyed by people who visit this forum.

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...=2&tid=1307795

Best wishes,

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Driving in Germany is pretty easy overall, but a car is more a nuisance in a big city. On most of our trips, we've used a combination of train and car. For example, 2 years ago we landed in Frankfurt, took the train to Bamberg. Stayed in Bamberg 3 nights, then train to Munich. We used the train on this part as we had to be in Bamberg and Munich on specific dates, and there weren't any places we wanted to stop along the way.

But after Munich, we rented a car. We were only going to stay in small towns where parking isn't a problem (Hohenschwangau, Colmberg, and Beilstein), and we wanted to take our time and meander about Bavaria and the Mosel River.

Works great for us.
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