Train from Munich to Prague

Feb 16th, 2007, 05:31 PM
  #21  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,421
I have occasionally driven in German; more times I have been a passenger in a car driven by someone else. It was never anything special.

For a leisure trip in Bavaria, I much prefer the train. On the train I can sit back and enjoy the scenery, write in my journal, or organize my pictures. If I drive, I have to watch the road and the cars around me.

Public transportation in Bavaria is handy, convenient, and generally inexpensive. If you know the system, you can get almost anywhere by train, and if not, then by bus.

You said you were going from Mittenwald to Rothenburg, which takes you right by Munich. Then a couple of days later, you are coming back to Munich? Why not just stop in Munich on the way. I would recommend spending a night in Munich. There is so much to see there, but Dachau would not be high on my list. If you feel you have to see Dachau, it is on the way from downtown Munich to Rothenburg. Take the S-Bahn to Dachau, leave your bags in a locker at the station, the bus to the memorial leaves from in front of the station. When you get back, continue by regional train to Rothenburg via Treuchtlingen. A train leaves almost every hour from Dachau.

If the only thing you want to see in Munich is Dachau, you can make the entire trip from Mittenwald to Rothenburg in a day. Mittenwald to Dachau via Laim (skipping downtown Munich) takes about 2 Ĺ hours, buses run from Dachau station to the memorial on a 20 minute schedule and the trip takes about 10 minutes. Regional trains from Dachau to Rothenburg take about 3 hours. The stretch of track into and out of Treuchtlingen goes along the Altmühl river and is particularly scenic.

Getting Dachau/Munich out of the way on the way to Rothenburg allows you to take the direct train from Nürnberg to Prague. If you use Bayern Tickets from Mittenwald to Rothenburg and from Rothenburg to the Czech border, and connecting tickets from the border to Prague (maximum €18,70 if you buy them from DB in Rothenburg), the total of your German travel will cost only about €110, or less than €140 if you stop overnight in Munich. The Bayern ticket will cover all of your local travel (S/U-Bahn, streetcar, or bus) in Munich, including the bus to/from Dachau memorial.
Larryincolorado is offline  
Feb 18th, 2007, 01:07 AM
  #22  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 28
Hi Larryincolorado- sorry for the sp. on Dachau and the delay in replying. I have 4 days in Germany before I leave for Prague and my flight [unfortunatlely] lands in Frankfurt. We thought that we would drive in the Bavarian region given the short time and not depend on public transport [lots of posts recommend driving] and since Dachau seems like the nearest Memorial, we wanted to visit before leaving [hence leaving from Munich to Prague]. Mittenwald and Rothenburg are towns we would particularly like to see, although it seems we have not logically routed the journey. You think Frankfurt, Mittenwald area, Dachau, Rothenburg, ending with Nürnberg [to take the train to Prague] makes more sense? And with 4 days, is this doable conveniently by public transport? Could you advise? Thanks a lot.
serenity7 is offline  
Feb 18th, 2007, 11:18 AM
  #23  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,421
Had you originally indicated that you were coming from Frankfurt, I would have changed my suggestions slightly.

Considering that Rothenburg is close by your route from FRA to Munich or Mittenwald, I think you should go there first and avoid any backtracking. That will also make your first day's travel a little shorter. Are you coming to Frankfurt directly from the U.S.? Are you arriving at FRA in the morning?

Does four days include May 2, the day you have to reach Prague? If you go by day train, would you travel on the 2nd?

Are you arriving in Frankfurt on Sat, Apr 28?

I would plan a full day (i.e., two nights) for Rothenburg. How much time are you planning for Mittenwald?
Larryincolorado is offline  
Feb 18th, 2007, 06:40 PM
  #24  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 28
Hi Larryincolorado - we are flying from India - reaching Frankfurt on April 28 at 10:30 am. and fly out of Prague on May 6 [morning]. Given your earlier response, was thinking on the train journey on May 2, [RE451] reaching Prague by 12:45 pm. That would give us 3.5 days in Prague.

Planning on spending a day each in Rothenburg, Mittenwald [2 nights to see the surrounding area] - Last night around Munich to see Dachau before leaving on May 2 for Prague.

Larryincolorodo - I really appreciate your time and patience. Thanks!!
serenity7 is offline  
Feb 19th, 2007, 07:03 AM
  #25  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,421
I think you may be packing too much into the time you have.

You have four nights in Germany, 4/28 - 5/1. You want to spend the last night in Munich to take an early morning train to Prague. That leaves 2 nights for, say, Rothenburg, but only one night for Mittenwald (or the other way around).

More specifically, the Dachau memorial closes at 5 PM on May 1 (see www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de). The guided tours go at 1:30 (introduction at 12:30); the AUDIO tours take about 2 1/2 hours. At the latest you need to be at Dachau around 2 PM. That doesn't leave much time for Mittlenwald.

One other thing you should know. I looked back and realized no one ever completely explained the Bayern ticket to you. See www.tiny.cc/laenderticketsen. On weekdays you cannot start using a Bayern Ticket until 9 AM, so you won't be able to use it for RE 451. You can, however, use it for the 10:44 connection. If you want to take the earlier train you will need standard tickets, about €50 per person. You better find a hotel close to the main train station, since you will have to get to the station quite early. Also, if you rent a car, you will have to turn it in the day before, maybe before going to Dachau.
Larryincolorado is offline  
Feb 19th, 2007, 08:09 AM
  #26  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,421
BTW, the obvious logical day to visit Dachau would be the day you travel from Rothenburg to Mittenwald. That would make everything fit. However, that turns out to be Monday, and the memorial, like many other museums in Europe, is closed.
Larryincolorado is offline  
Feb 20th, 2007, 03:22 AM
  #27  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 28
hi Larryincolorado - looks like I've messed up the itinerary. I am trying to re-issue my ticket to land in Munich and also decided to forego Dachau for another visit [hopefully]. Does this modified itinerary make sense? [I am really thankful for your inputs and your PATIENCE .. thanks a ton!!!]

April 28 [Sat] Land in Munich - Reach Fussen by afternoon. Night in Fussen
April 29 [Sun] See the Castles in Neuschwanstein and surrounding area. Night in Fussen
April 30 [Mon] Mittenwald and surrounding area. Night in Mittenwald
May 1 [Tue] Drive leisurely along the Romantic road, spend a few hours in Rothenburg, night in Nurnberg
May 2 [Wed] 7:36 train to Prague [with the standard ticket] as the 9:50 train will only reach at 15:45.

serenity7 is offline  
Feb 21st, 2007, 10:25 AM
  #28  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,421
I think my patience IS running out. Your previous itinerary was too tight because you were landing in Frankfurt. So, you are fixing that problem with a Munich landing, and you could make your original itinerary (with modification) work. So now you come up with a new itinerary that is as inappropriate for the time you have as was the original itinerary.

It appears to me that you are interested in quantity, not quality. That is, you are only interested in how many how many stickers you can add to you luggage, not actually spending adequate time at those places.

If there are no traffic delays and if you drive straight through without stopping, driving time from Mittenwald via the Romantic Road from Wieskirche to Rothenburg, per Via Michelin, is five hours. But that is not really the way to see the Romantic Road. I suggest you read the comments on
http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...2&tid=34814380.

If you make any stops on the way, by the time you get to Rottenburg and have another hourís drive to Nürnberg, there will not be enough time left to adequately see Rothenburg. The last time I was in Rothenburg it was for a day and a half, and that seemed about right

I suggest instead that you go back to your original schedule. If you are arriving early enough in Munich, you could take the train to Rothenburg with a stop at Dachau. Spend Sunday seeing Rothenburg, go by train on Monday to Mittenwald, and come back to Munich Tuesday afternoon or evening (how late do the car returns stay open?) for your early departure on Wednesday.

Finally, I donít think I can help you any more. My forte is travel by public transportation, particularly by rail, in Bavaria. I know how to use public transportation, especially promotions of the Bahn, to save a lot of money vs. renting a car. You seem determined to do this by car, so I donít think I can help you more.

Gute Reise.
Larryincolorado is offline  
Feb 21st, 2007, 05:02 PM
  #29  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 28
Larryincolorado - sincerely apologize.
serenity7 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:19 AM.