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oleson4

Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input

by oleson4 »

Hello,

My husband and I are planning a trip to Eastern Europe in June.  I am soliciting suggestions on whether the itinerary is doable.  Should I be including other areas of interest?  Thank you.

Fly in from U.S to Berlin on June 1st in the evening

June 2 – 3  Tour around Berlin

June 4 –  Daytrip by train to Potsdam. Spend the night in Berlin

June 5 – Train from Berlin to Prague.  Stop off in Dresden for a few hours.

June 5 – 7 Tour around Prague

June 8 – Rent car and drive to Cesky Krumlov.  Spend the night

June 9 – Drive to Karlovy Vary.  Spend the night

June 10 – Drive back to Prague.

June 11 – Fly home 

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warlord

RE: Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input

by warlord »

Very doable, but also check out the bus scheduals.  Many time the buses are faster and have better connections and scheduals (and many times cheaper) than the trains.  Thus giving you more time in say Dresden if you are going that route.  Same as your daytrip to Potsdam, check the buses to minimize your travel times.

  That's what I did when I was in the western part of Poland, Czech and Germany.  Saved me a lot of time and gave me more options.  Though in some cases a train may be the best bet if you are going to smaller places, but you should always cross check the times.  Might end up giving you more time to wander around in your various places.

  Just curious why you are renting a car in Czech for?  There are hourly buses between Prauge and ?eské Bud?jovice and are only about 7€ round trip I believe and only takes a little over 2 hours...

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billiv

RE: Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input

by billiv »

We did that trip in reverse several years ago.  We spent 4 days in each Prague and Berlin.  We did not rent a car, but if you like road trips I'm sure the Czech Republic would make an interesting place to cruise around in.

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Pauline Frommer

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by Pauline Frommer »

I'd be curious to know billiv if you felt four days was enough for Berlin. To my mind, it's more packed with thiings to see and do than Prague. Would you have done it differently, now that you've been?

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oleson4

RE: Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input

by oleson4 »

Thanks for the input.  I will look into taking a bus versus a train.

Also, I will look into the option of not renting a car, but we thought it would give us a little more freedom if we had a car.

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billiv

RE: Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input

by billiv »

Berlin, London, Paris, New York, Tokyo--lots of cities like these you could easily spend weeks in without a doubt.  But 4 days enabled us to hit the high points. 

Car is great if you want to get off the beaten path, or make planned or unplanned stops at places difficult to reach by public transport.  Especially for unplanned, serendiptious stops, a car is great.

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billiv

RE: Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input

by billiv »

As to splitting time between Berlin and Prague, there is more to see and do in Berlin.  But we didn't run out of interesting things to see and do in Prague with our 4 days there.  In fact, our last day in Prague, we were sightseeing right up to the last minute when we had to leave for Berlin. 

If anything, I would have kept the full 4 dyas in Prague, and extended the vacation to have at least 5 full days in Berlin (we did take one day trip to Potsdam).  With the extra day, we could have visited a couple of more prime sights.  Unfortunately, my work schedule at the time wouldn't allow that.

The most interesting part of the Berlin visit for me was seeing how much Berlin had changed since my first visit in the summer of 1961--just before the border with east Berlin was closed and the wall went up.  The former East Berlin looks a lot better now than it did then.  The 1961 trip to Berlin (with my parents--my dad was stationed in Bamberg with the 2nd Armored Cavalry) was a good deal scarier than the recent trip with my spouse, son, and daughter-in-law!

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warlord

RE: Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input

by warlord »

In Response to Re: Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input:[QUOTE]

Thanks for the input.  I will look into taking a bus versus a train.

Also, I will look into the option of not renting a car, but we thought it would give us a little more freedom if we had a car.

Posted by oleson4[/QUOTE]

  Yes I agree and have really wished I knew how to drive stick so renting a car could be an option for me.  Though it can be a hassel too and parking can be a problem in the larger cities.  With your itenerary though, it's pretty well connected.  Now if you were going off the beaten path, renting a car would be beneficial.  I've had to make some odd connections in my travels due to being limited by bus and trains to more out of the way locations...

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billiv

RE: Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input

by billiv »

Yes, if all you want to do is get from city to city with no interest in what is in-between, train and bus are absolutely the way to go.  It just depends on what you want out of your vacation. 

We've done European trips entirely by train/bus, entirely by rental car, and by a mix of both.  It just depended on when and where we were travelling and what we wanted to see and do. All the trips were wonderful.

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mquartz

RE: Berlin-Prague Itinerary Input

by mquartz »

If you drive in the Czech Republic make sure your car has the mandatory road-tax sticker on the windshield - see the list of roadways that require it and all the other details at http://www.motorway.cz/stickers (it is a system similar to those in Switzerland and Austria in case those are familiar to you)

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