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crossrenny

Christmas vacation in Germany & France - Help with planning

by crossrenny »

I have whole 1 week from 24rth to 30th December to visit Germany and France. I will be landing at Germany first. Can you help me with overall picture of traveling to these two countries. Getting tickets, passes and transit is somethingi'll need to know to plan my itierary properly. Any help from your experience would be helpful. I have a 8 year kid traveling with me. 

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Road Crazy

RE: Christmas vacation in Germany & France - Help with planning

by Road Crazy »

Are you arriving on the 24th and departing on the 30th?  I'm trying to figure out exactly how many days you have "on the ground" in Europe.  Keep in mind that everything will be closed on Christmas, so from a sightseeing standpoint you have one less day than that.  At best you have six days for sightseeing.

Where are you flying into?  Where are you flying home from?  If you are hoping to visit two countries, you should fly into one and home from the other.

Where in Germany and France are you interested in visiting?  With such a short amount of time, you're talking about one place in each country - there will not be enough time to move around more.  If it will take longer than four or five hours to get between them on the train, you may need to fly between locations.

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crossrenny

RE: Christmas vacation in Germany & France - Help with planning

by crossrenny »

Will be landing in Frankfurt. I a yet to chalk out the plan. With a kid around, i wont be able to do much of sightseeing.

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thomsonriver

RE: Christmas vacation in Germany & France - Help with planning

by thomsonriver »

If you can visit when palace tour are available it makes for a great evening. In Salzburg, the rail ride is beautiful, the markets are walkable from the rail station and it is just a beautiful sight.

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Akshay27

RE: Christmas vacation in Germany & France - Help with planning

by Akshay27 »

Hello crossrenny,

As you said you have complete one week to travel into these two countries. I think this is not enough time, that's why you should only visit the main cities. Your start of the journey depends on the city you arrive first. I would assume you would arrive in Berlin or Frankfurt. 

For the first day, you can travel in the city you arrive with the Tageskarte(Day ticket), which is valid throughout a day with all type of local transportations. For staying overnight you should plan before you arrive as during the Christmas time everything will be crowded because of holidays.  

On the second day, you can leave for either Berlin or Frankfurt. There are many good places to visit there. For the Christmas night, I would recommend you to stay in Berlin. It's one of the best Christmas celebration places in the world. 

After celebrating Christmas you can travel to France via train. There will be direct trains from both of these cities. You can directly go to Paris on the train. Paris is a great place for visitors. In this city, you can also travel with the day ticket. If your flight back to your place is from Germany, then you need to again come back to Germany in well advanced.

However, I would strongly recommend you to book your accommodation in well advanced, because of the holiday season. As you said you are traveling with a kid, it won't be that much difficult. For all the traveling tickets I think you can carry your kid without buying his tickets. Although, check the official rules before traveling.

For more information:

https://www.quora.com/Which-are-the-nicest-cities-in-Europe-to-go-sightseeing/answer/Akshay-Vaishnav 

https://www.triphobo.com/tripplanner 

 

 

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