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Prague and Germany

Two questions:

1.)  My husband and I are planning another Europe trip for next year, and we've decided we'd like to visit Germany, but we have no idea which city. We've heard good things about Berlin and Munich, but we don't know a whole lot about either of them at this point. We are interested in all kinds of things, including the culture, food, and the people, castles (I've heard there are some along the Rhine River), and some of the Holocaust sites. We are also open to any ideas or suggestions. Would either of these cities (Berlin or Munich) be better to visit, or is there another city we should consider? We also plan to visit Prague in the same trip, if that makes a difference with travel between the two cities.

2.) Our trip would most likely be either spring (March, April, or early May) or summer. I know that when we were in Europe the last time everything I read said to travel sometime other than summer, because summers are so crazy with all the tourists. I'm assuming that it's probably the same this time around, but I thought I would ask on here just in case. If summer doesn't work out, what about March, April, or early May? What is the weather like at this time and would it be a good time to visit?

So basically, our trip will at least be Prague, a city in Germany, and possibly either Ireland or Venice (kind of random, I know).  We're still in the very early stages of planning and just gathering up ideas at the moment.

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schauspielerin
Mar. 21st, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Well the Rhein isn't really close to either of the cities you mentioned (it's in far western Germany, near Cologne), but based on your description, I'd go to Munich. Munich is in southern Germany (Bavaria in English, Bayern in German). Munich is full of things that non-Germans think of as typically German...lederhosen, bratwurst, lots of Beer...it's a REALLY touristy city, but it's lovely and the people are wonderful. It's also near Neuschwanstein, which is the castle of Mad King Ludwig in the alps near Germany's border with Austria.

Munich is also near Dachau, which is obviously a Holocaust site.

I've never been to Berlin (though I'm DYING to go), but based on what you described, I think you should go for Munich. Berlin is, from what I understand, far more international and generally European (although I imagine it's typisch Deutsch in ways that are more modern than Munich). If you were my friends or parents asking for advice, I'd send you to Munich. I actually did send my parents to Munich, and they LOVED it.
laurasaurora
Mar. 21st, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
heh. my husband and i just went to germany and prague this last october. we went to heidelberg, the black forest, nuremburg and then prague. there is an overnight train from munich to prague that we hopped at on nuremburg. prague is kind of crazy full of tourists, even in october! so, i would definitely avoid the summer there. we also visited rothenberg which is insanely cute, medieval town, etc. if you are interested in castles, etc, you might look into what's called "the romantic road", it takes you by all sorts of castles including neuschwanstein (sp?). we drove around for half the trip and had no trouble. anyway, don't know if this helps or not!
gummybears501
Mar. 21st, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest Berlin, since you want to go to Prague as well, but I think Munich and Berlin are very different, so maybe figure out more specifically what you want. I really love Berlin, and there's TONS of stuff to do there. it's only about 4 hours by train to Prague, so for practical reasons, that's probably your best option. As far as Holocaust sites, I think there are a few tours to concentration camps near Berlin, and there are also the new museum and memorial. There's also all sorts of monuments/museums dedicated to the war, and the berlin wall, etc. I think of Berlin as a lot of old alongside a lot of new (due to the division of the city, I think). I've been all over Germany but never inside the city of Munich, so I'm not sure, but from what I hear, Munich is reallly pretty. That's probably a better bet if you want castles and stuff...
larochka173
Mar. 22nd, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
I just came from both Berlin and Prague. You can take a train from Berlin to Prague (takes about 4-5 hours?) and on the way back go another route, or Germany is pretty much connected to Prague from wherever so you can take a train to get there.
Berlin has a great free walking tour that I would recommend, you pay based on what you believe is fair through tips. I've heard Dresden and Heidelburg are quite beautiful too. If you go to Prague, I only stayed about 3-4 days, would suggest allowing extra time for day trips outside the city as there's quite a bit to do there. Can also recommend hostels if you like.
hosemedown
Mar. 27th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
Second Heidelburg.

Second planning for day trips from Prague. I was there 3-4 days and really wish I'd accounted for that.
hosemedown
Mar. 27th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
Munich. Unbelievably beautiful, esp. in Spring/Summer.
sarinalinda
Jan. 19th, 2011 09:46 am (UTC)
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ladakh
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