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Trip to Germany-Salzburg-Cesky Krumlov-Prague-Amsterdam

Have done a bit more fine tuning and actually set our dates- we will travel in May 2016 rather than September.
Here is my original post about our trip:
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/germany/looking-for-feedback-germany-and-beyond

We have come up with this plan- any comments, advice, suggestions are welcome-

Day 1 Fly to FRA- train to Wurzburg - 1 night- just get over jet lag

Day 2-3 Train to Nuremberg- 2 nights - day trip to Bamberg- pick up car as we depart Nuremberg to RodT

Day 4-5 Drive to Rothenburg - 2 nights- day trip probably to Bad Windsheim

Day 6 Drive to Fussen- 1 night arrive late afternoon- visit towns along Romantic Road,Weiskirsche en route

Day 7-8 Visit Ludwig castles, drive to Garmisch- stay 2 nights- visit Linderfhof, Ettal, Obberamergau.

Day 9-11 Drop car in Garmisch- train to Munich- 3 nights with day trip to Dachau

Day 12-14 Train to Salzburg- 3 nights- day trip to Berchtesgaden or St. Gilgen 2 nights

Day 15- Early shuttle to Cesky Krumlov- stay 1 night- depart next day on late afternoon bus to Prague. (We arrive in CK on a Monday so will need to stay longer next day to visit castle)

Day 16-19 Prague 4 nights

Day 20-22 Fly to Amsterdam- 3 nights

Questions:
Any experience with Bean Shuttle Salzburg to CK and Student Agency Bus CK to Prague?
Any suggestions for walking tour or beer/brewery tour in Prague?

Thank you!

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Christine,
I will be flying into Munich late October and exploring how to get to Prague via train or express bus after spending a night in Munich so very wise that you are doing the same to help with jet lag. I noticed that Budapest was not on your list and know you can see just so much.

I love signing up for Free Walking Tours, I do them in most of Europe and love them. You tip at the end and my experience is the host is a college student who lives in the neighborhood. So in Paris, we did 3 of them with different guides and they have them in the States as well.

I would add in a day or evening river cruise since you are going to be by the Danube. I am a big river cruising fan with AMA Waterways.

If I find info during my trip, I will share.

KD

With the trains, why are you renting a car? A lot of great freedom but I try to avoid rental cars as I am not a good driver!!

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Thank Kathy
I was just in Budapest and Vienna last month- did a Danube day cruise/wine tour that was wonderful and we LOVED Budapest-

Car- we just like the small town freedom it gives us for a few days- we never take car into or near large cities- but we can handle 4-5 days in the country-ish areas!

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Your trip sounds wonderful and so excited to hear about BudaPest. Love you are such a great planner and I am looking for local Hotels or small inns in Prague.

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One of the most famous breweries in the world is in Plzen, a couple hours by train south of Prague. Be there or be square.

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Christine, google breweries in Prague; there are some suggestions there. The most famous brewery in C.R. is in Pilsen (in Czech language Plzen) brewing excellent Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus. I would recommend a tour there. Or on the way from Cesky Krumlov to Prague you can stop in Ceske Budejovice (German name Budweis) where the original Budweiser is made. IMHO quite better than the one from St. Louis.

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We have had no experience with Bean shuttle, but we were very impressed with ckshuttle.cz The website is easy to use also.

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I have been to Brewery in Plzen many times and it is easy to arrange a tour. Within Prague it self there are numerous micro-breweries all of which have restaurants attached and they are great places to sample a few beers and have a meal.
http://www.praguebeergarden.com/
this website has great info on beer drinking in Prague and there are links to the various breweries and Micro-breweries with lots of info on their beers food and how to get there.

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Thanks everyone- some great suggestions here--I have shared all the beer links with my husband that will give him something to do!

Denny- thank you so much for the mention of ckshuttle.cz- I am now working on adding in a night in Halstatt using their transfer service

Kathy- you might take a look at czshuttle.cz as well- they offer transfers from Munich to CK then CK to Prague.