Berlin or Prague

A buddy and I are going to Europe for a few weeks coming up and we have to cut a city out with all that we're doin so in your guys opinion do you think Berlin or prague is the better city to spend 1 1/2 days in. We're mid 20s and are really just seeing sights and drinking beer across Europe.

Thanks

Posted by Ronald
Houten, Utrecht, Netherlands
73 posts

Both have a lot to offer for sightseeing. In my opinion, Berlin has better clubs, the beer in Prague used to be cheaper (don't know about that these days). I would go for Berlin.

Posted by Nick
Portland, OR, USA
8 posts

Prague would definitely be cheaper, so if you base it on that, it's an easy choice. I just left Prague and will be in Berlin in a week-ish... so I can't really compare the two yet. If you need a hostel there, we stayed in Hostel Elf an it was awesome... and heard the Czech Inn was also a great place.

Posted by Sharon
Atlanta
2663 posts

It mostly depends on which one fits best with your existing itinerary. Make sure you have efficient and easy transportation connections to and from the city you decide on.

My vote is for Berlin. It would be less expensive and you'd have more options for sightseeing. The transportation system is great so it would be easy to get around. With only 1 1/2 days you'll probably wish you had more time! Have fun!

Posted by Maureen
Atlanta
1357 posts

Prague is a little easier to walk around, the major sights are close to each other, but it's really touristy. I'd pick Berlin over Prague any day.

There's a website that I can't remember, maybe someone on here knows it. It has locals pick the top restaurants, clubs, sights, things like that. Found out that there's a Ramones museum in Berlin that way.

Posted by Andreas
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2511 posts

Ha ha, Prague is definitely NOT cheaper than Berlin. Berlin has got surprisingly low prices for food in restaurants, beers, hotel rooms, public transportation and taxis. There is enough to see and do for at least 3 days, plenty of lakes available for swimming as well.

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
4757 posts

Berlin is a lot cheaper than almost any other large city. For 2 guys in their 20's, Berlin is really the place to go. Too bad you don't have very much time there, but you can always come back.

Posted by Lisa
Italy 2012
104 posts

Speaking of Prague...I have heard 3 times in the past week that many people prefer Prague to Paris. Does anyone agree?

Posted by Charlie
Honolulu/Seattle, HI/WA, USA
1835 posts

Prague vs. Paris: We went to Prague once, it was full of tourists and moderately expensive, once was enough We have been to Paris several times and I will return there any chance I get.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3296 posts

Berlin. Prague is packed with tourists. There may be a lot of tourists in Berlin, but they are more spread out. Plus great food, fun etc. and the transportation is excellent.

Pam

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
2685 posts

What's the question, Prague or Paris? I'll take Paris over Prague any day.

No, the beer is better in Berlin than in Prague.

Posted by Brad
Charlotte, NC, USA
214 posts

I agree, Berlin is the cheapest place I've been in a while and has some great nightlife. But 1 1/2 days really isn't enough. I'd go for Prague... good beer either way.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11262 posts

Who do I trust, Brad, or Businessweek. just rated Berlin as the 26th most expensive city in the world, behind Paris, but ahead of New York.

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
4757 posts

I read that article too. It is completely off the wall. Rent is very cheap there, food in restaurants is half the price of the same type meal in Frankfurt, and basically the prices were all wrong. They had a kilo of rice priced at over $5.00, beer from a grocery store was so wrong it made me laugh. I have no idea where these people went shopping, but it certainly wasn't your everyday grocery store, where you can pick up a can of beer for under a euro and a kilo of basmati rice for about $2.50.

Students love going to university in Berlin because it is so much cheaper to live there than anywhere else in Germany.

As to Prague, one of our friends is from there and even she says it is getting impossibly expensive and the crowds of tourists make being there not very much fun anymore.

Posted by margaret
nanaimo
156 posts

I was in both cities last fall and found Prague to be the most overated city in Europe. Berlin is terrific but given your time constraints, you can probably see much more in the centre of Prague where you can walk everywhere. Must say that the beer was not particularly cheap compared to the rest of Europe.

Posted by Kelly
St Petersburg Florida
948 posts

Although Berlin is pretty cool and hip, with great museums, Prague is magical. Prague is way more scenic than Berlin.

Posted by Michelle
Winston Salem, NC, USA
36 posts

Prague's cheaper - but Berlin's so interesting! I've
been to Berlin and will return this September, and will be visiting Prague for the first time. If I were you, I'd stick with Berlin this time around but then, I am a history buff and World War 2 amateur
'expert' so all that 3rd Reich stuff in Berlin just blew me over. Both cities tend to be very beery...I only drink cordials every now and then, cn't get into the taste of beer. I'll be in Munich for Oktoberfest, however!

Posted by kristyna
edinburgh, great britain
1 posts

if somebody thinks that berlin is cheaper than prague that the person really doesnt know where to go to have a drink or food there..

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4867 posts

A 3 year old zombie thread was revived by a first time poster. How do these new posters keep finding these threads!!

Posted by Sean
New York
148 posts

I once researched accommodation for a friend who was traveling to Berlin and Prague and was surprised by how cheap the accommodation was compared to Paris and London. Same thing for Prague. It's very easy to find a well-rated double room or a studio for $70-80 a night in either cities. But I don't get the advice to avoid Prague because it's touristy. So what?!

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
2685 posts

You have to test this for yourself to see whether you can get the same quality of room (a single or double) for the same price between Paris and Berlin. That is, unless you pick something in Ost-Kreuzberg. In Berlin-Charlottenburg it's quite easy to get a single (EZ) for 39-45 Euro a good spaciuous, clean room. Not so in Paris or London.

Posted by Brad
Charlotte, NC, USA
214 posts

I don't come here often, but this zombie thread allowed me to see that Lee decided to get personal with my comment. I have been back to Paris and Berlin since then. I lived in New York for 8 years. I still stand behind my response. In Berlin, I consistently find apartment rentals in desirable neighborhoods for under $100 a night. Try that in SoHo or Le Marais and you'll be sleeping at the YMCA. Now I remember why I don't come here often.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8732 posts

3 years is a long time to carry a grudge....

Posted by Michael
Griffith, IN, USA
440 posts

Why would you care about him. He is a want to be RS and he couldn't even carry his backpack.

Posted by Adam
Dublin, Ca, Usa
6 posts

Just to be clear since I started the debate 3+ years ago I chose Prague and I loved it. We were only there about 36 hours (you try doing 16 cities in 10 countries in 23 nights) but I had a great change of pace time there. As far as it being cheap it was ridiculously cheap. We took out $100US and it took us buying shots for a whole group of people at the end of the night in order for us to be able to spend it all. Did a walking tour, went to a traditional restaurant and hung out with our new friends and drank. 2 shots of absinthe and a pint for about $10....yea it's pretty cheap. Going back next year but only 2 weeks this time and am going to have a slow go at it with only doing Dublin (St Pattys), London, Paris and either Brussels/Amsterdam or Barca/Madrid.....I think we're staying north this time and just doing Brussels/Amsterdam. To be clear when I do a southern only trip I will do Prague again because it was that nice and cheap.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3296 posts

Hey Adam, you've got great cities on your list, but Berlin should be on it. It's such a great city. I just couldn't resist urging you to remember for a later visit. Pam