Here's hoping that COVID slowly starts to become nothing more than a minor nuisance by this coming December so we all can get back to what we love to do ... travel!
My wife and I are having a hard time deciding which place to start our Christmas Markets tour this December, COVID-willing. We're looking to start our trip around December 6th and have six or seven days to spend before we need to be in Prague around Dec. 13 to meet up with friends where we'll spend more time exploring markets there and then in Poland until the 24th.
So... we're flexible as to where we should fly into (Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna, Budapest) and spend these six-or-seven days before Prague.
Option 1: Fly into Munich or Frankfurt and do some combination of Munich, Nuremberg, Dresden, Wurzburg, Leipzig or smaller cities.
Option 2: Fly into Budapest and split the six days between there and Vienna before heading to Prague
Option 3: Other options we should be considering?
We're very easy-going in our 50s, and we enjoy both touristy places and unique, off-the-beaten-path locations. We'll be traveling by train, so ease of transit is important to us and we'd want to be able to get around reasonably quickly without spending most of the day on a train (i.e. I'd like to avoid 7-8 hour trips).
(A side note, we have been to almost all of the cities listed above, but mainly in the summer time and by car, not train. This will be our first extensive trip by train.)
Thanks to all for any feedback and suggestions you may be able to offer!