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Itinerary help (14 Days thinking Berlin-Prague-Munich-Amsterdam)

I'll be arriving via air in Berlin on the morning of March 13th and departing back to the states from Amsterdam on the 28th. I'm hashing out my itinerary and am curious how much or little I should back in. I was contemplating Berlin-Prague-Munich-Amsterdam, not sure if that is too much or could pack in more for the 14 or so days I have allotted. I'm a big history fan, into art, single male travelling alone, and enjoy a drink so I'm also open to any suggestions for stops, favorite sights or other possible cities during my foray.

(I plan on traveling between cities via train as what I've read so far makes this seem the most feasible)

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  • Berlin 5 days including visits of some museums such as German Historic Museum or Gemäldegalerie. Do not miss Berlin Graphic Days. And enjoy celebrating St. Patrick's Day the Berlin way.
  • Prague 2-3 days
  • Munich 2-3 days
  • Amsterdam 3-4 days incl. Rijksmuseum

Would add up perfectly your journey. For quality experience I would not add another destination. If you think of one: Dresden is on the way between Berlin and Prague.

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JD you might want to consider dropping Amsterdam from the Itinerary because it is a long commute by train from the other 3 cities since you are planning on doing all your traveling by train on your trip. If you really wanna go to Amsterdam, you will have to fly from Munich to Amsterdam via Ryan Air or KLM airlines. The flight is just 1 hour and 20 minutes and the fare is reasonable if booked early. A more logical 14 days Itinerary can look like this:

Berlin 5 Days

Day 1 Berlin

Day 2 Berlin - Day Trip: Wannsee (31 minutes Train ride from Berlin)

Day 3 Berlin - Day Trip: Dresden (2 hours Train ride from Berlin)

Day 4 Berlin - Day Trip: Hamburg (Under 2 hours Train ride from Berlin)

Day 5 Berlin

Prague 4 Days

Day 1 Prague

Day 2 Prague - Day Trip: Cesky Krumlov (Regiojet Bus 3 hours ride from Prague)

Day 3 Prague - Day Trip: Kutna Hora (1 hour Train ride from Prague)

Day 4 Prague

Munich 5 Days

Day 1 Munich

Day 2 Munich

Day 3 Munich - Day Trip: Neuschwanstein Castle (2 Hours Train ride from Munich)

Day 4 Munich - Day Trip: Salzburg Austria (1 hour 42 minutes Train ride from Munich)

Day 5 Munich - Fly Home

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I recommend that you test the feasibility of the plan suggested above by finding out how long the train rides are between the cities. Then factor in time for getting to and from stations and checking into lodgings. If, for example, you allot two days to Prague, but one is mostly spent getting there, it’s not worth doing. Prague needs more time, as does Amsterdam. I can’t speak to Munich, having never been there.

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This 14 days Itinerary have Amsterdam included if you are willing to fly from Munich to Amsterdam but by Train, it would not be feasible to do.

Berlin 4 Days

Day 1 Berlin

Day 2 Berlin - Day Trip: Wannsee (31 minutes Train ride from Berlin)

Day 3 Berlin - Day Trip: Dresden (2 hours Train ride from Berlin)

Day 4 Berlin -

Prague 3 Days

Day 1 Prague

Day 2 Prague - Day Trip: Cesky Krumlov (Regiojet Bus 3 hours ride from Prague)

Day 3 Prague -

Munich 4 Days

Day 1 Munich

Day 2 Munich - Day Trip: Neuschwanstein Castle (2 Hours Train ride from Munich)

Day 3 Munich - Day Trip: Salzburg Austria (1 hour 42 minutes Train ride from Munich)

Day 4 Munich - Fly to Amsterdam via KLM or Ryan Air (1 hour 20 min flight)

Amsterdam 3 Days

(Book hotel in Haarlem since it is cheaper then Amsterdam and just 29 minutes from Amsterdam by Train)
Train to Haarlem can be taken directly from Schiphol airport.

Day 1 Amsterdam (Haarlem)

Day 2 Amsterdam (Haarlem) - Day Trips: Delft & The Hague both 45 minutes from Haarlem via Train, and Delft to The Hague are only 21 minutes apart.

Day 3 Amsterdam (Haarlem) - Train from Haarlem to Schiphol then Fly home

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Berlin needs a lot more than two days for a history fan--all the more if it is the first destination and Day 1 is the jetlag day. There are many extremely interesting historical sights (mainly 20th century) and museums in Berlin. A lot of the museums are quite large. And it's a sprawling city, so for every day-trip you take, you need to consider how long it will take you to get from your lodgings to the departure rail station. I spent six days in Berlin and didn't even find time for the German History Museum, which comes highly recommended.

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"...a big history fan." Any specific area or interests?

Berlin has numerous sites related to Prussian history, ie, prior to 1914, if you are into that and want to track them down.

On military history and the wars also numerous sites for you to track down from west to east, say from Berlin-Spandau to Karlshorst, all depends on your depth of interest.

I travel solo in Berlin too.

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Thank you very much everybody for the information, its very helpful to hash out my trip! I'm arriving in Berlin and have to depart from Amsterdam (found $500 round trip ticket somehow from Pittsburgh but the only option was to depart from Amsterdam and I couldn't pass it up.) As for History, I'm fascinated by all eras of history but being American and our history being so recent compared to Europe, the middle ages and prior hold great interest (and 1920's Berlin after watching Babylon Berlin and reading other detective fiction taking place in that era.) I'm also debating on going to a German Football Club match as I see there is one scheduled to take place in Berlin on the 16th, but I have also heard that the games dates and times can change so I'm not sure if I should wait until I arrive to buy tickets.