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RailPass? Traveling in Germany and Prague

I am planning a trip mainly within Germany this December 2015. Idea is to fly into Hamburg, visit friend in Lübeck, train to Aschaffenburg and/or Miltenberg to visit family, then train to Prague (possibly stop in Nürnberg overnight to check out that city) and fly from Prague back to US. Can we use a Germany RailPass (there are 2 adults travelling)?

Also, what are your top sights in Nürnberg other than the awesome Christmas market?

Thanks!

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You have 2 long travel legs. Lübeck-Aschaffenburg can be done on the fast trains on a "Sparpreis" or savings fare ticket from DB for €48/2 adults if you book well in advance. I see Sparpreis tickets for A'burg - Prague for €58/2. The short leg from Hamburg to Lübeck costs €28/2 on the Schleswig Holstein ticket (which you buy at the station.) So if you can schedule yourselves, you stand to pocket a lot of Euros over the cost of railpasses for two.
You can of course use a German railpass - a 3-day pass costs about twice as much total at €284 for two in the twinpass version (cheapest option.) You could buy the railpass at the last minute. The saver fares should be bought ASAP. Trips/tickets after Dec. 12 cannot be booked or even checked until the schedule is finalized - not sure when that will be - but as soon as they are released you'll see cheap savings fare prices and you should grab them before prices go up.

Note that if you overnight in Nuremberg you would need the 4-day pass (€305.) With a savings fare, you CAN do A'burg-Nuremberg-Prague on a single savings fare ticket if you SCHEDULE a stopover. Sample schedule, Dec. 9, with a 16-hr. stopover in Nuremberg:
Lv Aschaffenburg 13:24
Ar Nuremberg 14:59
Lv Nuremberg 7:40
Ar Prague 11:18

DB itinerary page

Nuremberg places of interest, museums, etc - see what interests YOU the most:
TA list
Nuremberg TI suggestions

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If you do decide on Nuremberg, Aschaffenburg to Nuremberg can be done with a Bayern ticket at 28 euro/2 with a single train change in Wuerzburg. Nuremberg to Prague is quickest using the IC Bus at 38 euro/2 with advance nonrefundable purchase.

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If using a German Rail Pass, the Nurnberg-Prague direct bus is covered on one of your counted travel days (operated by German rail, needs €4 seat reservation); trains within the Czech Republic, on the other hand, are not covered.