We're planning a two week trip for March and we're trying to decide what destinations to add to a Prague-Berlin trip. We'll spend 3 nights in each city--then we'd like to travel somewhere else--possibly some smaller cities or towns. We like museums, great food, and just sampling the local culture. Thanks for any suggestions!
In Germany I would suggest Dresden. It's on the way to Prague. In the Czech Republic try Cesky Krumlov, Trebon, maybe Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) where you can tour real Budweiser brewery and also drink genuine Budweiser.
Romantik Hotel Tuchmacher in Gorlitz
We took train from Berlin to Dresden then took sidetrip to Baultzen and Gorlitz.Both small towns but loved them and people friendly. You walk across border into Poland, See Rick Steves book. Another side trip from Dresden is to Meissen-about 20 min which we did not get to do. On another trip we went to Cesky Krumlov and it was great also.
We spent a month in Central Europe this past summer and took in a number of these places. As far as museums go, it's Dresden easily. Great art and the reconstructed Frauenkirke is inspiring. The old town is very compact for walking. We thought Gorlitz is an undiscovered gem. We stayed at the Hotel Sorat and were the only Americans there. There's a lot of young entreneurial activity renovating the 17 and 18th century buildings--see it now before it gets overrun with tour busses! (And I highly recommend taking a stroll across the river into Poland--the Polish side has the same stunning architecture, but the money to renovate isn't there.) Cesky Krumlov is the most picturesque but the most touristy of the places suggested. March might be bearable, but summer is wall to wall tour busses and t-shirt shops.
These are all great suggestions! Thanks so much--it will be fun to plan our itinerary. Any other hotel recommendations would be appreciated as well. Happy travels!
hey, try the Prague guide www.prague.net, that should help...
We decided to fly into Berlin--train from Berlin to Prague with an overnight stop in Dresden. Then we'll fly a budget airline from Prague to Milan and spend a week in small towns in northern Italy! Thanks for all of the suggestions!
I'd suggest just limiting yourself to the two cities. Plenty to keep you occupied in both, particularly Berlin, by far my current favorite European city.
That's a probably a good suggestion but we're pretty far along in our planning process. As it turns out, we'll be in Berlin 5 nights, then Prague 3 (we've been there before), we're flying from Prague (on Easy Jet-$106 for 2 tickets) to Milan and will divide the remaining 8 days between Milan and Lake Como region--both new destinations for us. I'm glad to hear that Berlin is a great city--this will be our first time there and have booked a room at the Hotel Peters.