Part zwei-Ger/Aus/Cze/NL

So this is part 2 of trip in July 2013. After Vienna drove to Cesky Krumlov. stayed at Pension Danny-definitely the most spartan of the hotels we used. Only need 1/2 day for Cesky-very scenic-took lots of photos here. Next on to Prague-stayed at Hotel Julian-best hotel of the trip. Great bkfast, helpful staff and great room (prob. the biggest one of the trip) Had nice rooftop dinner here with great views. As Rick says check time as castle closed early the day we were there so missed most of it. Jewish quarter fascinating. Charles bridge nice at twilight, too crowded during day and I got the feeling there were lots of pickpockets.
Next stop Berlin. Did river and bus top tours, both good ways to see city. Very spread out and we found ourselves walking further than expected. Double check Pergamon closing times-last ticket sold 1 hr before closing-we missed it by 2 minutes. German history museum well worth seeing.Good dinner at Lutter&Wegener(their sauerbraten rocks!) and at brauhaus Georgbrau. On to Holland. Stayed in Haarlem which we loved, Ams a bit too seedy for us.Used B&B Wherels (#1 on trip advisor)-free laundry, fridge w/ free beer!Excellent bkfast. Did vanGogh mus at night which was cool (open late Fri)-Rijks corwded hot and claustrophobic. Highlight was Anne Frank house-best book tip was to buy tickets ahead. Bought 9am slot and when done, line already around the block!Also did canal cruise. City reeks of pot!

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
2698 posts

Hi, Which river tour(s) did you take? Tell more of seeing Berlin from the Spree.

Posted by Andrew
Coral Gables, florida
8 posts

It's quick-maybe an hour-we took the one recommended by RS-leaves near Berlin Cathedral-English audioguide on board-about 12 euros pp. goes upriver a bit then turns around and goes downstream for about 45min. then back to dock-opportunity to get off at turnaround point near Victory statue. Beer served onboard!I think tickets may be good for day (on-off)(only one stop).

Posted by Darla
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, U.S.A.
376 posts

Where did you drop off at? We did pick and drop off in Munich at the old BMW facility in 2008. We want to do it again but try a different drop off country. I enjoyed reading your trip post.

Posted by Andrew
Coral Gables, florida
8 posts

You can drop off at most big german cities(not Berlin though), Paris,Vienna,even London. We dropped off at Amsterdam-very easy once we found the place-there are details on BMw website under "European Delivery" You can also drop in Italy but hefty surcharge-about $400 I think.

Posted by Darla
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, U.S.A.
376 posts

Have you posted on Bimmerfest.com. It's a great website. We meet with some folks at Octoberfest prior to our pick up that my husband met on Bimmerfest European delivery. Enjoy your new car once it gets to you.

Posted by Darla
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, U.S.A.
376 posts

Have you posted on Bimmerfest.com. It's a great website. We meet with some folks at Octoberfest prior to our pick up that my husband met on Bimmerfest European delivery. Enjoy your new car once it gets to you.

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
2698 posts

Hi, Thanks for the info on the river tour, sounds very interesting, no need for the audio guide. I've seen where the Spree river tours board but never took one. Yes, to see Berlin from the Spree!