splitting time between Berlin and Prague
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 11, 2012 11:51 PM Last Post By: bjd
Oct 28, 2012 8:19 AM
I realize that Germany and the Czech Republic belong in different branches, but I figure there's a good shot that some of the people posting here have been to both.
I am flying into Berlin on Dec 13th and out on Dec 23rd. I want to go to Prague while I'm there. I am tempted to squeeze in a visit to a friend in Vienna, but I know if I do that I will find it hard to resist the lure of Budapest and I don't want this to become a "if this is Tuesday, it must be Paris" type of vacation so I am trying to stick to Berlin and Prague -- or at least I intend to, unless fellow TTers tell me that eight-and-two-half-days is too long for just those two cities (which I doubt). My question: how much time would you recommend in each city?
I am aiming for a fairly relaxing holiday, although I am usually pretty go-go-go while on vacation so there's a good chance I'll end up creating a flurry of activity for myself. In case it makes a difference, I'm 35, mostly travelling solo (possibly being joined by a friend for a few days). I enjoy good food, Christmas markets, walking, and checking out architecture. I am interested in WWII and GDR history, though not obsessively so. As I live in the Arctic where stores are scarce, I increasingly find myself interested in shopping while on vacation, too. Does three days seem reasonable for Prague? Four? More? I'm open to suggestions. Thanks!
Oct 28, 2012 10:35 AM
Oct 28, 2012 10:43 AM
Oct 28, 2012 10:55 AM
3I would not include Vienna. Berlin and Prague are enough to keep you busy for more than a week. Both cities have tons of stuff to do, and any length of time you spend there is too short.
Having been to both already, I would divide my time exactly in half. :-)
Prague is prettier and probably has the better christmas markets, while Berlin will cover the history part.
If you want to add another city, you could stop for a night in Dresden.
Oct 28, 2012 2:24 PM
Oct 28, 2012 6:26 PM
Oct 31, 2012 9:44 AM
6Thanks very much. I think I'll aim to spend slightly less than half my time in Prague. Looking forward to it!
Nov 4, 2012 7:38 AM
7If you did want to go to Vienna, you could go to Prague (about 6 hours from Berlin by train) spend a day or two there, then go on down to Vienna (a further 4 hours on the train) spend a day or two there and do the return journey in one hit overnight (thus saving on accommodation). Flights are also quite cheap from Vienna to Berlin if you book early enough...have fun! But I'd definitely say Vienna is worth a visit (though I live here, so may be a tad biased....)
Nov 6, 2012 2:10 PM
8I was in Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin in Sept. I have travelled a great deal and am mainly interested in great masterworks of art and great opera. But I just do not see what the great fascination is with Berlin. Maybe it is the nightlife - which I did not do much (rained a lot). I stayed in Prenzlauerberg which is v. nice, and has esp. good mid-range, but excellent, restaurants.
I feel similarly about Prague - do the Prague castle and another day for old Prague and then flee to Vienna. However, I must say, I loved both Dresden and Leipzig.
But Vienna is where it is all at. I travelled all of Europe in the early 60s in my old VW, but skipped a few places like Vienna which I thought I could not afford then (and I was right). But it is a great, beautiful, well-organized city. I think it is the most pleasant and beautiful of all the cities I was in. Of course, I am attracted to great museums and there are many in Vienna. The opera is as good as it gets - a great experience. If you do go there, consider staying at Pension Suzanne - so well located, great breakfast, nice people and reasonable. Doesn't look like much from outside, but is really nice. Forget Budapest this time- with your choices and a friend in Wien - fit it in somehow.
Nov 11, 2012 5:43 PM
Nov 11, 2012 11:51 PM
10#8 This is the problem with asking questions like "where should I go?" on a forum like this. Everyone has their own interests and nobody knows anybody else.
I personally agree with those saying stay in Berlin and Prague. I spent a week in Vienna about 10 years (got an offer of free housing) ago and wouldn't bother going back. No particular memories of the place, but then again, I am not interested in opera.
I really like Berlin, even though I don't care about nightlife either. The whole atmosphere in the city is really interesting and there are great museums. But just wandering around is a great way to spend your time.
I haven't been to Prague -- recently decided to go to Budapest instead, where I happily spent 4 days and could have stayed longer.
So it depends on what a person is looking for, but out of the cities you list as having visited in September, Vienna is the only one I wouldn't bother going to.
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