Germany by rail- advice needed
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Jun 13, 2012 5:44 PM Last Post By: Herr_Wurst
Jun 10, 2012 1:34 AM
Germany by rail- advice neededhello!
Myself and my wife (early 30s) are setting off from Scotland on a RTW trip in September. Mainly getting trains as far as that will take us (so far Hong Kong). Looking for fairly cheap central accomodation but will splurge once in a while if required.
We arrive in cologne via Eurostar/ICE and have 1 night accomodation booked. I have general questions on the rest of our German itinerary which currently looks like this
Cologne 1 night-booked
Frankfurt 2 nights (what's the best area to stay here? Any hostel recommendations)
Munich - 3 nights (want to hire a car and go to Fussen- any places south of Munich that would be nice for a night or 2? And car hire company recommendations?)
Nuremberg 2 nights
Dresden 2 nights
Berlin 4 nights
Does anyone have any thoughts on this, would you recommend missing any of these places or adding other places in?
Any must see sites/places to stay?
I've read loads of information on LP and other sites but would like your views on any of this, specifically on any hidden gems/things we shouldn't miss!
Thanks in advance
Jun 10, 2012 2:13 AM
1What do you want to see in Frankfurt?
Edited by: jamesbris
Jun 10, 2012 2:14 AM
2For Berlin have a look at: opendoorsberlin.de / plusoneberlin.com / spottedbylocals.com
Jun 10, 2012 2:15 AM
3Cheap accommodation being cheap hotel rooms/private doubles or hostel dorms?
Jun 10, 2012 2:33 AM
Jun 10, 2012 3:51 AM
Jun 10, 2012 6:48 AM
8If you miss Frankfurt you miss nothing. Stuttgart is a nice town with a lot to discover. Not only inside the city also in the near surroundings. Suggestion: have a look into the 'search all forums' up on the right on this side and put in "marcopolko" and you get some information about this part of Germany.
Jun 10, 2012 9:45 AM
9Agree about Frankfurt - OK but not a highlight - and second the suggestion about Stuttgart. Is there a reason for hiring a car to visit Fuessen - you can easily do it as a day trip from Munich with a Bayernkarte (details on Deutsche Bahn website).
Your trip mentions only cities apart from the trip from Munich - is this deliberate. You know about Saxon Switzerland south of Dresden, for example? As for other places to visit, Bamberg, Erfurt, Weimar, Naumburg and Leipzig are just about on your route from Nuremburg to Dresden
Jun 11, 2012 8:00 AM
10Hello from Belgium !
Would be interesting to see the further routing ... and also your main interests ... historic buildings , landscapes , food and drink ( breweries / wineriies ) , small villages or cities with nightlife ..... there are so many different possibilities ... hard to give ( good ) advise . Also the budget per day if possible . Wish you all the best !
Jun 11, 2012 9:47 AM
11Thanks again for the advice, looking at going from Cologne straight to Munich now and explore a bit of the southern areas.
Mike, cities just seemed an easy way to plan our route, plenty of trains etc, but now looking into the places you've suggested, we've been to Bamberg before and liked it so will stop in for some rauchbier! looked at the train to Fussen but though we might be able to explore more in a car??
Hasip- When you say further routing! Do you mean after Germany?
We've never done a trip like this before so not sure what we want to see, like wineries, brewery's, the odd museum gallery, like to sit outside and people watch with a few beers. Not too fussed for big cities or clubbing, I like sport, so football stadiums etc! General touristy stuff.
Budget wise about £100 - 150 pd between us inc accomodation.
Jun 11, 2012 12:50 PM
"When you say further routing! Do you mean after Germany?
We've never done a trip like this before so not sure what we want to see, like wineries, brewery's, the odd museum gallery, like to sit outside and people watch with a few beers. Not too fussed for big cities or clubbing, I like sport, so football stadiums etc! General touristy stuff. "
Yes i do say after Germany .
I see you plan to travel about 2 weeks in Germany , but almost all big cities .
Big cities means automaticly higher accomodation rates .
There are so many things to see and do an places to go that you unfortunately need to make a choise .
The wine region Franconia with the main city of Würzburg is worth a visit . After visiting Würzburg and traveling to Nürnberg you could take the slow train and make a stop in Iphofen , a nice wine village . Slow train from Würzburg to Nürnberg ( where they also serve the Bamberg Rauchbier together with good the cheese speciality , near the " Burg " :-) ) and from there to Munich or Bamberg or Vienna or Praha or Berlin . Thats the reason why i asked for further traveling plan .
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Jun 11, 2012 1:12 PM
13Ah, now I understand. We have around 2 weeks in Germany as we are going to Stockholm (train from Berlin) then Ferry to Helsinki, train to St Petersburg before catching a 18 day trip via the trans manchurian railway, to Beijing.
So really want to see Munich and Berlin but no other plans at the moment - Thats why I started this thread - needed some advice/inspiration.
Really like the sound of the wine region and iphofen - Will do some more research into that. Let me know if you have stayed in any nice hotels/hostels in any of these places??
Jun 11, 2012 1:40 PM
14Well if you want a wine region or 2, firstly consider Stuttgart again, there are many vineyards in the area and several of the smaller towns round about offer tasting possibilities, and secondly, just south of Bonn the Ahr valley is the most northerly red grape growing area in Europe, and even better there is an hourly train up the valley from Remagen. Altenahr is a really nice little town and a good place to go wine tasting.
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