Two week trip
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Apr 23, 2013 9:26 AM Last Post By: Nautiker
Mar 20, 2013 5:42 AM
Two week tripI'm planning to take a two week (likely 14-15 day) at the end of May (around the 21st). I plan around 4 days (including arrival day) in Berlin, then I want to spend about a 6-7 days in Denmark. This leaves a few days to explore Germany a bit. Any recommendations for trips on the way north?
I am into history and the outdoors (no camping, just day hikes), as well as passing interest in art and architecture.
This trip will be by transit.
I know this straddles the line of branches, but if there are any recommendations for Denmark, they'd be appreciated as well.
Mar 20, 2013 7:34 AM
1Assuming the weather has bucked up by then (it's been a long cold winter), take a look at the Mecklenburg Seenplatte, an area of small towns, villages and lakes a couple of hours (or less) north west of Berlin centred around Waren and Müritz. It is a very popular area during summer weekends with canoers, hikers and bikers.
For some older historic towns / cities just a bit further on, try Güstrow, Wismar, Schwerin and Lübeck, which are all within about an hour's train travel of each other. From memory, there is a direct if slow train from Berlin to Wismar via Schwerin abaout every 2 hours. From Lübeck there are some direct trains to Denmark on the Hamburg - Copenhagen route. I assume you know train details are on www.bahn.de
Mar 20, 2013 1:42 PM
Mar 20, 2013 3:31 PM
3hi bzookaj, welcome to the WE branch,
I would have loved to link to a few older threads, alas as you know, a majority of them are gone :-(
however, a couple of them:
WWII sites in Berlin
and another one
further, you can find a number of recent issues on Berlin in the Newsletter Germany
going via Puttgarden is probably the most common route, however don't forget that there are ferries from Rostock (to Denmark) and Sassnitz (to Sweden), too - Rügen being an excellent destination in itself, btw (e.g. you may stay in the hostel inside the former kdf-resort Prora).
as regards (modern) architecture, two sites I can recommend to track down interesting projects are:
for art, don't forget to visit the Louisiana North of Copenhagen - beautifully set on the cliffs above the Baltic (there's a small museum by Zaha Hadid not too far away, either - it's more small-scale, though).
I'll see what else I can think of...
Mar 22, 2013 10:49 AM
Mar 22, 2013 1:43 PM
5We British did a lot to assist (sp to speak) the reconstruction of Kiel in the early 1940s, so to be honest, it isn't the most appealing city. North of Kiel the coast has some beautiful stretches, but they are the sort of places you need a bus to get to rather than a train. Schleswig and Flensburg both have stations north of Kiel - from Schleswig it is a 5 - 10 minute bus ride into town - and both a re worth visiting if time permits
Mar 23, 2013 3:17 PM
6indeed, as mike says: since most harbours along the Baltic were naval bases, they lost a large part of their appeal during WWII, the locals weren't very lucky with the reconstruction, either. since Lübeck is commended and perfectly suited for transport towards Denmark, I see hardly a point looking further North - would much more advise you to have a look at Wismar, Schwerin, Stralsund et al instead.
Mar 26, 2013 7:04 AM
Apr 19, 2013 5:15 PM
8I've been looking at the various suggestions, and came up with a rough itinerary. Each place is where I'll spend the night.
Arrive 21 May (around 11:15).
21 May - Berlin
22 May - Berlin
23 May - Berlin
24 May - Berlin
25 May - Schwerin
26 May - Luebeck
27 May - Luebeck
28 May - Aarhus
29 May - Aarhus
30 May - Odense
31 May - Odense
1 June - Copenhagen
2 June - Copenhagen
3 June - Copenhagen
4 June - Copenhagen
Leave 5 June (around 12:30).
Does this look about right? Feel free to suggest changes.
Also, this is looking like a lot of city time, so any suggestions for places I can hike for a few hours or so?
The nights in Copenhagen are already booked, and non-refundable.
I'm looking at the Best Western Hotel am Spittelmarkt in Berlin. Is this a good location? I would prefer to walk as much as I can everywhere.
Apr 23, 2013 5:34 AM
Apr 23, 2013 9:26 AM
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