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How should I devote my time in Germany?

By Traveller February 14, 2017
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How should I devote my time in Germany?

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By Debbie Traveller February 14, 2017

I have 8 full days in Germany this summer. Flying into Frankfurt arriving 15/6 I would like to spend time in Berlin and flying out of Munich. Should I spend time in Frankfurt? How much time should I allot in the towns of Berlin and Munich? Am I missing a great city in Germany? How do I efficiently travel between the cities? Thank you.

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Hi Debbie, as I can see, you are from USA. So listen, have you ever spend your time in New York? How long did you spend your time there? More than 5 or 6 days? What I wanne tell you is, just concentrate on one city. Berlin is a huge city and even 8 days are to less time to discover all the fantastic and interesting places there. I agree that the best time in Berlin will be the summer, but also the spring time is good to travel, because not too hot. I would recommend stay one or 2 days in Frankfurt to relax and to take a look and after that take a public transportation means and come to Berlin. Trains (Deutsche Bahn) are quite expensive but the are several possibilities to take busses to Berlin, and this are pretty cheap.
I can not deny that also Munich is a cute little Bavarian city but you can never compare it with the capital. There are of course flights beetwen Munich and Berlin but early booking garanties best prices. And in Munich the airport is outside the town, so you have to take a local train to drive in.
tell me what are your favourites and I will give you some hits for Berlin.
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Local February 14, 2017
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Bob, thank you for your advice. Am thinking about an extra day in Frankfort as they have a festival when we will be there. We are also toying with the idea of spending a day in Cologne but if that is too much we will skip it. I have been to Berlin once before and think it is a great city, however my daughter has not been to Germany at all. I think we will see museums and go on a bike tour of the city. We plan on 3-4 full days there. Do you know the most economical way to get discounts for museums and transportation? I purchased a Berlin pass but my husband said it was overpriced and he could do it cheaper so am thinking of returning it. Thanks for the tip about the Munich airport. We are still in the planning stages but Munich is a good exit airport as at the end of Germany, she and I are going different directions.
Debbie Traveller February 16, 2017
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Hi Debbie, in general the "Berlin Pass" is a good idea, but it is only worthwhile by doing 5 or 6 activities. If not, the "Pass" indeed is quite expensive. And it doesnt work at all. You should think about the "Berlin welcome card". Compare the regular prices of the attractions you wanne visit with the discount of this card. You can choose, how long you will need this card and its also usable for all local public transportation means. There is another possibility, its called "Berlin Scheckheft 2017" for the price of 8,50 €. There you can find a lot of discounts like 2 for 1 price or more than 50% discount.
If you need some hints for your trip in Berlin feef free to contact me. what about a real "Trabbi tour" or "Berlin underground"? ;-)
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Bob Local February 17, 2017
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Thanks Bob. We probably will be going to 5-6+ museums but I'll look into the other choices. The second one I hadn't heard of.
Debbie Traveller February 18, 2017
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Summertime is de best time to visit Berlin! I must say that I haven't been to Frankfurt or Munich yet, so I can't help you choose how much days to spend where but Berlin has enough going on for it to spend several days, even up to a week.
What do you like to do? If you share some interests, I could maybe give you some tips that fit your ideal Berlin-day :)
Local February 14, 2017
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Thanks Eva. Mostly museums I think. I am bringing my daughter and want her to have a low stress/good experience traveling.
Debbie Traveller February 14, 2017
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Frankfurt? Some nice galleries for arriving day. Berlin 3 days. Munich 2 days. Think about going to Dresden on your way from Berlin to Munich.
Local February 14, 2017
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I was debating on Dresden and Cologne or just a day in Frankfurt then directly on to Berlin and Munich. Thanks Kay-uwe, I'll check it out.
Debbie Traveller February 14, 2017
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In my opinion is Dresden a very good contrast to the other cities with amazing historic locations. Compared with Cologne I would prefer Dresden.
Kay-Uwe Local February 14, 2017
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I disagree with Angela, you can also stay in Frankfurt (just have a look at the Frankfurt tips on Like a local). The city is underrated. Of course, nothing is comparable to Berlin and in summer it's really nice to be there. But you'll agree that 8 days are simply not enough to see everything or all the big and small nice cities, that Germany has to offer, so you'll have to set priorities. Traveling in between cities it expensive and takes a long time (especially when traveling with Deutsche Bahn...).
Local Ambassador February 14, 2017
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I agree that I don't want to have a rushed vacation. More inclined to go deep in Berlin and Munich. I;ll look to see if Frankfurt has more than a days interest or that I should spend it in Cologne or Dresden instead. Thanks Nadine.
Debbie Traveller February 14, 2017
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Hi,
I think that depends of your interests. There are also to big cities : Hamburg and Cologne.
If I were you, I wouldn't stay at Frankfurt. Take the train to Berlin... and after 4 or 5 days take a flight or a train to Munich. But early booking, because expensive. Berlin is much bigger than Munich, so you need more time. But one week for both is not so much... so you have to decide. Greetings Angela
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Local February 14, 2017
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Was originally thinking of leaving FranKfurt the next morning for Cologne. Spending the day then taking a plane to Berlin. Saves a lot of time and not much more money. Yeah I got to nail this down so I can get the cheaper rates. Thanks Angela.
Debbie Traveller February 14, 2017
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