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Traveling to Germany for 10 days

Hunt, Texas
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Traveling to Germany for 10 days

My partner and I plan to travel to Germany in April 11-20 and will be traveling with her elderly mother and aunt. We plan to visit Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin, we are also planning to rent a car since it seems traveling by Train between cities is a little expensive. Does anyone have any advice on what to see and how to get around by car? Thank you for any advice you might have. (We went on a river cruise down the Rhine last year so we are familiar with somethings)

SaarLouis, Germany
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1. Re: Traveling to Germany for 10 days

Where did you get the rail prices? ( is the correct website) It is possible they are more expensive than a rental car for four people travelling, but if you look for saver fares, you might well find very competitive prices. If you are only visiting the big cities, a car is rarely the best option. Driving and, in particular, parking in the cities you mention can be quite stressful.

A car may be useful in the rural areas between the cities, e.g. the Bavarian Forest, if that is what you are looking for. If you do want to rent a car, and you are from the U.S.: Study the road signs and traffic rules (e.g., no right turn on red), and remember that manual transmission is the standard in Germany; you have to specifically request an automatic if you need one. Driving on an Autobahn will take some getting used to; take care when changing lanes (there might be a car approaching from behind doing 150 mph), and use the left lane for passing only.

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Alsotake into consideration that, as you are only looking for larger cities, driving in the city and especially find parking, which will cost a lot too, can be rather stressfull. With train you will be city center to city center and have a relaxed journey. Public Transportation in the cities are fast, convenient and frequent. There is really no need fr a car when visiting a city in Germany

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Also calculate much higher prices for gas than you are used to. All this adds up.

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I would say a family group with elderly members does well renting a car. Just make sure you take a model with a large enough trunk and book hotels with parking. Use public transportation within the cities. Buy day tickets for family groups in Berlin. Munich probably offers the same discounted tickets.

There is plenty to see in Berlin and in Munich and in between. Check out TripAdvisor's and other websites' things to see and zero in on what your party can handle. Pre-book tickets online for the Reichstag in Berlin and, if Neuschwanstein is on your wish list, for a visit to the interior of this castle.

Who knows, maybe you skip Berlin and zero in on northern and southern Bavaria. Or you skip Bavaria and stick with Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden etc. After all, 10 days isn't that much time.

Since you did a river cruise on the Rhine, you might have looked at river cruises on the Elbe. However, the Elbe's water level is unpredictable and more often than not too low for hotel boats. Cruises then become bus tours. If the lovely region between Dresden and Berlin is on your relatives' wish list, seriously consider it for this car trip.

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Germany is full of excellent wonderful things to see and do, thousands of them, so there is no real need to travel several times across the country. Since you want to drive, take advantage of having a car and visit small towns and more rural attractions where there are more excellent sights than in the larger cities. Then there is np problem of driving in large unfamiliar cities and having problems with expensive parking. (If you do visit large cities, leave your car parked as public transportation is excellent.) Have a look at for castles, palaces, and other old historic places that are listed by German state and you'll find plenty of excellent more rural places to visit. has such places in SW Germany. And here's my favorites of my favorite part of Germany with many weeks' worth of excellent things to see and do- .

By not travelling extensively and slowing down you'll actually have more time to visit interesting excellent places than looking out a car or train window at mostly boring scenery.

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