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Family trip to Germany

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Family trip to Germany

Hi, I need your advice/suggestions regarding a trip we would like to do to Germany. We would like to spend not less than a week, but have 2 options how to enter Germany. We would like to fly on a low-cost airline, so it's either to Eindoven in Holland, or Wrocklav in Poland. Our dilemma lies in whether to land in Eindoven and cross over to Germany from the West, or to land in Wrocklav and enter from the East. One of our must-see places is Berlin, but would love to see other beautiful places in Germany. We are also thinking of renting a car after entering Germany by train. I really appreciate your help.

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1. Re: Family trip to Germany

If you want to see Berlin Wroclaw is probably the better idea, since it's closer to the city. A prossible trip could look like this:

Wroclaw - Görlitz (rent a car) - Dresden - Berlin - Lübbenau (return the car) - Wroclaw

Wroclaw has a partly preserved/reconstructed old town and deserves a visit. From there take the train to Görlitz. Görlitz is directly on the German/Polish border and, with more than 4.000 listed buildings, one of the most beautiful German towns. Stay in one of the 500yo hotels in the old town and rent a car. Possible daytrips from Görlitz are the park of Bad Muskau, a World Heritage Site, or the Zittau mountains, which offer a nostalgic steam train and the romantic ruins of a castle and abbey on a mountain that looks like a beehive. There are also some very interesting villages with unique half-timbered houses in this region.

Drive to Dresden with a stopover in Bautzen, a Baroque town surrounded by medieval fortifications, and the centre of the Slavic minority, the Sorbs. Dresden offers great museums, nice suburbs, nostalgic paddle steamers, vineyards, castles and much more. A bit outside is Saxon Switzerland, which are very picturesque mountains. If you don't want to stay in the big city stay somewhere between Dresden and Saxon Switzerland, like Pirna, or in the mountains, like Bad Schandau.

Drive to Berlin. A car in Berlin is a hindrance though. You could stay in Potsdam, which is easier with a car, if you like parks very much, but it takes a while to get to Berlin from there.

From Berlin drive to Lübbenau, which is the heart of the Spreewald, where the river Spree meanders in thousands of small waterways through meadows and forests. You could rent a canoe and explore the area for a few days. Return the car in Lübbenau and take the train to Wroclaw.

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2. Re: Family trip to Germany

To cover everything Martin mentions (and I'd add Meissen to the list, it's some km downriver from Dresden) you will need 2 weeks really, allowing you enough time to explore Berlin + Potsdam, certainly 10 days absolute minimum.

If you had ditched the car in Berlin and weren't so bothered about the Spreewald (although it is interesting to see) you could get a train from Berlin back to Wroclaw. You can get really good deals pre-booking on bahn.de

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3. Re: Family trip to Germany

Thanks a lot for your advice MartinN2807 & Lynda! Martin's itinerary looks very interesting and yes Lynda, Meissen would be interesting too. In fact we were thinking of 10 days minimum, since a week would be too short. If we do stay in Berlin and not in Potsdam, we might need to get rid of the car and switch to public transport - what do you think? Or will it be inconvenient to go to the Spreewald then? If we do return the car in Lubbenau, how easy/difficult/cheap/costly is it to take the train directly to Wroclaw?

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