I need some advice, quick. I am traveling to Europe in a couple of weeks for the first time and have to book my flight. I have an open itinerary into Barcelona and back from Luxembourg. I found to flights, one with Lufthansa and the other with Air France (which is about $90 more).
The main difference is that with the Lufthansa flight, I get to Barcelona about 12 hours later, at 9:00pm vs. 9:00 am with Air France. However, on the way back, Lufthansa stops for 21 hrs in Munich (where I have never been either) and Air France stops briefly in Paris before heading back.
I would love to see Munich, but I'm not sure that it is worth stopping for only 21 hrs. I have a place to stay with a family friend, but would prefer to see the nightlife and be out late (although it will be a sunday night). On the other hand, going through customs, having to pick up all of my checked luggage, and then taking the 40 min train ride to the city might not leave me with much time to see anything.
I have tried to look at this from every angle and cannot find a clear cut best alternative. What would you do? Do I have to pick up my luggage for an overnight connection?