This will be my first time in Germany and due to work I only have 8 short days. So I would leave O'hare on OCT 11th and come back the 19th. (any airline tips would be GREATLY appreciated as well.
Right now this is what I have in mind for myself and my wife. Fly into Frankfurt Oct 11th. (not sure what to do in Frankfurt?) We then (the day of or after) want to drive to the Alternative Bear and wolf park in Worbis. After that, I also am interested in the Lynx relocation program in the Harz National Park. I would love to maybe contact a forest ranger to talk to them and see where they release the lynx to talk to as I run a wildlife video page on YouTube. If not, just to see the beautiful forest would be nice for a day or two.
Then we are planning to drive up to Berlin. I want to do a Sachsenhausen Camp Walking Tour one day and then the next visit many Berlin sites like the Zoo, (I heard the other Tier park might be better) and the Brandenburg gate to take photos of the older historical sites. I also would love to shop at a record store or two. (I collect rock/alternative records) Then for the last day or two I guess since it is very hard and expensive to bring a rental car east, we would take the overnight train to Warsaw and the next day hang out in Warsaw..maybe see their zoo. I know I will not have time to see much of the countryside in both Germany and Poland, but I will only have 10 days to fly there and back which isn't great. We would fly home from Warsaw then.
If any of you know of any good places (B and B's or 2-3 star hotels) to stay or visit, please let me know. and also what rental car company is the best for Germany. Thanks for any help as this is my first Germany/Poland trip and I am feeling lost. I hope to book things later next week.