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Trip from Munich to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin

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Trip from Munich to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin

We are are family of four hoping to visit Munich, Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin from 22 Dec 12 to 01 Jan 13. Need advise whether this is a practical itinerary. We hope to cover all these places and don't mind of the rush. We are flexible in the number of stay in each destination. Our final departure back home will be from Frankfurt.

If it is possible, would appreciate if someone can advise on train bookings.

Thank you for the great help. Johnny

Edited: 1:07 am, November 04, 2012
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1. Re: Trip from Munich to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin

Of course it is practical, however, if it were my itinerary, I would start from Berlin first.

Berlin -> Munich by high speed ICE train is 6 hrs 50 minutes, advance purchase discounted fares (booking 92 days ahead) can be as cheap as € 69 per person. Book with www.bahn.com

Munich -> Vienna by high speed Railjet train is 4 hours, advance purchase fares start at € 29 per person. Book with www.bahn.com

Vienna -> Budapest Keleti, again with high speed Railjet train is 2 hrs 40 minutes. Book with www.oebb.at. Fares start at € 19 advance purchase

Again, if from Vienna, there are excursion fares to Prague about the same price

see

oebb.at/en/…index.jsp

You may want to fly from Prague to Frankfurt, perhaps with Lufthansa

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2. Re: Trip from Munich to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin

Five amazing cities in 11 days, where you'll spend half a day every other day travelling? It's a feasible itinerary, but not one that I would do as I'd barely be scratching the surface. Berlin is a world city and deserves a good 4 days; I'd spend 3 in each of the others. Personally, I'd feel very unsatisfied, not to mention tired.

Bear in mind this is over Christmas and much of Germany shuts down on 24/25 December, though there will still be a train service.

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3. Re: Trip from Munich to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin

Thanks for your advice. Unfortunately we have already issued our air tickets to arrive at Munich on 22 Dec. However your advice on train arrangements is helpful. Will consider and start planning now. Thanks. This is good start. Johnny

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7. Re: Trip from Munich to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin

Thanks for your opinion. I agree 11 days is too hectic for 5 cities. I will sacrifice 1 city and do a day trip to Vienna from Prague. In your opinion which city should I sacrifice?

Thanks again

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8. Re: Trip from Munich to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin

Since you are not flying into Berlin, then skip Berlin until you have a sufficient time to do it justice (I normally spend 4 days in Berlin, and I am not a first time visitor)

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9. Re: Trip from Munich to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin

Prague to Vienna is a 5-hour train journey. It's not a day trip. In the time you've got, I would suggest Munich, Prague and Budapest in order to do them justice.

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10. Re: Trip from Munich to Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Berlin

As you said you are flying back from Frankfurt non of these cities are exactly a short hop away, so for me Munich, Prague and Berlin would make more sense. It's a crime in my mind to miss out Budapest but it doesn't fit with the time scale you have for the cities involved unless you take a flight rather than a train back to Frankfurt.

Also you are now leaving it late to book hotels and get cheaper train tickets.