Hi! My wife and I are travelling to Berlin April 21 and leaving April 30 to visit my sister. We would stay a couple of days in Berlin. After that we would like to travel to England by train and do a walking tour through the countryside. We would like to stay at a country inn and visit castles. If there was time we also thought about going to Ireland and do a walking tour. We would need to be back in Berlin April 29 to fly back to the US the morning of the 30th. Does this seem feasable in this time frame? How would we make specific plans and reservations to do this? Thanks.
I'm a bit confused about the dates. You are coming to Berlin on April 21st and you must fly back from Berlin on April 29th to the US. Right?
How the freaking hell are you going to squeeze England and Ireland into that timeframe?
You would be better off exploring Berlin for a day or two, take a trip to the Spreewald two hours south of Berlin and mybe go canooing in the German Lake Region west of Berlin. With some time economy a visit to Weimar might be possible. But even with this, just staying in Germany, you would be on a very tight schedule and doing practically a whirlwind tour.
The train from Berlin to London takes about a day. From Berlin to Dublin overland bytrain, bus and ferry it is 48 hours. (I did that trip a few years back, so I know.) By your plan you would have about one day of hiking around the English countryside, the rest would be lost to travel. What for?
Yeah - I have to agree. Your whole vacation will be a blurr if you try to squeeze all that in. Realistically, you only have about 7 full days in total - why not enjoy them to the fullest?
If you haven't been to Germany before, why not tour the country there instead? Or, if you've already seen Germany, book yourself a cheap flight to London (or Dublin, etc. - they have tons of cheap flights throughout Europe) and take the train to a place you'd like to visit - and stay there the whole time. You'll enjoy - and see - a lot more if you slim down your itinerary a little. Nothing worse than spending your entire vacation waiting to get somewhere!
I'm sorry, maybe I wasn't clear. We would arrive in Berlin 8:30 AM Saturday the 22. We thought we could spend Saturday and Sunday in Berlin. We thought part of the sightseeing would be riding on a European train and viewing things through the window. My sister says it takes 6 hours from Berlin to Paris by train. When you say it's a day from Berlin to London do you mean it takes 18 hours from Paris to London? If it's less, what about travelling from Berlin to London on Monday then from London to a country town not that far away? That would leave Tuesday and Wednesday in the country town. My sister will be in London on Thursday so we could go there then. Then we could travel from London back to Berlin on Friday and be back in Berlin Saturday. Our flight leaves Berlin Sunday 9:30 AM. If this is totally unrealistic then we'll plan something else. Thanks
From Berlin you will have to go to Cologne and Brussels, changing trains in both cities. www.bahn.de gives the time with the fast trains (ICE, Thalys and Eurostar) as 10 to 12 hours.
Considering how much money you are going to spent just watching the landscape turn into a dizzing flurry (really! You won't see much, belive it!), you are better off taking the plane. Flights from Berlin to London are fairly cheap and you could invest the extra time and money you save by using the plane into going to a musical or a show in London. Or the Tower, if that is more your thing.
Try air berlin, ryanair, easyjet, etc - there are more than enough airlines offering flights. But book them soon.