My name is Carol and me and a friend have decided to make a spontaneous trip to Germany for a month. I have a couple of friends who live in the Saxony region (near Leipzig) so we will probably be staying there for the most part.
I have tons of questions about the trip and what I should prepare for. We want to also possibly head to Holland and go camping, or go camping around Germany in general.
Are there any fascinating places close to Saxony which would be interesting to see?
Also, what do you recommend for purchasing a ticket? I found a ticket to Germany for $660 using Hotwire for leaving in May, but I hear you can get the best discounts if you buy the ticket at most 60 days before your trip.
I was also checking out the Priceline "Name Your Own Price" feature. Does anyone know if this feature has actually benefitted to getting a huge discount? It's a risky thing since if it purchases the tickets for you, they are non-refundable. And what if they never find a ticket?
Also, would you recommend taking a bus around Germany or taking the train? I plan on flying in to Frankfurt and it might be cheaper to take a train from Frankfurt to Leipzig rather than fly in.
Ahhhh, any information would be of help! I'm very excited about this trip!
Hi, there are several options for your flight:
You can fly regular scheduled, charter or budget.
For regular scheduled, try orbitz.com. They will give you an idea for prices and possible flights. Once you have the dates, try booking these flights through the airline's own website.
For budget, try zoom.com or Ryanair. (I think.)
For regular scheduled and budget airlines the prices only go up the nearer the travel date comes.
The only charter airlines doing Germany-USA I know of are Condor and hapag-fly, both available through www.ltu.com. Their best prices usually are the Last-Minute-Deals, with offers available around 3-4 weeks before your intended travel date. The only problem you might have is that the (Soccer) World Cup is coming up and that it will be very hard to get a flight - especially to Leipzig.
IMO it doesn't really matter to what destination you fly to in Europe, as long as you can get a budget flight from where you fly in to an airport closer to your real destination. So if you can get a cut-throat deal on USA-Dublin, go to ryanair's website to check for available onward flights to Germany with them from Dublin. Same with destinantions in Italy or the Netherlands. (Search this forum for the names of the European budget airlines, every country has its own.) Jaw flights are also very popular with travellers, they can be cheaper and save you the bother to backtrack. Just calculate things through.
For things to see and do in Germany, check http://www.cometogermany.com/
And if you want to travel intensively around Germany and the Netherlands, I strongly recommend getting a Eurail pass.
Look at www.bahn.de - and yes, I'm 95% sure that for going from Frankfurt to Leipzig the train is the best option. (Unless you can get a better deal through ltu.de or another budget airline.) Just purchase your tickets in advance from bahn.de.
I have no time right now, but I will back to answer your questions. (I live only two hours north of Leipzig.)
$660 is a great price for the time you are going; i suspect many connections. www.lufthansa.com germany's airline and other probably charging 1100. you being a student might want to look into STA (student travel). BERLIN, BERLIN, BERLIN