I am staying in Berlin on some work and want to visit Rome in Sep over a weekend. Can you please tell me
1) Cheapest way to travel to Rome
2) Good hotels to stay near the main attractions
3) Places to see in Rome and will two days sufficient to cover all places?
Thanks in advance for ur help.
a) the distance is a lot so bus[a cheap mode of transport is out] you can try railway or cheap airlines. raileurope.com is a website for railways but am not sure for flights. maybe you can google search air italia. for railway, a pass might prove cheaper, but u need to check. and book as soon as possible to keep it cheaper.
b)if you dont mind staying in hostels, try checking hihostels.com that is website of the international youth hostels. they are cheap and clean hostels. also you get to see a lot of like minded tourists and interact.
c) i havent been to rome but to explore a city as rich as rome maybe a week is not enough. but for two days you can websearch for "two day suggested itenaries". this might sound odd suggestion but they really are good suggestion. a good website is frommers.com. they have good suggested itinary. i am following theirs for my visit to paris
any r you really very keen on rome? there are many other cities closer to berlin if you find the air tickets too expensive.
have a nice time.
check out easyjet.com. you can get a cheap flight to Rome from Berlin. You fly into the Ciampino airport, which is not the main airport. There'll be some sort of bus to take you into the city. Termini is the main train station, in the middle of the city. There are lots of cheap hotels and hostels nearby, although it's not the best part of the city (train stations never are, though). check out hostelworld.com to find some hostels. A weekend will be a bit of a teaser for Rome, but you can still see some good sites and have a good time.
A good site to find the cheapest flight from Berlin to Rome is http://www.viaberlin.com/. Considering you only have a weekend to stay in Rome I wouldn't even bother with the train as it'll take you ages to get down there. Unfortunately can't give you much advice on what to do and see, went to Rome as a kid .
In my book, what you plan to do definitely counts as irresponsible travel. If you have only a weekend, the only option would be to fly down; have you ever considered the environmental burden of that?
Why not take more time, or adjust your travel ambitions to your timeframe? There's a host of beautiful cities in Germany and even Czech Republic that are very well within a 3-day range from Berlin! Plus, a weekend wouldn't be enough even to only scratch Rome's surface.
If you'd decide to take more time, taking a train down is a good option; there used to be an excellent connection via Vienna and Milan, maybe it still exists.
[ Edit: Edited at Aug 29, 2006 1:10 AM by bentivogli ]
Thank you all for the information. Can you please also suggest some nice places/cities to visit near Berlin?
I take it you've already been to Potsdam?
I liked Erfurt; also, Leipzig would be an excellent destination, esp. if you're into classical music, but they have a nice and friendly nightlife, too. Neurenberg I haven't been to, but people say it's interesting because of its historical importance. A bit further afield we have Cologne, which is very nice, and I've also heard good stories about Hamburg. Even Prague (Czech Republic) would be an option.
All these can be easily reached by train; I'm sure that Die Bahn even has discount passes for weekend travellers, check out their website. I'm sure that German TP members can come up with much more suggestions, but this is what I can think of at the moment.
I just came to know about a place called Neuschwanstein near Fussen. It has a beautiful palance and excellent views. I checked in the German train website for the train route. But, I couldn't.
Can any one please tell how to reach Fussen from berlin either by train or bus?
Remember, it's Füssen, with dots on the u. I had no trouble getting a connection on bahn.de; it's a rather long journey, though, according to their website almost 9 hours (changes in Fulda or Augsburg). It's hard to imagine that that's correct; maybe you better head down to the information office at the nearest station.
To me 9 hours for Berlin to Füssen sounds right. Füssen is located south of Munich almost at the border to Switzerland, already halfway to Rome from Berlin. The best connection would be with a nighttrain going in the direction of Munich and then on with a local train.
But before you go, please consider this: Neuschwanstein is the biggest tourist trap in Western Europe. It is overmarketed and overrun. There are a lot other nice places to visit from Berlin.
Potsdam for example has a very nice and equally famous castle and it makes an exellent day trip from Berlin.
In Dresden, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, they just reopened the Gruene Gewoelbe, which houses the magnificient treasures and trinkets collected by the Saxon kind August the Strong. It is a must to see this building along with the famous art galleries and the Zwinger after it has been finally restored to its former glory before the WW II. Travel time from Berlin to Dresden is between 2-4 hours, depending which train you take and where you are in Berlin.
Nearby are the famous fortress Königstein and the Hunting castle Moritzburg. These are far more authentic than Neuschwanstein, because they were actually used by a real monarch with a real court. Neuschwanstein howeveris a dream castle, a romantic playhouse built for the last, mentally ill Bavarian king.
You might also be interested in visiting the unique Spreewald (Spree River Forest) area. It is a flooded river forest, unique in Europe and the region where the Sorbs or Wendish live. They have their own language related to Polish and Czech not German and their own culture. The area is halfway between Berlin and Dresden.
Another nice town to see would be Prague in the Czech Republic. A lot of people love it there - the beer, the party, the style, the girls. You name it, Prague has it.
Another great area to check out would be the Harz mountains. A historical steam train goes up to the Brocken, the mountain that symbolises Germany like no other, Quedlinburg is a UNESCO world heritage site and rightfully so, Wernigerode is always worth a visit.
[ Edit: Edited at Sep 1, 2006 3:44 PM by t_maia ]