Just putting together a little trip for myself mostly around the northernish side of europe and wondering if anyone has any thoughts or recommendations, be spending most of april doing this with something like the following :
I much prefer doing shorter trips inbetween each city of around 4 or 5 hour train journy and am a bit limited on the flights i can take at the start and begining as i'm between liverpool and manchester. The above seems to be the best, the only pain being the helsinki to gdansk is going to be a flight (couldn't find a good way to get from finland or latvia etc to north poland).
Gdansk, Poznan, Dresden, Karlovy Vary and Nuremburg, dont know a great deal about these places, are they worth visiting?
Also, if anyone has ideas on better cities to visit along the same kind of route? (i've chosen some of these as they are inbetween berlin and munich rather than any great desire to see them)
Thanks for any help or advice
I've been to Gdansk, Poznan, Berlin and Dresden on your list and thought they were all beautiful.
If you're stopping in Gdansk, I'd also recommend stopping in Gdynia and Sopot (as day trips erhaps). Together these three cities are known as the tri-cities in Poland. Gdynia is the sight of the Solidarity mov't and Sopot is a wonderful summer resort town - very relaxed. It's still be cold in April, but you'll get a vibe for it. Gdansk is my favourite city in Poland - it's really charming. Another day trip option would be to visit Malbork - I believe it's the largest brick castle in the world and it's quite close by.
Poznan was also nice - but personally nothing stuck out that made the city memorable....you might want to do some more research.... but I'd recommend Torun instead - it's the city where Copernicus was born and has a real medieval presence to it. It's also a university town so the night life is quite good.
Berlin is fabulous - I'd recommend at least 3 + days there if not more. It's completely different from anywhere else you'll visit in my opinion.
Dresden is a perfect day plus overnight stop. It was almost completely destroyed during WW2 and has been restored since then. It's extremely beautiful and easily walkable.
Hope that helps!
Karlovy Vary and Nuremberg are a bit out of the way of the normal Berlin-Czech Republic-Munich route.
Normally people go Berlin-Dresden-Prague-Cesky Krumlov-Passau-Munich or Berlin-Prague-Bratislava-Vienna-Munich.
But Karlovy Vary and Nuremberg are ok too, no reason to exchange them.
Note though that Cesky Krumlov - Passau passes through the Sumava national park as well as highlights where the Iron Curtain once was. (You have to walk the distance from the German village Haidmühle to the train stop on the Czech side.)
Latvia to Gdansk should be doable by train or bus, but it would require a few stops. Use bahn.de and tell the site you want to go via Sestokai. There is an almost daily connection from Vilnius to Warshaw via Sestokai that does not go through Kaliningrad oblast nor Belarus.
great, thanks for the advice