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1. Posted by renrew87 (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

I will be in Berlin for a week in May. I am looking to take some day trips, or perhaps a 2 day trip to a region outside of Berlin. I'm currently looking at Prague, but just looking for some ideas/recommendations.
Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

Prague is a good option, but I'd definitely recommend you to stay there at least for two days which would shorten your time in Berlin. If you only want to do a day-trip from Berlin, I suggest to visit Dresden. It's a beautiful, historical city in the eastern part of Germany with lots of sights such as Frauenkirche Church, Semper Opera House and the Royal Palace. Dresden’s art collections and museums are also great. Plus it is really nice to walk along the river and have some coffee after a day's sightseeing ;).

3. Posted by renrew87 (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Thanks Steff. I've read that Dresden is a good day trip option in many travel guides. Do you have any tips in terms of cheap train tickets; besides the eurorail pass? I understand that DB is fairly expensive.

4. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru 257 posts) 7y

Potsdam is really near (almost dont spend time in the way) and pretty interesting for daily trip.

5. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

Quoting renrew87

Thanks Steff. I've read that Dresden is a good day trip option in many travel guides. Do you have any tips in terms of cheap train tickets; besides the eurorail pass? I understand that DB is fairly expensive.

You're right, Deutsche Bahn is totally overpriced and I boycott them for the very same reason .
Much better and cheaper option to get to Dresden is Berlinlinien Bus, if you book in advance you can get a return ticket for as little as 18 Euro. If you can speak a little German Mitfahrgelegenheit is another way to get there. It's people going in their car, offering a lift to share expenses. Can be fun, if you're not shy ;).

Steff

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7. Posted by renrew87 (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Thanks so much steff. I've decided that I'm going to go to Dresden with the Berlininien Bus as you've recommended; it looks like an incredible city! I also plan on visiting Frankfurt (Oder) because I want to hop over to Poland for the afternoon or so; have you been to Frankfurt (Oder) or any other German/Polish border town?
Thanks

8. Posted by ringo6981 (Budding Member 48 posts) 7y

If your looking for cheap ways to get around germany and your flexible try use the car share option, I did it whilst I was in germany and its really cheap and a hell of a lot quicker then public transport.
If your not familiar with it basically there is a website (sorry I cant remember what its called but if you google carshare in germany) you look on the website for someone going the same way and time as you (it also says if they speak english) ring them up and you pay them for a ride, I got from munich to frankfurt for 20euro in half the time the train was going to cost me and it was 70 euro cheaper

9. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 7y

I join Steff in recommendation to visit Potsdam and Dresden. Potsdam could be a short day trip cause it's really very close to Berlin. Potsdam's Sans-Soucis park is a must see. Dresden I think even worth 2 days - really beautiful city, the night view of the center from the bridges is perfect. Also being in Dresden you can go for a boat trip to see the palaces nearby or to go by river to Meissen- also very interesting small city.
If you interested in Poland - my suggestion is Wroclaw - close to the border and very beautiful but more German than Polish (former german Breslau)...
Prague is definitely not the city for a 1-2 days trip - leave it for the next travels.

10. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

Quoting renrew87

Thanks so much steff. I've decided that I'm going to go to Dresden with the Berlininien Bus as you've recommended; it looks like an incredible city! I also plan on visiting Frankfurt (Oder) because I want to hop over to Poland for the afternoon or so; have you been to Frankfurt (Oder) or any other German/Polish border town?
Thanks

Hi again, I have indeed been to Frankfurt (Oder) and the boardering Polish town Slubice, but to be honest I found neither particularly pretty or interesting. Would'nt go there again, instead I recommend Rügen Island north of Berlin and from there you can easily catch a local bus to Poland aswell. Beaches there are great and if it is off-season it also won't be too touristy.
Have fun where ever you end up going!

Steff