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Old 11-03-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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So I'm finally going on my long awaited Euro backpacking trip this winter from Dec 21st to Jan 1st. I plan on splitting my time between three cities -- Prague, Berlin, and Munich. Christmas markets are a must and I plan on spending nights days in each city, though I'm open to shortening my time by a day in one or two of the cities if there are any worthwhile stopovers along the way.

Any must-see attractions I might not be aware of?

Again, I'm a big fan of Christmas markets. Not a huge museum fan, though I'm sure I'll take in one or two. Would love to attend a Christmas musical performance of some sort. Historical stuff interests me as well, so Dachau is a must.

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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Can you spend more time than that? You might find yourself rushed moving between the three in nineish days. Not sure about Prague or Munich, but I spent ten days in Berlin and still missed some stuff I would have liked to have seen.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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Again, I'm a big fan of Christmas markets. Not a huge museum fan, though I'm sure I'll take in one or two. Would love to attend a Christmas musical performance of some sort.
None of the cities are especially well known for their christmas markets, but I guess Munich and maybe Prague will have some decent ones.

Anyway, your first stop should be Munich/Prague then. Keep in mind that traditionally those markets are only open till the 23rd/24th of December.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Can you spend more time than that? You might find yourself rushed moving between the three in nineish days. Not sure about Prague or Munich, but I spent ten days in Berlin and still missed some stuff I would have liked to have seen.
I'd like to but I'm a teacher and coach. My trip can't exceed our Christmas break.

Three days isn't much, I know. But I've been pretty satisfied with 2-3 day Euro city stops in the past.

I wouldn't be totally opposed to eliminating Munich or Berlin all together and then splitting 5 days between Prague and another city, but Prague is an absolute most.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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None of the cities are especially well known for their christmas markets, but I guess Munich and maybe Prague will have some decent ones.

Anyway, your first stop should be Munich/Prague then. Keep in mind that traditionally those markets are only open till the 23rd/24th of December.
A few of them stay open into the new year. From what I've read, Prague's and Berlin's are open through the 31st. Munich's are only open until the 24th, though.

I have read that the best market is in Nuremberg. I suppose I could make a stop off on my way to or from Munich.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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I have read that the best market is in Nuremberg. I suppose I could make a stop off on my way to or from Munich.
With only 9 days, I'd actually skip Berlin. Too far in the north. As it's Christmas, I'd consider those city combinations:

Munich - Nuremberg - Prague
Munich - Salzburg - Prague
Munich - Vienna - Prague

Best christmas markets in my opinion: Vienna. But that's probably just me. Love the ones at Spittelberg, Museumsquartier and Rathaus. After the one at the Rathaus is closed, they set up a huge ice rink there. If Vienna is not an option, then either Nuremberg or Salzburg

The one in Salzburg is opened till the 26th, it's setting is pretty nice, right under the castle in the old parts of the city. Nuremberg is only opened till the 24th. Never been there, but as you said, a lot of tourists go there every winter. The one in Prague is open till the 6th of January.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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Munich has the best Christmas market, imo


The 10 Best Christmas Markets in Europe



2. Prague 3. Berlin


I don't knwo why anybody would say Munich is not known for its Christmas market. Couldn't be further from the truth.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:13 AM
 
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From Berlin to Prague, you go through Dresden.
Jump off the train for an hour or 3 and go to their market.
The downtown area is just superb.

Remember, Europe will be closed on the 24th with very minimal services on the 25th.
The Prague holiday market is open after christmas.

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Old 11-06-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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From Berlin to Prague, you go through Dresden.
Jump off the train for an hour or 3 and go to their market.
The downtown area is just superb.

Remember, Europe will be closed on the 24th with very minimal services on the 25th.
The Prague holiday market is open after christmas.

Christmas Markets.Com
Christmas Markets 2012 - UK, European, French, German, Belgian, Austrian

German Christmas Markets 2012
German Christmas Markets - 2012 Christmas Market Dates & Locations - German Christmas Fairs & Xmas Markets

Europe Christmas Markets 2012
Christmas Markets 2012 - Christmas market breaks and holidays in Europe

Christmas Markets.Org (some dates are Still to be Announced)
Christmas Markets - Austria Christmas Markets, Christmas Markets Germany

Prague Christmas Opening Times - December 2012

Great stuff! Thanks!
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