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Old 04-11-2019, 04:47 PM
 
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Hi all, my friend invited us to go to Berlin with her for a few days in late September. My husband and I have never been so we are super excited. We decided to take some additional days an add another destination to our trip. We've been to Amsterdam and thought about going back as we loved it. However, we also thought about taking this opportunity to see somewhere new. We were thinking maybe Prague but wanted opinions from those who've been there. Should we go to Prague or go back to Amsterdam or is there somewhere else you'd recommend?

We love history, museums, food, beer and enjoy walking around a new city a lot. =)

Thanks in advance for your help.
Let me suggest this trip:

1. Three to four days in Amsterdam including side trips to the Dutch countryside to see windmills and dikes.

2. Take the train from Amsterdam to Berlin and spend three to four days with your friends sightseeing. Honestly, I was not overwhelmed with Berlin from a scenery point of view. Its a very flat area and very urbanized. However, the history revolving around Berlin makes it worth the visit. You can see sections of the Berlin Wall that have been preserved. You can visit Checkpoint Charlie and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum where red army soldiers literally faced off against American Army soldiers. There is a museum on Unter den Linden known as the Germany History Museum which I found very rewarding.

3. Than take the train from Berlin to Prague and spend three days there. Prague is a great walking city and you will want to walk along the Vitava River. The Hop On Hop Off bus is a great way to see this city.

4. Arrange your tickets so you can fly home from Prague or train back to Berlin and fly out of there. The distance between the two cities is not that great.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:40 PM
 
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If all one wants to see in the Netherlands are windmills and dikes, a half day visit to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam (a short train ride away) will fill the bill nicely. Amsterdam itself has plenty of excellent museums, churches, and historic homes to see, at least three days worth.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:38 AM
 
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Let me suggest this trip:

1. Three to four days in Amsterdam including side trips to the Dutch countryside to see windmills and dikes.

2. Take the train from Amsterdam to Berlin and spend three to four days with your friends sightseeing. Honestly, I was not overwhelmed with Berlin from a scenery point of view. Its a very flat area and very urbanized. However, the history revolving around Berlin makes it worth the visit. You can see sections of the Berlin Wall that have been preserved. You can visit Checkpoint Charlie and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum where red army soldiers literally faced off against American Army soldiers. There is a museum on Unter den Linden known as the Germany History Museum which I found very rewarding.

3. Than take the train from Berlin to Prague and spend three days there. Prague is a great walking city and you will want to walk along the Vitava River. The Hop On Hop Off bus is a great way to see this city.

4. Arrange your tickets so you can fly home from Prague or train back to Berlin and fly out of there. The distance between the two cities is not that great.
While I love this! I don't have that much time off work. We are going Thur 9/26 (arriving Fri 9-/27) and returning Friday 10/4. So We are likely doing Berlin 9/27-10/1 and Prague 10/1-10/4. If we can take more time off work, I'd definitely be returning to Amsterdam as I loved it!
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:03 PM
 
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My advice is, since you are already seeing one large city, to spend the rest of your time going somewhere smaller, more intimate. Europe is so, so much more than just large cities. In Germany, you can cruise or ride bikes along the banks of major rivers like the Rhiner, visiting the small towns along the way. You can visit the Romantic Road and medieval walled towns like Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
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