Central Europe: From Berlin to Munich
Berlin is a hugely popular place to visit for many people that are taking a trip to Europe. But as it’s a fair way north, it can be hard to know where to go from there and what to do. This Journey Idea takes you on a trip down through Germany and the Czech Republic through some of the most popular destinations in the area. It’s a really great way to link up a few of the popular european destinations, and quite a common route that a lot of people take.
Berlin – 4 nights
Starting in Berlin, we’d recommend a minimum of four nights here. There is so much to see and do, and it also has one of the most popular nightlife scenes in Europe. If you’re into history, there are a huge number of free walking tours that you can do to learn more. And the city also has a really cool alternative side to it that you can explore throughout the day and into the night. It also might be worth giving yourself a recovery day incase you have a big night out here – you more than likely will at some stage.
- Berlin: An overview and tips
- Things to do in Berlin
- A brief history of Berlin
Dresden – 2 nights
Next stop is Dresden, which we thought was one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It’s quite a big university city, but has become famous for a darker reason – the bombing of Dresden in World War Two. The city was half destroyed and between 18 000 and 25 000 people lost their lives over two nights of bombing. But it has bounced back amazingly to become a really beautiful city and popular tourist destination.
- Dresden: Overview and tips
- Things to do in Dresden
- A brief history of Dresden
Prague – 3 nights
From Dresden, the next stop on this trip is Prague. Prague was once quite a unique place to visit, but over the last ten years or so has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. This is mainly due to its incredibly well preserved medieval old town and castle. We think the city is losing some of its charm now because of the amount of tourists and the tourist industry in general. But it’s still worth a visit, to actually see the old town, castle, and Charles bridge. It’s also a hugely popular party destination, thanks to its cheap drinks and cool bars and nightclubs, including the popular 5 story nightclub XXXX
- Prague: Overview and tips
- Things to do in Prague
- A brief history of Prague
Cesky Krumlov – 2 nights
Exploring the Czech Republic a little more, from Prague we’d suggest taking a trip for a couple of nights to Cesky Krumlov. It’s a little smaller than Prague, and a little less touristy, although it’s now becoming more and more popular as well. It’s a really beautiful medieval city, with some great medieval restaurants and experiences that you can check out.
- Cesky Krumlov: Overview and tips
- Things to do in Cesky Krumlov
- A brief history of Cesky Krumlov
Munich – 4 nights
Finally, from Cesky Krumlov the last stop on this trip is Munich, the capital of Bavaria. It’s worth noting that the easiest way to get to Munich is actually going to be to double back to Prague and then take a bus or train between Prague and Munich. Munich is most famous (at least among tourists) for being the destination of Oktoberfest. But there is actually a lot more to the city as well, and some great daytrips that you can take out into the surrounding regions. For that reason, what we’d recommend is that if you are visiting during Oktoberfest, try and stay a few extra days to explore. And if not, you’ll still find plenty to do, so we’d recommend a stay of four nights.
- Munich: Overview and tips
- Things to do in Munich
- A brief history of Munich
Tips and things to know
- You can take either train or bus between each of the destinations here, depending on your budget. The train will be slightly more expensive (though not a lot), but is usually quite a bit faster, and the better option in our opinion.
- To see Cesky Krumlov, the best option is to take a bus from Prague, and then double back to Prague before going to Munich. It is possible to go straight from Cesky Krumlov to Munich, but it’s quite complicated and a long trip.
- For the bigger cities, there are certain areas that are better to stay than others, so have a look at our city overviews of each city for tips on where to stay.
- Beer is super cheap, particularly in Prague, so if you like beer then expect to drink quite a bit… When you’re deciding how long to stay, it’s actually worth taking this into account, as a big night can wipe out the next day. So keep it in mind and prepare for it.
- If you’re going to Munich in Oktoberfest, you need to book super early. Also, try and stay a little longer and look around the city and region a bit as well, rather than just going to Oktoberfest and then leaving again.
- If you have a bit more time and want to see some more of Germany, you could visit Nuremburg as a stop between Cesky Krumlov / Prague and Munich. It’s around a 4 hour bus ride from Prague. For more info on Nuremburg see our Overview and tips or Things to do in Nuremburg.