Trains, Planes and the Autobahn
Ok so spank me for starting again with a seedling and not a seed. Yes I’m ripping another expat post. But truthfully, how could I provide sweet traveling tips for Germany if I haven’t actually experienced them? And you know if I find something erroneous-sounding, I’m sure to point and laugh.
Actually Germany is one of my Euro neighbors I have visited more than once. I had to go to Dresden numerous times to solidify my legal status in Czech Republic. Each time – even the visit that was 45 minutes when it was pointed out that I’d brought the wrong paperwork – was not unpleasant. The Czech embassy was a 10 minute walk from the train station. Pity they closed that embassy. The city reminds me of Prague in that a river runs through it, and the architecture is lovely albeit built-up from WWII near total devastation.
One of my best friends from the States moved to Munich to marry his German husband, and I went to visit them not long after I moved to Prague. They have a swanky and well-appointed multi-roomed abode abutting the park/estate of a former royal. But I find Munich to be masculine city (as opposed I suppose to the feminitity of Prague). It’s very flat and steely. Maybe it’s the Mercedes Benz complex in the middle of town. Or maybe that my friend K let me tag along to his job as tour guide to Dachau (informative, fascinating, depressing).
I traveled to both Dresden and Munich by train from Prague. I’ve also been to Freising, about 20 minutes outside Munich. This time was on the autobahn. It’s been a dream of mine (and I’m sure on numerous bucket lists) to drive it. This particular trip,howev was an overnight business trip with my two managers at the time. They were unfortunately cautious drivers and I spent the car ride dreaming out the backseat window.
The following article link provides car rental tips, airlines (I do prefer Lufthansa whenever it’s available), bus, and train tips.
Overall the train service in Czech Republic is comfortable (though I suppose not by American standards compared to Amtrak). I prefer the Euro style of trains – enclosed small salons shared with random travelers and a corridor outside the curtained door. Especially nice if there’s a dining or snack car. FYI, the best Czech train info is here.
I’ve traveled outside Prague by bus only once. It was cramped (for a long-legged girl) and crowded with fogged up windows even in the summer. Within, and even outside, the Czech Republic I’ve heard the the Student Agency buses are the way to go. They have refreshments, movies, and comfy seats. If/when I take another bus for longer than 40 minutes, I’ll go with them (note: not an official endorsement, unless they read this and want to give me free tickets to write more).
So check out the link below. It’s a nice site, and judging from the numerous comments from other travelers and expats, he seems to be on the money with his tips.