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Need advice and suggestions for travel to Germany this summer.

So there it is^^^

I'd like to take my nephew who is graduating from college this year on a trip to Germany.

I am WIDE open to any suggestions including flying into another location and doing some train travel. He has never traveled internationally so, the more varied the stops, the better.

I want the most bang for the buck. While Germany is a place he really wants to visit, he does not have specific expectations in mind. He also has no idea I'm planning this.

Any ideas are appreciated. Travel dates would be late June to early August.

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my only advice is to make sure he has a valid passport first!
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i lied, here's another advice.

i would start with looking thru some itineraries to get ideas from tour operators. who knows, it might be easier going with them. there's always groupon getaways. trafalgar [trafalgar.com] is pretty well known too.
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LOL Thanks! Yes, he has a passport already.
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How many days?

nvm, I see you mentioned late June to early august- that's a good amount of time to see a whole lot of Germany.



That said, there are so many options...from Roman ruins to medieval castles to ultra modern urbanity.

Don't skip Berlin! A destination in and of itself.

Open jaw trips are nice, as it is a large country and it can save you having to back-track.

If you can buy train tickets early, you may save quite a lot of cash. www.bahn.de
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How many days?

nvm, I see you mentioned late June to early august- that's a good amount of time to see a whole lot of Germany.



That said, there are so many options...from Roman ruins to medieval castles to ultra modern urbanity.

Don't skip Berlin! A destination in and of itself.

Open jaw trips are nice, as it is a large country and it can save you having to back-track.

If you can buy train tickets early, you may save quite a lot of cash. www.bahn.de
The trip will probably 10-15 days but the travel window is 6/23 through 8/15
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The trip will probably 10-15 days but the travel window is 6/23 through 8/15
In that case, it is probably best to stick with 3-4 cities max. Remember that your first day or two will likely be spent in a somewhat jet-lagged state.

You can still see quite a lot in that time, but I'd suggest focusing on maybe just one or two regions.



Rick Steves' travel forums offers a wealth of info from fellow travelers.


https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-forum
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We did a trip a few years ago that was pretty good, 2 weeks Austria and Germany- very rough schedule is below- if you need more details (hotels, restaurants, etc) let me know-your interests likely differ but should at least be a decent list of some things to see in each place


Flew into Vienna Austria (spent 5 days there)-

Day 1- arrival, get checked in, wandered around a big famous cemetery, dinner, sleep

Day 2- Schonbrun Palace and the Vienna Zoo

Day 3- Sigmund Freud Museum, Crime museum, St Michaels/Catacombs

Day 4- Hofburg Palace, Ephesus Museum, Natural History Museum

Day 5- We did a wine tour from viennaexplorer.com - train that night to:

Salzburg Austria

Day 6 (1 in Salzburg)- Side trip into the Alps- we toured a big underground salt mine, took a boat across a pristine alpine lake, then a cable car up to the top of a snow covered mountain

Day 7- Mozarts residence and birthplace, Arch Abbey and cemetery, Hohensalzburg Castle... train that night to Munich


Munich, Germany-

Day 8 (1 in Munich)- Viktalienmarket and Munich Residence

Day 9- Side trip by train to see Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles

Day 10- Deutsches science/technology Museum- it is insanely large. And awesome. Head to airport that night for flight to Berlin (train takes too long for this one)

Berlin-

Day 11 (day 1 in Berlin)- Brandenburg gate, Holocaust memorial, Berlin Zoo

Day 12- Museum Island (an island area in Berlin with 4 major museums on it)

Day 13- Museum of Natural History, German History Museum

Day 14- Nazi terror museum, MauerMuseum and Checkpoint Charlie, Jewish Museum, head home that night
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Need advice and suggestions for travel to Germany this summer.

So there it is^^^

I'd like to take my nephew who is graduating from college this year on a trip to Germany.

I am WIDE open to any suggestions including flying into another location and doing some train travel. He has never traveled internationally so, the more varied the stops, the better.

I want the most bang for the buck. While Germany is a place he really wants to visit, he does not have specific expectations in mind. He also has no idea I'm planning this.

Any ideas are appreciated. Travel dates would be late June to early August.

Did you get any great airfare? I'm going in June.
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No. Still looking. Very likely I will fly somewhere else and loop through 5-7 cities.
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