Member since 16 Jan 2018
Total posts 19
Well.. long time lurker first time poster as many have mentioned.
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 30 Nov 2015
Total posts 419
I did an anti clockwise circle from Frankfurt; Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Munich, Ingolstadt, Nuremberg, Berlin, Wolfsburg, Cologne, Bonn, Frankfurt. We did extensive tours of the 5 big German Car makers, seeing your driving and if you like motoring and cars, you will love it. Highly recommended is the Autostadt in Wolfsburg.PS. only the steering wheel is on the 'other' side. Should you decide to sit back and relax and go by DB train, you can easily visit everyone of these locations within your time frame.
ooops, forgot Hanover, that's where Continental AG make tires. Great City.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 08 Jun 2017
Total posts 29
Your friend is very kind but may i suggest that you consider to leave the car behind. Germany has a super train network. Unless you want to explore the country side, you will end up spending more time and money for parking and potentially parking ticket. Germany is a wonderful country but you can also spend a few days in Vienna. It is a walk-able city and if you like to admire architectural wonders, you will go from surprise to surprise.
Member since 17 Jan 2018
Total posts 3
We have done a 16 day road trip in Aug 2016 - must sees are Berlin, Munich, Schwangau, Baden Baden, Boppard (thank me later), Bonn, Cologne, Stuttgart (apart from Mercedes Benz free factory tour - keep moving). Combo of train and cars. Agree with Longtoo, the parking rates can be high in the big cities. Best collect any rental car from Munich airport then drive anti clockwise. We preceeded with a train trip through Poland - cheap AF and apart from Krakow not touristy. Austria is a project on its own and not a cheap destination. Safe travels.
Member since 04 Dec 2013
Total posts 65
Nothing particularly special in terms of lounges in FRA. Cathay has its own (combined J/F) lounge - JAL has a small and discretely marked F section but you'd be best sticking with the CX lounge on your departure.
Member since 12 Jul 2014
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Member since 22 Jun 2017
Total posts 4
I agree with driving in Germany which we did a few years ago as that way you will be able to stop at the small towns that typify the cute, charming side of Germany. We started in Strassbourg (and while you are there, visit Colmar nearby in France - possibly the most gorgeous town in that country). We loved Bremen (be sure to walk through Schnoor), Hamburg, Hameln (Hamelin), Dresden, Nuremburg, Rothenburg, Bamburg, to name a few places but when you drive, you some across so many unexpectedly interesting places. Driving is not that bad since a lot of roads are dual carriage. Just keep your wits about you at all times and it slowly becomes natural.
Member since 22 Jul 2017
Some thoughts on driving in Germany/ on the right hand side of the road:- be careful re-joining a normal highway from a break particularly if you have pulled over to a car park on the left side of the road, it's quite possible to set off on the left hand side despite the positioning of the wheel.- on autobahns where in some sections very high speeds are permitted be aware that a car behind may be closing on you much faster than you think, so it's a good idea to be a little more watchful pulling out into the "fast" lane and wise to blend back to the "slow" lane promptly.- make sure the car's documentation covers you and that you borrow your friend's car roadside assistance card (I hope you won't need it).- finally weather changes can be very quick in winter so allow enough time if the forecast is problematic.Enjoy your trip!
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 18 Jan 2017
Total posts 8
Ok like a very quick trip snail, and yes, you can drive right into Czechoslovakia.
Thanks guys for all the suggestions.
Member since 09 Sep 2013
Total posts 93
Good decision I reckon. You will certainly enjoy the views. Have spent time in Munich and Salzburg, both nice. Salzburg worth two nights. Prague ten years ago was dodgy with tourists being preyed upon, particularly on their public transport, not sure about now. That said, last year in Bologna, Verona, and Munich we found we were being watched by some of the refugee groups who would suddenly appear behind us with offers to help get our luggage onboard, then put the hand out for some Euros. I suspect it was our mature age that we attracted their attention. If you stick with the plan, have a good read of the web site 'The Man in Seat 61'. If you are flexible with your train schedules (ie; leave a little later in the day) you will find first class fares are almost as cheap as economy, and worth the little extra. Enjoy it.
Can I suggest when in berlin, if you have an interest in aircraft, you get out to the former RAF Gatow which is now a wonderful museum of cold war and earlier aircraft. Well worth a visit.
Member since 29 Jan 2015
Total posts 9
1 night in Frankfurt, take the train to Cologne for another night. Followed by 2 nights in Berlin, 1 in Dresden, 2 in Prague, 2 in Vienna, 1 in Salzburg, 3 in Munich and one last back in Frankfurt
Air Canada - Aeroplan
Member since 28 Feb 2015
Rather than deal with 200 km/h Autobahns, I'd look into a First Class Eurailpass. There's a big range of them - short/long duration, one country or 2+ adjoining countries (as Germany, Austria and Czechia are) and they give maximum flexibility - hop on any train, any time, and you both get to see the scenery, not just the car passenger. German trains are fast, frequent and comfortable, and definitely beat dealing with finding soewhere to park. By the way, though this doesn't apply to you with a borrowed car, rental car companies in Europe generally don't allow one to take their car across a national border.
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