Stop in Hamburg or Dresden? or Stay in Berlin for an extra night?

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  1. edekba

    edekba Gold Member

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    So I booked one of those cheap LAX - CPH fares for fall travel. We have 13 nights in Europe and we've sorta decided on the following itinerary.
    • 2 Nights in Copenhagen before flying to Prague on Norwegian
    • 4 Nights in Prague then Train up to Berlin (Or 1 Night in Dresden before Berlin)
    • 4 Nights in Berlin then Train back to Copenhagen (Or stop in Hamburg for 1 Night before CPH)
    • 2 Nights in Copenhagen before flying home.
    For Hamburg I could use my anniversary night and stay at the Park Hyatt Hamburg & Dresden I was looking at The Westin Bellevue, Dresden for 7,000 SPG.

    Alternatively I've heard that Berlin is such a large city that I'd want to spend more time there, so I could extend my stay in Berlin for a night as well.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Counsellor
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    Dresden is a beautiful city, used to be called the Florence of Germany. Well worth a visit!
     
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  3. edekba

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    Yeah I've heard; but also people say that since most of it is actually post WW2 ... Prague is better ? Since I'll be in Prg for 4 days I dont know.

    Thanks for the input!
     
  4. jonspencer

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    Dresden is nothing compared to Berlin (or even Hamburg) it was completely fire-bombed at the end of WWII, it is a nice city that has been revitalized but nothing special to see IMO

    Berlin was leveled in the war as well but with the government there now, there are far more cafes, entertainment and restaurants plus lots of cultural / historical sites.

    I was at Quasimodo's Jazz Club in Berlin last week for a decent show

    I like Copenhagen and would probably opt for another night there :cool:
     
  5. Jenny & Curt
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    We are in Weimar now, having just left Berlin, and before that, Hamburg. There's a Luxury Collection hotel here in Weimar (Hotel Elephant) that we like, that's usually pretty affordable, and it's a charming town. I enjoyed Dresden (and stayed in the Westin you mention), so if you could have 24 hours there to walk along the river and see the sights, I think it would be nice. Also, the Park Hyatt Hamburg is a wonderful property (are you Hyatt Diamond?). If you decide to stop in Hamburg, it is a lovely city to just walk around in. We are interested in Geocaching, and looking for geocaches took us to lots of places we'd never have seen. Also, for my husband, the journey was totally worth it for the chance to see Miniatur Wunderland. http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/

    What are your interests? What thrills you to spend the day doing?
     
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  6. edekba

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    Not Diamond; just PLT but i am SPG PLT.

    Interest? We like to get lost and walk around in the neighborhoods. Some museums.
     
  7. tom911
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    Think I'd opt for Hamburg just because of the maritime heritage there that makes it so unique. I have stayed at the Park Hyatt there and as I recall breakfast buffet runs around $40, so just be aware of that if you plan to eat there. I was comped as a Hyatt Diamond. I think Dresden, and even Leipzig, are great destinations for their Christmas markets in December, but Hamburg would be my choice at any other time of the year.

    Hamburg Town Hall:

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    photos from Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin
     
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  8. Lynda
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    My 2 cents:
    • 2 Nights in Copenhagen before flying to Prague on Norwegian
    • 4 Nights in Prague then Train up to Berlin
    • 3 Nights in Berlin then Train back to Copenhagen via Hamburg
    • 2 Nights in Hamburg (I'm not a fan of one-night stays)
    • 2 Nights in Copenhagen before flying home
    I really like Berlin, but 3 nights is enough, IMO.
     
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  9. edekba

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    Interesting; almost everywhere I've googled they say 3 - 4 nights is the absolute minimum with 5 being a good unrushed time since Berlin is so spread out. Other people have said they would stay a week if they could.

    thanks for your 2 cents :)
     
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  10. tom911
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    I think a lot of the timeline for Berlin depends on how much of a museum person you are-- you can spend days just in museums there. If you're more of an outdoors person like me, three days will give you time to pop over to the west side for a few hours (Kurfurstendamm, Kaiser Wilhelm church, KaDaWe department store, plus the huge multi-story Saturn electronics store), plus explore a lot on the east side--everything from Alexanderplatz (TV tower, shopping) to some of the streets of Prenzlauerberg, as well as Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz (large shopping mall there plus a casino and lots of cafes/restaurants). Further down is the Topography of Terror Museum (free) which is worth an hour. I have photos of all of these on my web site in the Germany section.
     
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  11. traveltoomuch

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    As a general rule, I'd avoid the one-night stops, preferring to spend more of my vacation time exploring rather than traveling between cities.

    Berlin has many charms. I recommend the Underground tours (and there are several) and touring the Bundestag. Advance reservations are required for the latter and recommended for the former.
     
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  12. LauraPDX

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    I'll be in Berlin for 4 nights in June and have a fortunate dilemna in that I need to choose between hotels to stay (with points). I have enough for 2 nights each at the Hilton (Gold), Radisson Blu (with CC card) and Hyatt(Platinum). Has anyone here stayed at these options and have an opinion about which 2 I should pick to stay in with my daughter (adult)?
     
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  13. Jenny & Curt
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    Stayed at the Radisson Blu (the one with the Aquarium) last month and liked it a lot. We were offered an aquarium view, but the desk clerk suggested it might be a bit noisy as the bar was in the lobby and it was true. We chose instead an outward-facing room, and enjoyed having windows that opened and a street view. Liked the location. (Had stayed at the Hyatt the night before, so it was nice to have a change of neighborhood.) If you have enough points for the Radisson, you could, alternatively, stay at the Park Inn at Alexanderplatz, which you can see from the Radisson. But I think the Radisson looks like a nicer property. Rick Steves' guides encourage Berlin visitors to stop in just to look at the aquarium. It is mesmerizing. There is a SeaLife Center next door, which we didn't visit, and their tour includes an elevator trip inside the cylindrical aquarium.
    We liked the Hyatt very much, too, but we're Diamond. Not sure where the Hilton is, but if it's near the Radisson, then I might opt for two each at the Hyatt and Radisson, in order to see two very different parts of the city. Enjoy Berlin!
     
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  14. tom911
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    The Grand Hyatt has an excellent location and it's a good value for 15,000 points a night. It's across the street from a casino and three story shopping mall, and there's the Sony complex there with restaurants and cinema. It's an easy walk to Brandenburg Gate, the Topography of Terror Museum, and there's easy rail access at the Potsdamerplatz station. I've only stayed there as a Diamond so had my breakfast in the lounge. Can't comment on what the paid breakfast options would be which could be a consideration (there is a bakery just outside one of the train station entrances if too pricey). This whole area was previously occupied by The Wall so everything is reasonably new.

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    hotel photos: http://tom911.smugmug.com/Hotels/Hyatt-Hotels/2010-Grand-Hyatt-Berlin/i-RgWTrdr
     
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  15. uweheldt

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    I suggest Hamburg. The most beautiful city of Germany.
     
  16. edekba

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    Does anyone have an opinion on Hilton Berlin vs. WA Berlin? I think Hilton is more central but WA is more "upscale" and leafy?
     
  17. LauraPDX

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    Just had 2 great nights at the Hilton. No experience of the other location. As gold member was upgraded to business class room on 8 th floor, free wifi and great breakfasts. No access to club room, however. Subway station directly in front of hotel with easy access to airport etc.
     
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