(Closed) Can you go to Europe (specifically Germany) affordably?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What do you consider affordable?  What’s your budget?  

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kswiftbride:  lol, I have no idea how much those cost, so I guess I can’t help you.  I’ve been to Europe several times, though… it just all depends on how much you want to spend and what your minimum comfort level is.  I’ve done everything from crashing on peoples’ couches to staying in nicer hotels, to hostels and everything in between.  The airfare is generally the biggest hurdle for me when traveling over there, but I also don’t care too much about where I’m staying (as you can tell).  So I end up dividing out my travel budget probably differently than you would.  Good luck, and hopefully someone else on here has an idea of what your budget is and can help!!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

As others have said, there are many variables that go into a trip like this.  For example, an all-inclusive trip to the Caribbean can vary from $3K to $10K+ depending on what you do.  Germany is where I spent my honeymoon and loved it!  It’s a beautiful country, but again, there are many questions that need to be answered.  That being said, it can be a more affordable option for a European honeymoon compared to countries like Italy or Greece, but it will depend on your “wish list.”

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

You guys sure you want to rent a car with the autobahn ? 😉

I have family in Hamburg, Germany, and I have some general flight info. Its about any where from 1200-1600  dollars per person round trip* JFK (NY)  to Hamburg, Germany. Its going to vary a little depending on when you honey moon is booked and also where you are taking off from/how many puddle jumps you need and then of course where in Germany. As for hotels, it gets trickier if you going to convert you currency and all that jazz. Expect anywhere fro 85 bucks to 350 per night. There are some websites that can find deals, if you trust that stuff lol

As far as cars, Im not sure on that one! I would probably prefer just to take guided tours, walk around on foot or use the public transportation to get places 🙂 But I guess that would depend if you want a little Barvarian chalet in the alps or you want to hustle and bustle in Berlin.

 

*edited to clarify lol

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@Eva Peron:  If there is one place in Europe to rent a car, it’d be Germany.  The autobahn runs like a well-oiled machine & is actually quite easy to navigate once you’re accustomed to the speed.  (My husband still jokes that every American should be sent to learn how to drive on the autobahn in order alleviate a lot of driving problems here in the US!)  It is easy to drive on than most other roads in Europe since it’s a major highway, as opposed to windy little 1-2 lane unmarked roads.  The nice thing about Germany is that if you don’t do the trains (which are awesome!), you can easily get a car and not feel completely stressed.  I always recommend train travel as the primary mode of transportation, but depending on where someone wishes to go, car rentals there are pretty viable options.

 

Also, you’re right about the types of accommodations.  That’s what I was alluding to in my earlier post about there being so many variables for a trip of this caliber.  Flying into most Mexican or Caribbean locales and then going to an all-inclusive resort is usually a lot simpler than a European itinerary, but it can be certainly be done and with a minimal amount of stress if it’s planned well.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@kswiftbride:  I went a few years ago and only had to pay airfare and it was about $1000

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You might want to consider looking at sites like airbnb.com, where you rent an apartment or house.  We are using it for our honeymoon to France and Germany.  It allows you to save money by cooking at home some nights and there are some really wonderful places.  Prices vary greatly, so I can’t give an estimate. I have stayed in an apartment I found on the website before and had a great time.  Whatever you decide, have fun!

 

Or maybe Gapadventures.  They do more all inclusive type trips to many different places.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

First off, don’t rent a car, use the train. Germany has an awesome train system, and you can get a cheap all-inclusive pass. Second, consider staying in hostels. They are very clean and nice, and you can meet a lot of cool people there as well. I lived in Romania for most of my life and visited Germany a lot, I know German. I haven’t lived in Europe for 4 years though so I’m not up to date with everything.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@kswiftbride:  “Hostel” doesn’t necessarily mean “room you share with 12 people.” I lived and traveled around Europe for a year while studying in Austria, and any time I traveled I stayed in a private hostel room. Often times they’re just as nice as hotels, but half the price if you stay in a private room.

As for food, I guess it would depend how much you want to spend again. An average breakfast would maybe cost 7-15 euros a person, and dinner easily could get up to 20-35 euros a person, of course depending on the restaurant, entrees, drinks, etc.

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