I think you will have a great trip. I live in Germany but previously, it would have never been on my radar to visit (in fact, I skipped it when I studied abroad and traveled Europe). That being said, it really is a great country to visit. Two aears ago, I went ot Prague for a long weekend and wrote this http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/think-you-cant-afford-a-honeymoon-in-europeconsider-prague It is not a terribly useful thread when I reread it but may be worth a quick scan, particuarly for hotels in Prague and cash. To your current questions,
Which brings me to my questions for you well-traveled bees:
1) What is the best stuff to do/see in Germany? What are the must-sees? Germany has a lot to offer and this varries by area. By far, Berlin and Munich are the most appealing to tourists but they are not near to each other, in fact, I would look into flying between the 2. If you are looking to rent a car, this could be a really awesome trip. As long as one of you can drive a stick and is comfortable with city driving, Germany is not a scary place to drive. Munich was underwhelming for me but it really is home to all of the typical German things (Oktoberfest, pretzels, etc.). However, I LOVED Berlin and would highly recommend a walking tour and some time on museum island (check out the DDR museum) as well as going to the top of parliment. I would split a week between these two cities so as to have 4 days i Berlin and 3 in Munich. I would also consider a day trip from Munich to Salzburg and the Neuschwainstein Castle (go inside and really understand how amazing it was for its time). If you want to venture off the typical tourist path, look into the Rhein river areal. The wine street is great in the summer as there are lots of festivals. The Romantic Road is another one where you can see lots of castles. In fact, if you are looking for a relaxing part to your trip, this would be a nice drive through many small towns and several of the castles function as hotels. Alternatively, if you stay in northern Germany, you could hit up Denmark from Berlin rather easily (not Copenhagen but more of the coastal, summer vacation spots). Otherwise, there is the Boden See which is near to Munich and also boarders Switzerland and Austria. I would highly recommend driving through the Alps in the summer ifyou are looking to add soemething on to oyur trip. Again, I am recommending a drive but I think you mis somethign on teh train as you can’t get out and look around. If you will be taking the train on your trip in Germany and don’t buy a rail pass beforehand, look for a Bahn Card 25 summer option. Typically there is a 3-4 month version that only costs 25 EUR and saves you 25% off all of your tickets. Even if you just travel from Munich to berlin by train, this will pay off.
2) Would adding a third destination be too much for 12 days? Should we just stick to Germany and Prague? If you are up for driving, I hear the drive from Germany to Prague is rather interesting. We flew but a good friend told me about a bus trip she did in high school and a more recent driving vacation with her Boyfriend or Best Friend. Aparently it’s eye opening to see the shift from western europe to eastern europe on this drive. You don’t notice it so much in downtown Prague but you certainly notice it on the way in.
3) If we do add a third destination, what are your suggestions? I think we are almost totally open to anywhere. I’m 100% okay with either going somewhere I’ve already been or going somewhere new because it will all be new to my husband… but I’m not sure where else would make sense in this itinerary.
It may not seem like the obvious choice but Paris would be an easy destination to add onto your trip. From Berlin I know you can get an early morning flight on a low cost carrier and return the next day late in the evening, giving you 2 full days in Paris. The flight is like 45 minutes each way
4) Any other tips/tricks?
Don’t assume trains are the cheapest and quickest way to get around Europe but don’T oerlook them either. In Germany, I find they are not the cheapest unless you book early and get a discounted fair or if you get a aday ticket or a weekend pass there are some great offers. Dare I say skip Munich and do Berlin, Paris, Dresden and Prague? I have not yet been to Dresden but have a trip planned there next month as I heard only good things and it is much closer to Berlin and Prague. Paris just seems like the perfect add on, especially if you are there in August when the locals leave the city.