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Sep142010

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Potsdam Half-Day Trip from Berlin

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review
Sansouci is a small but beautiful palace. I took a couple of others tours by City Discovery in Berlin which were good but this particular day the bus was not equipped with headphones so you could not hear the taped commentary. When the driver was asked about the problem, he seemed disinterested. The hop-on guide did the minimum without enthusiasm. I would recommend the excursion however with more emphasis on Potsdam. Viatour--- you should provide better information on departures; the tour does not depart Alexanderplatz everyday as you indicated. Although pickup is Friday and Saturdays at 1:15pm ,you wait 30 minutes at the Ku-dam pick-up stop giving you a little over an hour to get to and from the bus and tour the castle; Potsdam is ignored or perhaps that was detailed in the missing audio.

Sep122010

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Berlin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Although the audio is taped in a variety of individual languages(another company offers live commentary in both German and English), the bus covered all the major sights at a leisurely pace with convenient stops. The fee is very economical when you consider a taxi from Alexenderplatz to Potsdammerplatz can be 15 euros. I bought a second day hop-on/hop-off ticket just for the cost effectiveness of getting to Charlottenburg Palace and the two museums located across the street.

Jul022010

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Berchtesgaden and Eagle's Nest Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Excellent excursion and the documentation museum is superb. Pending your interest in the Nazi era try to leave as much time as possible to view the interactive exhibits. Our guide was enthusiastic and well-versed and the day was made even better by the great weather which afforded a clear panorama.

Jul012010

Tour/Activity

Salzburg and Lake District Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
The scenery on the drive from Munich to Salzburg is beautiful. On this particular day, our guide was willing but her English was heavily accented and difficult to understand over the public address system. The travel time to and from is lengthy and I would advise taking a panoramic van tour of Salzburg upon arrival (which I did) as there is not enough time to see the city by foot.

Jun302010

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Romantic Road, Rothenburg and Harburg Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Although quite a tourist trap, if you avoid the souvenir shops all selling the same stuff, Rothenburg is stunning and a beautiful example of a walled, timbered town. Harburg is a 1000 year old wooden fortress and a stellar example of ancient construction in excellent conditon. However, the local docent giving our tour (not the tour guide on the bus) had limited knowledge to impart and even less interest in recounting it. So as always ---go prepared with you own guide book.

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