“Poor but sexy” is how Berlin’s mayor famously once described his hometown, and the German capital remains incredibly cool and — yes — quite sexy today, despite being one of the most affordable large cities in the Old World. Less than five hours to the south, the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague (or Praha, in Czech) is a labyrinth of Gothic spires and cobblestone lanes that gave birth to such great writers as Franz Kafka and Rainer Maria Rilke. Where Berlin feels spread out, over-sized and under constant construction, beer-loving Prague feels slightly smaller and substantially more romantic. Both cities, however, offer plenty of opportunities to stay up past bedtime.
With your Eurail pass, you can easily make stops along the route for as long or as short as you like, taking in highlights of priceless Old World culture in Dresden, or visiting the rough-hewn nature in Saxon Switzerland.
How to get from Berlin to Prague by train
Direct EuroCity trains to Prague leave Berlin roughly every two hours, usually eight times a day, starting before 5 a.m. and with a final departure around 6 p.m. Reservations are not required. The journey takes about four hours and 45 minutes. There are no direct overnight trains, which is great, since the scenery along the Elbe River valley is definitely worth seeing. Most trains have dining cars with surprisingly good food. One secret: the dining cars usually have “happy hours” when prices are lowered by about 50% on all food and drink. Bizarrely, the happy hours take place at different times on each train that — coincidentally? — correspond to exactly when the train is on Czech territory.
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