My friend and I are first time tourers, planning a trip from Prague, to Berlin via Dresden, for April 07. We can get good flights, but I'm unsure of accommadation. What's the general consensus, do you book ahead or play it ear, trying to find accomadation wherever you turn up? And what do you do if you don't find anwhere. I'm guessing some of those towns in the old East Germany and Czech republic will be pretty small.
Also, anyone done the trip? What's the land like? flat, forrested? Any hills? How cycle friendly are the locals?
jot down the number of the tourist office for each city you plan to go to. they're usually very helpful in pointing you toward accomodations. give them a call a day or two before you arrive so you know where you need to go. i doubt you'll have any trouble in april.
Be prepared for rain, and it can be fairly cold in April. I was there about 5 years ago and it was C-O-L-D and wet. Hopefully it will be perfect for you! The CR, closer to Prague is hilly and forested, to the west it's a bit flatter. It's also hilly around Dresden, reminded me of eastern Missouri.
You'll love the beer in the CZ. Best beer in the world, and reasonable.
Pedalling past the rice paddies in the land of the not so morning calm!!!
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Grab a Lonely Planet Guidebook for the accomodations and general good info. Not really geared for bike tourism but they work great for places to stay from cheapest to most expensive.Written mostly by backpackers and other adventurous souls.I've been using them for the last 15 years.You can buy them for each country you plan on visiting.