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Beyond the Iron Curtain

Berlin, Leipzig & Dresden
 
Discover Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden on this fascinating rail journey, with City Cards included. Follow the timeline of an historical and cultural revolution as you take a self-guided walking tour in each city, and marvel at architectural and cultural treasures that were hidden for so long.
Beyond the Iron Curtain . 6 nights
Beyond the Iron Curtain . 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday by rail in Germany

Few cities have experienced such fluctuating fortunes as those of the former East Germany. But Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden have each emerged from the cloak of the Iron Curtain to become fully rejuvenated, and are now more culturally enriching than ever.
Journeying between these famous cities by rail, you not only discern a palpable sense of history, but can also chart the highs and lows of the past while marvelling at the architectural and cultural treasures that had remained hidden for so long. Using our self-guided walking routes (and included City Cards, entitling you to free or discounted visits) in each city, you are in for an enthralling trip.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Berlin
    Night 1: at Hotel Honigmond (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Berlin
    Nowhere symbolises the rejuvenation of Germany more perfectly than this engrossing capital, and our self-guided tour (plus included City Card) helps you absorb its chequered history to the full. While there are intriguing reminders of the Cold War around every corner, the ‘coolest city on the planet’ has plenty more to offer. There are expansive parks, boat trips on the River Spree plus myriad cultural diversions to enjoy. You can also experience Kaffeehäuser and Bierstuben on a grand scale, or stop for Currywurst on Potsdamer Platz, once a drab wasteland bisected by the Wall but today a potent symbol of the city’s remarkable renewal.
  • Berlin to Leipzig
    Take the mid-morning train south to Leipzig, disembarking amid the grandeur of Central Station, the largest railway station in the world, in time for lunch, and with the afternoon free to relax or explore. Your base for two nights is the Baroque Hotel Fregehaus.
  • Explore Leipzig
    Like many musical luminaries – most famously Wagner, Mendelssohn and Bach – you will be drawn to this vibrant and youthful city, which resonates to the sound of the many musical events held throughout the year. Visit the 12th-century Nikolaikirche, scene of the peaceful Monday Demonstrations in 1989 which culminated in the eventual breaching of the Berlin Wall, and follow our walking route (again we include a City Card) through the Passagen, attractively restored glass-roofed arcades, where you can enjoy a meal of typical Saxon specialities in Auerbach’s Keller, Leipzig's second-oldest restaurant, which was immortalised by Wolfgang von Goethe in his play Faust.

    Easily reached from Leipzig by public transport is Schloss Colditz, the hill-top castle from which captured Allied officers famously hatched ingenious plans of escape with varying levels of success.
  • Leipzig to Dresden
    Another mid-morning train journey brings you, in just over an hour, to Dresden, where you spend two nights at the Hotel Martha in elegant Neustadt, amid the area’s many boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. It is also no more than a stroll to reach the Altstadt (Old Town) across the river: carefully restored to its pre-war Baroque splendour, it is a quite remarkable achievement.
  • Explore Dresden
    With a picturesque setting on the River Elbe, and a vast collection of cultural treasures, Dresden’s burgeoning reputation is well deserved. Our self-guided tour (with included City Card) includes the magnificent Frauenkirche – formerly a war memorial and now a resplendent Lutheran church and powerful symbol of reconciliation – and the Zwinger Palace, a museum complex that houses the Gemäldegalerie (‘Old Masters Gallery’) and which was the elaborate Baroque playground of Augustus the Strong. You could also take a trip to historic Meissen, a short bus ride away and the home of exquisite porcelain. Alternatively, visit the elegant riverside Pillnitz Palace – the summer residence of the kings and electors of Saxony – by vintage paddle steamer, the very essence of Slow travel.
 

Accommodation

We have hand-picked the accommodation for its excellent location in each city.

Please note: most beds in German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Whichever hotel you stay in, we recommend extra nights in musical Leipzig, to give you the chance to attend a concert or show.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 05 January 2019 - 15 December 2019 & 04 January 2020 - 13 December 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    5 Jan - 30 Apr 2019 £775 £345
    1 May - 30 Sep 2019 £795 £360
    1 Oct - 9 Dec 2019 £775 £345
    4 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £845 £385
    1 May - 20 Jun 2020 £895 £425
    21 Jun - 30 Sep 2020 £875 £395
    1 Oct - 7 Dec 2020 £845 £385
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: Berlin–Leipzig–Dresden by rail

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 05 January 2019 - 15 December 2019 & 04 January 2020 - 13 December 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    5 Jan - 30 Apr 2019 £1255 £345
    1 May - 30 Sep 2019 £1295 £360
    1 Oct - 9 Dec 2019 £1255 £345
    4 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 £1485 £385
    1 May - 20 Jun 2020 £1560 £425
    21 Jun - 30 Sep 2020 £1535 £395
    1 Oct - 7 Dec 2020 £1485 £385
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes all elements in the 'journey price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Brussels (Eurostar), Brussels–Berlin (Thalys/ICE) approx. duration 12h15. Home Dresden–Brussels (ICE), Brussels–London (Eurostar) approx. duration 12h30. 
    Pay locally for taxis between stations and hotels (0h05 taxi out/0h05 walk home).

    Included travel: Berlin–Leipzig–Dresden by rail

    If you book your holiday less than 6 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Fregehaus, Leipzig
    Larger: 05 Jan - 15 Dec 2019 £6
    Larger: 04 Jan - 13 Dec 2020 £7
    Hotel Martha, Dresden
    Superior: 05 Jan - 15 Dec 2019 £7
    Superior: 04 Jan - 13 Dec 2020 £7

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Honigmond, Berlin (B&B) Double room Single room
    05 Jan - 15 Dec 2019 £90 £165
    04 Jan - 13 Dec 2020 £98 £178
    Hotel Fregehaus, Leipzig (B&B) Double room Single room
    05 Jan - 20 Jan 2019 £65 £100
    21 Jan - 24 Jan 2019 £81 £124
    25 Jan - 19 Mar 2019 £65 £100
    20 Mar - 23 Mar 2019 £93 £142
    24 Mar - 25 Apr 2019 £65 £100
    26 Apr - 03 May 2019 £81 £124
    04 May - 06 Jun 2019 £65 £100
    07 Jun - 10 Jun 2019 £93 £142
    11 Jun - 13 Jun 2019 £65 £100
    14 Jun - 23 Jun 2019 £81 £124
    24 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £65 £100
    16 Sep - 20 Sep 2019 £81 £124
    21 Sep - 24 Oct 2019 £65 £100
    25 Oct - 02 Nov 2019 £81 £124
    03 Nov - 15 Dec 2019 £65 £100
    04 Jan - 30 Apr 2020 #: § £65 £105
    01 May - 08 May 2020 £82 £139
    09 May - 27 May 2020 # £65 £105
    28 May - 01 Jun 2020 £94 £163
    02 Jun - 10 Jun 2020 £65 £105
    11 Jun - 20 Jun 2020 £82 £139
    21 Jun - 13 Sep 2020 £65 £105
    14 Sep - 28 Sep 2020 £72 £118
    29 Sep - 24 Oct 2020 # £65 £105
    25 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £72 £118
    01 Nov - 13 Dec 2020 # £65 £105
    # Add £17pp/n (£34pn in a single room) for stays in Leipzig on 28-30 Jan, 12-14 & 20-22 May, 23-24 Oct, 27-28 Nov, 4-5 & 11-12 Dec 2020
    § Add £28pp/n (£56pn in a single room) for stays in Leipzig on 11-14 & 25-27 Mar 2020
    Hotel Martha, Dresden (B&B) Double room Single room
    05 Jan - 15 Dec 2019 £62 £92
    04 Jan - 13 Dec 2020 £64 £96
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Berlin (return from Berlin or Dresden)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Berlin. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Berlin Tegel Flybe 
    Return route Airline
    Dresden - Birmingham (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Berlin-Schoenefeld easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Berlin Tegel Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Berlin Tegel Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Berlin-Schoenefeld Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Berlin Tegel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Berlin-Schoenefeld easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Dresden - Edinburgh (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Dresden - Edinburgh (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Berlin Schoenefeld Ryanair 
    Glasgow - Berlin-Schoenefeld easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Berlin-Schoenefeld jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Berlin-Schoenefeld easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Berlin Tegel British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Berlin Tegel easyJet 
    Gatwick - Berlin-Schoenefeld easyJet,  Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Berlin Tegel British Airways,  Eurowings 
    Return route Airline
    Dresden - Heathrow (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Berlin-Schoenefeld easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Berlin-Schoenefeld easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Berlin-Schoenefeld Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Berlin Schoenefeld Ryanair 
    Manchester - Berlin Tegel easyJet 
    Manchester - Berlin-Schoenefeld easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Dresden - Manchester (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Berlin-Schoenefeld easyJet 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Berlin. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India & Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Berlin Schoenefeld or Berlin Tegel

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    arrange own travel from the airport to the hotel pay locally flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    rail Dresden Neustadt to Berlin HB (2h) £54 1400

    Connecting travel options - flying via Dresden

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    Dresden not recommended for outward travel
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to Dresden Neustadt station (0h05), S Bahn from Dresden Neustadt to airport (0h15) pay locally flexible
    own taxi to airport (0h20) pay locally flexible
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • city cards
  • rail travel between cities
 
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FAQs

  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Germany, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is German. The currency is the Euro. German time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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