Wondering where to stay in Germany? Consider the family-run InterCityHotel chain, which has 30 properties throughout the country and one in Vienna. (A 32nd is slated to open in Hanover in 2009.)
Guests at the moderately priced hotels, often located right by airports and train stations, get to ride public transportation for free throughout the stay. Local buses, cable cars, underground trains, and funiculars are an efficient, fun way to get to know an unfamiliar city—and the savings through InterCityHotels can be considerable. In Berlin, a sprawling city with an extensive transportation network, a seven-day ticket would normally set you back $40 (€26.20).
I did a quick search for reservations for two over the weekend of June 27-28 and found a rate of $138 (€89) per night at the InterCityHotel Berlin, including breakfast. A few more examples: the InterCityHotel Frankfurt Airport, $105 (€ 68) per night; the InterCity Hotel Freiburg, $108 (€ 70) per night, if you book at least seven days in advance; and the InterCityHotel München (Münich), $184 (€ 119), with breakfast.
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