How can I reach Erzebirge by train from Amsterdam?
We are planning a holiday in the Erzgebirge in May or early June 2012. We are thinking of staying in Seiffen (self-catering in a 'ferienwohnung') and taking day trips. We are still in the very early stages of fact-finding, but the general idea is to hire our car in Berlin (where we have family) drive south through Leipzig, stay 5-6 nights in Seiffen, then return to Berlin via Dresden and the Spreewald.
I would be happy to receive any and all advice, tips, ideas on places to visit, in the Erzgebirge as well as tips on driving in the area - what are the minor roads like, for instance? This will help us make some sort of itinerary and enjoy the region to the fullest. I've spent hours on the Internet but there's nothing like the experiences of fellow travellers.
Just to add some background - we are English-speaking, my German is very basic (my husband's doesn't exist) and we have only visited Germany twice, both times to Berlin this year to stay with our married daughter who is studying there. We loved the city but now we want to see more of the country.
I am travelling from London to Seiffen in February. This journey seems to be quite difficult as there are no direct flights from England to Dresden. There seem to be two possibilties. Either to fly to Altenburg Airport near Leipzig, or Prague. From both of them public transport seems to be long and difficult. I don't want to rent a car. I would like some suggestions as to the best way of reaching Seiffen from London !
In particular, what is the best way of getting from Prague to Seiffen. Is it best to get a train to Chumotv or Karlovy Vary, and after that what is the quickest form of public transport ?