I'm traveling to Europe mid/late april and I was wondering if any of you could help me find some good places to go that aren't too touristy.
I'm planning on visiting: venice, salzburg, munich, strasbourg, and lyon. Any help would be appreciated.
If you are travelling that route, add Passau as a possible stop. A day should b ample time. The youth hostel is in an old tower overlooking the town (Feste Oberhaus) and worth going to Passau just to spent the night there. You can also take a trip on a cruise ship around the town and go to one of the famous organ concertos at Passau cathedral.
(Just click on "Tourismus" and then on the Union Jack for English.)
Be warned that the pier for the cruise boats can be a bit swamped by elderly Japanese tourists though - but rightfully so. And the youth hostel will be free of them.
Another place really worth seeing is Neuschwanstein, but it is pretty touristy too. Sorry about that.
A less touristy place is Tübingen, which is a small unversity town south of Stuttgart. The youth hostel is nice, as is the town. Take a look at the medival architecture in the old city and get a tourist guide to explain you the Holderlin tower as well as the other sights connected with the university. You could easily combine a visit there with a visit to Filderstadt for a musical. Filderstadt is part of Stuttgart and a bus runs from there and Stuttgart airport to Tübingen. (Check www.bahn.de for the schedule.) Tip: a good place to eat in Tuebingen is the "Schnitzelakademie" in the Herrenbergstr. 34. The surrounding area of the Schwaebische Alb makes for some decent hiking, wintersports and has some nice castles. Essential reading: "The saga from the Hirschgulden" or "The Cold/Stone Heart", both by Wilhelm Hauff.
Found a book containing the short stories by Wilhelm Hauff that I recommended on amazon.co.uk:
Arabian Days' Entertainments by Wilhelm Hauff
Paperback 468 pages (June 25, 2004)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co.
You should read:
"The Tavern in Spessart: The Prophecy of the Silver Florin" and "The Cold Heart",parts 1 and 2.
The castle Hohenzollern and the towns mentioned in "The Prophecy of the Silver Florin" are located in the Schwaebische Alb and can be visited. Hohenzollern is the original castle of the last German kings and emperors, giving them their name: "of Hohenzollern".