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1. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 10y

I think i met get a chance to go to Germany sometime in Oct nov on work ....while i am crazy about anyplace in Europe and have been dying for this opportunity, i am wondering if oct-nov is a good time...

I am from India, and find it difficult to adjust to the cold - will travelling be a pain in tht case? i'll also want to go to some nature places, mebbe a weekend camping if i get the time... but i am not sure if the weather permits it...

Also, if i can take a week off i was thinking of seeing another european country - mebbe Greece... will it be warm ? which will be the warmest in Europe during this time - and not too expensive to go to??/

Also, in Frankfurt, which are the places to get some good winter wear - not too expensive cos i cant use it in India afetr my trip [:)]

Please help!!!

tx
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2. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

One can hope that Oct/Nov will be a better time than this past August was, which was unseasonably cold and rainy most of the month. It's not clear what you are looking for. A simple Google search should give you the typical temperatures. As for traveling, the trains are heated. The weather will certainly permit camping, the question is whether you will enjoy it. What is the saying? "Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter, nur schlechte Kleidung" (there is no such thing as unsuitable weather, only unsuitable clothing).

We have a discount outfitter here in Berlin-Friedrichshain called "McTrek"; they also have a new outlet in Frankfurt:

Hanauer Landstrasse 208 - 216
http://www.yeah-ag.com/yeahshop/uebermctrek/frankfurt.php4

They sell remainders and have good prices. Gute Reise!

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 3, 2006 1:07 AM by pfeiffer ]

3. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 10y

hey.. thanks... ofcourse, theres this thing of checking the weather on google - and the other thing of translating it into the number of sweaters i'll need to don!

anyway, when does it snow in Germany?

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

Sometimes it starts to snow in the middle of December but the coldest and most likely month for snow are January and February.
In Oct./Nov. your best bet to catch some sun in Europe is probably Spain/Portugal or Turkey. There are cheap flights leaving from Germany if you book well in advance.

Steff

5. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 10y

thanks steff... any idea about italy/ greece during that time? I was also considering Spain..

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello aprilsgal
I live in Germany
October will be quite cold. November can get very cold, and sometimes there is snow.
South of Europe is the warmest. Italy, Greece, Spain. Warmer, than the other parts of europe, that is. U will still need winter clothing.
If u want to stay warm, in Germany, i recommend u wear ski wear. Probably the least expensive places to buy it is in department stores. The Karstat is in every Germany city. It is usually reasonably priced.
Mel

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

The cheapest place to get winter wear is at "Fox Markt" as well as some of the big department stores.

http://www.fox-markt.de/

1) Hugo-Junkers- Str. 1
60386 Frankfurt
Telefon: 069/4047433

Mo-Fr: 9.30 - 18.30
Sa: 9.30 - 16.00

2) Adam-Opel-Str. 16 + 18
60386 Frankfurt
Telefon: 069/4047427


Mo-Fr: 9.30 - 19.00
Sa: 9.30 - 16.00

The reason Fox Markt is so cheap is that they sell last year's clothes. These clothes are new, there is usually nothing wrong with them. A lot of the stuff is rubbish, bad material and no style at all, but one can make some great bargains there. Their prices are the lowest, the only cheaper places are the shops were NGO's give used clothes to the poor for a small cover fee.

Another chain to try would be H&M - http://www.hm.com/

Hessen Center
Borsigallee 26
60388 Frankfurt

Zeil-Galerie
Zeil 112-114
60313 Frankfurt

or C&A: http://www.cunda.de/

C&A Frankfurt am Main
Zeil 48
60313 Frankfurt am Main

If you travel a lot, I would recommend that you consider buying a rain jacket with a zip-in inner fleece jacket. They are perfect for a whole range of climates, but very expensive.

The cheapest version of a warm jacket would be to to buy a rain jacket of a breathable fabric. You even might be able to get that in India in an Outdoor-Store. (Shops that sell things to mountaineers and rock climbers would be very good.) It should be large and bulky enough for a thick sweater underneath. Of your own clothes take any short velveteen or silk winter kurtas with long sleeves you might have.

In Germany you would then only have to buy some thick sweatshirts and maybe some longsleeved cotton t-shirts. You can wear them in layers, one thing over another. Also bring jeans, tennissocks if you have them and sneakers/trainers. Make sure your shoes are waterproof, ie that you can step into a deep puddle or walk through the rain without your feet getting wet.

The worst about being in Germany during October and November is not that it is cold, because the temperatures are not that low yet. The worst is that it is wet and cold and that the wind blows strong. It chills you so that think you'll never be warm again. The mix of rain and snow that is typical for this time is not pretty either. So bring stuff that is water-proof and wind-proof, even if it is a very thin jacket.

BTW, why can't you try to find warm clothes on ebay India (www.ebay.in)? Indian clothes are hip in Germany, a lot of the stuff sold at H&M is "Made in India". Some of the leather jackets there look nice, and they'll be 4-6 times as expensive if you buy them in Germany.

A bit warmer and not too expensive will be Turkey. There are some very cheap flights from Germany to Turkey. I can especially recommend Germanwings. They fly from Berlin to Istanbul and some tickets cost only 19 EUR one way. Book your flights now online through www.germanwings.com, the run for the cheap tickets in October and November has started.

One note though: if you go to Turkey, you'll need a multiple entry Schengen visa.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 5, 2006 4:20 PM by t_maia ]

8. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 10y

hey ...
thanks ...that post was very helpful - if there is one aspect of travelling i hate, its packing...everything seems important and there is this qn of 'what if i need it'...and the other thing is buying winter clothes - never know hoe to get the right ones.... but surely will stick to ur advice [:)] ...

9. Posted by tavvo (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi aprilsgal

Are u traveling solo ? I am traveling Berlin and Munich between Nov 24 and Nov 27 if you want to join me.

Thanks!

10. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

Hi Tavvo , well no. M trip got postponed and i am no where close to Germany at the moment :)