In 2007 my wife and I want to visit Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm which is just North of Munich (about 30 Kilometers I believe). My wife was born there but given up for adoption as a newborn. She'd love to see the town she was born in.
It looks like there are about 15 Pfaffenhofens in Germany, we want "an der Ilm". But we can't find a lot about it on the Internet and the one guidebook that mentions it gives it a mere half of a column. We did find a nice English language pdf file at the town's web site. Nothing about local places to stay though.
What we really need is info about accommodations; preferably a nice Bed and Breakfast or local Inn. We don't want to stay at some Americanized chain. Also what is the best time of the year to visit, any local festivals etc. Finally can we take a train from Munich airport to the town? Is taxi or other transport easy to arrange?
Thanks ever so much for anyone who can help.
According to Google Maps, there's one hotel in Pfaffenhofen itself, which very much doesn't look like being part of an americanized chain.
I do spot a trainline leading north from Munich through Pfaffenhofen, so that seems like a good bet for getting there. *googles more*
Putting in Munich Airport to Pfaffenhofer an der Ilm on this site for public transport in and around Munich, I get a result of two connecting buses (Regionalbus 635 to Freising, and after a four minute wait, Regionalbus 601 to Pfaffenhofen/Ilm, Hauptplatz), which'll bring you there in one hour and sixteen minutes. There might be a way to limit your search to just trains as well, but I didn't see that just now.
Hope that helps.
If you go to www.pfaffenhofen.de > Tourismus > Unterkünfte you find a list of places if you click on Alle (next to the alphabet). Gasthof is generally a small hotel, Pension is a private motel, Hotel is self-explanatory. Ferienwohnung means holiday unit. A lot of the places have links to maps as well as contact details/websites and prices so you might be able to find out more that way...
Inkl. Frühstück means with breakfast which is probably what you'll want, Du/WC stands for shower/toilet ensuite. Doppelzimmer is a double room.
If you need translations let me know as none of them appear to have English websites.
Hope this helps,
Thanks to Sander and butafly for these posts! I had seen the web site but didn't see the page butafly directed me to. Now if I can remember enough high school German to read this!
I don't know if you are still planning this trip, but I live only a few kilometers from Pfaffenhofen so I might be able to help.
1. Locals call it Paf - its the code on the local car licence plates
2. It is a rather rural place, lots of hops, but not a lot of public transport. I would recommend hiring a car
3. There are some good local hotels and B&Bs but they tend to be slightly out of town. Back to needing a car. Don't worry about big American chains - we haven't got any here. But, it is a favorite stopping place for N. Europeans (Dutch, Danish, Swedish...) driving down to Italy / Croatia / Austria etc so lots of choice
4. There is a town festival in summer, I don't know what date this year. It isn't 'that' special. There is also a good beer fest in September, just before the OktoberFest in Munich. Given the commercialism that has taken over the Munich fest, many locals are taking to the smaller local events like this in preference
Let me know if you need more info,