We are going to Germany and Austria in the middle of August. We will visit Munich and Innsbruck for seven days.
What are the best meals in the region of Tyrol and Bavaria? What should we eat? What should we avoid? What is the average meal price for lunch in a city restaurant?
And, last but not least,... How is the weather in these regions in middle of August?
Usualy the weather is good in August. But you will also have a reasonable chance of some thunderstorms in the evening. Especialy when it's hot. Remember that if you go hiking to always keep an eye on the weather, as it chance very fast in the mountains.
In Austria first thing to eat is a Wiener Schnitzel. (nowhere better, than in Austria), but also try a Kaiserschmarrn. (a kind of ripped up, pancake). And when it's possible (and available) try to get a marillen-icecreme. Ooo. and try a Fritattensüppe.
In Germany and Austria it's more common to eat something small for lunch (around 12.00/13.00) and to have the big meal around 18.30-20.00. That might differ a little bit from what you are used to. Prices, can vary. In smaller towns it's possible to eat for around 15 euros, a soup, an mean cause and a desert. In bigger cities, I think you should expect to pay around 20 for a complete meal like that. If you want to eat in the mountains, you are looking at some higher prices, but you have to keep in mind, that every ingredient needs to be transported up the mountain, and that reflects in the price, you need to pay.
[ Edit: Edited on May 5, 2007, at 2:17 PM by Herr Bert ]
I live in Munich.
The weather here is changable, at all times of the year.
This is because of the feun(not sure if that is the correct spelling). It is warm air comming from Italy.
So, in August it is possible to have around 10 days of 35 C degrees daytime temperatures, and then 10 days of 25 degrees, then 35 degrees again for a while. Daytime temperatures in August range from 19 C to 40 C.
Of course there are many international restaurants here, because it is a big city. Italian, Chinese, Indian....
There are also traditional restaurants. The food contains a lot of meat and the portions tend to be big. I am a vegetarian, so have not tried much traditional food. Try the Augustinerbrau, on Neuhauser Str 27, in the centre of Munich, for traditional food. The decor alone makes this place worth a visit.
Weisswurst is a traditional breakfast sausage here. Also served in traditional places like the Augustinerbrau. I have heard, that it tastes better, than it looks.
I love hot apple streusel, with icecream. U should be able to get that in many cafes here. Also try Brezen. U can buy them in any bakery, and they are often available in traditional restaurants.
[ Edit: Edited on May 5, 2007, at 3:02 PM by Mel. ]
Thank you very much for your replies and suggestions. What more worries me are the meals. We have booked a tour with nearly everything included, but I calculated that 10 meals - seven lunches and three dinners - we will have to pay locally and we are wondering how much money we should take for meals only.
You might be curious what sort of tour I am talking about. That's our itinerary:
Bavarian Castles & The Romantic Road
France – Germany - Austria
The Zum Mohren Hotel (Reutte) 4 Star
The Landhaus Krähennest (Lof) 3 Star
Savour the sights of the Black Forest and the most picturesque scenic trail in the whole of Germany.
Day 1 – We travel to Reims in France for an overnight stop.
Day 2 – We enjoy a scenic drive through the northern tip of the Black Forest, seeing rolling hills, lush meadows and pretty villages dotted with wooden houses. Then its south through Germany to Reutte, Austria, where we stay for four nights.
Day 3 – Neuschwanstein and Linderhof (included). We drive along the Graswang Valley to the beautiful Castle Linderhof, modelled on the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The castle’s interior is lavishly decorated with mirrors, painted ceilings and gilded cherubs in a mixture of Renaissance and Baroque styles. After a stroll in the garden, we explore King Ludwig II’s famous Neuschwanstein. Built in the 19th century, this fairytale castle is dramatically perched on a hilltop and offers splendid panoramic views of the surrounding area and royal castle at Hohenschwangau (entrance to castles included).
Day 4 – Munich (optional). No visit to Bavaria is complete without a trip to the historic city of Munich. Formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Bavaria, Munich has many outstanding buildings and monuments that speak of former glories, and is home to several important art and science museums as well as the unmistakable sight of the Frauenkirche Cathedral located in the city centre, a stone’s throw from the city hall with its famous glockenspiel.
Day 5 – Herrenchiemsee and Innsbruck (optional). Located on an island in the Chiemsee Lake, Herrenchiemsee is the largest and most expensive castle built by Ludwig II. We drive to the lakeside town of Prien for some sightseeing, and then take a boat across to Herren Island, before our stroll through the woods to the castle. The castle’s splendid interior and famous hall of mirrors with its candelabras and chandeliers are truly inspiring. We return to Reutte with a short stop in Innsbruck, the historic Alpine capital of the Tirol.
Day 6 – During our journey home, we travel along the Romantic Road and through the beautiful Rhine Valley. The Romantic Road is probably the most beautiful of all tourist routes in Germany, stretching from Füssen in the south to Würzburg in the north, and built on the old Roman trade road known as the Via Augusta. The road is steeped in history and picturesque sights, including castles, palaces, medieval town houses, fortifications, churches and monasteries. Our scenic drive takes us past the towns of Donauworth and Nordlingen, to delightful Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where we spend time seeing the sights, including the old town hall and its glockenspiel. We drive to the beautiful Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim, home of the Drosselgasse, lined with restaurants, bars and shops. Finally, we cross the mighty river to spend a night in the Moselle Valley.
Day 7 – Journey to Calais then return home.
You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Hotel Zum Mohren located in the centre of Reutte. The hotel has a lift, bar, lounge, sauna (steam bath) and solarium (extra charge). All bedrooms have T.V. and telephone. You will also stay overnight in a city style hotel in Reims and in the 3-star Landhaus Krahennest in Löf on the Moselle Valley, or similar.
• Travel by executive coach
• 6 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
• 4 evening meals
• 3 included excursions and visits to Black Forest; Linderhof and Neuschwanstein, Romantic Road and Rhine Valley
Prices are per person, based on two sharing.
Bavaria is famous for its pork dishes. In Munich old town there is a restaurant specialising in these local dishes and particularly the schweinshaxe, a knuckle of pork. You can't miss it, its on a corner and the large window is full of these things being barbecued. If the haxe looks a bit much then try schweinferkel, roast pork. Expect about €20ph with drinks - weissbier, of course :-)