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Best place in Southern Germany?

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1. Posted by StephenJen (Respected Member 37 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

We are going to do a trip in late November/December and are looking at identifying a place to use as a base whilst exploring Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good base-town/city in Souther German for this purpose, budget accommodation recommendations, travel tips (i.e. trains/buses etc).

All suggestions/tips welcome!

2. Posted by karlyfu (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I loved Munich. Stayed at a camping ground just outside the city (train then walk) can't remember what it was called (maybe camping Thalkirken or something like that??).
It was fun there, but I didn't stay for long I kept moving. What do you mean by base? Are you planning on leaving stuff there or just starting there and moving around or staying there and doing like day trips away?

I would think since accom is pretty expensivo in both Austria and Germany it would've been easier to just stay wherever you ended up?
But yeah i get your idea... I guess I would try to camp, thats usually the cheapest for budget accommodation and sometimes you meet even more people camping than you would in a hostel :)

Train travel around that area is the best! The views are beautiful and the trains are really comfy. Much better than buses which just go on the motorway. You'll definitely feel like you've seen more I reckon.

I'm not sure about Germany but I know in Australia camping grounds are usually the only accommodation that gets cheaper in the smaller towns. But a bigger town has better transport links.
Maybe someone who lives in that part of Germany can suggest a good place.

3. Posted by StephenJen (Respected Member 37 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Karlyfu,

thanks for your thoughts, we were also thinking Munich as a place to start and finish the trip... and probably do a few day/2day trips out to other spots (not trusting enough to leave stuff anywhere.. have been robbed before and will not let it happen again!).

Campgrounds is a good idea, though the though of Camping in Winter does frighten me somewhat! Am quite excited about the train travel, as we had thought about the awesome scenery of train travel but them someone asked us whether there was much in the way of tunnels for trains, so started to wonder how much of it we would see and how much would be in a tunnel!!

I think we will try to stick to trains as they are quite affordable and as you say, give you the chance to see more than the motorways! Looking online, it also appears to be quite affordable, which is nice.

Thanks again

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Camping in December in Southern Germany will be freezin'!

If it were me, I'd be looking at booking a room in an independent hostel, of which there are plenty in Munich. Just check out the plethora of options here.

Another daytrip suggestion - I went to Heidelberg a few years back and, while it was touristy, I thought it was very pretty.

5. Posted by butafly (Budding Member 51 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Camping is definitely NOT an option in December. I would also recommend the Berchtesgaden area. It's high season in December so you'd better book early but it's a beautful town in the Alps with lots of beautiful places to go nearby. There are privately owned mini-hotels everywhere that are rather affordable although not as cheap as hostels in the bigger cities. It's only a few kilometres from the Austrian border. Might be a bit more difficult to get around from there than it would be from Munich. Salzburg in Austria is also a beautiful city. Or maybe Innsbruck?


6. Posted by karlyfu (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

:) lol... I forgot about the weather! I was just thinking cheap. Not so fun if you have hypothermia!!
Yeah go the good ol hostel. Hope you have a blast. The scenery will be so pretty with snow!

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you want to explore Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland I would not pick a town in Germany as a base.

Distances might seem small on a map, but thanks to the mountains travel time can be considerable. Pack light and move around, staying in hostels or hotels in all the cities you are interested in.

Best and about only way to get around in this area during winter is by train. Buses only run on local routes, serving villages or small towns not connected by train. (Often these are the nicest places though.)

You can use this site to plan your trip:

BTW, are you interested in skiing or not? This will influence your travel plans considerably. First: If you are real skiing freaks you should consider renting a car to get to out of the way places. Second: there are many small villages in Switzerland and Austria that are really worth seeing on their own, but where the main attraction is wintersports. Not just skiing, but sledding or snowshoe hikes too.

Definitely check out Salzburg, I went there myself last Christmas and it was beautiful. Munich was great too, but it is much better in summer. If you have to choose between Salzburg and Munich, pick Salzburg.