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11. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

Something I just remembered:

Late September/early October (September 19th to October 4th 2009) is the time of the Octoberfest in Munich. It is a huge event, if you are interested in going book accomodation now.

http://www.oktoberfest.de/

The Octoberfest is a massive beer fest, it attracts very large crowds. Italians, Aussie, Kiwis, Brits, Austrians, Germans, French, Russians, ... they all come to get stinking f*cking drunk and party until the lederhosen and the dirndl dresses come off.

If that is not your cup of tea, stay away from Munich during that time. Also note that on the very last day of the Octoberfest flights to Munich should be cheap and that a number of hotels/restaurants/hostels in Munich close for a much needed rest after the event.

If you are looking at renting a campervan on Oct 5th in Munich - be prepared to be told that they need to be cleaned first after all the puke and piss that comes with being drunk on massive amounts of beer.

LOL...thanks for the info. We will actually be traveling a bit after this event. Our wedding is set for October 17th, so we are looking to depart for Europe around the 19th. Unfortunately for me, I suffer from chronic Pancreatitis and as a result I am unable to drink massive quantities of alcohol like I used to...This is why I mentioned that partying and nightlife aren't important to us. Anyway, I'm glad that you mentioned Rothenburg, as my wife just came across this destination online literally about an hour ago. This will definitely be a planned stop if we do indeed base ourselves in this region of Germany. All of the options sound wonderful and I'm not really sure how we are to come about a final decision, but we are working on it. I think I may actually lay out our two or three possible itineraries (roughly) and start a new thread asking for opinions on which would be the best...I'm looking for all of the help and feedback that I can get, so maybe if I do narrow it to a few definite choices, we will be able to receive and digest some more info on each possibility.... do you have any other forums that you would recommend for me to also post on?

12. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

Well, after an entire night of online research and much consideration, I think we will be splitting our time between Salzburg (5 nights) and Munich (5 nights). We definitely want to throw in some day trips out of each of our destinations, so suggestions are very welcome!

Also, if anyone has tips on where to stay in Munich, I'd love to hear them! Ideally we would love to be near the old city and the main tourism areas, preferably with a kitchen... Thanks again for the help!!

13. Posted by butafly (Budding Member 51 posts) 7y

Munich and Salzburg are great destinations so I am sure you will really enjoy your honeymoon.

Some suggestions for day trips:

1) From Salzburg, you should go to the Berchtesgaden/Königssee area.
http://en.berchtesgadener-land.com/en/live/ennavi/parser,id,75,nodeid,.html
It is beautifully situated in the middle of the mountains. The Königssee is a pristine lake where you can catch a boat to a small place called St. Bartholomä. They have deer, a cosy restaurant and there are lots of walking tracks, for example to an ice cave (although I am not sure it is there in October). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bartholomew%27s_Church,_Berchtesgaden

You can also catch a gondola lift up to the Jenner, a mountain there, where you should have beautiful views across the Alps and possibly even snow. http://www.jennerbahn.de/jennb/live/jennb_navi/liveindex.php?jennb_navi_id=33

Hitler had a holiday house and a bunker at the Obersalzberg near Berchtesgaden and there is a museum there today which is really interesting. Takes several hours to see it all though. http://www.obersalzberg.de/obersalzberg-home.html?&L=1&cHash=2ba43f9609

You can also walk through the magic forest (Zauberwald) which has a really clear mountain stream running through it and you walk alongside it through rocks and strange looking trees.
http://www.ramsau.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=79&Itemid=68&lang=en

A great restaurant in the area is the Grünsteinstüberl in Schönau, around 20 mins walking from the Königssee. Instead of having one big room with tables, it is divided into lots of tiny ones and you don't really notice the other guests. Yummy food, too. :) And lots of memorabilia to look at.
http://www.gruensteinstueberl.de/

2) You could consider a day trip to Vienna. Beautiful city, lots of history, lots too look at (probably too much for a day but hey). The drive takes around 3 hours if I remember correctly. Driving in Austria is quite relaxing, maximum speed is 130 km/h and everyone seems to stick to that so you have no-one speeding up behind you flashing the high beams like in Germany. ;) Of course you could also catch a train.

3) There a lots of lakes near Munich, e.g. the Starnberger See and the Chiemsee. I haven't been to any of them but they might make a nice destination for a relaxing walk.
There are also many nice small towns nearby (I noticed that involuntarily last week when we took a detour due to the huge traffic jams on the Autobahn near Munich). As t_maia has already suggested, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth visiting. When there, you have to buy snow balls (sweet local specialty) and eat Käsespätzle (Swabian cheese noodles). They have a guided tour through the city - the lady who does it (or at least guided me and my Australian friends) speaks English really well and has a lot of interesting things to say about the town and its history. http://www.rothenburg.de/index.php?get=123

Hope this helps,

butafly

14. Posted by butafly (Budding Member 51 posts) 7y

By the way, when you're in Salzburg, don't buy the gold-wrapped Mozartkugeln (chocolate balls with pistaccio marzipan and nougat filling) at the tourist shops everywhere - they are much cheaper at any supermarket, if you really want them. The real thing - handmade since the 19th century - is available in blue and silver wrapping at 0.90 Euro a piece (worth it though) from Café Fürst at Alter Markt, Brodgasse 13. They have incredible chocolates and cakes so you should have coffee there as well. :)
http://www.original-mozartkugel.com/indexe.htm

When I was in Berchtesgaden a week ago, this place was recommended to me as a great place to have a beer: http://www.augustinerbier.at/
I haven't been there myself but it must be quite an experience as you clean the mugs and get your beer yourself, can bring your own food and sit at long tables with other people which makes for interesting conversations.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 8, 2009, at 7:21 AM by butafly ]

15. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

Quoting butafly

Munich and Salzburg are great destinations so I am sure you will really enjoy your honeymoon.

Some suggestions for day trips:

1) From Salzburg, you should go to the Berchtesgaden/Königssee area.
http://en.berchtesgadener-land.com/en/live/ennavi/parser,id,75,nodeid,.html
It is beautifully situated in the middle of the mountains. The Königssee is a pristine lake where you can catch a boat to a small place called St. Bartholomä. They have deer, a cosy restaurant and there are lots of walking tracks, for example to an ice cave (although I am not sure it is there in October). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bartholomew%27s_Church,_Berchtesgaden

You can also catch a gondola lift up to the Jenner, a mountain there, where you should have beautiful views across the Alps and possibly even snow. http://www.jennerbahn.de/jennb/live/jennb_navi/liveindex.php?jennb_navi_id=33

Hitler had a holiday house and a bunker at the Obersalzberg near Berchtesgaden and there is a museum there today which is really interesting. Takes several hours to see it all though. http://www.obersalzberg.de/obersalzberg-home.html?&L=1&cHash=2ba43f9609

You can also walk through the magic forest (Zauberwald) which has a really clear mountain stream running through it and you walk alongside it through rocks and strange looking trees.
http://www.ramsau.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=79&Itemid=68&lang=en

A great restaurant in the area is the Grünsteinstüberl in Schönau, around 20 mins walking from the Königssee. Instead of having one big room with tables, it is divided into lots of tiny ones and you don't really notice the other guests. Yummy food, too. :) And lots of memorabilia to look at.
http://www.gruensteinstueberl.de/

2) You could consider a day trip to Vienna. Beautiful city, lots of history, lots too look at (probably too much for a day but hey). The drive takes around 3 hours if I remember correctly. Driving in Austria is quite relaxing, maximum speed is 130 km/h and everyone seems to stick to that so you have no-one speeding up behind you flashing the high beams like in Germany. ;) Of course you could also catch a train.

3) There a lots of lakes near Munich, e.g. the Starnberger See and the Chiemsee. I haven't been to any of them but they might make a nice destination for a relaxing walk.
There are also many nice small towns nearby (I noticed that involuntarily last week when we took a detour due to the huge traffic jams on the Autobahn near Munich). As t_maia has already suggested, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth visiting. When there, you have to buy snow balls (sweet local specialty) and eat Käsespätzle (Swabian cheese noodles). They have a guided tour through the city - the lady who does it (or at least guided me and my Australian friends) speaks English really well and has a lot of interesting things to say about the town and its history. http://www.rothenburg.de/index.php?get=123

Hope this helps,

butafly

Amazing suggestions! Thank you so much. You have already given us a lot to consider and we will definitely look into everything that you mentioned! We will definitely not have a set "itinerary" while we are there, but I would love to compile as much info as possible before we go so that I am relatively familiar with the areas and we have a lot of options to choose from while we are there. This is a great start. thanks again!

16. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

Well, the more we look and the more research that we do, we just become even more confused and unsure...

Anyway, by being active on this and another Europe forum, we have learned that there are even more things that we would like to see and we simply do not have enough time. We only have 10 nights and we are interested in visiting Munich, Rothenberg, Passau, Bamberg, Resenburg, Nuremberg, the scenic and castle region throughout Bavaria, Salzburg, Halstatt, Steyr, Vienna, the national parks in Austria, plus more of the beautiful region between Salzburg and Vienna. I have no idea what we're going to do. We are now starting to consider renting a private holiday home somewhere in the Bavarian region, renting a car and just exploring, followed by a few nights in Salzburg with some opportunities to explore the surrounding area a bit there. What to do?

17. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

I've already posted our plans in my other thread, but I am going to post here also as I would love as much feedback as possible...

Thank you everyone for the advice and help that you have given! I've been doing meticulous research based on all of the info that I have received on the forums and I believe that we have finally come up with a great plan for our honeymoon. I've worked out pretty much everything that we want and I've come up with an itinerary that I think will fit our needs.

We are planning on flying into Munich, staying there for one night and enjoying ourselves in the city. From there, we will train to Salzburg where we will be staying for four nights in an apartment near old city. In Salzburg, we plan to rent a car and take a day or two to explore the surrounding areas on our own. We will definitely take a day trip where we will get to stop in Halstatt and Steyr and view the sights in between. We have the flexibility for another daytrip if we choose...From Salzburg, we plan on taking a train to Regensburg, and staying for one night.

We would then like to rent a car in Regensburg and we are trying to find a holiday home to rent somewhere in-beetween Regensburg and Rothenburg where we will stay for four nights.

If anyone has any suggestions on somewhere to stay or can at least point me in the direction where I can find a nice small rental home in this region, I would really appreciate it. With four nights in a rental home and a car, we figure that we will have the freedom to explore. We definitely want to see Rothenburg and possibly spend a night there if it turns out to be a far drive. I figure that from this area, we will also be able to visit either Nuremberg, augsberg or Bamburg if we choose.

After four nights in our rental, we plan on taking a train back to Munich from Regensburg where we will stay for one final night before departing. If we have the energy and desire, I thought maybe we do do a guided tour to Fussen and the castles in the region. do you guys think that this will be possible?

From all of the time and thought that we have put into this, we feel that this will be a great honeymoon. what do you guys think of these plans?

18. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

I'm craving some more info right now....I've done so much research that there isn't anything left for me to see on the net....

Any recommendations on which hotels to stay in while we're in Regensburg and Fussen?

Day trips out of Salzburg?

19. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

Here's a suggestion...
Vienna is pretty central to many great cities - as well as being a beautiful place on its own. From Vienna you're only a couple of hours by boat-cruise on the Danube (no, it's not blue!) to Budapest and Bratislava. You've got Prague close by in the other direction and from these cities you're close to lots of other cool places.

20. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

Quoting zaksame

Here's a suggestion...
Vienna is pretty central to many great cities - as well as being a beautiful place on its own. From Vienna you're only a couple of hours by boat-cruise on the Danube (no, it's not blue!) to Budapest and Bratislava. You've got Prague close by in the other direction and from these cities you're close to lots of other cool places.

I haven't looked much into Budapest....Do you recommend staying there also? We have an idea of what we are going to do, but we also have plenty of time to change our plans if we fins something that we like more.