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Old 03-27-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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Germany 7/8/2011

My friend and I just booked this trip...anyone else going?
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:13 AM   #2
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Come on...I know someone's going with us...still waiting...
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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I'm not going on this trip, but I was in Munich last September and loved it. Where in Germany are you traveling?
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:14 AM   #4
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I'm not going on this trip, but I was in Munich last September and loved it. Where in Germany are you traveling?
Heidelberg, Waldeck Castle (near Trundelberg, I think), Rothenburg, and Munich. We'll stay in each of those place for two nights. We'll also stop at Alsfeld along the way.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:22 PM   #5
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DH & I went on the trip last September, it was sooo much fun, you are going to have a great time. We didn't do the Waldeck castle but it looks nice. We did Trendelberg instead. I hope you have Stephanie and or Marc as guide. They were our guides and they were just terrific.

It was probably the best trip I had ever taken and didn't really want to come home. There' just so much to see.

We ended our trip in Munich during Octoberfest, it was neat. Not sure I woudl every do that again (too many people) but it was fun to do it just once.

Let me know if you have any questions about the trip, I'd be happy to help
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:37 AM   #6
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We ended our trip in Munich during Octoberfest, it was neat. Not sure I woudl every do that again (too many people) but it was fun to do it just once.
Munich is a beautiful city, unfortunately, Oktoberfest isn't really the best time to see it. Overly crowded and overly priced. That being said, I'm still going back this September :-)
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:31 AM   #7
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Munich is great but I would have to recommend everyone at least spend a little time at Regensberg which is about an hour away from Munich. That's where the bridge is located where they filmed the final scenes in Saving Private Ryan. It has the beauty of Munich without the crowds.

A couple of hours drive from there (the scenery is worth the drive alone) you can go visit the Neuschwanstein Castle to see where Walt got the idea for Cinderella's castle.

Not far from there in Austria you can go to Salzberg. You get to drive through the Alps on the way and Salzberg is unbelievable! They have a big castle/fort up on a mountain overlooking the town.


Those are just a few places I would recommend to see near Bavaria. I've been there a lot and find you don't really get the true Bavarian experience in Munich.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:48 AM   #8
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We did this at Christmas 2009--loved it! I highly recommend if you can do it an add on day or two at the end in Munich--we did that, and our guides (Stephanie and Jeanne) helped us get train tickets on line for Salzburg, Austria. Just a couple of hours train ride and you can easily walk across the river to Old Town (and up to the castle) from the train station, passing by a few Sound of Music sights on the way. (Plus, then, we had snow--very beautiful!). The Deutches Museum in the middle of the river in Munich was a great place to spend a day as well--very large, full of interactive things.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:16 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies! We appreciate any tips about this Adventure. We both like to travel, but neither of us have visited Europe before, so it's all new to us. We are actually extending our trip into Paris once our ABD is over.

Are there any side trips offered during down time? Kind of like optional cruise excursions? Are there any must-sees that we should consider during our free time? Will Sleeping Beauty's castle (Sababurg??) be accessible? We weren't sure since the tour is now staying at Waldeck Castle instead of Trendelberg. We are both actually school teachers, and we are using this trip as a way to experience some of the fairytale history of the region.
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:42 PM   #10
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For those of you who have done this ABD - any suggestions as to where to eat the meals that we do on our own? Or any suggestionsa about what to do during our "on our own" time?
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I believe they are not going back to Sleeping Beauty's castle with the change but dont' quote me. I seem to remember Stephanie saying that

I believe in Heidleberg you won't have to find a place for dinner. There's a couple things you can do with the afternoon you have on your own. We got in a day early so we took a cruise up the Neckar river and then the day we went to the castle we took the little tram thing up the mountain, and then did some shopping. make sure you hit the Kathe Wolfhart store there's one in Rotenberg but worth checking out in Heidleberg too.

I wish I could remember the place we ate in Trendleberg it was nice. We ate outside and I can't quite remember the name but it was some like a flatbread that we had.

In Munich we also stayed and extra day. We were lucky enough that Disney covered two dinners there when they usually only covered one. our last night though we did eat at one of the hoffbrau houses. It's not one that most people know, I have to go back and look.

You are goign to have SOOOO much fun.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:49 PM   #12
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Thanks Skatetigger! I'll make note of those suggestions!
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:18 PM   #13
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For anyone who has been on this tour: Do you happen to know if there are some free wi-fi hotspots near each destination? I have read that the hotel in Heidelberg has free internet access in the business center, but was it easy to find free access at other destinations?
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:42 PM   #14
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Bumping back up to the top.

Another Question: We will be extending our trip into Paris after our ABD ends. Would it be easier to do some laundry in Munich or to just pack more? What should we expect to pay to wash and dry one load?
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:18 PM   #15
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Minnie,
I can't answer your question exactly, but I do know when we were on this trip in July 2008, I was able to get internet connection for a small fee in Heidleburg & Rothenburg. HOWEVER, at the Kempinski in Munich, there was no Wifi at the hotel. I called the front desk about it, and they brought me a cable to connect in the room. So I stayed on the computer for hours after my tired daughter went to sleep, thinking it was free. There was nothing that popped up on the screen telling me that I would be charged or any sign on the desk, as we would expect in the US.
When I went to check out, much to my surprise, I had an internet charge of $75! I was LIVID!!! So I guess I learned the lesson the very hard way (I was told that there was mention of it buried in the notebook in the room), but I have tried to warn others. It's not the way you want to end an otherwise fabulous trip.
Perhaps it's changed by now, but it was so hard for me to believe that a 5 star hotel in a major city can't provide internet for free. (I do fault the guides for not warning people too, but otherwise, they were great).
Maybe you'll have luck finding spots near the hotels that offer free Wi-fi, I didn't even try that.
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