(Closed) Netherlands/Germany

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@twofortheshow: I’m moving to Germany in January after our wedding. Springtime in Europe is great! Be sure to check out Ryan Air for cheap air fare (like $30 from Frankfurt to Dublin, roundtrip).

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I LOVE the netherlands.  I studied abroad there for 4 months in college and it is my favorite country.  march is a perfect time to go as that is when the tulip fields are in full bloom.  let me know where you are planning on going and I can give you some tips and advice.  

I’m so jealous!

Post # 7
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6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was in Baden Baden a few years ago, it’s in the Black Forrest region and FULL of history.  Baden means bath and it dates back to the Roman times.  It was relaxing and even romantic! I would love to go back

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

There are some really nifty places to see in the Netherlands!  My husband is from there and I’ve spent about 6 months in the last year over there.  πŸ™‚  Some of my favorite things included visiting Madurodam, The Efteling, and this war museum called Liberty Park.  If you wanna see some pics of my explorations in the Netherlands, you are welcome to browse around:

Efteling: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157623815485652/

Madurodam: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157623704819051/

and http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157623829354006/

Liberty Park: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157623789040248/

There are more places on that same account about my visits to Keukenhof and a few other things as well.

I didn’t get to do as much in Germany… the last time I was there it was for 3 days and we only visited Munich and part of the Romantic Road, but it is beautiful as well!  Here are some pictures from our trip there:

http://picasaweb.google.com/dodgercpkl/MunichGermanyDay1#

and http://picasaweb.google.com/dodgercpkl/MunichDay2#

Please let me know if you have any questions!!   If there is something about the Netherlands that I can’t answer, then odds are good that my husband can.  πŸ™‚  PM me anytime!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I can highly recommend visiting Hamburg in Germany! You should not miss it!

People who live here call it the most beautiful city in the world. FI and I have been living here for more than 5 years now, i have been to a lot of european cities, and it´s true, Hamburg is definately one of the most beautiful cities i have ever seen, and moving here was the best decision we ever made! I LOVE Hamburg!!

Thinking about the past years chances are good that the weather is nice in April and it might already be sunny and warm.

Hamburg is a perfect combination of old and new, and there are tons of historical buildings, though right now i can´t think of anything specifically related to WWII, but i know there is a KZ memorial place in or near Hamburg. The house we live in was almost completely destroyed during the war, and then rebuild after it, like a lot of houses here, so there are a lot of districts with very old and charming architecture. And in contrast to that there are places like the “Hafencity”, which is a district near the port consisting of newly built super-modern houses, right next to the historic “Speicherstadt”

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=speicherstadt+hamburg&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1440&bih=719

http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&biw=1440&bih=719&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=hafencity+hamburg&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Hamburg has a ton of museums, and i think there are quite a lot of history-related exhibitions. Unfortunately the site is not available in english, but just ask me if there is something that you want to have translated

http://www.hamburg.de/museen-kunst-ausstellungen/

There is so much you can do here, you never get bored. And there are still so many places FI and i haven´t seen yet. This city is quite large, and just amazing! Here are some nice fotos of Hamburg, just to give you an impression:

http://www.prachtvoll.de/fotos-bilder-hamburg.aspx

http://www.hamburgfotos.de/index.htm

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=hamburg&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1440&bih=719

 

FI recommends this museum in Munich:

http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/flugwerft/exhibitions/ww2-aircrafts/

 

If you should visit Hamburg, i recommend that you do NOT, NEVER, under no circumstances take a rental car and drive here yourselves! You will get lost, i swear!! :))

FI and i sometimes still have problems finding the right way, despite our GPS system. Driving here is horror if you are not used to it. Hamburg has a weird and terrible systems of one-way streets almost everywhere, and you are never allowed to turn left or right where you have to. The guy who designed this must have been stoned and drunk and a psycho as well πŸ˜‰

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@twofortheshow: We live close to the Luxembourg border and Belgium border. Wittlich has an awesome castle and there are numerous festivals throughout the year. There’s also Cologne, north of us, that has fabulous museums, art and concerts frequently. There’s so much to do, and the best part is you can always hop on a train and be in another country in just a few hours πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I second Hamburg! Great place to start a tour of Germany. Besides the great things mentioned already, the Hamburg fish market is really interesting and a fun way to spend an early morning.

The train system is excellent (book ahead at bahn.de for best deals) and is a great way to travel through the country. 

I haven’t spent much time in Berlin, but when there was really impressed by some of the historical government buildings in the city center and the state museums were top notch, especially if you are WWII buffs.

I love Munich, it is a gorgeous city! The old city has amazing historical buildings and the town square by city hall is quite impressive. Don’t miss the viktualienmarkt for traditional and exotic food. The old and new pinakothek are excellent art museums. The English garden and Hofbrauhaus are classic tourist sites to explore.

If you want to get out and about, Fuessen is a short train ride away and a great access point to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. Closer to the city center of Munich is Schloss Nymphenburg, also a worthy site to see.

Dachau concentration camp is just north of Munich, and a sobering sight. It was the model for many other camps and has been well preserved. Munich also has museums and memorials you may be interested in. I’ve found Fodor’s travel guides and forums to be exellent.

Salzburg is also very beautiful and fun to visit, if you want to explore further. It’s just across the border in Austria, about 2.5 hours by regional trains from Munich. 

Have a wonderful honeymoon!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@twofortheshow:  I don’t blame him!  I’d never been to the Netherlands before I met my husband, and it’s now one of my favorite countries!  I’m very much looking forward to visiting there again this next year for my brother-in-law’s wedding.  πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We just traveled to Germany in October, and I second the PP’s suggestion to get a train pass for use while in Germany – if you’re not from Continental Europe you’re eligible for a cheaper pass (the Germany Pass), and the train system is unbelievably convenient to use, and always on time.

I would recommend renting a car for at least a day though to get the experience of driving on the autobahn – it’s quite an experience!

Of the places you mentioned you would be going to, we were in Munich for two days and the Black Forest for four days (Triberg and Freiburg). If you want to see cuckoo clocks and a traditional wood carver’s shop, in Triberg there is a place called Oli’s that you should check out. Skip the House of 1000 Clocks – it’s all Made in China garbage.

I also recommend the Fodor’s travel guides – the Germany one has just been updated for 2011 so you’ll definitely have the most up-to-date information.

Have fun!

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@realeastcoaster: LOL, i just had to smile on your comment to the Autobahn.  It´s so funny and interesting to hear opinions about things that we use daily, but are new to someone else. Pleeeease let me know why you think it is an experience? Smile

Post # 16
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186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

that’s a great idea, Europe in the low season is the best, come and see Brussels when you are in the Netherlands πŸ™‚ 

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