Post # 1
I’ve read a couple of threads about people honeymooning in Germany during Oktoberfest but they were a few years old. Does anyone have advice for traveling through Germany and the best ways to get around?
My inital thoughts were this:
Fly into Munich — 3 days
Train to Baden-Baden/Black Forest — 1 day
Train to Frankfurt — day trip
Train to Amsterdam — 2-3 days
For anyone who has traveled through Germany, does this sound plausible? Would you change anything or spend any more/less time at a certain place?
I’ve traveled through Europe before but my FI has not. I’ve never been to Germany but I have to been to Amsterdam. I LOVE Amsterdam. The culture is so rich, the museums are fantastic, and the people are very nice. I would prefer to spend three days there actually.
Any advice is welcome!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I’ve traveled all around Europe and I found the trains to be in Germany to be great. I always prefer to travel via public transportation in otehr countries if I can, since I don’t know the rules of the road. The trains in Germany were fast and not too expensive compared to other places like Switzerland.
Munich is a really charming, beautiful old city. I would really recommend day trips to Heidelberg and to the Neuschwanstein castle – both are really cool trips! Or maybe even overnight in Heidelberg, it’s a verrrry romantic small town in Germany with a cool castle, a slow windy river, and very friendly locals.
I haven’t been to Germany during Oktoberfest, so I’m sure it will be much more crowded and completely different! But I can say that you should do a pub crawl in Munich, and make sure you don’t miss the famous beer halls. It’s fun to do it with a group 🙂
Post # 4
My husband and I went to Oktoberfest for our honeymoon, so I can definitely offer advice. However, it looks like your wedding date is October 18th. If that’s the case, then you won’t be on your honeymoon until Oktoberfest is over since it typically runs mid-/end of September to the beginning of October. Regardless, there are still great things to see and do in each of those locales.
Post # 5
@Bliss Honeymoons: Oops, I forgot to change it! When I signed up for an account I just picked a day in fall. I think we’re going to elope in the spring now instead!
Post # 6
Sounds like a great trip! I did a very similar one in 2009, sans Amsterdam. We went Munich-Neuschwanstein-Freiburg-Baden Baden-Stuttgart-Munich. We drove from place to place so I can’t comment on the effectiveness of trains, but I can say we had a fantastic time!
My advice for Oktoberfest would be to get to the beer halls early! We were there opening weekend, got there pretty early, took a quick trip around the grounds and then into a beer hall and a lot of them were full and not letting people in, we ended up getting lucky and into one before it filled up! It’s so much fun though.
I’d also recommend Mike’s Bike Tours in Munich. And the thermal baths in Baden Baden are AWESOME!
Post # 7
I’m a new bee and actually just joined to comment on your post. I have been living in Germany for 7 years and there are some lovely places to go, but you could give Frankfurt a total miss (my FI is from there and he would say the same. Go to Cologne and take the train to AMS, it’s only like 3 hrs from AMS and a much more fun city). And train is cool and pretty fast and relatively cheap, but if you want to make more of your time, you can also add in flight, Germanwings or even Lufthansa have cheap domestic flights one way, especially when you want to cover a lot of ground in a short time….(alternately, maybe I have become jaded to the romance of train travel 😉