(Closed) Advice/Tips Honeymoon in Germany

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you want to see a castle, you really should check out Neuschwanstein Castle – it was the role model of Sleeping Beauty’s castle for Disney.  It’s in Bavaria, in the southwest, though, so may be a bit out of the way if you’re not in that area. 

http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/palace/objects/neuschw.htm

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree Neuschwanstein is the best castle!  Also, if you area fan of The Sound of Music, there are a lot of tours of the area, we saw the gazebo where they danced in the beginning.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

If you go to Berlin, do this: http://www.brewersberlintours.com/
I’ve done the tour twice- looks like Terry’s no longer leading them, which is a shame, but the tour was the best I’ve ever had.

Germany is REALLY easy to get around via train, and a pass can be a great value.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg, Austria – I dunno if you’re planning on going there too..,

One of the most romantic cities/towns in Germany is Heidelberg. It is very old and historic and has a BEAUTIFUL castle  that you can walk around, a beautiful old university (the oldest one in Europe!!), and cute pubs, and there’s a river running through the city. Heidelberg will really give you a taste of the real Germany.

If you don’t mind renting a car, you should consider driving down the romantic road: 

http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/itineraries/classic-trips-driving-germanys-romantic-road-13/

If you like hiking, stay somewhere in the Black Forest and go for a hike. It’s really famous in that region of Europe.

You shouldn’t miss at least one of the main cities… I would really recommend going to both Berlin and Munich if you have time. Berlin is super modern (most of it was destroyed during WWII) and all of the buildings are pretty modern, but it is full of history and there’s heaps to do there. (Also, there’s lots of interesting Cold War stuff in Berlin, and some fragments of the Berlin Wall.) BUTTTT if you like older/more historical places (and since you love castles!!), you should for sure not miss Munich. I mean, look at this:

Munich is where the famous beer halls are – including the Hofbrau Haus. When you go into the beer halls, there are long wooden tables, and you sit next to strangers and drink beer and eat pretzels haha. It’s so German.

I should mention that the trains in Germany are fast and efficient and make it really easy to get around, so it isn’t necessary to rent a car unless you want to get to small towns, or if you’re not a fan of trains. They are also cleaner than the NYC transit.

The Berlin Parliament Building is really cool – it was designed so that “the people” (i.e. the visitors who go on tours of the building) can see through glass to the legislators below… Pretty metaphorical.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Also, one more thing- you can’t stay inside Neuschwanstein Castle, so it is TOTALLY worth the trip but if you want to spend the night in a castle you’ll have to look for a different one.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper

@abbie017:  Neuschwanstein Castle

Definitely! It is absolutely gorgeous and worth the side trip.

I also recommend taking a boat cruise along the Rhine. It was a great and comfortable way to see some sights along the river.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Try to see the countryside in Bavaria. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well if your wedding isn’t for 10 months, you’ve got plenty of time to learn some German. Rosetta Stone, baby!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’ve just done 8 months of travel through non-English speaking countries and spoke no other languages when we started. Be brave, do some basics before you leave and take a phrase book along with you – it really is part of the experience. And everyone speaks English in Europe if you get stuck anyway. Bavaria and Austria were incredibly beautiful.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My Fi and I went to Germany on vacation and loved it!  We only knew the word for thank you and we travelled all over by train, bus and subway we never got lost.  We stayed at this castle : http://www.burg-colmberg.de/showpage.php?SiteID=8&lang=2 (it’s half way between Frankfurt and Neuschwanstein Castle ) I definately recommend it in the middle of your trip.  There isn’t much to do there, but you will need a rest after all the the site seeing. Don’t be afraid to travel on your own, it’s so easy and so much more fun.   Our trips on the train were some of my favorite times, you see so many cool things passing through the countryside and all the smaller towns.  Also, you can bring your own wine/beer etc and food relax and have fun. 

 expedia.com and tripadvisor.com are invaluable sites to plan and book your travel. 

 Here are a few general travel tips: Pack light (carry on only if possible) We waited for more than 2 hours for our luggage at Frankfurt, plus it’s a pain to lug everything around, don’t make yourself a detailed schedule, have the information on all the things you want to do and what train,bus etc to get there and do what you feel like doing!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@conkin420:  Most people in Germany speak pretty good English. I speak NO German and had no problem getting around. I haven’t heard too much about Disney tours in Europe but I know a lot of people who have gone on Rick Steves tours and loved them. When I go to Europe I always use Rick Steves’ guidebooks, they are super helpful and they are updated every single year – so I can imagine his company would do great tours.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you have an interest in history, you should check out Berlin. It is so interesting–there are a lot of walking tours. I was a rowdy 21-year-old when I went, and I can’t remember the tour I took, but the price included a walking tour during the day then a pub crawl at night, which was fun–we learned about the city then got to meet a bunch of strangers from all over the world. I don’t know if the pub crawl is something I could still do, but the walking tour was amazing! It’s a great way to get the most out of the city and learn about it.

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