Post # 17
Awesome! We literally just got back less than a week ago from our two-week European honeymoon (the Cotswolds in England, London, Paris & Munich). We had a blast in Munich, headed over to Castle Neuschwanstein. We actually wished that we would have just stayed in Hohenschwangau (the town where Neuschwanstein was) instead of Munich, it was so pretty, the lake was gorgeous and it would have been so nice. Next trip though, I suppose!
Unfortunately, I got sick while in Munich (two weeks of wandering around Europe in the relative cold compared to Texas will run any body down) and spent one of the days sleeping it off. Wish we could have seen more while in Munich.
I definitely recommend learning more German. DH & I made a deal where I learned French and he learned German for the trip.. but I learned a decent amount of French and he learned about three sentences in German. I would have been more annoyed, but he had a decent excuse: he’d been working a ton. German is also not a language you just understand easily like French/Italian, since it isn’t based off of Latin.
Also, if you head over to Castle Neuschwanstein from Munich, pick up a Bayern Ticket. It’s like, 30 euros I think, but it covers up to 5 people on any regional–Bavaria–trains (and Munich U-bahn/S-bahn/buses, I believe..but don’t quote me on that), so it’ll get you to Castle Neuschwanstein. It also covers the bus from Fussen (the Neuschwanstein train station) to Hohenschwangau. You can then either take the bus up (I recommend it..it looks like a long way, but I was also kinda sick still, so I definitely didn’t want to walk up that hill!), take a horse-drawn carriage, or just hoof it.
One more thing: if you buy bottled water or ask for water, be aware that half the time you’re gonna end up with sparkling if you don’t make sure it’s still water. I really can’t stand sparkling water, so I was a bit annoyed when I accidentally bought myself sparkling water about fifteen times, haha.
Post # 18
If you are looking for specific things while in germany, PM me, I live 15 minutes from Heidelburg, the city mentioned by a PP (I can also recommend it for its atmosphere, castle and general cuteness). I always recommend both Berlin and Munich but since they are far apart, it often comes down to one, if you must choose I think Munich is more traditional while Berlin has a similar feeling to London or NYC. That being said, Berlin is my favorite and when my BFF came to visit from NYC, I gave her the option and she also chose Berlin over Munich so don’t rule it out as it is truely a different atmosphere than the rest of Germany.
As far as your interest in castles, depending on when you are here, I would look into a Rhine boat tour out of Frankfurt or Koblenz (German spelling). You see all the castles from the water and if you find a Rhein im flammen date, the night ends with fireworks and is just amazing from the boat. I did one of these in September but they have several different ones through out the year. I like the Rhein castles better than Neu Schwainstein but maybe that is because we could not see the outside as it was so foggy when we visited. The inside is impressive, like a museum. Along the Rhein there are some castles you can stay in, I believe Catz (cat) and Maus (mouse) are two with hotels.
Post # 19
Tip for the sparkling water (which is much cheaper the still)take the cap off and once it goes flat it tastes like regular water
Post # 20
If you want to stay in a beautifull castle try Schlosshotel Kronberg. I photographed a wedding there last year and it is very impressive. I have no idea how much it costs but it is possible. Or just google for “Schlosshotel” in general. There is another really cool one in Pommersfelden near Nürnberg, northern Bavaria, too.
Post # 21
OMG.. I loved Germany. FH and I picked up our new car in Munich (2nd day of Oktoberfest) and it was epic. Definitely go to the castles mentioned by the PPs.. and check out the Black Forest. A-mazing views. We drove through it, stayed at the Landhotel Bierhaeusle Feldberg Black Forest hotel in Feldberg (quaint and oh-so-accommodating hotel run by the nicest couple- the husband,Thomas, is an amazing chef)..before taking our car for a spin on the infamous racetrack Nurburgring. If you or your hubby are car enthusiasts, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing to experience!
New York can learn a thing a two about the efficiency of the train systems in Germany (as well as the cleanliness). It’s kinda crazy because the ticketing for the trains is almost based on an honor system.. nobody really checks but everyone just sort of abides by the rules. We stayed mostly in Munich and found that virtually EVERYONE spoke English, which I feel kinda took away part of the fun of being immersed in a totally different country. Everyone is also super nice and friendly. I seriously wouldn’t mind living in Germany.
Oh wait.. FH and I also visited Baden-Baden in Germany which is known for their bath houses (most notably, Friedrichsbad – a completely nude bath house). FH and I arrived on a day where the bathhouse would be co-ed, and he wasn’t comfy with me being naked around men so we opted to go to the “tamer” Caracalla Therme bathhouse next door. This bathhouse, for the most part, is family-friendly and bathing suits are worn. However, if you wanted to experience the saunas and complete relaxation, you’d have to go completely nude on the upstairs level. ….And we did! It was amazingly relaxing, and nobody looks at you from the neck down. I remember seeing even nude pregnant ladies and younger boys upstairs. Nudity is so accepted there; it makes me curious why America isn’t so accepting of it. But anyway, check out Baden-Baden in the Black Forest too if you want to create some epic memories!
Post # 22
This is a picture I took of the BEAUTIFUL cathedral in Koln Germany! I highly recommend it 🙂
Post # 23
Thanks everyone for the advice/tips and beautiful pics!! We wound up booking a guided tour. It’s 11 days that does a loop of the southern end of Germany. In and our of Frankfurt with a day on our own. We went with the guided because honestly the only time we fight is while driving lol! We figured being in a different country with different rules and language we would probably spend most of our time arguing about directions. This way we don’t have to worry about anything. And the tour pretty much takes you places and then you go on your own so it’s nice. Being 2 months away it can’t come fast enough at this point.