Post # 1
My husband and I just moved to Vilseck, Germany yesterday on military orders. We are so excited to experience Europe! Unfortunately our car won’t be here for a little while, so we are sticking to public transportation until then. I was hoping some of you bees are familiar with this area, or Germany in general, and could give me some ideas on what to expect culture wise. I’d also love to know about must see spots (Nuremberg Christmas market is on the top of our list). Oh, and how the heck do these train systems work?!
Post # 2
I am so jealous, I love Germany.
I would def say go to Nuremburg – at any time of year it is beautiful. I have also been to Karlovy Vary which is just over the boarder from you in the Czech Republic. It is a spa town and worth a visit for a weekend.
Munich is beautiful – go there.
For a longer trip head over to Baden Baden – great spa town. If you can lake constance is beautiful too.
Heading down into Bavaria – Brechtesgaarden is lovely and lots of history there. We went to Konigsee which is nearby and beautiful.
Basically the whole country is worth really checking out.
Transport is so easy to navigate and it runs so well. In most cases you need to buy your ticket or pass before boarding and have to validate your ticket (time stamp it) as you enter the station. There are yellow boxes for this all round the place. The maps are easy to figure out people will always help you and will often speak English.
Post # 3
Twizbe : Thank you so much for all the information! We are going to Nuremberg next weekend, and will most definitely be looking up those other recommendations. I’m due to give birth in February, so I’m thinking a getaway Karloff Vary in March with my sister who will be visiting will be perfect! I appreciate your reponse so much, especially about public transport!
Post # 4
Welcome to my corner of the world!
Definitely check out the Christmas Market in Weiden. It’s a local favorite, both with Germans and American servicemen and women. 🙂 It’s kind of small but Weiden’s historic center is charming (especially in the summer, when all the cafes and restaurants move their guests outside and it’s like one big summer party!) and it’s the second oldest Christmas market in Bavaria.
Regensburg is also gorgeous and well preserved, the historic center of Amberg is supposed to be pretty neat as well (although I’ve never been). Eastern Bavaria tends to be forgotten about but there’s lots of fun stuff to do and see here. Also we’re super close to lots of touristy places. There is wonderful hiking and rock climbing in Pottenstein as well as a lot of fun things to do as a family (caves and a Rodelbahn, for example!).
Don’t get discouraged by the typical Oberpfalz-grumpiness. We take a while to warm up to people, but we’re actually super nice! 😀
Post # 5
lisakellcal : Oh thank you for all of the info! We decided we are going to Weiden today to explore a little bit, since it’s so close and it sounds lovely by the way you described it! I don’t know any German yet, but made sure to know “hallo”, “bette” and “danke” before we ventured out. I can’t wait to explore!
Post # 6
our train system is a bit confusing. You can use the DB homepage. It has an English version, just type in where you want to go, eg Vilseck to Nürnberg Hbf. Hbf always means central or main train station. https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml
Post # 7
stevie54 : That website just made my life so much easier❤️ Thank you!!