BEST OF SOUTH => Castles of Ludwig II, walking in the scenery of the alps, rural countrylife in the Allgäu,
metropolitan life in Munich with museums etc.
Suggestions for a roadtrip (originated from a mail to Emily on SV Emily-Luna)
I think the key might be to concentrate on mayor sights to have time and fun [or bring more time :-)
- I recommend doing the long passages from/to Frankfurt by train, there are family tickets to ride:
(Maybe a good idea to get infos in a local "Reisebüro")
- To explore the South a car would be good
- If you take a car: Avoid the start/end of school-holidays in the mayor federal states (and if possible the weekends)
to drive on the mayor routes
(=> Chances of staying hours on the motorways [where you could drive 250+km/h with no traffic turns to 2,5km/h])
- => check the Autoclub ADAC for forecasts of trafficjams and in
which direction it is forecasted !!!!!
- It can be even a good idea to time the flights accordingly and to reserve seats in the trains
- If you are going in the high season or during local festival-time with a big party, you might would like to reserve some
places to stay in advance.
- In the countryside I would try to stay in private "Ferienwohnungen" (contact via "Fremdenverkehrsbüro" of the village)
- Munich = München, is most expensive - you have to find out the possibilities, depending on the budget (city or suburb)
- if you made up a plan to stay there for "the last days" I would book early (e.g. "Motel One" or via airbnb)
- Take local guided "walkingtours in english" wherever possible !!!
- Check world-heritage sites in Germany on wikipedia.com or http://whc.unesco.org/en/list
- Get a map for an overview and for driving => go to the local automobilclub ADAC-office and ask for some maps and tourist
recommendations for your trip (if you have a membershipcard of an foreign automobilclub it is normally free
(or with a charming smile maybe anyway:-)
- a detailed offlinemap (e.g. herewego maps on android) is helpful to find the way to an accomodation
I strongly recommend using a map and Wikipedia.de :-) for getting the drift on the details below
You will find some more links on Haus-Sahr.de
or just google it.
Imho it is better to stay longer in one place and take it as a hub to have fun,
than to have "seen everything", but not really have seen or enjoying it
In each of the areas below you could easily stay weeks exploring ... :-)
THE MIDDLE - Frankfurt Area:
(maybe 2 nights, to get rid of the jetlag (going east can be uncomfortable) or depending on your time just go south immediately):
Bad Homburg and surrounding
- Saalburg - roman castle on the Limes (world heritage site)
- Hessenpark - historic buildings for the older ones and lots of
animals for little ones - great bakery! (doing this is possible by public transport
(check rmv.de or you rent a car/bus))
Eat: "Frankfurter Grüne Soße" (if it is made with Mayonaise then you are in the wrong restaurant => avoid => ask before ordering)
- Frankfurt with Römer and newly build Old Town (compare pictures
after WW II and today!)
- Staedel-Museum - great classical paintings - masterpieces
- quite interesting cemeteries as well (with a guided Tour!)
- Alternatively take a Boatstour on the river Rhein,
great landscape in the Rheingau-area (good wine and food) with plenty of
medival castles and vinyards; illuminated at night with fireworks at special times
"Rhein in Flammen"
- Alternatively check out Grube Messel - Worldheritage Site with unique fosils
(Mini-Horses, Crocodiles etc.) near Darmstadt (40min drive)
and afterwards visit the Art Noveau at the Matildenhöhe and have a
swim later in the Art-Nouveau-Thermalbath in
Drink: "Apfelwein" (Äppelwoi) - I recommend starting with only a small amount :-)) or in season (autumn) "Süßer" freshly
squeezed apples (no alcohol)
The South is beer and cheese heaven - in nearly every town you might find craft-beer and a local cheese-factory to visit (quite different quality to what you get vacuum-packed in a supermarket :-) and
chances are high that you find a good bakery which is still doing bread by themselfs and not getting factory-reheating stuff!
(a couple of nights, maybe 4-5)
Ulm / Memmingen
Eat: "Geschwollene und eine Seele"
- Ulm - the Ulmer Münster (Church) has the highest european churchtower until the
Familia Sagrada in Barcelona will be finished. The fortress(es) is a world heritage site, actually too big and scattered to see all of it.
Mid Juli "Fischerstechen" on the Donau and a Parade.
- Memmingen - beautiful old town (Dagmar's hometown) where the
Wallensteinfestival, one of the biggest historic festivals in Europe
takes place (every 4 years, e.g.2020),
and for chocolate lovers there is a factoryshop ! nearby in Woringen (Autobahn A7):
- Goldsmith Buhmann - unique jewelry in the Memmingen-City-Center (opposite of the hall)
- Memmingen events and culture - what's going on in town
- El Greco - good greek restaurant in Memmingen (not typical for the region :-)
- Gasthof Hirsch - good typical restaurant near Memmingen (SSW)
- Ottobeuren Abbey - Surprising big baroque Basilica Minor in a little town
Maybe end the day in or near (sometimes the little villages are cute to stay, mostly more "real life" and often less expensive/better
value for money)
Eistobel - Nice Walk near Isny (slippery when wet) [calculate 3+h (or walk fast!)]
Kaeskueche-Isny - good organic cheese with the possibility to have a look on the process (imho better than visiting Isny itself)
Eat: "Bayerischer Wurstsalat"
- Castle Neuschwanstein - King Louie at his best (the
blueprint for the castle in Disneyworld :-) near Füssen
- Breitachklamm spectacular little canyon in Bavaria - water is
harder than stone, near Oberstdorf, a nice village with skijump
(go up there to have a llok down and think if you are brave enough to jump ...:-)
Proceed via Bad Hindelang (visit the cheesefactory and the cheeseshops
and buy a hammered forged iron-pan in an old hammer-mill to do great "Bratkartoffeln" (good for steak as well)) [Eat: Kässpatzen
[Käse-Spätzle] and via
Schloss Linderhof and a bit of Austria (where you should fill up your tank
=> cheaper fuel),
in Austria you will pass the village "Ehrwald" where they had in 2013 a tiny shop with great local products (cheese, ham etc.)
"Dorfladen Ehrwald" (+43 664 733 46009).
you mightwant to stop at the Tänzelfest in Kaufbeuren ca. 1600 kids doing history in mid July (ESE of Memmingen)
Next stop is (between Munich and Ulm):
Landsberg am Lech (2 nights)
pass Munich in the south and go to the lake in the area called "Chiemgau", lovely landscape => my favorite in Germany.
Stop at Café Winklstüberl - cakeparadise near Schliersee
Chiemsee - a lake in a great setting
(a couple of nights, maybe 4-5, we often stayed in big farmhouses with lots of rooms a bit out of town)
Eat: "Renken" - a local fish
Chiemsee: more links and detailed infos where to live
and eat etc.
If :-) you still have time for daytrips:
- Salzburg - "The Mozart - town in Austria" in a very nice setting
Eat: "Salzburger Nockerln" (and buy some "Mozartkugeln" for later :-)
(You can drive there via the scenic, rural countryside or on the motorway)
- Visit a Salzbergwerk (Saltmine)
in Berchtesgaden with
and visit the Watzmanntherme afterwards or points of interest at the
Obersalzberg and have a tour on the
Königssee with a great panorama.
Eat: Lick the different "stonesalts" ! :-)
proceed via small, scenic roads through the hinterland towards
(a couple of nights, maybe 3)
Eat: "Weißwürstchen und eine Brezel"
- München (Munich) - tons of indoor and outdoor activities for every taste =>
check their website;
On the way back to Frankfurt:
=> too much to do ??? time is too short ??? => Do not rush, COME BACK !!!
Allgäu - What we personally have not visited yet - plans for 2021+
(Linksource: ADAC-Reisemagazin 2012)
W of Ulm
East of Memmingen
SW of Memmingen
South of Sonthofen
- Riezlern Restaurant Walserstuba (Kleinwalsertal in Austria, but only accessible from Germany
East (and NE) of Sonthofen
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