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#168032 - 05/12/07 02:37 PM Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions?
michael_d Offline
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Another tour guide questions for the Water Cooler…

A couple friends and I are planning on going to Munich for the 07 festival. I’ve been all over Europe, but never Germany. I figure three or four days in the Munich area and another week or so cruising around Germany and Belgium.

If anyone has been to this or has any suggestions, I’d like to hear them. It would appear that the hotels in and around Munich are already full, or filling up fast.
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#168033 - 05/12/07 06:40 PM Re: Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions? [Re: michael_d]
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Wish I could help. I spent a couple of days in Munich on business but can't remember much (it was several years ago). I do remember my disappointment on the morning I was heading out to the airport when I looked out the window and realized that I was within driving distance of the Alps. D'oh !!

That was also when I discovered that Oktoberfest was mostly in September ;(
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#168034 - 05/12/07 09:27 PM Re: Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions? [Re: michael_d]
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#168035 - 05/12/07 10:32 PM Re: Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions? [Re: michael_d]
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Mike, that's an awful long way to go for a beer, but I'll humor your extravagance. I've traveled in Germany a couple times during the summer, but haven't been in Munich and don't really have any ideas about the Oktoberfest. One thing that does come to mind if you're going to be heading NW to Belgium(rather than taking in Switzerland, my favorite)is to include a "cruise" literally, although presumably you meant driving. One thing that I enjoyed was a short day cruise on the Rhine(it can be as short as an hour each way), castle visit, etc.
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#168036 - 05/12/07 11:08 PM Re: Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions? [Re: JohnK]
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Funny this topic came up now. I am leaving for Germany on Friday. I'm going to Frankfurt and Marburg, then down to Bern, Switzerland, and then onto northern Italy from there. I've never been to any of these countries, so I am looking forward to it as well. I'll also take suggestions for any of them.

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#168037 - 05/13/07 12:04 AM Re: Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions? [Re: Zarak]
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Sounds like a great trip, Jason. Since south from Frankfurt to Bern follows the Rhine, the first thing that comes to mind is a short Rhine cruise, as I mentioned to Mike(now that I think about it, maybe that wasn't such a great idea; if Mike is still in a drunken stupor from the Oktoberfest he might fall off the boat and become a permanent resident of the Rhine). It really is a pleasant little excursion and the whole thing can take as little as three hours. You'll see a lot of gorgeous scenery around the Alps, of course.
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#168038 - 05/13/07 12:14 AM Re: Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions? [Re: michael_d]
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Augsburg is close by, it's a nice town. For a more sobering trip, Dachau is close. Slightly farther away is Stuttgart where you can tour the Porsche factory and Nurnberg (Nuremburg), site of the Nazi Party rallies in the 30's and the Tribunals following WWII. The stadium where the Nazi rallies were held still exists and is very, very disquieting. Really, you can't go wrong in general. It's Bavaria, fer chrissake! Oktoberfest and Bavaria are pretty much synonymous. I spent more than a few leave days in Munich and environs in my day. A hint: Weisswurst and Blutwurst look disgusting but are actually quite delicious.

A little farther north, Bad Nauheim, Bonn, and Frankfurt are nice places. My guess is that you are flying in to Frankfurt, which is a good start. 10 days total in Central Europe opens many possibilities. Vienna, Prague, an Budapest are not all that far away. Just try not to cram too much in to your visit. Pick a few spots and enjoy them!
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#168039 - 05/13/07 02:25 PM Re: Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions? [Re: LightninJoe]
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Eat street food - Currywurst and pommes frites mit mayo.

We REALLY liked Salzberg. I didn't make it to Berchtesgaden, but it is not far and might be worth a stop.

Also reasonably close to Munich is Herrenchiemsee (one of Ludwig's palaces like Neuschwanstein. This one - on which he squandered pretty much the entire treasury - is patterned after Versailles and sits on an island in the middle of a lake). Spectacular and recommended.

You should go to Dachau. It's kind of tough medicine, but it is too powerful to miss.

We got AFL lost driving around Munich.

Have fun.
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#168040 - 05/13/07 04:38 PM Re: Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions? [Re: tomtuttle]
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#168041 - 05/13/07 06:45 PM Re: Oktoberfest in Germany, any suggestions? [Re: pmbuko]
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Thanks for the suggestions; I’m jotting these places down. I’ve always wanted to see this part of Europe and figured this would be a good time to do it. A buddy went over this time a couple years ago and still tells me how much fun he had. Not so much for the beer drinking, but that the whole country is celebrating and there’s a lot going on. I don’t drink much in public, so no worries about me falling off a boat John. Plus, I’m into micro brews. Hifa’s and wheat bears don’t do much for me and I doubt they have Genius there…..come to think abut it, I don’t think I like any German beers…
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