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1st Germany trip - 10 days to do the BMW, Porsche, Mercedes tour. Thoughts?

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Hello folks. I've never been to Germany, never had an interest in going there either, but I'm now I'm very interested in seeing the BMW, Porsche and Mercedes Factory tours and the respective car museums there. I know some of them are only open on certain days of the week and some may need advance reservations, so logistically I'll have to figure out when I can do which and when, and work the entire trip around those dates.

I planned on dedicating 2 days per city to do the Museum and factory tours each. If things get messed up one of the days I'd have a spare day to make it happen (assuming they'd be open that next day, or it could simply be a travel day of sorts to the next city).

Thinking of a 10 day trip, adding in 2 days to do museums in Berlin which I hear are great, and a day to see Dachau as a side trip from Munich. Unless, that's just too much stuff to tackle in one 9-10 night trip.

I'd be traveling alone and have a lot of energy (52 years old but young at heart and physically). Is this doable? I don't rent cars in foreign counties so I'd rely on bus and train for everything once I get there. Where would you suggest flying into and then out of at the end of the trip?

Have any of you done all 3 (or 2 of the 3) of these factory tours/museums? I googled them and looked on Fodors and didn't see a ton of "just back reports" from anyone doing all this stuff on one trip in a relatively short period of time.

Was thinking of going before the crazy tourist season starts and don't mind the cold, or at least, I can deal with it to avoid major crowds if need be. Maybe... March, April or May? Not 100% sure yet what dates. Was hoping to go before hordes of tourists descend on these areas and was also hoping to go when it wasn't bitter cold with many feet of snow, too. The perfect thing would be the spring before all the kids get out of school.

I don't drink so I don't care about going to any amazing pubs or beer halls but if anyone has any vegetarian restaurant suggestions in these cities I'd love to hear about them. I know they'd be far and few between in Germany but maybe there's one or 2 here or there. Some of the best food I had in Stockholm, Sweden earlier this year was at a vegetarian place someone told me about (and cheap). Oh, and I travel on a budget as best I can.

I tried AirBNB's on my last trip to Scandinavia for 10 days since hotels were so expensive there. I'd much prefer a hotel so I don't have to deal with any of the hassles from my last trip like figuring out how to get the key from the owner, internet that didn't always work well, and some "just ok" apartments that were maybe a bit bigger than a hotel room, but I'd rather have a small, pretty nice hotel room any day since I'm not in them a lot. I like having a front desk to ask questions, get travel advice, exchange money if need be, get a map if I lose mine, etc, etc. Check in and check out is easier at hotels for me too.

Any suggestions of pretty nice but inexpensive places to stay in these cities? I'm guessing they'd be Munich, Stuttgart, and Berlin. My budget is usually around $85-$115 night and can do more $'s if I REALLY have to but it's just me so I don't need to have "the best". I wonder if I should just book the first night or two and wing it from there in the other cities? If travel plans change, it could be nice to not be stuck with needing to be in another city as the room is already paid for and already booked with a stiff cancellation fee. Thoughts on that? It can be risky sometimes... or not.

Being in a cool area that I can walk to stuff easily is important to me as well. Don't want to be on the total outskirts where I have to take a long train or bus ride into town to get to train station. Being near the train station is highly underrated when you don't have a car.

Whew. That's all I can think of off the top of my head. Being Jewish, I always had this negative thing in my head about going to Germany due to what happened there 70 years ago but I need to "get over that" in order to go there and see these sights.

The only other places I had thought about going instead of Germany (if I change my mind about going there) would be Amsterdam, Belgium or maybe Turkey. Want to go to St Petersburg the most, but as a single person traveling, it would be hard without being on a cruise and single supplements are so expensive. Would love to see Australia or South Africa (safari) but I think I'll wait to a meet a nice lady again to do those trips. Plus, being on the plane that long becomes less and less appealing the older I get.

I've been a ton of other places so my list of places to still go to is getting smaller. I LOVE museums and am car crazy (German cars) so I thought this Germany trip would be really cool while I'm still a single guy.

Best regards,

Steve R
Gaithersburg MD

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