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Travel to Germany Summer 2012 how much to budget per day

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We are planning a trip to Germany this summer to see our German exchange student that we hosted 2 years ago. She lives in a small village about 45 miles West of Stuttgart. We plan on spending 11 days in Germany. We will stay with her family for part of the trip. We plan on a 3-4 day trip to Munich, Berchtesgaden and Salzburg so we will stay in motels or B& B's for those days. She graduates from high school in June and will be our tour guide. They have a minivan and she will be able to drive us around. I have been trying to get an idea of how much money we should expect to spend each day on food, entrance fees, etc. We plan on buying groceries for some of our meals as well as eating out. My wife and I and our two kids that are 13 & 12 and my sister and her husband are going.

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    "We plan on a 3-4 day trip to Munich, Berchtesgaden and Salzburg so we will stay in motels or B& B's for those days."

    That's not much time for those destinations. But you can still have a nice time, I'm sure.

    I wonder whether the mini-van can handle 7 people and their luggage. Doubtful. You may need a second car, or some may want to travel by train.

    Budget suggestion: Instead of 3-4 rooms, get an apartment (or two) for 3 nights. Berchtesgaden has a good number of them at reasonable prices.

    http://www.berchtesgaden.de/en/list-of-hosts-1

    (Narrow this list by type of accommodation - apartment/holiday house category shows 181 entries.)

    You'll have a kitchen to prepare some of that food if you want. You might visit Munich on Day 1, then head to Berchtesgaden in the evening; see B'gaden on Day 2, daytrip to Salzburg on Day 3. Stop in Munich again if you still has sights to see on Day 4 on the way home?

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    Hi, I live in NRW west of Cologne.

    You can plan on about 12-15€ for major sights, 6-9€ for lesser sights, some churches/smaller castles charge 3-5€. Once you know where you want to go, you can check exact prices on the internet. Also, anyone under 26, gets discounted admission prices.

    Food in Germany can be very expensive or very cheap depending on where you shop/eat and what part of the states you come from. Dinner out can easily set you back 20+€ per person. Be mindful of the cost of drinks. A .2 liter bottle of soda can be 2-4€. If you're looking at a place with fixed price menu, always check whether this includes a beverage, and if not, see how much that will add to the price of your meal.

    Even McDonalds value meals are pricey when you convert to USD.

    Alternatively, you can eat very well very inexpensively. Number one recommendation for that is Turkish food. There are kebap houses all over Germany where you can easily eat for under 10€ per person. They vary from sit-down restaurants to take away places with only a couple tables, but the food is always delicious and an excellent value. Döner kebap is like gyro meat in states. The menu specials--döner plate/wrap/pita, fries, soda--are usally 5-8€. I have seen 3.50€ specials tho. (Look at the picture menu posted outside or by the door.)

    Food at the grocery store is generally much cheaper than in the states if you follow a couple rules. Eat what's in season. Stay away from chicken and beef. Buy the store brands (you won't know/recognize a lot of nat'l brands anyway). Shop discount grocers (Aldi, Lidl, Norma, etc).

    Some examples: I pay 99 cents to 1.19€ for a kilo of tomatoes in season. (Out of season, they are 2.19.) 89-99 cents a kilo for nectarines, peaches, pears. 20-40 cents a kilo for potatoes. But where I live a 24 can pack of Coke is 9.99€. Store brand soda is 69-99 cents per 1.5 L (plus 25 cent deposit). Chicken and beef are very expensive (and harder to find), but I can get marinated pork chops for 4.99-5.99€ a kilo.

    Hotels here charge by the number of people in the room. Many times the 3 person room is the same size as a 2 person. Booking.com is good because they show the room size in square meters.

    Apartments do the same, but this is a good suggestion with your group size. We've rented apts many times and use homeaway.co.uk.

    Have a great trip!

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    The kebabs I ate last week were quite different from the US where a gyro is roasted lamb based meatloaf slices. The doner kebabs I had seemed to be turkey dark meat. Very good, inexpensive and huge portions - I was unable to finish two of the sandwiches which for me is really saying something.

    Russ's info about apartments is good. We stayed in apts for about 20 euro per person per day. Check out Bavaria Ben's website - www.bensbauernhof.com - for info ob inexpensive accomodations. You don't have to just select from the ones his readers have reviewed - just use it as a guide for the type available.

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    Assume food in restaurants will cost more than in the US - how much more depends on where you live and what sort of restaurants you frequent.

    Soft drinks are a huge expense. Tiny cans are often 2 euros - and kids used to unlimited soft drinks can easily go through $20 per day each. Get them used to water - or buy very large bottles in supermarkets (will still cost a lot - but not as bad as in restaurants). For adults check out water or beer (decent local beer definitely cheaper than soft drinks).

    For places to stay - check out hotels that have family room - so kids can stay in the same room as adults - other wise rooms typically have 1 double (not queen or king) bed and little extra floor space. If you rent an apartment check all of the details carefully - since they are very different than what you would expect in the US.

    And sorry - I don;t understand the idea of avoiding chicken and beef in the supermarkets. Are they supposed to eat just salads and pasta? I can;t imagine that veal or seafood is cheaper than chicken or beef.

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    Thanks for the replies. The Soda deal is kind of funny. Our Exchange student loved pop, Mountain Dew especially. When we went to a restaurant for the first time she was amazed that they brought free refills. Our family converted from pop to water shortly after she left so that won't be a problem. We may have to rent another vehicle for the longer drives. We plan on taking the train as much as possible. I will visit with her dad about renting an apartment for the trip to Berchtesgaden. That sounds like the cheapest route.

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    What's fascinating is the load of false infos you sometimes get here. I.e. actually soft srinks are dirt cheap. I buy 1.5 liters of Pepsi for 89ct or 69ct at Lidl. No name brands are 29ct per 1.5 liters everywhere. Coke is more expensive. 99ct for a 1.25l bottle at Penny. Quite frequently they sell that for 69ct at Lidl.
    MCD "meal" is 6.29€, a Döner kebab I wouldn't touch, nobody knows about the quality of the meat.. NOBODY!
    Soda cans have disappeared in the last few years, only recenty they're sold again, but there's not much demand because of the huge 25ct deposit per can.
    >20-40 cents a kilo for potatoes.
    Only if you find a farmer that is willing to give then to you for "free"
    etc. etc.

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    First off Congrats on your exciting upcoming trip!!:) My mom found this post the other day, I saw it today and decided to reply.

    I live in/am from the United States, but my family hosted a German exchange student in Summer 2001-Summer 2002 as well. She came back a year after leaving and stayed for the summer and then in 2005 I was able to go over and visit her for 2 weeks. I was in northern Germany where as you will be in the southern part. I had an amazing time and everyone was SO nice.

    You most likely already have your tickets but if not I FULLY recommend a minimum 2 week visit for next time/this time. The jet lag will take up at least minimum a day of sleeping maybe more. I arrived at noon and when we got to my sisters house I ate and went to bed and slept until noon the next day. I would have slept longer if my sister hadn't woken me up. Also I strongly suggest to make sure you hydrate to also help with the difference and so you won't get sick.

    While I was visiting my sister we walked EVERYWHERE:) We walked to the underground and took it to Hamburg where we walked some more-Its a great way to see the sights and learn about Germany. I am an athletic person although at that time I did more rock climbing then walking/running but I didn't mind all the walking/biking. My flight was delayed while in the US on the way home and from all the walking we did I felt like walking so I walked around the airport a few times. So be prepared to possibly walk a lot or ride a bike.

    If you have a chance to go to Berlin and Dresden I HIGHLY suggest it!:) My sister took me on a trip around Germany. We stopped off at Dresden first. There is a building during WWII that was destroyed. With computer help they figured out where each stone went and when they rebuilt the building they placed each stone where it was originally in the original building. They don't have all the stones so they used new ones as well and you can see the white/creme colored as the new and the darker or black as the original stones. It is BEAUTIFUL. This tells about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dresden_Frauenkirche
    And Berlin is has SO much history as well, like the Berlin wall, Brandenburg gate, among many others. There are some parts of the Berlin wall that were kept standing and students painted murals on it. There are MANY other cities as well:)

    There is SO much history you can see and learn and the buildings are SO beautiful. It is such a beautiful country!:)

    But to your question-I don't really remember/know about the money and such. I took money with me to help pay for stuff and bring some presents home for my family but my sister and her parents insisted on paying for almost everything. One thing is that we never ate at Mc D's-I don't know why, and when we were traveling we found like a food cart and got something from those people in the city's. My sister and I were in Hamburg and (growing up my family and I ate/eat spicy food all the time) I got subway because I needed some jalapeno's/something spicy but I seem to remember it was expensive. I would totally suggest wherever you are able to use a credit card to do so.


    Sorry I wasn't as much help on your question but I wanted to share:) I LOVED my time in Germany!:D Going back for my sister's wedding in 2013 and CAN NOT wait!!!:D

    Have fun!:)

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