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An extra night in Germany: Rothenburg odT or Munich?...Opinions?

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Jun 28th, 2014, 07:15 PM
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I personally don't think it's possible to spend 'too' much time in a given place, it just comes down to your travel style and what you hope to see and do.

One night won't even give you a full day.

We spent three nights in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and five nights in Munich last December. The allocation of time worked very well for us.

We had no trouble filling two full days in Rothenburg - we walked the wall as well as walked around the exterior of the town (which is bigger than you might expect). We climbed the 65 meter tower of the Rathaus (Town Hall), paying 2 euro each to climb the 220 steps for some nice views of Rothenburg and the Tauber Valley.

We joined the 3 pm tour of St Jakob Church (English) and attended a beautiful organ concert.

We attempted to take the Nightwatchman tour twice, but it was just too crowded, so we bailed.

We wandered the Christmas Market, as well as the back streets, ate bratwurst, drank gluhwein, met lots of people, enjoyed the musical performances, poked around the many shops, relaxed in cafes, had some wonderful meals in our hotel and generally soaked up the holiday atmosphere.

Loved it.
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Jun 28th, 2014, 10:48 PM
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For me, it would be 1 night Rothenburg, 3 nights Salzburg (include a day trip in the Salzkammergut or Berchtesgaden) and 3 nights Munich. We did a trip to Salzburg, Berchtesgaden, Innsbruck, etc. in early Dec. 2013. The ground was covered in snow the entire time, plus we had 2 days of some snow.
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Jun 29th, 2014, 07:52 AM
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When I said one full day is enough in Rothenburg, I do not count the day I arrive nor the day I leave after breakfast.

Then you have to know where you are going, yes you can browse and get lost maybe. I walked the Wall but when a friend of mine got off the wall half-way, he got lost !!!

( He finally made it to the Town Square, as tall as the Town Hall Tower is , you think you can see it from anywhere..but you can't!!!)

There are some quaint postcard locations to see, let me give you a few examples:
Alte Schmeide

Die Plonlein (where the street splits into an upper and lower part.

I stayed at the lovely quaint Hotel Eisenhut, almost kitty -corner from the Town Square and next to the "Christmas Store".

I too climbed the Town Hall

but I took the Night Watchman Tour the evening of the afternoon I arrived.
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Jun 29th, 2014, 11:32 AM
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Busily working out a rational itinerary that gives us extra time in Nuremberg, Prague, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Rothenburg odT, Salzburg, Landshut and Munich. With day trips to Fussen, Garmish, Berchtesgaden and Dachau. We have a friend who insists we also include her father's birthplace, Baden-Baden. This may take awhile. Might have to delay our return flight from December to June.

Kidding aside, I do appreciate all of your input. Looks like we'll reserve an extra night in Munich, add in Schloss Nymphenburg, and consider another of the suggested day trips from there, perhaps Salzburg, as well as a half-day visit to pay our respects at Dachau. Will have to save the other places for a future trip.

By the way, my wife's name is not really Mrs._Ohio. It is Mrs._Dave. Mrs._Ohio was my ex-wife.
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Jun 29th, 2014, 12:36 PM
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You will love the Schloss Nymphenburg ( In Munich). It is a rather long walk from the parking lot but then you get the full effect with the those lovely ponds in front.
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Jun 30th, 2014, 03:36 AM
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If you will indulge me once more, are there any parts of Munich that I should look for or avoid when looking at hotels or apartments? I stayed at the Hotel Platzl on my previous visit. Great location, but these days it is well beyond my budget.
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Jun 30th, 2014, 07:36 AM
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Baden-Baden is nowhere near any other place on your route, and certainly not within day-trip distance from any of them. So if you really want to include Baden-Baden you need additional time.

Postponing your return flight sounds like a good idea;-)
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Jun 30th, 2014, 09:55 AM
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quokka: I know! Our friend seems to be of the opinion that this trip will not be worth the effort if we don't see Baden-Baden. Perhaps she'll be willing to stake us for those extra days, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
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Jun 30th, 2014, 10:00 AM
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I really enjoyed Baden-Baden but if I had not been to many of the gems folks here have talked about in Bavaria - Nurnberg, Bamberg, Munich and day trips from it I would never go to Baden-Baden instead of those places.

Baden-Baden is in a park-like setting but really lacks much to see and do except gamble in the casino or take a bath.

Plus like quokka says - Baden-Baden is a long LONG way from Bavaria
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Jun 30th, 2014, 04:56 PM
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Dave -

We spent our five nights in Munich here:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trave...ich-city-east/

We cashed in 100,000 points, and they were well spent.

It was a great location for us - quiet, but within a very short walk to the Munich Ostbahnhof.
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Jun 30th, 2014, 05:00 PM
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We loved the hokey night watchmen tour. It was great after the tour buses left and we enjoyed just walking around, drinking wine and relaxing at night. The Käthe Wohlfahrt shops are everywhere and her home is actually there. I hve some of the best photos of doors from there.
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Oct 30th, 2014, 11:19 AM
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Here's the latest: we'll spend one night in Rothenburg, at Alter Keller (thanks, Andrew), and six nights in Munich at the Hotel Brack, on Lindwurmstrasse, near the Poccistrasse U-stop. It took me some time deciding on the Brack, but it was competitive price-wise with apartment rentals, better located, and includes breakfast. Thanks to all for your input on this!

Now for the nitty-gritty in Munich: I noted the Hofbrauhaus in my OP. Does anyone have recommendations for other bier halls and wein bars (you should know, Mrs_Dave is not a beer fan)? Favorite restaurants, cafes ~o), bakeries, or other special places in Munich that should not be missed? (Should I start another thread for this?)
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Oct 30th, 2014, 11:47 AM
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I didn't spend much time in Munich so can't really recommend anything. I hope Rothenburg ob der Tauber is pretty in December!
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Oct 30th, 2014, 12:36 PM
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With six days in Munich I would definitely do a couple of day trips - I think the average tourist will find 3-4 days in the city itself more than enough (though you can always spend days and days in any place) - consider day trippng to Fussen and Mad Ludwig's Meuschwanstein Castle; Dachau - right in the suburbs via S-Bahn + bus or walk; even Salzburg, Austria is just a bit over an hour each way by train - and there are many more day trips too.

In Munich itself check out the Olympic Park area with BMW visit, etc.
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Oct 30th, 2014, 12:39 PM
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We liked Augustiner the best but the food at Spaten was very good. She can get wine if she doesn't like beer. Do the BMW tour but book now for the English tour.
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Oct 30th, 2014, 12:42 PM
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http://www.dallmayr.com/ Do take her here. There is a restaurant upstairs but the food hall is amazing.
Are you still going to Nuremburg?
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Oct 30th, 2014, 12:46 PM
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I started another thread for sights, sounds, eats, and drinks in Munich:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...y-december.cfm
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