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ajiayasp Mar 7th, 2011 09:36 AM

Bavaria Alps or Black Forest.. Advice please....

I am traveling to Munich with hubby for a short vacation. We'll be around from March 9 to 13. This is our first trip to Germany & we would like to know how best we can plan the trip. We'll be visiting Welt & probably roam around in Munich city. We would also like to do a day-long trip. What would be the best better option for it, the Bavarian Alps or the Black Forest? We plan to drive, so would there be any road blocks or restrictions en route?

And, is the winter really harsh around this time? Where can I find info about the weather updates and road conditions? I have been googling around quite a bit but did not get much information.


Cowboy1968 Mar 7th, 2011 09:44 AM

That's a no brainer. The Alps.
The Black Forest is a much longer drive. Not really a day trip.

Weatherwise, you can search sites like for Mittenwald (Germany), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) or Füssen (Germany).

bmw732002 Mar 7th, 2011 10:10 AM

I agree with Cowboy!

Garmisch, Mittenwald is a short ride from Munich. Stay over and vist the Ludwig castle in Fussen the next day.

Yes there will be snow in the alpine areas but they keep the main roads clean.


quokka Mar 7th, 2011 10:12 AM

The Black Forest is not within day trip distance from Munich, so the decision is easy...

Pegontheroad Mar 7th, 2011 10:40 AM

I agree that the Alps are the better choice. They're really impressive, and I say that as a connoisseur of mountains, living as I do between the Rockies and the Cascades.

hausfrau Mar 7th, 2011 11:37 AM

Alps for sure. You probably will not encounter a major winter storm at that time, but there could very well be snow in the mountains. Roads should be clear.

The German site for the weather channel is It's in German but you should be able to interpret it fairly easily.

ajiayasp Mar 7th, 2011 02:21 PM

Thank you all! So I'm taking off Black Forest from my list. I'm still in two minds about Alps. I was thinking it might be a good choice given that it is just a 2 hr drive from Munich. Or, as John suggested, we would drive to Garmisch.

Any other places near Munich that we could squeeze in to our itinerary? I wouldn't mind skipping the Alps altogether if I have a better option.


Aramis Mar 7th, 2011 02:33 PM

Garmisch IS in the Alps.

You could squeeze in all kinds of other things - what do you like?

Salzburg gives you mountains and a terrific small city (even without the ubiquitous Sound of Music and Mozart kitsch)

pauljagman Mar 7th, 2011 04:06 PM

ALPS for sure! First time I saw the Zugspitze it took my breath away. Have a great trip!!!!!!

logos999 Mar 7th, 2011 04:41 PM

45 min drive from the start of the Autobahn in Munich to the center of Garmisch. Checked several times.

tcreath Mar 7th, 2011 04:45 PM

I agree...the ALPS! My favorite area in Bavaria is Berchtesgaden, less than two hours from Munich. The scenery is beyond gorgeous. Salzburg would also be a good option if you are looking for more of a small city atmosphere.

Shiulee13 Apr 3rd, 2013 03:37 AM

My husband and I are travelling to Zurich in July. We will hire a car and have 6 days to explore Blackforest or the Bavarian Alps. What is a better option? We are not much of hikers, enjoy walks and nature.

Cowboy1968 Apr 3rd, 2013 04:02 AM

Why not the Swiss Alps?

Shiulee13 Apr 4th, 2013 03:52 AM

Been to Swiss alps, want to choose between Black Forest and Bavarian Alps

bmw732002 Apr 7th, 2013 04:20 AM

Wow, I like when a thread is resurrected!

Since you seen the Swiss Alps then I would suggest the Black Forest for a change. (although I cannot get enough Alps be it Swiss, Germany, Austria, Italy......(


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