Looking for help with itinerary

Old Sep 10th, 2022, 09:19 PM
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Looking for help with itinerary

Donít know where to start. I need help! Traveling for 2 weeks in December. Starting and ending in Frankfurt visiting family there then off to explore the best of Germany. Looking to include historic highlights, love smaller towns, Bavarian alps and Christmas markets. Not sure about best mode of transportation as well. Traveling with 6 total adults. Any help or recommendations are so appreciated!, thank you
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Old Sep 11th, 2022, 02:18 PM
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Best mode of transportation is usually the train. Goes just about everywhere, easy to navigate.

If it were me I'd head to Munich for a few days, then head for the hills - Berchtesgaden, Mittenwald, Garmisch...all beautiful mountain towns. You can also get to Salzburg in about two hours from Munich - it's a great place to spend several days (we'll be there over Christmas again this year - great place for the holidays).

So much to see and do in/around Munich - Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen is a big draw for first time visitors. You'll find Christmas markets just about everywhere - there are several in Munich and small towns have them as well (but often only on weekends or a specific weekend).

These links might give you some inspiration:

https://www.christmasmarketsgermany.com/
https://www.muenchen.de/int/en.html
https://www.germany.travel/en/cities...enkirchen.html
https://www.salzburg.info/en
https://en.fuessen.de/
https://www.germansights.com/mittenwald/

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The Bavaria ticket is for up to 5 people, but, oh, how relaxing train travel will be, and you can buy two. Nuernberg has a great Christmas market. Bamberg, Regensburg, Passau, Landshut are all 'Niederbayern' (low country) but great places to visit (and drink beer). But more Alpine as Melnq8 details is sweet too. if you rent a van, you have ultimate flexibility and can stay in smaller places - - you can save a lot of money on accommodation (and have more rustic experiences) by staying at places that are further afield from the central train stations.
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Agree about the train. There is no strain on the driver (I find the Autobahn stressful even as a passenger, but the driver has to be very disciplined), there is a toilet, you can drink a glass of wine without worrying, it's much more scenic than the Autobahn, and you might even strike up a conversation with someone new. Even second class is good, but first class is accessible for just about everyone. I do recommend a seat reservation, which is separate to the ticket, if you are travelling long distance. You can see above every seat there is an electronic screen showing which seats are occupied and where from and until where, but particularly with a group of 6 you will be pressed to find seats unless you are just looking at the S-Bahn or local trains.

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I have myself only been to Munich, Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin so cannot speak to smaller towns though I would highly recommend Munich. Munich was beautiful in every regard – the hospitality of the people, the authenticity of the food, the rich history, the ease of getting around and so forth.

I haven’t visited the Bavarian Alps but it appears to be relatively near enough to Munich to be manageable (as is a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle if that takes your fancy).

Cologne is also close enough to Frankfurt to make it a stop if you desired though I personally found it a bit of a bore other than the old town (though Cologne makes a great location from which to be based for numerous day trips).
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Old Sep 11th, 2022, 05:55 PM
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