Munich as base:On to WWII sites

Old Jan 29th, 2003, 12:19 PM
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Munich as base:On to WWII sites

We're in the early stages of trip planning for November(Thanksgiving week). We want to fly into Munich and go from there. Please don't scold me for my thoughts-but is it possible to visit some key WWII sites AND also hit the castles?
Would a day trip to Switzerland be possible too?
Your helpful and polite thoughts always appreciated! Thanks, Debbie.
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Old Jan 29th, 2003, 12:44 PM
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Debbie, I think a week in Munich is a great idea. You'll probably just catch the start of the Christmas markets if you stay for the weekend. Those are a lot of fun. I think a day trip to Switzerland from Munich is a little too ambitious. You might want to try Salzburg instead.

As far as key WWII sites, since we (the U.S.) flattened most of Bavaria, there's not a lot of key sites left - other than general stuff. There's still a little of the old pavillion in Nuremberg. Of course there are the concentration camp sites, Dachau, etc that you should visit while in Munich. Don't know what you're looking for. Germany is trying to erase its Hitler past for various reasons. Good luck.
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Go to Berchtesgarten/Obersaltzburg area which is an hour or so from Munich. Hitler's Eagles nest is on top of a mountain there and can only be reached through the center of the mountain. The hotel below was a Nazi hotel (I worked there in the 80's) and is connected by bunkers to lots of old war headquarters.
We used to run around in the tunnels which are normaly locked.
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Visit the city's historical museum, which will give you a vivid picture of what Munich looked like at the end of the war.
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With 5 days you shouldn't have a problem hitting both WWII sites and castles. You can do an overnighter from Munich driving to Ludwig's Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles with a stop at Linderhof on the way there. It's a nice drive--we stopped at Linderhof for a couple of hours, then cut through Austria with a long stop for lunch by a mountain lake. Arrived in Hohenschwangau village at around 330 PM (this was in June) and decided to visit the castle of Hohenschwangau that afternoon. We did so. Had the entire next day for Neuschwanstein and exploring the region.
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For castles and WW II site, I'd suggest instead the Rhine/Mosel Region. You can visit the site of the old Luddendorf Bridge just south of Cologne (The film "Bridge at Remagen" chronicles the events there when Americans took the first bridge over the Rhine) and tour the museum housed in the old bridge supports:

There is also an old Nazi bunker you can visit in Irrel, just north of Trier, on Sunday afternoons called "Panzerwerk Katzenkopf".

The finest castle in Germany, in my opinion, is Burg Eltz, near the Mosel between Koblenz and Trier; the Marksburg Castle in Braubach (open for sure in November) and Reichsburg in Cochem have good tours, too. These are real knights' castles, roughly 800 -1000 years old, the real thing.
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Alas, Burg Eltz is normally closed November 1 through March 31. Reichsburg closes on or about November 17. Marksburg is open 11-4 in November.
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