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Apr 19th, 2006, 03:36 PM
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Good question!

1. Hard to answer as there are so many to choose from but I can say it's not the Olympic park ;-)

2. Trader Vic's-it was wonderful food and the drinks are amazing. Although, Am Dom was very nice as well. I second the post on their schnitzel and beer...oh and the pretzels with the hot mustard...

3.The Marienplatz-great people watching.

4. Don't recall the name but it was a great specialty food store not far (4 blocks maybe) from the Marienplatz. Great upscale store with fun items. My husband loved the shoe stores in town.

5. We stayed at the Hotel Conrad (Cityline). The rooms were nice, the price was good, the location was fab and the breakfast was nice and filling.

Have fun!
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Apr 19th, 2006, 03:42 PM
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Viktualienmarkt for great beers and all kinds of sausages in a great open-air beer hall environment.
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Apr 19th, 2006, 03:46 PM
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Such wonderful suggestions. I'm bookmarking of course!!
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Apr 19th, 2006, 04:13 PM
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We stayed at the Hotel Opera and were very happy with it. We enjoyed our walk to the Marienplatz along Maximilianstrasse with its array of luxury shops. There is a wonderful restaurant a few doors down from the hotel where we had our best meal in Munich (don't know the name of it, though).

We visited Christmas week, so we loved wandering around the Christmas markets that were in the various squares and pedestrian areas.

Dallmayr is a gourmet food shop near the Marienplatz that is known for its coffee.
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Apr 19th, 2006, 06:38 PM
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Thanks, hhildebrandt. It's really interesting about the name origin. I actually have the name Hildy as my first name because that was my mother's nickname growing up.

The focus of the upcoming trip to Germany is for my husband to see his birthplace just outside of Munich. (His dad was stationed in Furstenfeldbruck, serving in the U.S. Airforce.) Now I'm remembering I have roots there, too!

Thanks for offering to answer my questions. This will be my first trip to Germany and I'm very excited. When in the Munich area, we want to see some of the places his parents went when he was a baby and too young to remember. We've seen home movies of Garmesch, the zoo in Munich, English Garden, Nymphenburg Castle, two Ludwig castles, Berchtesgaden, Eagles Nest, St. Bartholomä church,Chiemsee lake and possibly a castle there, (Herrenchiemsee.) On our way to Munich, we will visit the Rhine/Mosel area, drive the Romantic Road through Rothenburg with a stop at Fussen. We have 10 days total in Germany and had planned to turn in our car when we get to Munich, where we will spend the last two or three days before taking a train to Paris.

Any comments or suggestions would be great, and as plans progress I'll have more questions.

Thanks again!
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Apr 20th, 2006, 04:56 AM
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Well, I just had to chime in on this thread, because my maiden name is Hildebran! I know my ancestors came over from Germany to Pennsylvania, and then spread south (I live in NC). Apparently, the "d" was dropped sometime later. My late great aunt did thorough research into the family line, but I don't know what became of it...
We will be in Munich in June, and I would love some more information about the Hildebran(d)(dt)s.
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Apr 21st, 2006, 05:39 AM
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Some hints for travelling in Germany / in Bavaria / in Munich

Decide, what you want to see/to do during your stay. Consider, that you have to do larger distances by train or by car. Both can be expensive.

In my opinion, it is much more rewarding to choose a town as yous base and to discover this area in a relaxed way. I always feel sad, when I read in this forum questions like - can Munich been done in one day? For sure it can be done, but, why should you do so?

So, Munich or, in German, München is not bad as a base. It has an international airport, it has an efficient public transport system, it has 1.240.000 inhabitants - so odds are good to find something to please every taste.

Do some research on Fodor´s pages, and, in addition Frommer´s and Rick Stevens.

The official town homepage is

For travelling inside and around Munich, the local public transportation MVV (Münchener Verkehrs Verbund or Munich Transport and Tariff Association) will bring you everwhere too far for a walk. To use a car inside Munich is not that a great idea, as Munich is known for its traffic jams at rush hours.

But be aware of:
From June 9 to July 9, Germany will host the greatest sporting event of the year: the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

An event as challenging as interesting, as this will also take place in Munich.

So,jayne 1973, no problem to spend three days there, as it is your intention. In this thread you have some suggestions good for even four days.

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Apr 21st, 2006, 05:56 AM
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HSV you are correct that was berlin! my bad heres Munich
Munich dec 2005

1) the train station - When i came off the overnight train from amsterdam it was such a grand sight!
2) I didnt eat in a restaurant except for pizzahut but i did eat my way throught the christmas market
3)The christmas markets was so warm and friendly it felt like i belong there. 4)I bought i favorite item of the trip, a big brown sherling hat with ear flaps which was the needed item of my journey

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Apr 21st, 2006, 08:05 AM
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I agree with the Hauptbahnhof as a neat place. I have always enjoyed the hustle and bustle, and bright lights of that place. Especially when you arrive inside the station instead of out where many of the regionals come in.

I am a train guy, and I love looking at the departures board, and thinking about all those places folks are heading off to, or commig from.
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Apr 21st, 2006, 03:35 PM
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1. For pure gazing I love the Friedensengel.
2. Hofbraukeller on a nice day/evening outdoors under the dense cover of chestnut trees preferably eating kaiserschmarrn. (BTW, I think hsv has great taste in restaurants).
3. Haidhausen, especially far into Preysingstrasse- one of the quaintest streets in Munich with a couple of delightful restaurants with outdoor seating on the cobble stone street.
4. Wies'n Tracht & Mehr for 2nd hand tracht.
5. Adria in Lehel is a great value, very pleasant and in a super neighborhood (close to Hotel Opera but more modest)
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Apr 21st, 2006, 03:44 PM
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babs, you're a local ;-)
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 06:09 AM
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Babs, or others who are knowledgeable,

How would you describe the areas of Haidhausen and Bogenhausen? Are they as upscale as Lehel? Are they good alternatives if you don't want to stay in the alstadt? Any real interesting areas or sights other than what you mentioned? Thanks.

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Apr 22nd, 2006, 07:25 AM
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Southern Bogenhausen is where the wealthy people live(d) It has many old mansions and is still a more expensive area. Haidhausen, however is a traditional workers quater. I would stay in Sendling, visit the Flaucher (beer garden too) and the Zoo and watch the people barbecue and party. (Maybe join in ;-) The area has many genuine and traditional restaurants.
This IS Munich...
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 08:06 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I take it you feel Sendling is the place to experience the 'real Munich'.

I noticed on the map there are three or four different sendling areas ie. westpark, mitter, unter etc etc.

Could you describe the area in sendling you like best? Is there a quaint area that would make for nice walks, day outings etc.

I like the thought of spending time in an authentic Munich area, not so touristy etc. Thanks again.
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Apr 22nd, 2006, 08:41 AM
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You'll need to enter this in an online translator.

Try the area north of Thalkirchen U-Bahn station. Close to the river. Then look for some place to stay there or north of it. Westpark is almost/already Laim and more modern.
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Apr 23rd, 2006, 03:05 AM
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I happen to like Haidhausen, too, and do not feel that it is very touristy. The area around Preysingstr. mentioned by Babs, is indeed neat.

Bogenhausen to a large extent is indeed upscale, but unless you pick one of the smaller hotels (Hotel Ritzi is a very nice boutique place), you might easily end up at the Holiday Inn, which is quite a bit outside the desirable areas (and bland) or at one of the two ArabelllaSheraton monstrosities (Bogenhausen and Grand) that are in a seventies style bland and generic office park location they call Bogenhausen, but which is indeed in the middle of nowhere. The Grand, although fairly highly rated by others has some other faults, too, but I won't go into them here...
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Apr 23rd, 2006, 10:05 AM
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We will be there in October, after Octoberfest. I think we'll be coming into town from Garmesch, and we'll turn in the car when we get to Munich. I thought it would be nice if we could get rid of it before having to drive into town. I'm wondering where would be a good place to turn it in? Maybe someplace where we can catch some public transportation into town?
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Apr 25th, 2006, 06:53 AM
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Jayne, the Hotel Uhland has free parking, in case that would help you when you arrive in Munich. (See my post above.)

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