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Nov 30th, 2013, 11:48 AM
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Munich stay

Hello we are rethinking our trip, will be getting off a Viking boat in Nuremberg from a cruise. We will be renting a car during our German trip at some point. We thought we were going to Munich and rent the car as we left the city but now we are thinking..... Would it be alright to Rent-A-Car in Nuremberg, drive to Munich and find a hotel father away from the city center? How would we get into the city to see the sights- either cabs, a train, buses?

After we figure out our transportation what are some suggestions for hotels father away from city center and the train station?

Thank you! Melissa
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Nov 30th, 2013, 02:55 PM
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This is where the map function at www.booking.com really comes in handy. Pull up your dates for Munich, click on the map, then zoom down and follow the S-Bahn lines out of town, till you spot highly rated hotels (I like 8.0 or higher) a short walk from the S-Bahn. I did it just for fun now, and the Landgasthof Deutsche Eiche is rated 8.2, has free parking, looks to be a block or two from the S-Bahn, from where the website says that it is a 12 minute ride to the city center. You might even consider a small town nearby on a major rail line
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Nov 30th, 2013, 05:00 PM
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I don't think it makes any sense to rent a car in Nuremberg and then go see Munich. Munich itself is best seen without a car, and while you CAN stay outside of town and take the S-Bahn into the city for sightseeing, it doesn't really make much sense. You'll pay for a rental on a car you aren't using and then spend time commuting in and out of Munich. Nuremberg to Munich is an hour on the train - city center to city center. You can stay in Munich center, see the city, and then get a car when you are ready to leave.
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Nov 30th, 2013, 05:42 PM
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It doesn't make sense to do all that if what you want to truly experience is Munich. But in my opinion, everything peripheral to Munich beats Munich hands down, so the idea might be a good one. Big cities in Europe are 'ueberlaufen' nowadays, and the purported delights are increasingly taxing. If you can dance around the edges, you sometimes get the best of what the city once had to offer, and that the area has now to offer.
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Nov 30th, 2013, 07:19 PM
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Big cities are overcrowded...? And I always thought high population density was what defined a big city

So yes, if the OP wants to visit the areas AROUND Munich, then it makes sense to stay on the outskirts. But if they want to visit Munich itself, then it makes sense to stay IN Munich itself.
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Dec 1st, 2013, 03:38 AM
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Munich is not really a large city.
If you stay on the edge of Munich and in short walking distance to an S-Bahn or subway station you hardly need more than 15-20 minutes to get to the historic city center.
If you stayed downtown at the oh-so-often mentioned Hotel Uhland near the Oktoberfest fairgrounds, you'd need the same time walking to get to the historic city center.
OTOH, there not too many hotels at the edge of town, not like in the US where you may be used to find an endless row of hotels or motels when you drive into town.

Normally, I would say that taking the train from Nuremberg to Munich was more comfortable than driving down here. The A9 freeway to Munich is pretty heavily crowded and a slow-moving parking lot during rush hours at its end at the B2 orbital (Mittlerer Ring) and on the B2 orbital. If you can't make it to Munich before 4pm, it won't be a fun drive.
Picking up the car already in Nuremberg would be, IMO, only the best option if you had lots of luggage which made taking the trains a nuisance.
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Dec 1st, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Thank you for your good ideas and suggestions. Now we'll sit down and figure out our best option. ����
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Dec 1st, 2013, 01:00 PM
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There's "population density", and then there's "tourist density". The problem with tourist density is that it turns areas of otherwise pleasant cities into anonymous vistas of chain stores, bad restaurants and jaded local service professionals who develop a hardened veneer (sort of dead opposite of 'gemuetlichkeit').
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"The problem with tourist density is that it turns areas of otherwise pleasant cities into anonymous vistas of chain stores, bad restaurants and jaded local service professionals who develop a hardened veneer "

Maybe I have been visiting a different Munich then, because this isn't my experience with the city at all. I've always found it to be a friendly sort of place.
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