Bavaria Journals

First Trip to Bavaria

A September 2003 trip to Bavaria by fish388

Kehlsteinhaus Photo, Bavaria, Germany More Photos
Quote: I went to Munich during Octoberfest and took tours to various locations in Bavaria.

Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel

Hotel | "Arabella Sheraton Grand"

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This is a 5-star deluxe hotel with two restaurants and a bar. There is an indoor pool, fitness room, saunas, Jacuzzis, and a Turkish bath. The prices are the same as any other 5-star hotel. It is located in Bogenhausen, one block from the U-Bahn. If you can afford it I would recommend this over cheap lodging.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2005

Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel
Arabellastrasse 5
Munich, Germany 81925
+49 (089) 9-23-20

Hofbrauhaus

Restaurant | "Hofbräuhaus"

Hofbrauhaus Photo, Bavaria, Germany
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It has the atmosphere of Octoberfest but is not nearly as crowded. Some people say that this is a place for tourists, not real Germans, but I disagree. The food and beer are excellent. There are plenty of places that are smaller and more relaxed, but I don't know of any others like this. It is not very far from the Marienplatz.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2005

Hofbrauhaus
Platz 9
Bavaria, Germany

Kehlsteinhaus

Attraction

Kehlsteinhaus Photo, Bavaria, Germany
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At the peak of Kehlstein Mountain (6,017 feet), this is a place to get an excellent panoramic view from Königssee to Salzburg. The view is a must-see , but it is not accessible in the winter. It was built in 1938 for Hitler's birthday, the French ambassador at the time was the first to use the name "Eagles Nest". We visited on a Panorama Tours bus from Munich, an easy and convenient way to get there. This was an 8.5-hour excursion at a cost of 53.50 euro per adult; there is a discount with the Munich Welcome Card. The only thing that I did not like was that your time on top of the mountain is limited due to the tour bus schedule. There are other methods of getting there that are a little more ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

Kehlsteinhaus
Meereshöhe 1834 m
Bavaria, Germany
+49(0) 8652 2969

Neuschwanstein Castle Photo, Füssen, Germany
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The castle, the view of it, and the view from it are incredible. While it is not as opulent as Schloss Linderhof, in my opinion it is more beautiful. Photos are not permitted inside the castle. There is a restaurant halfway up the path if you need to stop (walk or a carriage ride for a fee). We walked, I think it took about 20 minutes.

Panorama Tours bus from Munich, 41 euro per adult plus 12.50 admission to Neuschwanstein. Time was limited due to tour schedule. If you can get there buy other means, I would suggest that. It will allow you time for other things such as a walk to the bridge above the castle, a visit to Hohenschwangau and a leisurely meal.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 1, 2005

Neuschwanstein Castle

Fussen, Germany

Oktoberfest

Attraction | "Oktoberfest München"

Oktoberfest Photo, Munich, Germany
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The largest festival in the world is not just about the food and drinks, as a large part of the grounds are occupied by amusement rides. Another thing to keep in mind is that beer can only be purchased if you are seated at one of the beer-tent tables and cannot be removed from that tent.

While the large grounds are crowded in the evening, the people will not be spilling beer on you as you walk around. Only the six München brauerei may serve beer on the festival grounds. The grounds are easily accessible by numerous means.

Beer is served until 10:30 and closing is at 11pm.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 2, 2005

Oktoberfest
Theresienwiese Schwanthaler Höhe
Munich, Germany 80336
+49 89 23330291

Dachau Concentration Camp

Attraction | "Concentration Camp Dachau"

Dachau Concentration Camp Photo, Bavaria, Germany
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This is the site of the first work camp in Germany. It can be accessed from Munich by S-Bahn and then bus from Dachau. We used Munich Walks tours, and they were located in the hauptbahnhof near the Arnulfstrasse entrance track 31, 18 euros per person. The nice thing about this English-speaking tour was that they provided an on-site explanation of certain things.

"Appropriate" attire is requested, as this is the site of thousands of deaths, executions, and cremations. The camp contains numerous memorials and exhibits. Admission to the camp is free.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2005

Dachau Concentration Camp
Outskirts of town
Bavaria, Germany