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  posted on 7/27/2008 at 06:52 PM
Starting off in Prague, then taking a train to Munich, where we will be spending 5 days during the Oktoberfest! After Munich we are renting a car driving along the Germany/Austria border for about 6 days, then going to Amsterdam(we were there 4 yrs ago). Anyone have any info on Munich? and Prague? Thankyou.

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  posted on 7/27/2008 at 07:04 PM
You'll love Prague, I did! Maybe a little overrun with party tourists, but a beautifully preserved old city nonetheless

 

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  posted on 7/27/2008 at 07:08 PM
Yeah that's what I heard from people who have been there!
 

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  posted on 7/27/2008 at 08:23 PM
Munich is a fine place. Be sure to visit the Marienplatz, the central area pedestrian plaza and watch the ancient figures on the town clock dance on the change of hours. The Hoffbrau House is a must for the communal beer halls, and for dinner too. Munich is home to BMW, and it has a museum if you're into cars.

I did a drive from Munich to Amsterdam in '97, stopping along the way at Zuffenhausen to visit the Porsche museum, and spent the night in Trier, Germany, which has Roman ruins and is the birthplace of Karl Marx(!), and is near the center of German wine country. Being the enthusiast I am, I also stopped at the Nurburgring racetrack which has a fantastic car and motorcycle museum. For about $10 (in '97) you could drive the 14 mile old historic racetrack called the Nordschleiffe with your car(sadly, it was not open when I was there). Though I did not do it, I think the Dachau concentration camp is somewhat on your way.

The best thing is that bier is pronounced beer! Enjoy!

 

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  posted on 7/27/2008 at 08:44 PM
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Munich is a fine place. Be sure to visit the Marienplatz, the central area pedestrian plaza and watch the ancient figures on the town clock dance on the change of hours. The Hoffbrau House is a must for the communal beer halls, and for dinner too. Munich is home to BMW, and it has a museum if you're into cars.

I did a drive from Munich to Amsterdam in '97, stopping along the way at Zuffenhausen to visit the Porsche museum, and spent the night in Trier, Germany, which has Roman ruins and is the birthplace of Karl Marx(!), and is near the center of German wine country. Being the enthusiast I am, I also stopped at the Nurburgring racetrack which has a fantastic car and motorcycle museum. For about $10 (in '97) you could drive the 14 mile old historic racetrack called the Nordschleiffe with your car(sadly, it was not open when I was there). Though I did not do it, I think the Dachau concentration camp is somewhat on your way.

The best thing is that bier is pronounced beer! Enjoy!


Thanks Brock. We are staying at a place just north of the Marienplatz we could walk to it , the area is called Shwabing.

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 01:14 AM
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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 01:32 AM
Can't help...sorry .

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 01:47 AM
Drink a Warsteiner Dunkel for me!! And when you get to Amsterdam my address is.......aw...nevermind....LOL. Enjoy, and have fun!

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 09:09 AM
Don't jaywalk in Munich; I did and some drivers will gun it when they see you in the road ahead! On the other hand, if you're at a crosswalk, they'll literally slam on brakes to yield to pedestrians.

On the Autobahn, if you pull out to pass, do it with all deliberate speed. Germans do not suffer left lane hogs gladly. Watch your mirrors, even if you think you're going fast, there is always someone much faster. What a pleasure though to drive high speed without worrying about cops.

Finally, beware the beer mixed w/ lemonade. It's refreshing on a hot day, but a full litre is a bit much. It's a big decision to have another beer when they're full litres!

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 09:46 AM
fabby, this sounds like a wonderful trip!!! If you'd like to sponsor it I'll volunteer to do some advance reconnaissance and report back with the answers you are seeking. (Have fun!)

 

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fabby, this sounds like a wonderful trip!!! If you'd like to sponsor it I'll volunteer to do some advance reconnaissance and report back with the answers you are seeking. (Have fun!)


 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 11:15 AM
Take an extra liver

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 02:49 PM
Wow, what a trip!! Beer!! Great Beer!!!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2008 at 06:24 PM
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  posted on 8/2/2008 at 09:03 PM
Been to Germany many times, only made it to Munich once. Had a blast. Great wheat beer (weizen), great food. Not sure if you are into exploring beyond Munich, but Nuremberg would be a great place to visit on a day trip. The bratwurst in Nuremberg are a lot smaller than those in Munich, but taste a lot better.

Enjoy the grub while you are there. No matter how I full I was, I could always find some more room to put awat some Jaegerschnitzel.

Germans get a kick out of it when an American tries to speak German to them. Common Bavarian greeting is "Gruss Dich." Expect to hear that a lot when you go into a store or restaurant.

We did a lot of travelling by subway and train. Once you figure out their maps, it is a really easy and inexpensive way to travel. Pretty much anything you will want to do is within walking distance of a train or subway.

We tried to go to the BMW museum, but it was closed for repars (this was 2005). We went to the tower at the Olympic Stadium, that was pretty neat.

Here are some basic German etiquitte tips. Always say "Prost" and clink classes every time you get a new beer. When clinking glasses, always look the other person right in the eye.

Enjoy your trip!

 
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  posted on 8/2/2008 at 09:04 PM
Just read some more and saw you are also going to A-dam. Been there many many times. You also looking for tips when visiting there?
 
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  posted on 8/2/2008 at 09:35 PM
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Just read some more and saw you are also going to A-dam. Been there many many times. You also looking for tips when visiting there?


thanks Gordie for the info on Munich. Never been there before. I have been in A-dam but it was 4 yrs ago. I look forward to going back! Last time I was there it was very crowded we were there in Aug. this time we will be there in early Oct. should be a little less crowded. I am open for your suggestions on A dam too.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2008 at 10:56 PM
My daughter went to Prague when she was doing a semester in Rome. She loved it. Have a liter for me.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2008 at 11:03 PM
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My daughter went to Prague when she was doing a semester in Rome. She loved it. Have a liter for me.

You got it! How about 2?

 

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  posted on 8/3/2008 at 12:04 AM
I would check out the Leidseplain area in Amsterdam. There is a lot to do there, and it seems to atract more locals than tourists. It has an American style sports bar that shows NFL games. There is a comedy theatre called Boom Chicago that is all in English, my wife and I went there and had a pretty good time. There is also a music hall called The Melkweg at Leideseplain, they get some pretty good bands coming through.

Canal boat is a fun way to get around, but it is kind of expensive - about $30 I think. But you can ride any of the three different boats. and the stops are right by good sightseeing spots. Otherwise, don't be afraidt to take a tram. You can buy a ticket on board.



 
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  posted on 9/6/2008 at 09:53 PM
2 weeks and I'm out!! Any one have any last minute info for me? Prosit!
 

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  posted on 9/8/2008 at 12:21 PM
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2 weeks and I'm out!! Any one have any last minute info for me? Prosit!
Just one thing - ENJOY!!!

 

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  posted on 9/8/2008 at 12:48 PM
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Finally, beware the beer mixed w/ lemonade. It's refreshing on a hot day, but a full litre is a bit much. It's a big decision to have another beer when they're full litres!


this is called "radler" as mentioned its pretty good on a hot day but go for the 0.5 liter. Another drink is "cola wizen", which is wheat beer (not hefewizen) mixed with cola syrup. Again its good but go for the 0.5 liter

 

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2 weeks and I'm out!! Any one have any last minute info for me? Prosit!
Just one thing - ENJOY!!!


Thanks! I will!

 

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Finally, beware the beer mixed w/ lemonade. It's refreshing on a hot day, but a full litre is a bit much. It's a big decision to have another beer when they're full litres!


this is called "radler" as mentioned its pretty good on a hot day but go for the 0.5 liter. Another drink is "cola wizen", which is wheat beer (not hefewizen) mixed with cola syrup. Again its good but go for the 0.5 liter


Gotta it! thanks!! I like liters though!

 
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