touring Bavaria in late October November
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 11:48 AM Last Post By: jetapilot
Oct 14, 2012 7:25 PM
touring Bavaria in late October NovemberI am doing my research and looking at planning a trip thru Bavaria.. I land in Munich on the 26th going to stay til the 29th. then rent a car and head towards Garmisch. I want to see the Andechs monastery and Weiskirche etc on the way to Garmisch. Found a cute hotel and wondering if I can use this as a base to see Neuschwanstien, etc.. for two nights then move on to the Boden See? Lindau/Konstanz.. is this too cold to be of any use during this time? maybe one night there then to Frieburg for a night, over to Alsace where I would stay in Ribeauville for two nights exploring the region then up to Strasbourg for two nights and finally ending in Baden Baden to take the train to Paris. any suggestions would be appreciated... thanks
I think the colors of fall would be grand. I would love to see the area of the lake but think I may be restricted with the weather. I am an art lover, wine lover and culture vulture so any suggestions along that route would be great. I also like outdoor sports but think at that time of year, I am going to be limited. So snuggling up by a fire with a cold beer or wine from that region will be fine...
thanks for your help
Oct 14, 2012 10:12 PM
1It won't be too cold at that time but it can be grey and rainy all day. But if you are lucky and the sky is clear it will be wonderful.
Don't miss Linderhof, its not far from Garmisch. Usually less crowded than Neuschwanstein and the park will be beautiful in fall. Come early before the bus tours arrive.
Oberammergau is also worth some hours.
Oct 15, 2012 2:34 AM
Oct 15, 2012 2:40 AM
3Hi, I know we are biased because that's where we live... But for beautiful leaves and outdoor activities and a more authentic Bavarian cultural experience we suggest to also visit Eastern Bavaria, the Bavarian Forest to be precise. The Bavarian Forest is part of Central Europe's largest connected forest and truly beautiful in autumn. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the area is little known outside Germany. See here http://www.touchingnature.co.uk/germany-walking-bavarian-forest.htm
Have a great trip!
Oct 15, 2012 3:10 AM
4Sorry, but neither Salzburg nor the Bavarian Forest is located very convenient for someone who is staying at Garmisch, has limited time and is continuing his trip to the west in direction Lake Constance, Black Forest and France.
OP, don't underestimate distances and driving time. It is a long trip along Lake Constance and the Rhine till you reach Freiburg.
Weather at Lake Constance can be nasty from November till March. Foggy all day long.
Oct 15, 2012 5:29 AM
5Thanks for all the replies. I will definitely put Linderhof on the list. Looks amazing. Will the tour buses still be a big issue at that time of year? Also, Oberammergau. Would you say I could spend two nights in Garmisch for all those places or should I move a night to fussen. I don't mind grey and rainy, makes castles more interesting but I will definitely pack an umbrella.
I have been to Salzburg and will put the Bavarian Forest on my list of things to do. Next time I will start in Muncih and head to that forest and up towards Dresden. Sadly you can't see it all.
wondering if I should skip the lake. I don't mind the weather but is there much to see or is it more for watersports?
Thanks again!! Appreciate all this as it is coming up soon. Can't wait!
Oct 16, 2012 2:52 AM
6I don't think the tour buses will be a big issue, but I would advise to visit soon after opening at 10 a.m.
You can spend a week there and not get bored so its difficult to say if two days are enough.
Apart from the places mentioned, you could visit the museum Bernried on your way south from Munich, Glentleiten (open air museum) or do a trip to Mittenwald to the Karwendelbahn from Garmisch. Just examples, there are so many things to see.
I would move to Fussen for the night and visit Neuschwanstein early (they open at 10 am in october) and drive on to Lake Constance in the afternoon.
You can move along the northern lakeside to the west.
Things to see along the way:
- Friedrichshafen / Zeppelinmuseum
- Meersburg with its castle
- Lake dwelling museum in Unteruhldingen (very interesting)
- The Basilica in Birnau
From Meersburg you can go by car ferry to Konstanz
Visit Konstanz and maybe the island of Reichenau
From here you can continue north to the Autobahn A81 till Geisingen, then west on the B31 through the Black Forest to Freiburg.
Oct 16, 2012 11:48 AM
7wow, thank you so much for all the great ideas for stops along the way. I thought maybe I could base myself in Garmisch for all the castles in that area because it looks like Fussen is a short distance away. Instead of packing up and checking out/in- then rebase myself out of Lindau/Konstanz area..
I will definitely take your recommended route for the Lake and directions onto Frieburg. Looking forward to the area and a great trip!! Appreciate the help !
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