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  1. mia
    September 24, 2018 @ 7:08 pm

    Hi Ali,

    My name is Mia, i am planning for a short vacation in Germany from 02 Nov 2018 to 11 Nov 2018. i would like to ask your opinion and suggestion for my trip.

    i will arrive at Frankfurt on 02 Nov 2018 and will be staying at Mainz. I am planning to go as list below:-

    1. Neuschwanstein Castle & Hohenscwangau Castle (Fussen),
    2. Black Forest,
    3. Cologne,
    4. Romantic road and
    5. Berlin
    6. Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris (if still got more time)

    – is there anything that i should add on in the list?
    – which area i should go first?
    – is there any tour guide that i can contact? to guide us during our trip?

    i am planning to save most of my time during the travelling time – probably planning to take flight to those long journey area and also plan to have a overnight stay.

    Looking forward to your email. Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Mia 🙂

    • Ali Garland
      October 2, 2018 @ 6:08 am

      Hi Mia! Before assuming it’s faster to fly, make sure you compare it with train times. Use (you can switch to English) to check times) and remember that a 1 hour flight really takes 4-5 hours because you have to get there an hour ahead and it takes time to get to and from each airport and get through at the end to claim your checked bags, if you have any.

      Neuschwanstein Castle – best done as a day trip from Munich. If you’re interested in Munich, consider spending a few days there and then take the train to Fussen and the bus from Fussen to the castles. Remember you can’t go into Neuschwanstein Castle without a guided tour, so book your ticket ahead of time. If you’re not interested in Munich, I think it’s best to take the train from Mainz since Fussen isn’t quite a ways outside Munich anyway.

      Black Forest – Several places to choose from depending on what you’re looking for. Baden Baden isn’t too far from Mainz and it’s a nice spa town. I like Freiburg too but it’s a bit farther. Read more about traveling in the Black Forest here.

      Cologne – I think you can do this as a day trip from Mainz, isn’t too far by train. You should probably book tickets ahead of time though because most of the train options are IC or ICE trains which are expensive if you book last minute.

      Romantic Road – Definitely best to do a tour unless you want to drive yourself. I usually check Viator for tours, and I know I’ve seen ones to the Romantic Road there, but you might have to get to Frankfurt to pick up the tour. You can also do a tour from Munich, so if it feels better to combine that with Munich and Neuschwanstein, that could be good.

      Berlin – I think you need at least 3 days to explore Berlin. There’s just so much to see and do! My number 1 recommendation is the Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial. It’s not as famous or photographed as the East Side Gallery, but I think it’s fantastic for Berlin Wall history. The visitors center has two 15 minute films (they alternate English and German, so check the times ahead) about the Wall, highly recommended. Again, compare the trains with flying.

      I think Paris might be a stretch since there’s so much to do and see there. But with the Germany stuff, I think you have 2 or 3 day trips from Mainz (Black Forest, Cologne, and the Romantic Road) and at least an overnight to see Neuschwanstein Castle and a few days in Berlin, plus all the transport time, no matter if you fly or take the trains. You could also consider a day trip from Mainz to Heidelberg, really pretty castle there that’s partially in ruins. I’d do all the Mainz day trips together and then combine Munich/Neuschwanstein with Berlin so you’re not going back and forth each time.

      I hope that helps!

  2. Tina Liao
    June 12, 2018 @ 6:01 am


    My name is Tina and i will be travelling to Munich in the month of November from Singapore.

    It is my first time there and i will be there for about 9 days.

    i have many questions in mind and i will be grateful if anyone can guide me through my questions 🙂

    1. is it safe to travel alone?
    2. Is November going to be a fall season or winter season?
    3. Is it convenient to travel out to other city? if yes, which one would you recommend?
    4. I noticed someone commented to stay near U-Bahn Stop. Is there any other convenient placed and affordable as well?
    5. is there any recommendation of places to go? i love museums, natures and palaces area.

    Thanks in advance!


    • Ali Garland
      June 15, 2018 @ 10:23 am

      Hi Tina! Sounds like a great trip. I’ll try to answer your questions as best as I can.
      1. Yes, it’s safe to travel alone. Be aware of your surroundings, don’t flash your money around, don’t leave things unattended in restaurants/cafes, the normal kinds of things you would do anywhere. But overall, Munich isn’t a dangerous place.

      2. November can go either way. I’d pack layers and a jacket/coat so you can handle fall-like weather or winter-like weather. Check the weather online when it’s a few days away from your trip so you’ll have a better idea of what to expect.

      3. Yes! And with 9 days for your trip, I think a few day trips might be great. You can go just about anywhere on your own if you want by using the train. Here’s Deutsche Bahn’s website in English.
      – Neuschwanstein Castle is a popular day trip, I have detailed info on how to get there on your own above in this article. There’s also some suggestions for tours if you’d prefer to have someone else handle the logistics and give you a little more guided info along the way.
      This tour option sounds good for day trips to Salzburg and Rothenburg from Munich, both nice cities/towns to visit. This tour gives you a discount for booking both together, but they’re on different days.
      – Other great options from Munich include Nuremberg, Bamberg, Dachau Concentration Camp, and many others. Check out this list of day tours from Munich.

      4. This really depends on your budget. I suggest staying near a Ubahn station (10-15 minutes walking is a good distance) so that it’s easier to get around the city. I suggest looking at Google Maps so you can see where the Ubahn stations are and comparing to the hotel booking site you’re using. I’d also suggest staying as close to the center as your budget will allow so you don’t lose too much time each day going in and out to see the sights.

      5. There are lots of recommendations above in this article. There are lots of museums, just depends on what kind of museums you like, but there’s a list here. Munich also has lots of parks, definitely check out the British Gardens. Also check out Residenz München and the park next to it. The parks might not be super pretty in November though, keep that in mind.

      I hope this helps, and enjoy your trip to Munich!

  3. Lucas
    March 4, 2018 @ 4:33 pm

    I went on a vacation to Munich for 7 days and my itinerary was almost the same as yours (just with a different order and grouping though) and I even managed to sneak in Salzburg as a daytrip. Even though there was a terrorist incident when I was there, it is still my favorite city and I would love to return there soon.

    • Ali Garland
      March 7, 2018 @ 9:26 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to Munich! I’ve been there several times, and it’s a fun city. Salzburg would make a good day trip, thanks for the tip!

  4. Stuart Forster
    October 18, 2017 @ 11:32 am

    I lived in Munich for almost five years and still adore the city. It has so much to do and see. I’m not at all technically minded but find the Deutsches Museum fascinating. Lovely to see your suggestions.

    • Ali Garland
      October 19, 2017 @ 9:59 pm

      Thanks Stuart!

      • Patrick
        May 14, 2018 @ 9:10 pm

        Hi Ali,
        My name is Pat.
        I wonder if you could please give me some advice/help/suggestions.
        I was thinking of going on a break in Aug/Sept/Oct, maybe a week or so in Munich.
        I am going on my own, I know nothing about Munich, but friends told me to visit there.
        Should I go to Munich?
        Can I take day trips to other places, should I go somewhere else?
        Is Saltzberg worth seeing?
        I was in Berlin in Sept and loved it.
        Should I go back to Berlin?
        Is it very expensive?
        Any help/advice will be really appreciated,especially, somewhere to stay, hotels, things I should do and places I should see, etc.
        Anything else you can suggest.
        Thanks Pat

        • Ali Garland
          May 21, 2018 @ 4:28 pm

          Hi Pat! I think Munich is a wonderful city, and if you’ve already visited Berlin, it might be nice to see a completely different part of Germany. Munich is more what people imagine when they think of Germany, and it’s very different from Berlin. The biggest thing to be aware of is Oktoberfest when deciding on your dates. It’s probably too late to get a hotel in Munich during Oktoberfest time, and if you’re not interested in going to Oktoberfest, avoid going to Munich during that time altogether. The dates this year are September 22 through October 7, and hotels will be booked solid even a few days before and after that time frame. I haven’t been to Salzburg, but I’ve heard it’s lovely. You could go as a day trip from Munich pretty easily. This tour option sounds good for day trips to Salzburg and Rothenburg from Munich, gives you a discount for booking both together, but they’re on different days. When looking for hotels, make sure you’re close to public transport so it’s easier to get around the city, and I usually like to stay close to the center so I’m closer to the sights and have lots of restaurant options. I hope you enjoy your trip!

          • Patrick
            May 21, 2018 @ 6:37 pm

            Hi Ali.
            Thanks very much for taking the time to reply and for all your help and advice, I am going to book a week in Munich in Aug/Sept.
            I will check Tripadvisor for a 7 day guide on best things to see and do. Again,
            Thanks for everything.
            Cheers Pat.