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Travel Sept 2021, Hopefully!, to Bavaria

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Hello! First-time visitor to Germany!

My grandfather's ancestors, and several others along the years, came to the US from Germany in 1700-1800s. They appear to be from the Bavaria area. I'm working on tracing my roots and seeing if their is any sites I can visit that ancestors may have been from.

But, I'll also be there for the beginning of Octoberfest the last 10 days of September. I'll be a sole traveler so I'm not too much into the "getting drunk" thing. What are some much do/ must see sites? I'd like things more off the beaten path.

Also, what should I know about travelling as an American to Germany? I'm nervous about the language so I'll try to learn a few words but it seems like a tough language.

Any advice is very helpful and appreciated!

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We have been several times and always find something new to do /see. If you like to walk/cycle ,you should check out The Englischer Garten....a very large park with a few biergartens as well .Great sites. A trip to Kloster Andechs(Herrsching) is always nice for an afternoon, it a short train ride and hike up the hill,,,, , you can also take the bus up the hill.

Enjoy

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Another thing .......don't worry about the language ,English is spoken by most...but you cant go wrong by learning a few words .

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Its peculiar how so many emigrated from Germany to the USA but thanks to the couple of world wars there isnt as much of a focus on peoples German heritage as say Irish or Italian or Scotish heritige (at least thats my perception sitting a few thousands miles across the atlantic)

The Bavarian emigration experience though was no different than departing Italians or Irish etc. They left behind sad relatives and most never returned.

Anyhow... there was an exhibition in the Bavarian history Museum on the topic of emigration to the USA a while back and a lot of the info is still online here :

http://www.hdbg.de/auswanderung/

If you are into following the trail of people who emigrated then a detour to Hamburg might also be really interesting. Because that was the major international sea port in Germany, there they have a museum of emigration and I found it facinating when I visited a few years back. As a lone traveller you might get more of a chance to delve into the information than if you hae an uninterested parter tagging along. Their online resources are also worth a look.

https://www.ballinstadt.de/?lang=en

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bavaria encompasses a wide area so i would imagine that the first thing to do BEFORE you make plans, is to find out where your ancestors came from. this is important as it will narrow down where you should base yourself.

however your main concern at present should be the situation as regards travel. it appears that most countries are not expecting free travel by september, despite vaccinations which of course will do little to actually prevent spread.

so maybe your best bet is to plan for 2022, giving you plenty of time to do research.

in the meantime, maybe if you provided the surname of your ancestors, there may be someone here who knows where the family came from as a lot of surnames can be peculiar to specific areas .....less travelling around then !

Edited: 12 February 2021, 11:10
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"But, I'll also be there for the beginning of Octoberfest the last 10 days of September. I'll be a sole traveler so I'm not too much into the "getting drunk" thing. What are some much do/ must see sites? I'd like things more off the beaten path."

Bavaria and Germany in general are lovely in September. Non-partiers like you can easily "get off the beaten path" - AND avoid outrageously high hotel expenses - by avoiding the Oktoberfest grounds and the rest of Munich as well. (If you're the kind who enjoys just a beer or two, there's no shortage of beer Germany's other towns and cities; Bamberg might be a good place - it's a Bavarian beer-brewing paradise with lots of civilized pubs.)

When the country opens its doors fully, there will be a rush on certain other places that always attract heavy international tourist crowds - Rothenburg and other Romantic Road towns, Neuschwanstein (in Füssen) for example. With 10 days, I probably wouldn't base myself in just one spot. There's time to travel to a few different places that appeal to you. For a spot in the Alps, look into Berchtestaden/Königssee or maybe Mittenwald/Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Certainly not tourist-free places, but still very enjoyable...

https://hastingshouse.typepad.com/hastings_house_us/2007/04/mittenwald_germ.html

https://hastingshouse.typepad.com/hastings_house_us/2006/07/berchtesgaden.html

For well-preserved medieval towns, look into Regensburg and Bamberg:

https://www.bavaria.by/experiences/city-country-culture/unesco-world-heritage/old-town-regensburg-stadtamhof/

https://cdn.getyourguide.com/img/tour_img-180393-148.jpg

https://www.bavaria.by/experiences/city-country-culture/unesco-world-heritage/bamberg-old-town/

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I agree with Russ, if not getting involved with Oktoberfest stay clear of Munich in those two weeks. And be careful with the rest of September because the main german car show is moving to Munich https://www.autoweek.com/news/auto-shows/a31212598/germanys-iaa-auto-show-is-moving-to-munich/

As nakagoli says, you really need to get locations sorted before you do much more planning. The size of Bavaria catches many out, it has an area bigger than Belgium and Netherlands combined and 10 US States are each smaller. The land area of Scotland is only slightly bigger. If you book a nice looking place first and then do the research you could find yourself 3 hours from where the records are kept.

And until the later 1800s Bavaria was very seperate from the rest of Germany and so your ancestors may not have travelled via Hamburg. You could be heading for Genoa!

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