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Family holiday

salisbury, england
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Family holiday

We hope to visit Munich and Southern Bavaria in late July for a week, possibly two.

Does anyone out there have any advice regarding accommodation, attractions, travel and what might keep an 8-year old boy happy in this area!

It's a tall order but any advice would be gratefully received.

We'll be travelling on public transport, coming down by train from Koln.

Thanks in advance.

Paradise, California
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1. Re: Family holiday

We stayed a week in Northern Bavaria in Neustadt an der Aisch - a great spot from which to make daytrips by train to Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg. It lies along the "Beer Road"- numerous breweries in the area. We had a Fe-Wo (self-catering apt.) very reasonably in this attractive little town - owners had bikes for tenants' use. There are several bike trails nearby (see link/map) and an open-air cultural museum in Bad Windsheim (see link). It was really a perfect stay for our family of 3.


Further south, you might enjoy the Pappenheim/Eichstaett/Weissenburg area. Well-served by train, these are attractive smaller towns with biking opportunities along the Altmuhl river valley. Pappenheim has its own castle ruins and a good falconry show too at the castle. You can go fossil hunting nearby. It's a popular place for family vacations and there are self-catering places here and there for rent by the week.

Use the "Bayern Ticket" to get around on - 22 Euros/day/family on the local trains.

Barcelona, Spain
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2. Re: Family holiday

5 years ago we holidayed in the Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest ) near the Czech border with our 7 year old, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a car (roads are very quiet) but train and local buses should make it feasible too. We were staying in a holiday apartment in Lalling booked through Interhome. (Lalling has Automobile Museum).

In the week we visited local sights: old silver mine in Bodenmais (town also has glassworks to visit); father and son went on Sommerrodelbahn (kind of summer bob-sleigh) in Bischofsmais (town with chairlift up mountain, leisure park, wildlife reserve etc); Waldmuseum in Zwiesel which showed wildlife and local history (incl. glass industry); Museumsdorf Tittling, a collection of old farm buildings from the area (where you can see an oven large enough for Hansel and Gretel to be pushed into it); Schloss Egg, which is a small castle still lived in.

���Bigger names��� were: Passau, a beautiful town on 3 rivers: Danube, Inn and Ilz. Wonderful old buildings and an amazing view from the hilltop castle as you look down and see how the different coloured waters of Inn and Danube merge;

Regensburg, another historic city on the Danube; you can visit the Marstallmuseum at the Thurn und Taxis palace which has a collection of old carriages used for the post (the princes Thurn und Taxis made their fortune by running the Imperial post)and also vehicles belonging to the princely family. In both cities possibility of trip on Danube.

One thing we didn���t do but also worth noting: Bayerisch Eisenstein on the border has a local train museum and there is a possibility of steam train trips to Klatovy in the Czech Republic. Klatovy itself is also interesting.

For more info. Look at Bavarian tourist site: www.bayern.de

salisbury, england
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3. Re: Family holiday

Many thanks - very helpful suggestions!

Grafenwoehr, Germany
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4. Re: Family holiday


I live in Bavaria about 1 1/2 hours north of Munich. We love it here. This summer will more than likely be hot therefore:

A Schwimmbad would be a great place to take an 8 year old! A Schwimmbad is a large pool and play area and they usually only cost a couple of Euros to get into. Wherever you end up going to , just ask around how to get to the Schwimmbad, I'm sure there will be a bus that runs by one.

Also, if you end up in Rothenburg they have a Museum of Medival Torture.

Nuremburg has a fabulous zoo, you'll need to take a bus there too.

Plech has an amusement park (small/medium size).

I am not sure if you would want to take your 8 year old to Dachau, although it's an important place to go to.

If you know anyone in the military stationed in Germany ask them to get you "Never a Dull Moment" is a book put out by AWAG (American Women Activities Germany) and they just released a new addition. It's a wealth of information from those that have been there before and have knowledge to share. It covers hotels, museums, parks, shopping (very important), and other needed info.

Have fun!

Munich, Germany
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5. Re: Family holiday

As already recommended: To get around you can use the `Bayern Ticket`. It`s valid on all reginal and local trains, also e.g. for Munich`s subway/bus system from 9 a.m. You can get it at all ticket machines.

If you look at http://www.bahn.de/ - Interntiaonal guests, it's hidden somwhere at planning your jurney - special offers - reginal tickets.

With an 8 year old boy, the `Deutsches Museum` in Munich is worth a visit (especially as some `bad weather`option).


Check out the `branch museums` too: Near the The "Flugwerft Schleissheim" (aerodrome), you'll also find a nice palace (Schloss Schleissheim) with park and beer garden / restaurant

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6. Re: Family holiday

Just got back from four nights away, two in Schwangau, near Neuschwanstein in Bavaria and two in Salzburg, Austria. We took our 7 year old who loved it!

In Schwangau, we stayed at the Hotel Rubezahl who loan out complementary bicycles.. which is such good fun, as there is next to no traffic on the roads and many cycle routes. The summer toboggan runs were thoroughly enjoyed, as was the visit to the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein and the local thermal springs an absolute must.

In Salzburg we stayed at the hotel Zum Hirschen, and from there used local transport to get around. A trip to the salt mines was good and as a previous member said, the open air swimming baths beat a beach hands down!

All in all a good time....

Munich, Germany
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7. Re: Family holiday


we do rent appartments - but to be honest - when you go out of the big towns in bavaria I would really suggest to rent a car.

The public transports are not very good in timetables and a lot of sightseeings are not in the destination plans.

there are many places to see - If you want I can send you

some brochures from the region and sight seeings

in case you are coming close to our area please see our webside


kind regards from bavarian forest


Munich, Germany
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8. Re: Family holiday

In the summertime there are really nice beerfestivals in all towns and villages - even in the smaller ones. There you can find the typical way of bavaria - not to mix up with the October fest in Munich.

Some suggestions:

Regen: Pichelsteinerfest End of July-August

Straubing: G��ubodenfest

Zwiesel: Grenzlandfest

Landshut: Landshuter Hochzeit - 25 June- 17 July ( just great !)

every Saturday/Sunday in all areas Garten- and Waldfeste.

it is a must ! and after 1 or 2 Mass ( 1 liter of beer - available in 1l glasses) you will be able to speak a little bit bavarian)



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9. Re: Family holiday

Although not exactly in southern Bavaria, but a few kilometers away, Salzburg has some different things to visit that the boy and the whole family would enjoy. This includes an underground tour of the salt mines, the ice caves, and the bishop's water garden where he liked to play tricks with water on guests. A boat ride on the Koenigsee in Bavaria would also be enjoyable. Ludwig's castle at Herrenchiemsee also involves a boat ride. Of course, the whole family would also enjoy Ludwig's other castles at Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, with its Swan Grotto. There are also summer "bobsled runs".

How easy it is do these things by public transportation, I don't know. Visiting more rural areas by car is much more convenient and you can stop and see things of interest along the way. Also, accomodation should be much less. Visiting Munich itself, you probably don't need a car because of excellent public transportation. I would suggest renting a car when leaving Munich to visit the countryside.