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Advice on home base please please!

Hi folks,
We booked an impromptu trip to Munich for two weeks for end of July. Idea was to spend 3-4 days in Munich and go onwards to see the Bavarian alps, Salzburg and Innsbruck. Now looking at the high temperatures (summer, duh!)and since both Salzburg and Innsbruck will be quite overrun with tourists we are looking for alternate places to base ourselves (Thinking 3 home bases one being Munich).

In your expert opinion where should we be basing ourselves for some nice alpine scenery. Maybe a little higher up the mountains which will be cooler? And we can take day trips to the Austrian cities and Bavarian area?

We will be using public transport. Not too keen on museums/ WW sights. Light to moderate walking since we are travelling with an under a year old baby(stroller/ baby wearing), a toddler and my mom (75+).

Thank you for reading and I truly value your inputs!

Posted by
1591 posts

The Alps will be ultra busy in that period. I think Salzburg is a good base. It's close to a lot of scenic sites.

Posted by
30 posts

Thank you for your reply.

Doing research I came across a lot of recommendations like:
Fussen
Oberammergau
Garmisch-partenkirchen
Mittenwald
Seefeld
ST gilgen

Would none of these fit the bill? I don’t have enough knowledge unfortunately so thought to turn to experts. If alps will be crowded, won’t the main cities Salzburg and Innsbruck be overrun! Please do advice thanks a lot.

Posted by
2062 posts

Hiker's paradise is the town Seefeld in Tirol above Innsbruck, i.e. a plain having an elevation of 4000 ft, therefore cooler, providing 100+ hiking routes of different length and severity. You shouldn't have difficulties finding hiking trails matching your requirements and your physical condition.
https://www.seefeld.com/en/hiking-trails.html

Seefeld can easily be reached by a scenic train ride of 36 minutes from Innsbruck in case you prefer to stay in the city.

This book is a guide for hikes with a stroller in Tyrol:
https://www.amazon.de/Kinderwagen-Tragetouren-Tirol-Wettersteingebirge-Kinderwagen-Wanderungen/dp/3950290850

Posted by
1591 posts

Garmisch-partenkirchen is a possible base for you. It's very scenic. Also, it's a town of the right size and centrally located from a transit point of view.

Posted by
325 posts

I've enjoyed a number of visits to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It's relatively flat walking in town, yet surrounded by the Alps. Train service from Munich is no problem. I don't know about local bus transit or how to get to nearby attractions.

Posted by
30 posts

Thank you all for taking out the time to reply.

Looks like Garmisch-partenkirchen is a good fit. Which would be the other home base you all recommend as we don’t want to stay for more than 4 days here. Also any accommodation recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Much thanks.

Posted by
1338 posts

You should check on accomidation avaliability in Garmish. We like to stay at Staudacherhof, but it can be pricey. For an apartment look at some along/near the Loisach river in the older part of town.

Posted by
1591 posts

I don't have a specific G-P hotel to recommend, but I have some general advice. Many Alpine buildings are made of wood. While they look cute, soundproofing could be a big issue, esp. the older ones. I once stayed at a 5* hotel in Seefeld that had the perfect Alpine chalet look, but also had terrible soundproofing. I heard every conversation and footsteps, and thus I did not get any sleep for 3 days.

Posted by
2934 posts

I’d say Mittenwald and then depending on how much you want to travel, Berchtesgaden and the general area. Love both and have stayed in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden 5 times so far. This place is quiet and a quick walk to the bus to Berchtesgaden, Konigsee , Salzburg, etc.

www.mayringerlehen.de

Posted by
30 posts

Thank you everyone for helping me plan my itinerary. Have some sort of a plan in place finally!

Munich 4 nights
Berchtesgaden 4 nights - do Salzburg and Hallstatt day trips.
Garmisch-partenkirchen 4 nights - do Innsbruck day trip (and maybe Oberammergau/ Fussen/Mittenwald -research pending)
Fly out from Zurich (non negotiable)

Looks ok?

Posted by
1591 posts

The Airbnb: I did not read the reviews, but the place looks really good!

Posted by
2062 posts

The apartment mentioned above is for 9 people. How many are in your group?

Posted by
1912 posts

Everywhere on your list except Fussen is a great choice! Nothing wrong with Fussen but not quite same big mountain village vibe as the others.

Posted by
1123 posts

You can do the Alps with a lot less tourists if you stay away from places you already know are going to be overrun. Instead of going to Garmish/Fussen, try looking at the other end of the Alps, and go to Dornbirn on the south end of Lake Konstanz. This would give you access to the Alps through Austria or Switzerland, and the lake with a lot of different things to do. Plus it's mainly Europeans who go there.

I like Garmish (I'll be there for a few days two weeks from now) but I'm leaving there for Lake Konstanz.

Another place to look at would be the Otztal in Tirol. Right in the valley with mountains all around. Quiet, pretty, with great hiking. And again, not a lot of tourists.