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Munich/Bavaria with teenagers


We are planning a trip to Germany with our two teenage sons (17 and 19) in July/August. I'm trying to figure out a good town in the Bavarian alps area to use for a 2-3 day base for day excursions (we will have a car). It would be great to find a place where my kids can go off and do some of their own things- they don't want to be with us the whole trip:) So thinking of someplace with some stores, restaurants/bakery etc. and maybe some access to hiking or other activities not far from the town? And with options for day trips to see other areas of Bavaria. We already have plans for Salzburg and Munich so looking for smaller options. Thanks for any ideas or reviews!

Also- if anyone has any other advice on activities that could appeal to 17 and 19 year olds please share!


Posted by
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I think it would be fun to take a train ride to Bavaria and go see the wonderful Neuschwanstein castle.

Posted by
8648 posts

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the commonly recommended place to go, as it has access to a lot of activities, as well as the Zugspitze, the tallest mountain in Germany. Yes, it's been a tourist destination for decades so not undiscovered, but that means it has the facilities and rail access that makes it an easy choice.

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5427 posts

The lakes! A group of friends and I were in Munich during a June heatwave so we decided to drive south to one of the lakes (I don't recall which one). It was a fantastic day, swimming in the cool mountain water with pontoons for diving. Several bars and restaurants around the lake and lots of Germans having an enjoyable time including plenty of teenagers.

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Thanks so much for these ideas! Loving the ideas about lakes, could be a great way to break up the heat and travel.

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1503 posts

Another thought is Konstanz. The boys could rent bikes and visit several places nearby - or take a ferry across the lake to other small towns villages.

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Konstanz is not a bad suggestion, but I think Garmish is better. I say this because, at their age they will find a lot of other Americans and German locals who speak English. It is (and has been) a resort town for the US military for decades. And they can jump a train to Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich, Augsburg, etc very easily.