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Multiple questions all in one!

I didn't want to start 5 different topics so I'm just going to number my questions and if you have an answer to any of them, just put the number that it goes to before your response. And in advance, THANK YOU! :)

1.We have decided to skip most of Germany except for the Munich area (Fussen, Garmisch, etc.). While I know that there is much to do and see around the country, am I going to be dissapointed with our decision? The problem is we only have like 3 days and we decided that we would prefer not bouncing from place to place, but again am I going to regret this or can I experience Germany sufficiently from there? I do want to be able to visit a cutesy little Deutsch town.

2.We have a day to kill between going from Munich to when we need to be in Bern. Would it be worth it to take the small detour down to Interlaken for the day? Or will I have had my share of mountain towns after being in Garmisch? Or should we just take the extra day and spend it in Bern? I'm not really familliar with what to do there.

3.This kind of goes with the above question I guess-What is there to do in the Bern/Zurich area?

4.Also need some ideas around Munich...

5.And last, any suggestions on where to stay in Paris, Bern, Munich or Garmisch? We are not opposed to skipping the hotels and paying extra for a cool little place if it adds to our experience.

Again, thank you so much. I felt like we had so much time to plan this trip and here it is jumping up on me.

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  1. I'm not at all an expert, but when I was in Switzerland I did enjoy window shopping while Interlaken, and the scenery was very pretty. Visiting Jungfraujoch was interesting, but not something I would insist upon at all - very touristy. Bern is a nice place, but unless you do research and find quite a few things you'd like to do, or if you'd just like a day to relax there, maybe it would be better to do Interlaken just for the sake of experiencing both?

  2. The prices have gone up since I visited, but I loved Hotel Splendid in Paris. The couple working it was very nice, and moved us up to the top floor where we had a perfect view of the Effiel tower.

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Hi Melinda,
In #1 You ask...am I going to be dissapointed with our decision Fussen, Garmisch. My opinion...not at all! Bavaria is gorgeous. Spend your 3 days here, so much to see, but I'd highly suggest Mittenwald instead of Garmisch (very close to Garmisch) or Fussen.

Paul

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I would say it depends on what you want to do in those 2-3 extra days between Munich and Bern. Unless you leave at the crack of dawn, you will probably use a good part of one day on the train (?) and getting settled into your hotel/BB. If you want to go hiking and go up the mountains - Id say pick either the Bernese Oberland area(Interlaken area) about 1/2 or so outside Bern, or go to the German Mountain areas for a day or 2. If youre more interested in sight-seeing and old-town-window-shopping walks at your liesure, then go ahead and do a day at both Garmisch and Interlaken. Bern has a great old town city area that is well worth a 1/2 day of browsing too if thats not already in the works!

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1&2- If you are driving from Garmisch to Bern, you can probably skip Interlaken. Interlaken and the surrounding Alps are fantastic, but after a few days in Garmisch, you might think: "Hmm, I've seen this before and it was much cheaper in Germany". A good stop on the way to Bern is the town of Lindau on the Bodensee. #5- A place to stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Try Gasthof Fraundorfer, on the Partenkirchen side. http://www.gasthof-fraundorfer.de/ Request a room with a Zugspitze view (I think they were rooms 15 through 17).

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If you are not already on holiday, then I suggest you consider this: #2 ... take a train to Interlaken and then a private railroad for a short trip from Interlaken up to Grindlewald (Jungfrau, Eiger, Moench mountain region). This excursion allows you to view some of the most gorgeous scenery ever made.
Have a great holiday !