I'll be in Munich this mid-Sept. and trying to find a local company I could contact to join some day tours. I'm staying a half mile from the main train center, and wanting to join a tour that would go to Salzburg one day. And then another day go to the castle Neuschwanstein. And open to other tour ideas. I will have two full days. Does anyone have any suggestions of a local company I could contact?
I'm sorry not to have a tour company to recommend but Neuschwanstein and Salzburg will eat up both of your 2 days; one day for each. How long are you staying in Munich?
Hi, I will arrive Sunday 9/15 at 3pm. And so I have the rest of Sunday, and then all day Monday and Tuesday (leaving Wed. morning). I am staying at a Hostel, half mile from the Munich central station. I was thinking I could hopefully go to a dinner and or beer hall on Sunday evening. And then do a tour to Salzburg on day. And a tour to Neuschwanstein the other day. Do you know of a local tour company I could contact? Or if you have other suggestions?
julie, check with Viator (viator.com) they are a US-based third party booker of tours all over the world, and probably have a few options if you search for Neuschwanstein or Salzburg tours from Munich. I would have said your hotel probably has a stack of brochures from tour providers, but I dont know about a hostel.
The first thing we generally do is the hit the TI. We always found good, inexpensive tours that we can sign up for. I am sure there is a web page for Munich and there will be attached advertising for tour companies.
I agree with Viator. I have used them many times. Too bad you are missing Munich.
Frank - thank you, what does "TI" mean?
Threadwear - could I do something in Munich that would be worthwhile on Sunday after 3pm? Have you gone to Salzburg and Neuschwanstein? Are these worthwhile day trips? I am visiting friends in Leipzig and so was going to head back on Wed. morning - but again if there would be something worth doing in Munich on Wed. morning, I could leave early afternoon instead. Or even leave Thurs. morning possibly, giving me all day Wed.
So if you had say 4pm onward on a Sunday, or 5- 7 hours on a Wed., (or potentially all day/evening) --- what would you recommend doing in Munich. I'll be in Munich by myself, before leaving to meet up with friends. So I am not sure if it changes your ideas of recommendations to consider I will be in Munich solo.
I so appreciate any input or high recommendations!
Both of the places you want to go to are very easy - if a bit time consuming - to do on your own without a guide.
Yes, I've been to both, and fairly extensively in the whole area. I'd skip Neuschwanstein - it is all the show on the outside and very little on the inside. Salzburg is best if you stay the night - it is a lot to take in with such a short amount of time.
It is all down to what you really want to see - perhaps not what other people think you "should" or "must" see. In my opinion there is no such thing as a "must see".
"TI" is Tourist Information office.
thanks Nigel - totally true. Just trying to gather info...as I have to be selective...with time.
I've been to Castles other places in Europe - so wondered about a 10 HOUR trip to Neuschwanstein.
Any suggestions to places to check out in Munich itself?
julie, I'll point out one thing about Neuschwanstein of which you may not be aware. The actual tour of the inside (at a mandatory time and guided - no wandering) is only about 20-30 minutes. This is after the long uphill hike from the bottom of the hill, plus time waiting for your time and waiting to get tickets etc. Many people would say its not worth it to travel that far and back for such a short tour of a building that is less than a hundred years older than the Disneyland version.
If it were me, I'd rather spend that time in Munich, a real German city full of historic and contemporary life.
I see what you're saying. Would you have any recommended tours in the city of Munich itself?
Hard to answer the question about what to do. It does all depend on your interests. Google top ten sights in Munich and see what you find interesting.
thanks Stan, finding good info!
Check out Munich Walk Tours ( www.munichwalktours.de). We really enjoyed their Third Reich tour.
Another popular tour group is Mike’s Bikes (www.mikesbiketours.com). I always see their tours riding around the English Gardens and everyone appears to be having a good time. They offer several tours, not just bike tours.
Don’t miss walking around the English Gardens. I think it is one of the best parks in the world.
We did the 3rd Reich walking tour with Radius tours last spring. It was very interesting and a great way to see the city. They have a Neuschwanstein tour as well, but we did that on our own. Our tour left from their office at the train station, so that would be convenient for you.
julie, you can visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial (Dachau is a suburb of Munich) easily, if thats in your area of interest. The English Garden is a beautiful park area. The Viktualenmarkt (market area) is a fun place to visit, near the Rathaus, and Hofbrauhaus. I'm not a museum person, so can't advise on that. But like any large city, Munich has its share of interesting nooks and crannies.
Just noting your talking about mid-Sept for your trip. I'm not sure when Oktoberfest starts this year, but you'd better check as its usually mid-Sept. Yes, that's with visiting too, even if you're not interested in beer themed revelry. Its a family event during the day.
thanks Stan. I found out Octoberfest starts 9/21... so won't be able to do that. Between bike tours, walking tours, Third Reich Walking Tours and Evening Munich Beer Tours....plenty to do. Since I am doing Salzburg one day, it means I have to choose between the things I just mentioned (could do 2 or 3 of those!) or being gone a day to do the castle tour (which I'm leaning against now that I realize it is less than 100 yrs old). Can't do it all, but I'm sure I'll enjoy whatever I pick...again thank you
I have friends who didn’t want to think about the process of visiting on their own and used Radius Tours, mentioned above, for a couple of days in May. They were pleased.
julie, just to clarify, N-stein was completed around 1890, which I meant was less than 100 years before Disneyland's copy was completed, around 1955.
We used Radius Tours last year for a tour of Dachau and were very pleased. Sure, we could have done it on our own, but the tour guide gave lots of history and put many things in perspective. It was not much more than paying individually for transportation and entry tickets. The tours meet in the train station.