Originally Posted by HFWR
Any more pics, or ins/outs/dos/don'ts for this trip would be appreciated. Considering a trip to this region next year.
I have over 1,000 photos..can you be more specific?
As for ins/outs/dos/don'ts....
1) We had a rental car. It was nice to go where you want, when you want. Trains are less stressful, but less flexible. However, you won't need a car in Munich...use public transport or walk.
2) Go see different types of castles...there are ones in ruins also, and I actually found those even more interesting...no tour guides, free to visit (see pic below)
3) My favorite city was Fussen...close to several great things. My least favorite was Neustadt un der Weinstrasse...not much to do there.
4) If you drive, ask the rental agency for the page of German traffic signs, and sit there in the lobby and study them for 10 minutes. Also ask them how the parking works...they give you a blue placard you can place in your window and park free, but the length of time you park free varies by city.
5) The Zugspitze is an all-day event...make sure they are open the day you want to go by calling in advance. It's complicated, but Google is your friend...just leave the whole day open, start early, and you'll be fine.
6) If you don't speak German, save yourself some stress. At restaurants, ask for an English menu. IF they don't have, ask if you can have a server that speaks English.
7) Putting down your knife while eating is considered rude...keep it in your hand.
8) Don't wear gym shoes, they don't fit the fashion scene and you'll be stared at.
9) Everything except beer is expensive.
10) Buy as much as you can on credit card, you get the lowest fees and best rates that way. If you need cash, go to a money mover that handles your bank...you get a good rate that way. Don't buy currency in the airports, fees are HUGE.
11) To find someone who speaks English, ask the younger people...English is required in their schools, but only for about the past 15-20 years...so elderly people largely don't speak it.
12) If you want, you can easily see Austria and Switzerland while there...but our schedule was simply too full.
13) Take both a transformer and power adapters if you need to use your electric items. If you have an electric razor...be careful to switch it to 220V unless it's set up already to handle either...read the manual.
14) Restaurants close after lunch, and don't open until dinner. You can't go into a restaurant at 3:15 pm...they won't be open. The actual hours vary a bit, but typically 2-5 pm they are closed.