PlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 925 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2446 times:
I have just started a new job that gives me a ton of paid vacation time, so I was thinking of taking a trip to Germany between mid-October of this year and before Christmas.
I wanted to know if this idea sounds feasible?
What the weather is like during that time (snow, cold, etc?)
What is not to be missed in the below cities?
If there is enough to do for about 6 days?
If my plans are to ambitious?
Anything else you have.
Are things open during those months?
I was looking at going (in no order)
Any help is much appreciated and thanks in advance.
Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1338 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2438 times:
You won't be disappointed with Germany, it's a beautiful country with lots to see!
However, with only 6 days you might only have time for a few cities. I spent 4 days in Berlin back in '06 and that wasn't enough-it's a wonderful city so full of history and change that will take your breath away.
Now, you do realize that Berlin's at the north while FRA is on the south, which means a day trip by car/train. But if you do rent a car you'll love the German autobahn. My advice would be to do Berlin first, then drive down to FRA (Stuttgart is just next to FRA so you can stop and visit the MB and Porsche factories). If you have time, stop in Heidelberg for a classic southern Germany city.
As for the weather you might get some rain but it won't be that cold or nasty that you won't enjoy it.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14814 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2419 times:
Wolfsburg: All there is is the VW factory. I don't know if they have tours.
Frankfurt: I just spent two weeks there on a training course, and unless you want to stare at the skyscrapers owned by the various banks and insurance companies, there is not much going on either. It has a nice museum on natural history, the Sennkenberg Museum, but you'd finish this in one morning.
Stuttgart: Can't say anything about this place, never been there.
Berlin: My original hometown. Lots to do, lots to see. Only thing is THF will be closed by the time you'll get there.
IAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2413 times:
The weather will be cold you will want to bring coat, scarf, and gloves. It will also likely be drizzly and gray. It doesn't usually snow a lot but they sometimes get snow flurries. I recommend going closer to Christmas when all the towns do their Christmas fairs. Germany does the Christmas season right. Very pretty, choirs singing carols.
If you really want to do that, ok, but there isn't much else to do in these cities. I'd recommend going to Munich instead. There you have the BMW museum which is nice and on top of that, Munich is probably the nicest city in Germany. (And I'm from the north, so not biased!)
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2392 times:
With six days, I would not be willing to see more than two places.
Skip Frankfurt. It's a business city, certainly a good place to live in, but there's not much to see for tourists.
And skip Wolfsburg, too! Dresden has a VW plan as well and the city provides a little more than that, not to mention the nearby Elbe Sandstone Mountains.
Mercedes and BMW have nice museums, which probably both top a VW factory tour.
Berlin is best to be visited in summer. Only then the relaxed, yet somehow vibrant atmosphere, which is typical for Berlin, really kicks in.
When I lived in Berlin, I never wanted to spend summer elsewhere, but in winter I *always* wanted to escape the then grayish and wet city. Still, if you want to see Berlin - go ahead and do so, prefereably in October, maybe when the Festival of Lights ( http://www.city-stiftung-berlin.eu/ ) takes place.
But you should spend three full days there. At least.
With the remaining three days: Munich perhaps? Or all 6 days in Munich with day-trips to Salzburg (Austria), Bad Tölz (Christmas!), the "Eagle's Nest" and/or Zugspitze on sunny days.
If you happen to come around Christmas and are willing to visit a smaller city, put Freiburg on your short-list. There may be snow, the old town is pretty, the Christmas Market (I hate those stuff, but here you go ...) is said to be one of the best in Germany.
Freiburg is the "capital of the Black Forest", France and Switzerland are basically next door, and the city is within easy reach of FRA.
Alternatively, visit Germany in summer and Austria in Winter: 2 days in Salzburg and 4 days in Vienna.
Frankfurt - Not much, other than the airport and pizza at Pizzeria da Cimino in Bockenheim.
Berlin - Amazing city with lots to do. See the Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten, Hackescher Markt and much of Mitte. I would also check out Checkpoint Charlie and the museum connected. Also, the Jewish Museum is an absolute must see, both for the history and the architecture.
Wolfsburg - Nothing there. Relatively proximal to Hannover, Hamburg and Berlin.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2353 times:
Quoting PlateMan (Reply 9): I look covering alot of ground little time. So I'm still thinking Berlin and Stuttgart. Then maybe Wolfsubrg, Paris or Dresden....any ideas??
Dresden is ok for a day and more if you are willing to do a steam ship cruise up Elbe river to the Sandstone Mountains and walk around there. That could be difficult in Winter, though.
I'll possibly be the last one who is going to keep you off from Paris, the city of light, but, just like Berlin, the best time for a visit is when people are sitting outside, sip on a wine and enjoy life.
I'm not sure why you stick to Wolfsburg. It is not even Detroit. It's a small, boring city with a huge factory plant.
Seeing your only planning on being in Germany only a few days I would not recommend visiting Wolfsburg. I'm living in Wolfsburg at the moment and there is nothing but the Autostadt and the factory. If you were in Germany for a month or so I would say it would be worth the trip but I think you would find it more rewarding if you spend more time in places like Berlin or Munich which have a lot of history and more than one thing to see.
Luckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2680 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
Quoting Flexo (Reply 5): I'd recommend going to Munich instead. There you have the BMW museum which is nice and on top of that, Munich is probably the nicest city in Germany. (And I'm from the north, so not biased!)
Munich is oustanding, though absolutely freezing in the winter.
Frankfurt can be missed. Mainz, just across the Rhein is worth seeing. Berlin cannot be missed. With just six days you might want to limit yourself to two, maybe three cities.
I would highly recommend some of the little towns near Bonn on the Rhein like Oberkassel, Koenigswinter, and Rondorf. The ruins up at the Drachenfels and hiking up in the Seven Hills is something that no one should miss if they can help it, though granted it will be colder.
Wherever you go make sure you stop at an Imbiss and eat a Doener!
Qantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 318 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
Quoting Flexo (Reply 5): If you really want to do that, ok, but there isn't much else to do in these cities. I'd recommend going to Munich instead. There you have the BMW museum which is nice and on top of that, Munich is probably the nicest city in Germany. (And I'm from the north, so not biased!)
Oh dear, Hamburg is the place! Do Hamburg! One of the nicest city in the world and my second home after Sydney. Spent some of the best years of my life there. Plenty to see, great train connection to Berlin and also the Reperbahn the local red light district for all the sailors that have "needs" after a long journey. I suggest you do Berlin 3 days, Dresden a day trip by train and two days Hamburg. That way you dont have too much travel time and can enjoy areas such as Munich/Freiburg/Salzburg and Vienna on a separate trip. Hope this helps and if any German member can back me up that would be great! Hamburg meine Perle (Hamburg my pearl)
WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2326 times:
Quoting PlateMan (Reply 9): You have convinced me to skip Frankfurt and consider Dresden.
Why not skip Dresden and come to Hamburg. To see the lovely and beautiful north. There is a lot to do and see here. Hamburg is the 2nd biggest city in Germany and most people say: hamburg is the best city in germany.
You should consider that as well...
I spent 15 years in Hamburg, its a nice city, moreso against the background that the city was bombed into rubble, and I would probably choose Hamburg over Dresden any day.
BUT: Our friend is going in late fall / winter. I mean berlin (with its more continental climate) in October: Fine. Go ahead.
November in Hamburg: No way. The risk that you'll find yourself in a drizzling cold rain with gray "carpet clouds" over your head is way too big.
Quoting Qantasistheway (Reply 17): That way you dont have too much travel time and can enjoy areas such as Munich/Freiburg/Salzburg and Vienna on a separate trip.
Good thinking. But, he'll most likely arrive in either FRA or MUC, so why not stay south? maybe it's colder there in winter, but at the same time it is less wet.
LTU932 From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2006, 14231 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2296 times:
Quoting Qantasistheway (Reply 17): Oh dear, Hamburg is the place! Do Hamburg! One of the nicest city in the world and my second home after Sydney. Spent some of the best years of my life there. Plenty to see, great train connection to Berlin and also the Reperbahn the local red light district for all the sailors that have "needs" after a long journey.
Plus you have the beautiful and historic harbour, where you can take tours of some of the ships. And during the pre-Christmas season, you can hit the Weihnachtsmarkt near the Mercado-Mall and have some Glühwein. There's lots to do in Hamburg.
As we say, Hamburg is the Gate to the World (Hamburg ist das Tor zur Welt).