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dethbylt
10-19-2012, 02:15 AM
Soooo, I know somebody that has an opportunity to see southern Germany for a couple of days. Any tips on where to go or what to do? He is thinking about visiting Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchetsgarten.

elicat
10-19-2012, 01:48 PM
http://www.muenchen.de/int/en/restaurants/beer-gardens.html

Of course, if your friend has a chance to go truly into southern Europe rather than just southern Germany, northern Italy is another world, especially when it comes to eating.

suncat05
10-19-2012, 07:02 PM
http://www.muenchen.de/int/en/restaurants/beer-gardens.html

Of course, if your friend has a chance to go truly into southern Europe rather than just southern Germany, northern Italy is another world, especially when it comes to eating.

100% correct! And highly recommended by this old G.I.!

Catonahottinroof
10-19-2012, 07:11 PM
Bavarian vineyards and wineries are very nice.

suncat05
10-19-2012, 07:28 PM
And October is certainly the very best time of the year to be in the Bavarian region of Germany. Munich is beautiful, and if you choose to attend the Oktoberfest, you'll have many choices to make, and they'll all be good, every last one of them.

dan_bgblue
10-19-2012, 07:43 PM
I was in Germany and northern Italy about 40 years ago so take this for what it is worth. I loved the north of Italy. Scenery is beautiful and the food, as has already been mentioned is outstanding.

My most vivid memory of rural southern Germany is this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothenburg_ob_der_Tauber

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty2nNmn4NqU

elicat
10-20-2012, 02:47 AM
...the further south you go, the better it gets. If your friend (or you?) can get time to go as far as the Greek islands, there is just one word for that opportunity: Santorini. Everything about it is better than anything you ever imagined. I know starting in Frankfurt or Munich this is a stretch, but if you can manage it, you will not be sorry.

The trick is getting there without unpleasantness on the way. On the Greek mainland, they seriously do not like Americans.

blueboss
10-20-2012, 11:11 AM
I spent some time in Seeshaupt which is a sleepy little town south of Munich on the southern end of Lake Sternberger which is absolutely beautiful. The people were truly the nicest I have ever encountered anywhere. Munich was a short train ride away if you had a hankering for big city German activities.

dethbylt
10-21-2012, 09:45 AM
Thanks for the tips guys! "My friend" got a couple of days off this weekend but had to be back on base by 22:00 every night so he decided to hit a couple of the local towns. He caught a train to Regensburg and thoroughly enjoyed. He saw the Lock Bridge, the Danube, and about a million shops and restaurants. There is nothing in the states like that. But of course, nothing in the states was founded around 300 AD.

I think the work schedule will keep everyone from travelling more than 100 or so km from where the work happens, so Greece and the Mediterranean will have to wait until things slow down.

They drink beer in Germany, who would have thunk it??? ;-)

dethbylt
10-21-2012, 09:46 AM
Speaking in third person terms is a sign of a psychological disorder right?