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Munich, Salzburg, Prague, Hallstatt, Fussen

Trip next May to Munich, Fussen, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Prague. Best sites?

My wife and I are going to Munich.  Upon arrival, we will be driving to Salzburg for a few days and will also visit Hallstatt.  We will then drive back to Munich and stay 2 days there; on the way, we plan to visit Fussen.  Then, we are flying to Prague to visit her cousin who recently moved there.  Would love to hear any suggestions on what to see, where to go, and what we "can't miss."  Neither of us have ever been to Europe before.  Thanks!

6 Answers

top answer by
Betsy from Savusavu

In Munich, the Schwabing-Freimannneighborhood (close to the Englischer Garten) is a livable, trendy neighborhood with lots of Art Nouveau architectural and ornamental details filled with up and coming restaurants and bars away from the bustle of the Altstadt (downtown). While in Altstadt, be sure to duck into the Bürgersaalkirche - magnificent interior with lifesize stations of the cross and other priceless icons and artifacts, but the real story here is of Father Rupert Mayer, a Jesuit priest who protested against the Nazis, was sentenced to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, and later beatified by John Paul II. He is considered a hero in Bavaria. As well, a sobering visit to Dachau Concentration Camp is a 20 minute train ride out of Munich. We stayed this last time across the street from the Hauptbahnhof at the Le Méridien Munich, very comfortable business class and convenient to UBahn, SBahn and national/international trains. Nymphenburg Palace is lovely, and you may be interested in the Olympiapark area as well. Others have mentioned Hofbräuhaus which is great, noisy fun.

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In Prague, you will want to see the many sites in Old Town, the most popular of which is Pražský orloj - the astronomical clock. The New Town district (just because it's newer than Old Town, it's still old!) has many attractions as well. I would suggest a Sandeman's free walking tour which you can pick up hourly in the Old Town Square. Sandeman's also has specialty tours for a reasonable price: their day trip to Kutna Hora to see the Sedlec Ossuary (the famous Bone Church) and St Barbara's Church was terrific. We took another walking tour throughout the Old Town and The Jewish Quarter for WWII and Soviet protest-specific sites. The Maisel Synagogue and Pinkas Synagogue are worthy of note. The Czechs are responsible for the assassination of Heydrich, Himmler's henchman and architect of The Final Solution - the story is amazing and ends with the assassins' suicides in the crypt of the Karel Borromaeus Greek Orthodox Church, where they were hidden by priests who were later martyred as well. You will also want to spend some time across the Charles Bridgein the Castle District. Our favorite street, Nový Svět is a delightful walk back in time. The Loreta Prahais an impressive church in this area. In the embassy area, closer to the government buildings, check out the David Cerny sculpture, "Quo Vadis" adjacent to the German embassy. It commemorates the famous speech in which East German refugees were told they could have safe transport from Prague to the west. You will also find a small bust of Churchill just outside the gates of the British embassy - very low key. If you are wanting an evening of fun, the medieval tavern experience, while touristy and not particularly authentic, is good entertainment and value priced eating and drinking. You may like Vinárna U Sudu (underground wine bar) or Bar bar for more contemporary atmosphere. The Amaderestaurant is highly recommended. A friend recommended Strahov Monastery's underground restaurant, "Hell." Katr Restaurant is also highly rated by locals.

We loved Prague, and have posted on our blog:

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Schwabing-Freimann (attraction)
  2. Englischer Garten (attraction)
  3. Bürgersaalkirche (attraction)
  4. Dachau Concentration Camp (attraction)
  5. Hauptbahnhof (attraction)
  6. Le Méridien Munich (attraction)
  7. Nymphenburg Palace (attraction)
  8. Olympiapark (attraction)
  9. Hofbräuhaus (restaurant)
  10. Old Town (attraction)
  11. Pražský orloj (attraction)
  12. New Town (attraction)
  13. Kutna Hora (city)
  14. Sedlec Ossuary (attraction)
  15. St Barbara's Church (attraction)
  16. The Jewish Quarter (attraction)
  17. Maisel Synagogue (attraction)
  18. Pinkas Synagogue (attraction)
  19. Karel Borromaeus Greek Orthodox Church (attraction)
  20. Charles Bridge (attraction)
  21. Nový Svět (attraction)
  22. Loreta Praha (attraction)
  23. Vinárna U Sudu (restaurant)
  24. Bar bar (restaurant)
  25. Amade (restaurant)
  26. Strahov Monastery (attraction)
  27. Katr Restaurant (restaurant)
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answered by
steven from Omaha

On the Munich to Prague portion of your trip, beer and food has to be a main component of your travel. In Munich check out the Augustiner-Keller and Hofbräuhaus as obvious choices. If it's nice out go to the Englischer Garten for relaxation and more food and beer. The thing about food and beer in Munich is 1. it's great and 2. it's a wonderful way to meet new people on the road...

Fussen is a great spot to launch an alpine hike and obviously to check out Neuschwanstein Castle.

The pinnacle of your trip is Prague! Go to the John Lennon Wall to see what people have added over the years and on your walk back to the old town stop at Wigwam Cafe Bar for a cocktail and fun atmosphere. Beyond more beer halls and hearty food in Prague, take a bus to Terezinfor a reminder of the struggle of WWII. It is heartbreaking but will never let you forget that the horrors in Europe were real. Best meal in Prague is at U Pivrnce. Beyond these specifics, see the big sights, in these cities they are all worth it!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Augustiner-Keller (restaurant)
  2. Hofbräuhaus (restaurant)
  3. Englischer Garten (attraction)
  4. Neuschwanstein Castle (attraction)
  5. John Lennon Wall (attraction)
  6. Wigwam Cafe Bar (restaurant)
  7. Terezin (city)
  8. U Pivrnce (restaurant)
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answered by
Helga from Austria

Where should i begin. OK so you wanna stay in Salzburg, there are a lot of things you can do. Salzburg is a beautiful smal city were you can reach the most interesting things in the city per foot. In the old town of the city you have to see the Salzburg Cathedral the city cathedral, the monastery of Stift Sankt Peter Salzburg (Erzabtei St. Peter) is the oldest monastery of the northern alps, Festung Hohensalzburg. If you are interested in clasik Musik than you have to visit Mozart's Birthplace and livingplace , ore you up for a little shopping trip than the Getreidegasse, Goldgassehave a fine selection of different shops. Salzburg has also some Parks that a really nice like the Mirabellgarten or Schlosspark Hellbrunn.
Locals that can really bee recommended for eating are St. Peter Stiftskeller - Das Restaurant, Müllner Bräustübl, Carpe Diem Finest Fingerfood, Sarastroor Sternbräuand so on. There are so many good places in and around Salzburg.

You also mentioned that you want to visit Hallstatt. This one beautiful places in the hart of the . The town center is closed for cars only the people there can drive in this smale village. So you don´t have to wory about them to much. The village it self offers some beautiful views acrose the Hallstätter See. What to do there:
Museum Hallstatt
Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary
Salzwelten Hallstatt those mines are the oldest in the world.

On the way from Salzburg to Hallstatt you pass some interesting places as well like:
St. Gilgen
Wolfgangsee Lake
Bad Ischl
Those are places worth for a stop.

Other places around Salzburg are:

The Eagle's Nest

Großgmain Freilichtmuseum

I didn't want to write too much but if there are more questions then don´t hesitate and ask because I life near Salzburg and Hallstatt is not so far either from me.

Some Links:

Visit Salzburg

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Salzburg (city)
  2. Salzburg Cathedral (attraction)
  3. Stift Sankt Peter Salzburg (Erzabtei St. Peter) (attraction)
  4. Festung Hohensalzburg (attraction)
  5. Mozart's Birthplace (attraction)
  6. Getreidegasse (restaurant)
  7. Goldgasse (attraction)
  8. Mirabellgarten (attraction)
  9. Schlosspark Hellbrunn (attraction)
  10. St. Peter Stiftskeller - Das Restaurant (restaurant)
  11. Müllner Bräustübl (restaurant)
  12. Carpe Diem Finest Fingerfood (attraction)
  13. Sarastro (restaurant)
  14. Sternbräu (restaurant)
  15. Hallstatt (attraction)
  16. Hallstätter See (attraction)
  17. Museum Hallstatt (attraction)
  18. Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary (attraction)
  19. Salzwelten Hallstatt (attraction)
  20. St. Gilgen (city)
  21. Wolfgangsee Lake (attraction)
  22. Bad Ischl (city)
  23. The Eagle's Nest (attraction)
  24. Großgmain Freilichtmuseum (attraction)
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answered by
Ben from London

Loads of great recommendations here already, but in Munich I would add Church of Saint Johann Nepomuk as a truly unique tiny baroque church as a must-see (inbetween all the steins!) and also watch the surfers at Eisbach....super cool!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Munich (city)
  2. Church of Saint Johann Nepomuk (attraction)
  3. Eisbach (attraction)
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answered first by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

How exciting!  I loved Munich, it is delightful!  If only to have a beer, you have to give the Hofbräuhausa go.  It is the most famous and has such a convivial atmosphere.  Very near to it is Marienplatz.  I know it's cliche, but I love the clock! Make sure to be there when it chimes.  They often have weekend festivals set up on the plaza do a check of the schedule.  If the weather is nice, grab a to-go lunch and have a picnic-or just stroll through the English Garden.  The have pick up soccer games, a river where you'll see people try to surf, and there is a beer garden near the east side that often has weekend festivities too.  Make sure to take the trolley/metro system out to Nymphenburg Palace!  It's well worht the trim to get there!  We didn't have the time, but if you are a car nut-I hear the BMW Museum is pretty cool.

Fussen-I loved it!  I am guessing you are headed that direction to visit Neuschwanstein Castle?  Take the time to visit the castle and the Hohenschwangau castle where the family actually lived.  Fussen is a delightful town to walk around in, shop and dine.  We enjoyed Restaurant Il Pescatore.  We also spent the afternoon just a 10 KM drive south along the lake in Hopfen am See-which if we went back, we would stay here instead of in Fussen.

Enjoy! Enjoy! This was one of my most favorite trips.

By the way, if you cann squeeze a stop into Rothenburg, I LOVED it.  it's a bit touristy, but it is like a picture perfect German town.  I also really enjoyed Lindau along Lake Constance.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hofbräuhaus (restaurant)
  2. Marienplatz (attraction)
  3. English Garden (attraction)
  4. Nymphenburg Palace (attraction)
  5. BMW Museum (attraction)
  6. Neuschwanstein Castle (attraction)
  7. Hohenschwangau (attraction)
  8. Restaurant Il Pescatore (restaurant)
  9. Hopfen am See (city)
  10. Rothenburg (attraction)
  11. Lindau (city)
  12. Lake Constance (attraction)
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answered by
Amanda from Atlanta

We had a wonderful time in Fussen.  It is a small town with very friendly people.  We had an issue with our atm and credit cards, and a nice man at the bank helped us call and even let us use the phone at a desk in the bank! Be sure to notice the illusionist paintings on the buildings in town.

We stayed at Mein lieber Schwan, in the two-bedroom apartment, Schwanstein.  It was very clean and a great location in town with a spectacular view of the mountains.  We easily walked to the taxi stand, bus stop (for Neuschwanstein Castle), the train station, many restaurants and a grocery store.  Your trip sounds great, have fun!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Fussen (city)
  2. Mein lieber Schwan (hotel)
  3. Neuschwanstein Castle (attraction)
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