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starlagurl
post Jun 23 2008, 01:28 PM
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Chatty, have you checked the TripAdvisor hotel listings?
Here is the link for Frankfurt:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g187337-...sse-Hotels.html

I'm sure you could find a hotel in your price range that's not booked up yet there.

I would recommend you do not change money if you don't have any Euros lying around your house or anything like that. Just put it all on your credit card, you're not there for very long.


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post Jun 23 2008, 07:44 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jun 23 2008, 01:28 PM) *

Chatty, have you checked the TripAdvisor hotel listings?
Here is the link for Frankfurt:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g187337-...sse-Hotels.html

I'm sure you could find a hotel in your price range that's not booked up yet there.

I would recommend you do not change money if you don't have any Euros lying around your house or anything like that. Just put it all on your credit card, you're not there for very long.



Do you think that staying in Mainz or Wiesbaden would be a good idea? We thought if we found a hotel close to the train station on the river ,we would be able to get to see the sights by taking the train to Heidelberg, etc or getting a day boat ride. They don't seem too far from the airport. Please let me know your thoughts.
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post Jun 24 2008, 09:37 AM
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Why don't you want to stay in Frankfurt?


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post Jun 24 2008, 07:22 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jun 24 2008, 09:37 AM) *

Why don't you want to stay in Frankfurt?


Is that where you would recommed as our hub? We didn't want to rent a car because there is six of us and thought that the train might be the best way to travel to a couple of the cities. Someone told us that it is good to get the river boat and check out a couple of the stops. Just trying to figure the best and most convenient way to see things.

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post Jun 25 2008, 08:57 AM
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Well, I have never been there, but from my experience, using the bigger city as a hub would probably be the best idea, because you'd get trains and/or buses leaving more often from the Frankfurt station, I presume.


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post Jun 12 2009, 12:46 AM
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hey,
So i will be visiting Munich during the last week of Oktoberfest 2009 and I have a question. i heard that the Eurail pass is excepted and can be used on any train in Germany is that true?


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I am assuming you have been to Oktoberfest, I am going for the first time this year and will be there for the last weekend (Oct 2nd-Oct 7th) I know there are the large tents, which need a reservation, but there are medium and small tents too so I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to best walk around and see all there is to see?

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post Sep 9 2009, 08:39 AM
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QUOTE(whereshegoes @ Jun 6 2007, 08:10 PM) *

TravelPod Local Expert Kristy Campau currently resides in Stuttgart and has lived there since 2004.

sorcerer.png Kristy says:

1. Bring Cash. Credit cards are not widely accepted in Germany. You
can use an ATM here to get cash, but make sure you have cash when
dining out, shopping, or traveling around.

2. Stores are closed on Sundays. Throughout Germany a majority of
stores are closed on Sundays. Restaurants are still open and bakeries
are open in the morning, but any other store will be closed on Sunday.
Some museums will close on Mondays, though many of the major tourist
attractions will stay open.

3. When dining out close your menu to indicate that you are ready to
order. After you are finished with your meal you must indicate to
your waiter with a wave that you are ready to pay. The waiter will
come and add up your bill and you pay him directly. Germans tend to
round their bill up to the nearest Euro or add a 10% tip. Give the
waiter your money and tell him how much you are paying him with tip
and he will give you your change. You shouldn't leave the money on
the table.

4. Train travel is not always the most convenient or cheapest.
Though traveling by train is an excellent way to get around in
Germany, taking one of the low cost airlines is sometimes cheaper and
often faster.

5. Get involved in the local scene. Go to a soccer match with the
locals (with a 10 month season, there is always a game), visit a
festival (wine, beer, or Christmas fests are a ton of fun), or visit a
smaller, lesser-known castle that will be filled with school groups or
German tourists. Enjoy!

Post all questions to Kristy here.


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post Sep 15 2011, 04:36 PM
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I'm planning a trip to Europe next summer which will include Germany. Our first stop is Amsterdam. The plan was to fly from Amsterdam to Munich and then travel through Germany by car. We would like to see castles and we have to visit Augsburg because my husband was born there. Would it be better for us to travel by train from Amsterdam to a city in Northwestern Germany and then do a river cruise? What river cruise would allow us to see the most castles in the least amount of time? We don't necessarily have to go in the castles. I really hate to miss the castle Neuschwanstein, but it seems out of the way compared to the rest. We will be traveling to Lake Como by train from Germany.
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post Sep 17 2011, 02:22 AM
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How much time do you have for Germany? From Amsterdam you may easily travel to Cologne by train, the city itself is well worth a nights stay. Hop on a cruise ship up the Rhine river the next day to Rüdesheim or Bingen - you will pass tons of castles in the beautiful Rhine valley (Unesco World Heritage Site!) on the way. You may save more time by taking a train to Koblenz and start the river cruise from there.
From Bingen it is a short train ride to Mainz or Frankfurt from where you have plenty connections to Augsburg.
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