Help me plan vacation in Austria, please

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Re: Help me plan vacation in Austria, please

Post by simonm » Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:20 pm

Steve Kutzer wrote:
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:01 pm
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1st night either in Stuttgart or perhaps a train to Munich for a day there.
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Why not do Tübingen instead? Much closer and much smaller.

Munich is a major city. If you go there, it is worth at least 2-3 days and even a week would not exhaust the "major sights". In one day all you will see is traffic and public transport.

If you are really into vehicle museums, there are two north of Stuttgart: The Audi/NSU two wheeler museum in Neckarsulm and the Sinnsheim transport museum which has both a Concorde and a Tupolev 144 on display. It would be quite a detour.

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Re: Help me plan vacation in Austria, please

Post by Steve Kutzer » Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:55 pm

Thanks simonm. Munich for 2 reasons. The flight gets into Stuttgart at 9 a.m., and since we won't be able to check into a hotel and there is time to kill, we thought we'd get closer to Innsbruck. And the train from Munich to Innsbruck is easy. I agree, with one jet-lagged afternoon and an hour or two in the morning, we won't see Munich, other than perhaps 1 site.
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Re: Help me plan vacation in Austria, please

Post by andreas777 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:57 pm

I grew up in Stuttgart and still live in a town near Stuttgart.

The international tourists that visit Stuttgart mainly go to the Mercedes museum and the Porsche museum:
https://www.mercedes-benz.de/content/ge ... ation.html
http://www.porsche.com/museum/de/

Another top place for international tourists is the town Heidelberg with it's historic center about 120km away from Stuttgart. An alternative to Heidelberg is, as already mentioned by other forum members, the town Tübingen, South of Stuttgart and only 33km away from the airport.

There are some other nice places to see in and around Stuttgart...
You can enjoy the panorama on top of the "Fernsehturm":
https://www.fernsehturm-stuttgart.de/
or visit the "Schloss Solitude":
http://www.schloss-solitude.de/start/
and from there do a small hike through a nice forest to a lake area and the "Bärenschlössle":
http://www.baerenschloessle-stuttgart.de/
There are also some historic museums and art museums in the city of Stuttgart.
But in my view these sites and places are no top destinations and only valid for a longer stay in Germany.

For a visit to Munich I agree with Simon, and you should have at least 2-3 days. So I would either spend more time in Munich, or if time is short then skip Munich and go directly to Austria.

If you rent a car anyway, then isn't it an option to rent it at the airport in Stuttgart, drive to Tübingen or Heidelberg, and then drive to Austria without taking a train to Munich? On the way to Austria you could make a stop at the "Bodensee" (Lake Constance) and the nice city of Konstanz:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Constance

On your way to Austria you could also drive through the "Schwarzwald" (Black Forest), but if you plan to do some hikes in the mountains of Austria, then this might not be an option in your case.

I have been to Austria many times, basically for skiing, but also for sight-seeing in Wien (Vienna), Salzburg and Innsbruck, but I think forum members from Austria can give better hints about places to visit there.
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Re: Help me plan vacation in Austria, please

Post by a human » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:28 pm

Don't be afraid to practice your German. Way back when, I can remember speaking my fractured 12 year old's German as an adult. Most English speaking Germans would respond in English and we'd carry on in one another's language until one of us broke, usually me. My conversations with Austrians were entirely in German until I cracked, then the Austrian would start in perfect English. But, I think all appreciated the effort. We have many funny communications stories. BTW, the southern regions often use a different word commonly, so if you ask one will explain with the less local one. Enjoy your trip.
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Re: Help me plan vacation in Austria, please

Post by simonm » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:08 pm

Steve Kutzer wrote:
Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:55 pm
…. The flight gets into Stuttgart at 9 a.m.,….And the train from Munich to Innsbruck is easy …
Check out whether you can get a rail&fly railway ticket. Typically 30/50 euro one way. (2nd/1st class). This allows you to use any kind of train with our additional supplement from/to any airport in Germany to any point in Germany. Super value. Three or four close to the border airports are also included.

Not every airline does it and not everyone that does it, actually advertises it loudly. At the bottom of this page in English (https://www.bahn.de/p/view/service/buch ... lish.shtml), there are links to pdfs listing the airline and tour operators who can offer these tickets. We book them online and print the ticket at home along with the flight boarding card. (The rules include Salzburg airport btw.).

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