I hereby try to start a collection of alternate holiday suggestions - if possible away from guidebooks - and maybe some further information.
Something like that:
I live in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. That's hard, because everything nice to see is published a million times on all kinds of media. So I better start with THE needn't-sees:
: Don't do that to yourself - you won't miss anything. It's nothing better than spring break in stupid pseudo-traditional uniforms
(New Swanstein?): it's always crowded and you'll wait a long time. Look at it from half a mile away and then drive to Schloss Linderhof
, which is a few kilometres away. Very idyllic and not so crowded. Avoid weekends, anyway,
Okay, back to Munich:
(beer garden): The most renowned invention since the discovery of fire. You'll find it only in and around Munich. It's the embodiment of the Bavarian Gemütlichkeit
(cosiness). You can bring your own food with - but no pizza!!! That means cutlery, plates, a tablecloth, a basket full of cheese, sausage, ham, radish, potato salad, pretzels (the Bavarian soft ones) and so on. It's a picnic sitting at a table under usually horse chestnut trees. Only the beverage has to be bought there (self-service; beer mug = 1 litre). Of course, you can also buy food there. I recommend to try Obatzder
(a pile of mangled camembert+butter+spices with onion rings on it).
You sit, drink, talk, watch other people and let the time go by, peacefully. Don't go to the well-known big ones in the guidebooks (Hirschgarten etc.), better look for less known small ones. See http://www.biergärtenmünchen.de/Hauptseite
. If you're not sure where to go, just send me a message. Best time is August, because all the Munich-ers and -ettes are in holidays. You will get a seat at every time of the day in every garden.
By the way, there's a song called Cosiness
by the band Zampone
in nearly every downloadshop and streaming-site, which is an Ode To The Biergarten. I wrote and recorded it together with my wife when producing a pop music album a couple of years ago. The mastering could be better, mea culpa!
Bad weather? Go to the Deutsches Museum
(German museum) in Munich. Of course, it's not an insder tip, but there is a wonderful hall full of historical instruments
inside. That's marvellous!
: Bavaria's mountains are not spectacular. Go to Switzerland, if you can afford it. If not, go to the southside. That is Aosta Valley, Italy. You can see the impressive side of the Matterhorn, there. And you can get very close to it by car
And the rest of Germany? Yes there's one thing that's REALLY worth visiting Germany. It's the Miniatur Wunderland
(miniature wonderland) in Hamburg. The guys building this world's largest model railway simply are totally nuts. You won't believe what technical / craftsman freaks can manage unless you've seen that. For me it's not the trains, what interests me. It's the model landscape, the 100% self-devoloped technical installation, self-written automatic computer controls and - of course - thousands of little scenes of model people, many of them really funny, many bawdy...
I believe that every luthier's heart will go up when seeing with how much love of detail the whole area was built. Many, many parts like bridges etc. are made of of wood.
You need one day, at least. And minimum one or two extra battery packs for your camera (there are reload-stations inside, but not for my type of battery). Don't visit it at the weekend. Try to avoid visiting while the pupils are in holidays. And reserve your ticket on the website, otherwise you have to wait for hours.
http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/visi ... ing-hours/