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Travel - Germany

Postby ptb7476 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:06 pm

Hi

Anyone brought Toddler to Germany before ??

i am going to bring my 20months old DS to Frankfurt to meet daddy for a self drive holiday. but am thinking what kind of food he will eat there ... esp when rice or porridge is not an option in germany

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Re: Travel - Germany

Postby Mychildren » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:58 am

Yes, I did brought toddler and a baby to Munich Germany 8 years ago.
There are a few chinese restaurants there in Munich which serve rice. Do search hard as you walk along the street. First day there, can't find any, so it was either spaghetti and pizza. Thus my boy was standing there on his chair in the western restaurant, complaining,"Rice, I want rice." He was 2 years old then, reluctant to eat western food.
As for Frankfurt, I'm not too sure. You can surf the web on chinese restaurant or food in Frankfurt in the internet.
Just a reminder, do bring milk powder with you.
By the way, I came across a store selling rice operated by Chinese but you need a rice cooker then. :wink:

Do standby your own fever medicine for toddler. This is because my 2 years old got fever there and ask for a doctor to our hotel,charges comes up to S$100 just for a bottle of fever medicine.

Munich is a beautiful place, I visited the Deutsches musuem where there are different types of planes and one of Mad King Ludwig's castle (Residenz-museum Schatz-kammer). I DIY there, but before that I read up books about Munich and became the guide there for my sister, mother and children while my hubby work there for about 10days only. Just a few days before leaving for Munich, I was printing their train stations map from the internet. I'm very impressed but my children were too small to really know and right now, they still do not remember what they've seen, except from the photos taken.

I even saw during lunch hours in a fast food restaurant, a guy in office wear, came in roller blades for his lunch. I thought this only happens in the movies or advertisement but it happened right in front of my eyes. I'm surprised and my sis too.

If there's another chance, would like to go there again. :lol:
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Re: Travel - Germany

Postby Mychildren » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:53 am

We usually spent the night time in our hotel or only to the supermarket near our hotel. During the daytime, we even saw a drunken man on the street approaching us from behind, behind his hand was holding a glass bottle. I asked my sis, mum and hubby to walk quickly away from him cause we've no idea what he wants and we don't know anyone there so better to be careful. The street was quiet too that day, maybe too early and some shops are not open yet. :nailbite:

When you get out from airport, be careful. This is because we encountered a lady with a boy approaching us, holding a stalk of flower. My sis heard from her other trips to avoid such people so she pulled us aside and asked us to ignore. They will either snatch your wallet or do something .... so better :siam: . They are familiar with the environment and know where to run to hide but we don't.

Remember to eat plenty of fruits there. They are very super fresh and also brings lots of chocolates and nuts back, they're cheaper there!! :lol:

Anyway, its a pleasant trip and an eye opener for me. It makes every problem at present becomes small when we see that there are so much out there where we have never seen before. That's why I love traveling! Thank God for it! :wink:
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Re: Travel - Germany

Postby ptb7476 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:25 am

thanks alot... will take note. am flying there tomorrow... finger cross ...ask the flight there will be problemfree as i am flying alone with my 20 months old...will cehck in at airport hotel for the night and wait for hubby to fly in from NY the next day

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Re: Travel - Germany

Postby Mychildren » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:09 pm

Hi, mummy of three,

I could not remember as it was already 8 years ago. On top of that, its my DH's company paid for the lodging. My sis and mother got another room themselves.

You could surf the web for flight fares. As for those trips to museums, its the admission tickets you need to pay and I took their subways and even went on foot to the plane museum from my hotel though I need to cross some roads. I did some last minutes studies before I went there. When I was there, I had to spent some time looking at their subway machine figuring how to buy their tickets. I know where to get off the train to the place I want, the main problem lies in how to use the machine because no English words on them. I still kept some of the tickets in my photo album. :wink:

Click to this link for the map:

http://www.munich-info.de/travel/mvv_en.html

Its from the book on Munich borrowed from national library that I planned what were the places nearby my hotel that I wish to visit and at which stations they are located. As that time, my DH told me if I want to visit any attractions, I had to do it myself as he was working, no time to join us except over the weekends.

Its a pity I did not visit Neuschwanstein Castle because my mother will have problem climbing up those long flights of stairs, though I don't mind carrying my baby all the way up.

Thumbs up to Munich! A refreshing trip indeed! :dancing:
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Re: Travel - Germany

Postby ptb7476 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:46 pm

Hi

I am back from my trip on sat morning... well it is a fruit and eventful holiday.

I travelled to frankfurt with DS alone as hubby will only fly in from USA the next day. Took SQ - well there is a reason why their ranking dropped from 1 to 3 and i also met a couple who is allergic to children !!! but lucky a sharp steward notice that and arranged the couple to move to other row that is empty. Because it is 12-13hrs flight and time difference, DS sleeping hrs was screwed up and i ended up not being about to sleep and as a result on 3rd day of our trip both of us are down with fever but lucky brought DS medicine so still ok for him but not me i have to hunt for pharmacy to get medication.

as ours are driving holiday so it is own time own target ..managed to find most of the attraction along romantic route except some that is closed for some local event ( closed the entire road leading to that attraction) and like what mychildren said their instruction all in german not very helpful so got to ask around and thank goodness most of them can speak english and are helpful

as for Neuschwanstein Castle , the exterior is undergoing renovation now and not sure what event is going on ... we have to q an hr to park the car, q an hr to collect the tix and the english tour are fully taken up and the time slot we got doesnt allow to attend as we need to move on to other attraction before the sky turned dark ( thank goodness they have long daylight now ... 8++pm then sky turned dark)

one thing to note is the temp turned very fast it can be bright sunny and warm one moment and next month it can be chilled /cold maybe that is one of the reason why both my ds and I fall sick . food wise is quite ok for us but DS due to flu... on food strike refuse to eat so no choice it is either milk or cereal or his snack.

for us the car rental and attraction and accommodation and 1st class ICE back to frankfurt cost us EURO 2004 and +/- the petrol and snack etc another EURO 500 . both my airtix and DS cost around $2500 (hubby's airtix paid by company and add'l stopped over fee of $400 self paid) so it is considered cheap for a 10days holiday

my itinerary from http://www.toeurope.eu/ as follows:-

day 1
Day 1: Frankfurt - Aschaffenburg - Würzburg

Arrive in Frankfurt and pick up your AVIS rental car at Frankfurt International Airport or in Frankfurt City Centre. From the airport take the "Autobahn" to Aschaffenburg to visit Johannisburg Palace and Gardens (30 minutes, 47 kilometers - 30 miles). The important Renaissance Palace was built 1605-1614. It also features an art gallery (admission included). From Aschaffenburg follow the Autobahn right into Würzburg, your first stop at the Romantic Road (55 minutes, 80 kilometers - 50 miles). The Dorint Novotel is located in the City Centre.

The city is idyllically located amidst vineyards, with the mediaeval fortress Marienberg towering above. Würzburg is old bishop´s see and lively town, proudly presenting monuments of different eras. Culture, art, history and hospitality are ever-present in this remarkable city!

The "Fürstbischöfliche Residenz", Prince bishops residence (admission included) are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2: Day trip to Bamberg

Today you will make a day trip to an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Bamberg. Bamberg is a rarity even by German standards, as the basic fabric of the Old Town is largely obtained, over one thousand (!) buildings are land marked.

A main attraction is of course also the Imperial Cathedral (admission included), built on one of Bamberg´s seven hills. Marvel at the enigma of the cathedral's most well-known sculpture, the Bamberg horseman, as of today no one knows who the author is and whom it represents! The Imperial cathedral is one of the most important works of art in the surroundings.

Day 3: Würzburg - Bad Mergentheim - Weikersheim - Creglingen

In the morning follow the Romantic Road via Bad Mergentheim (you might want to visit the market place), supposed to go Weikersheim (Renaissance Palace and Garden) and Creglingen (Riemenschneider Altar in the Church of the Lord) but the road to these places are closed so we move on to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany's most beautiful mediaeval cities. Taking a walk thru this charming little town is truly a journey back in time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber was once a powerful free imperial town and its monuments, landmarks and buildings still bear witness to these days. Marvel at the half-timbered buildings and at town walls which are withstanding time since hundreds of years, protecting the city since the Middle Ages. Visit the town's most famous spot, the Ploenlein square, probably the most photographed place in Rothenburg. Also very interesting to see is the Spitalbastei Gate, created by Leonhard Weidmann, the latin inscription on the gate reading: " Peace to those who enter, health to those who leave". - spooky but yet beautiful. there is a lane that is facing a church no matter how i take photo with manual or auto mode it will turned out blurred and hubby also got a painless bruise on his arm :scared:

The Gothic St.James church is the town's most prominent church, here you can take a minute and relax in quietness while you enjoy the beauty of the famous Altar of the Holy Blood and the Twelve Apostles Altar. Every step you take in this old town is a step thru history with yet another beautiful spot to be discovered around the corner.

Rothenburg also offers museums which are cultural highlights, such as the Christmas Museum with an exhibition showing Christmas tradition in Germany, the Doll and Toy Museum where the history of playthings is shown, as well as the Crime Museum, where the visitor gets an insight into the law and especially its execution during the last 700 years. At night you may want to take an English-speaking tour with the Night watchman (EUR 6).

Your First-class hotel Eisenhut is centrally located in the Old Town. - hotel come with whirlpool bath tub but no aircon !! it is so warm in the room

Day 4: Day trip to Nuremberg

Today you will make a day trip from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Nuremberg. The city's history reaches back to the year 1050, its name "nourenberc" translating into "rocky hill". Nuremberg's famous landmark, the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle, admission included), towers above the Old town, which is protected by the 5 kilometers long city wall with its many towers. When exploring the beauty of Nuremberg's mediaeval Old Town one can start at the Koenigstor ("Kingsgate"), from where the timber framed buildings, the Gothic Church of St.Lawrence and the Church of St.Sebaldus can be easily reached by foot.

Right next to the Koenigstor there is the Handwerkerhof (craft center), here you will feel like you are back in the mediaeval times, there are craft workshops like they used to have a long time ago as well as a gingerbread bakery. Make sure to enjoy a Nuremberg Bratwurst along with a beer or a glass of Frankenwein.

In the evening drive back to your hotel in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Day 5: Dinkelsbühl - Nördlingen - Donauwörth - Augsburg

Following the Romantic Road on your way to Nördlingen (80 minutes, 80 kilometers, 50 miles) via Schillingsfürst (baroque Castle) and Feuchtwangen visit the former Free Imperial Town of Dinkelsbühl, located in the middle of the Romantic Road.

The historical old town with 16 towers, fortifications and magnificent patrician buildings is under a preservation order. The most important sights include the Minster of St. Georg, one of Germany´s most beautiful late Gothic hall churches, the 'Weinmarkt' (wine market), the 'Deutsches Haus', the old hospital, the town mill and the picturesque 'Rothenburger' pond alongside the town wall.

From Dinkelsbühl follow the Romantic Road via Wallerstein to Nördlingen. The former Free Imperial Town of Nördlingen still has an almost complete medieval townscape. It is the only town in Germany with walls and battlements that can be walked all the way round. The historical old town is dominated by its landmark, the late Gothic hall church of St. George, with its 90 m high bell tower 'Daniel', which can be climbed 365 days a year.

Via Donauwörth you follow the Romantic Road to Augsburg. Your First-class Steigenberger Hotel 3 Mohren is located in Augsburg City Centre. - a biz class hotel but yet their aircon is like heater ... and their solution to our complaint is offer us a standing fan :sweat:


Day 6: Day trip to Wies Church and Neuschwanstein Castle

Follow the Romantic Road via Landsberg am Lech to visit the Market place and on to Steigaden to visit the World famous Pilgrimage Church of 'Flagellated Saviour in the Meadow', a late work of the brothers Dominikus and Johann Baptist Zimmermann. Drive on to Hohenschwangau where Neuschwanstein Castle is located.

The picture of Neuschwanstein is probably present in everybody's mind but certainly for those traveling along the Romantic Road. Be prepared that reality will surpass all pictures and imaginations: Neuschwanstein seems to be taken out of a fairy tale! Seeing the castle from the outside is unforgettable, a tour of the insight, which was originally built for the one famous inhabitant Ludwig II (admission included), will make the picture perfect!

Make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds, the view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind it are like none other!

In the evening drive back to your hotel in Augsburg.

Day 7: Augsburg to Munich/ Munich Airport
In Munich you can return your car in the City Centre, at the Airport . simply no time for attraction cos we stopped over at the BMW Welt

if you notice from the itinerary most of it say the admission are icnluded but when reached some attraction alot of them said it is not :sweat: and some of the attraction need to hike quite a distance before one can reach the palace so be prepared to walk and climb hill :lol:

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Re: Travel - Germany

Postby ptb7476 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:51 pm

i will definitely go back again but will comb via the moutainous route aka alp to austria / prague / czech republic next time but i will do my research and plan my own route cos the agency itinerary had us wasted so many back and fro driving trip to hotel

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Re: Travel - Germany

Postby Dnls_mum » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:54 pm

ptb7476 wrote:i will definitely go back again but will comb via the moutainous route aka alp to austria / prague / czech republic next time but i will do my research and plan my own route cos the agency itinerary had us wasted so many back and fro driving trip to hotel


If you want to visit Austria, Prague and Czech, I recommend a River Cruise rather than drive. River cruises are my fave now. Have been on 2 so far and love them. Just this June, we flew to Prague stayed 3 nights and then joined a river cruise with embarkation from Vilsofen, Germany. Then we cruised down the Danube for 7 nights with stops and sightseeing at Passau in Germany, Melk, Durnstein, Krems, Linz, Vienna and Salzburg, in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia and finally ended in Budapest in Hungary. The beauty of taking a river cruise is that there are no long drives as the ship moves during meal times or when you are sleeping. Time is not wasted. As early civilizations springs from rivers, many charming medieval towns and Unesco heritage towns and cities are along the river.

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Re: Travel - Germany

Postby verykiasu2010 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:42 am

Dnls_mum wrote:
ptb7476 wrote:i will definitely go back again but will comb via the moutainous route aka alp to austria / prague / czech republic next time but i will do my research and plan my own route cos the agency itinerary had us wasted so many back and fro driving trip to hotel


If you want to visit Austria, Prague and Czech, I recommend a River Cruise rather than drive. River cruises are my fave now. Have been on 2 so far and love them. Just this June, we flew to Prague stayed 3 nights and then joined a river cruise with embarkation from Vilsofen, Germany. Then we cruised down the Danube for 7 nights with stops and sightseeing at Passau in Germany, Melk, Durnstein, Krems, Linz, Vienna and Salzburg, in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia and finally ended in Budapest in Hungary. The beauty of taking a river cruise is that there are no long drives as the ship moves during meal times or when you are sleeping. Time is not wasted. As early civilizations springs from rivers, many charming medieval towns and Unesco heritage towns and cities are along the river.


wow, nice ! *like*
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Re: Travel - Germany

Postby verykiasu2010 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:45 am

ptb7476 wrote:i will definitely go back again but will comb via the moutainous route aka alp to austria / prague / czech republic next time but i will do my research and plan my own route cos the agency itinerary had us wasted so many back and fro driving trip to hotel


thanks for the update

very useful info about the places

you could have done a check on the routes to potentially saved time on back tracking

I usually use www.viamichelin.com to plan route and eating places, especially when they highlight those michelin-starred restaurants on a route between points
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