Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm going to Germany!!!

As many of you already know I am going to Germany come next month and I am SUPER excited about it. So I decided to share in the excitement with all of you. Below I have posted the tentative schedule for my trip. (BTW typing all of this into tripit is one eck of a chore!)

Now the crazy Disney planner in me (See even when I leave the country I take Disney with me!) wishes that this schedule was a little more organized.

I wish that there was less "free time" and more structured activities. I also wish the addresses were listed for every place we are going (Oh don't worry I'll know the addresses once I get over to google!) The price ranges of the restaurants my prof is taking us too would be nice I really would like to know how much $$ I'll need. Lastly (and I guess we have to figure this out for ourselves) what restaurants, attractions, and historical sights are near our hotel. You know for when that "free time" comes up.

I know I am being way too anal. I just need to sit back relax and enjoy. But I really like having a touring plan! ;-)

What do you guys think? Have you been to Germany? How much spending $$ did you bring? What do you like to know before you go on a long trip? Do you like free time or do schedules make life easier?

Tentative Itinerary [as of 12/04/10]:

4-7 January                                          1-4 pm                on-campus preparatory sessions           
Sunday 9 January                                                                  [optional, at own expense, $79.00/room,
                                                                                              spend    night at Hyatt Dulles near airport and sleep until noon before flying out]

Monday 10 January                                   4:30 pm                 meet near Lufthansa counter at 
                                                                 7:05pm               Lufthansa # 415 nonstop to Munich

Tuesday 11                                               9:05 am               Arrive Munich’s Franz-Josef-Strauss airport
                                                                                                  Falcan chartered bus to Hotel Olympia

                                                                    11:00 am              Arrive at hotel

                                                                    noon                     U3 subway to Marienplatz

                                                                    12:30 am               lunch at Donisl, (ph 29 62 64

                                                                    afternoon             walking tour of city center; pick up opera 
                                                                                                  opportunity to buy water, phone cards, etc.

                                                                    evening                TBA
Wednesday 12                                         *9:30 am                   Leave hotel to go to Olympia-Stadion
                                                                                                  BMW exhibit 

                                                                    1:00 pm                 Döner lunch near Münchener Freiheit

                                                                    2:30 pm                 Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität, incl. 
                                                                                                  White Rose Exhibit

                                                                                                  free time

                                                                    7:00 pm                 concert: Hochschule für Musik & Theater
                                                                                                  (Strauss, Offenbach, etc.)

Thursday 13                                              9:00 am                 Alte & Neue Pinakothek & der Moderne
                                                                                                  Munich’s world-class art galleries

                                                                    eve                        Cinema (tent.)

Friday 14                                                    *8:00 am               Leave hotel

                                                                    9:27 am                 EC-63 train to Salzburg, Austria

                                                                    10:54 am               Arrive Salzburg
                                                                                                  meet with former Hollins assistant,
                                                                                                  Melanie Friedrich, and Salzburg writers
                                                                                                  Christine & Eberhard Haidegger;
                                                                                                  walk to Salzburg old town;

                                                                    12:00                     lunch at Stern-Bräu, Salzburg’s oldest

                                                                    1:30 pm                 tour of city by Frau Haidegger

                                                                    7:03 pm                 EC-62 train to Munich

                                                                    8:34 pm                 Arrive Munich
                                                                                                  dinner in Munich                                                              

Saturday 15                                               morning               Schloss Nymphenburg tour 

                                                                    afternoon             late fast-food lunch at Viktualienmarkt
                                                                                            Lenbachhaus: exhibit:  
                                                                                          Kandinsky and other “Blue Rider” group works   
Sunday 16                                                 10:00 am               meet with Klaus’ friends, (Norbert. Inge, 
                                                                                               Matthias Fischer) for walk through
                                                                                                 Waldfriedhof & Schloss Fürstenried
                                                                    1:00 pm                 lunch at suburban restaurant

                                                                    afternoon             walk through English Garden city park
                                                                                                  Haus der Kunst

                                                                    6:00 pm                 dinner at Weisses Bräuhaus  (ph: 29 98 75)

Monday 17                                                9:00 am                 Hellabrunn Zoo, the world’s only
                                                                                                  “geographic” zoo

                                                                    afternoon             Münchener Residenz tour

                                                                    evening                dinner at Wirtshaus zur Brezn (39 00 92)

Tuesday 18                                               9:00 am                 Dachau concentration camp

                                                                    afternoon             free time

                                                                    evening                Cinema
Wednesday 19                                              9:00 am                 Bavaria Film Studios tour

                                                                    1:30 pm                 lunch at Viktualienmarkt at own expense

                                                                                             afternoon               free time
Thursday 20                                              *8:30 am               day trip into Alps by chartered bus to                                                                                                Oberammergau, Abbey Ettal, Wieskirche
                                                                                                  Schloss Neuschwanstein tour

                                                                    5:30 pm                 dinner in small Bavarian village   (Raisting)  
Friday 21                                                    *9:30 am               downtown, TBA

                                                                    12:00 noon           lunch at Hofbräuhaus
                                                                                                   free time for shopping
Saturday 22                                               all day                  revisiting Munich sights; lunch on you
                                                                                                  with some last-minute morning shopping;   
Sunday 23                                                 *9:30 am               breakfast, then free morning
                                                                                                  revisiting Munich cont’d; packing!

                                                                    7:00 pm                 Opera: La Boheme by Puccini,
                                                                                                  Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

                                                                    10:00 pm               Maxhof  late dinner

Monday 24                                                6:30 am                 breakfast

                                                                    7:30 am                 chartered bus to airport

                                                                    11:35 am               Lufthansa # 414 nonstop to    

                                                                    3:10 pm                 Arrive Washington/Dulles


1 comment:

  1. Hey!

    I have never been to Germany, but in my travels to afar I would say plan on more money! Also call your credit/bank card company to make sure that they know you are out of the country and ask if there are any extra fees for using it over there.

    I am so excited for you!!!!



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