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Itinerary Suggests? I'm wide open...

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Itinerary Suggests? I'm wide open...

My kids and I have accompanied my husband on a business trip to Germany. It was an extremely short notice departure (found out we could go less than 36 hours before arriving...), so I haven't really had time to plan or sort out activities and I'm hoping some people here can help. :)

I'm currently in Friedrichshafen, where I have to stay until the evening of friday the 9th due to my husband's work. However, from Friday the 9th of may until thursday the 15th we can travel anywhere within Germany, though I would like to stay in the the baden-wurtemburg or bavaria regions. On the 16th we want to visit the neuschwanstein castle before returning to Munich for our flight home on the 17th.

So, where to go? Sat-Sun is completely free and we don't mind driving. However, we need a base from mon-thursday as my husband is expected to work 8 hours a day remotely. We have a rental car and our budget is very flexible. We travel with a 7 year old and a 11 year old.

Interests: The outdoors, hiking, shopping, eating, castles, animals, historic places... Not interested in casinos, cars/plane shows, art museums, spas.

So questions:

- Where is a good place to base ourselves out of that would allow for a variety of different 1/2 day trips? For example, if the husband works from 7am-11am, and then from 7-11pm, he will have put in his 8 hours and still have a big chunk of the day available for excursions. Is there any town/city that will allow for this sort of thing? Also, some place that is pedestrian and child friendly would be ideal so that we can wander in the morning while he works.

I want to visit baden-baden/hugelshiem at least one of those days, because I lived there eons ago as a child when the Canadian forces base was still open. However, not many of the "things to do" in baden baden interest me other than hohenbaden castle so I don't think that would be a good base.

- What are the region's best castles?

- I want to take a "hike" through the black forest. Which trails are easy enough for children while still giving us a good, quiet experience?

- Is there anything I can do in Friedrichshafen with two kids and no car? There are only so many times I can walk up and down the promenade and the things to do page on trip advisor is sparse.

Thanks for any and all help!

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1. Re: Itinerary Suggests? I'm wide open...

Hope Marcopolko see this, he wrote a great post about things to do in B-W, may I suggest the lake Constance area if you have a few free days http://www.bodensee.eu/?lang=2 or maybe you can fit it between Black Forrest and Neuschwanstein, would your kids like to travel back in time and visit http://www.pfahlbauten.com/ ?

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2. Re: Itinerary Suggests? I'm wide open...

Take a look at what I wrote in #1 of tripadvisor.com/…49932873 . That will have weeks' or months' worth of excellent things to see and do in Baden-Wuerttemberg. In addition, Hohentwiel, the largest castle ruin in area in Germany, is a short distance away from Lake Constance by Singen. If you go, make sure to pick up your entry ticket below as I wouldn't want to make the climb twice.

Friedrichshafen is one of my least favorite places on the lake. It has a zeppelin museum, and that's about it. Of course, you can go elsewhere at and around the lake, and then there are several months' worth of things to see and do. The best thing is to get free brochures on the area from tourist information offices, restaurants, hotels, museums, etc. There is a nice book one of over 200 pages which probably has the best information on things to do around the lake. Some interesting places to visit are Meersburg with Germany's oldest castle, the previuously mentioned reconstructed prehistoric houses on stilts in the lake, Monkey Mountain by Salem and also its palace/monastery, and both Überlingen and Lindau have nice oldtowns.

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Have you considered taking a boat tripin the next couple of days ? Bregenz and/or Konstanz are worth a look.

If you are going to Baden Baden maybe a day in Europa Park, I suspect it will appeal more to your kids than you though :-)

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See my trip report at www.bensbauernhof.com for ideas around Lake Constance and the Black Forest

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Thanks so much! The amount of places to see and activities in this region is overwhelming. It seems fairly easy to get from Friedrichshafen to other places via ferry. I'm not sure how to get from the ferry port to the actual pfahlbau museum, but I can't see it being that complicated.

I've got three days to fill with day excursions out of this little town, and you've given me quite a bit to work with! Then to plan what to do after friday... I don't even know where to start, but being based out of Stuttgart might be fun.

What about Karlsruhe? Does it make sense to use that as our base?

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Through May11 the world's largest Spring beer festival is on in Stuttgart ( www.wasen.de ). Besides the large tents seating 5000 people and their entertainment, there are lots of rides suitable for children of your age, many of which are most often considered to be amusement park rides. For an amusement park, I would consider Tripsdrill ( www.tripsdrill.de ), Germany's oldest amusement park which has many rides suitable for children of your age including lots of the older ones for nostalgia. It has a lovely setting in the vineyards north of Stuttgart and also includes the next door wild animal park on a wooded hillside. Although EuropePark is Germany's premiere amusement park, it is expensive and best for older children who can go on the more adult rides.

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7. Re: Itinerary Suggests? I'm wide open...

Friedrichshafen.

Besides the really interesting Zeppelin Museum - esp. the reproduction of the LZ 129 "Hindenburg" -

http://www.zeppelin-museum.de/850.html

also the school museum is worth a visit

friedrichshafen.de/fileadmin/user_upload/ima…

You can travel from Friedrichshafen to Unteruhldingen (lake dwellings museum) by boat.

www.bsb-online.com/fahrplan-online.html

But there are also half hourly buses (to "Unteruhldingen Meersburger Str.," travel time 43 min).

There is also a bus connecting the lake dwelling museum with the Affenberg Salem.

http://www.affenberg-salem.de/en/index.html

The catamaran ferry takes you to Konstanz.

http://www.der-katamaran.de/en/home/home.php

http://www.konstanz.de/en/03112/index.html

The car ferry takes you to Romanshorn (Switzerland) from where you can travel onward by train.

There is also a direct bus (36 min) from Friedrichshafen to the Ravensburger Spieleland, the closest leisure park.

http://www.spieleland.de/uk/start/index.html

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If it comes to castles the Swabian Alb has more to offer than the Black Forest. And is equally good for hiking.

schwaebischealb.de/Zeitreisen/Burgen-und-Sch…

http://www.blackforest-tourism.com/

http://www.black-forest-travel.com/leisure/

You could base yourself in one of the towns between both uplands. E.g. Rottweil or Villingen are really nice larger towns.

http://www.rottweil.de/en/Tourism

http://www.tourismus-vs.de/en.html

Best castles:

Schloss Sigmaringen (authentic, interior among the best of all castles)

www.schloss-sigmaringen.de/homepage.html

Burg Hohenzollern (19th century Romanticism (like Neuschwanstein))

http://www.burg-hohenzollern.com/

Burg Hohenzollern is so 35 min from Rottweil by car, Sigmaringen 1 h. Classical destinations in the Black Forest like Triberg (45 min) or Titisee (1 h) can also be easily reached. To Baden-Baden you'll need however close to 2 hours.

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Anyone have any recommendations for what to do out of friedrichshafen in the rain? I've decided to do the stilt houses and monkey mountain tomorrow, so what to do today...

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I strongly recommend Lindau. Surprised it hasn't been mentioned. Its only about a half hour from Friedrichshafen. Its much better on a sunny day but its really a lovely town/island, nice harbor, medieval buildings, ferry to Austria etc. Also, it is a rail terminus, so you can take trains up into Allgau (I like Oberhausen) even to Munich.

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