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First time to Germany. Need advice on best town to base ourselves in from where we can do day trips to various typical Bavarian villages. Will be only sightseeing, no winter sports. We will not have a car. Is transportation between the villages or towns easy by train perhaps? what is typical weather the first week of April?

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1. Re: Base town

Munich is probably the hub for transport. Trains branch out in all directions, eg south to ~Mittenwald, east to Prien and Berchtesgaden, north to Regensburg, west to Augsburg, Fuessen.

And rail transport is absurdly cheap ad easy.

Edited: 08 November 2013, 14:40
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Thanks for your reply. How is the weather typically in frist week of april? still snow around anywhere? not that we are looking for that just to know how to dress up

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The typical, and proverbial, weather in April is a mix of everything and very changeable. If you do not like the weather, wait for 10-15 minutes. Anything between +25°C on sunny days to frosty nights, rain, snow, sunshine, drizzle, fog, wind... is possible. Prepare for all eventualities, bring clothes that can be combined and worn in layers.

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In mountains- eg Mittenwald- there will almost surely be snow visible, and maybe in and around the town.

However I've been to Munich in April and had snow and frozen canals at Nymphenburg palace; I've also been in April when people were swimming in the same canals.

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If interested in northern Bavaria, Bamberg is a wonderful small city with good connections to places like Coburg, Wurzburg, Bayreuth, Nuernberg, etc.

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railway map Bavaria

bahnland-bayern.de/tl_files/bahnland-bayern/…

nice small towns suitable as a base for train travel are e.g.

Prien (Lake Chiemsee)

http://tourismus.prien.de/en/

or Iphofen (Franconia - between Würzburg and Nuremberg)

iphofen.de/download/ortsprospekt_englisch_10…

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thanks to all for your replies. since we really only have 5 days total in this area. which towns or villages or attractions would you recommend to visit in this short time without being rushed. we are flying in and out of Munich.

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There are already several good suggestions above, so this will repeat a few.

As you are flying into and out of Munich, I'd use Munich as my base. Too bad you won't have a rental car, but with that as your limitation, the second best alternative would be a city or town with good public transport and commercial day tour options, and none is better in that regard than Munich.

First, Munich itself has a lot to see or do--enough to certainly fill 3 days on its own.

Second, lots of daytripping options; e.g., the most famous of Ludwig's castles and palaces, including Linderhof and the two at Hohenschwangau, and Herrenchiemsee. You can do all of these either on your own by train/bus, or daytrips from Munich through a bus tour company. Other places possible by public transport could include Garmisch, Oberammergau, the Wieskirche (usually in combination with a visit to Hohenschwangau and the castles there), Andechs and Ettal Abbeys, Mittenwald.

There's a lot more to choose from, and you won't have any problem filling 5 days.

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Thanks to everyone for all your great suggestions!

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10. Re: Base town

Munich is a major train hub - but it doesn't have to be YOUR train hub, and there are other good options.

Use the map link abalada gave you for my suggestions below.

The weather in April is often disagreeable in the mountains... Füssen, Hohenschwangau, Berchtesgaden, Garmisch, Oberammergau, and Mittenwald (the most quintessential Bavarian village, perhaps) are popular destinations but I wouldn't want 5 days there if it's going to be constant wetness. If these are the places you must see, then stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and visit the others from there. From Garmisch, O'ammergau takes 35-40 minutes by direct bus. Mittenwald is 20 minutes by train. It's about 90 minutes to Füssen by train + bus, Schwangau a little further.

Chances for better conditions improve as you move north. Augsburg (medium-sized city) or Donauwörth (smaller place on the Danube River; Donau = Danube) are both places on the Romantic Road that could serve as train hubs for outings to other RR towns - like the beautiful old walled town of Nördlingen, Harburg. Adorable Pappenheim, Weissenburg, Eichstätt, and Neuburg are not RR towns but are also terrific destinations. All these places are about 30 minutes to an hour from Donauwörth by train. This is a very nice part of Germany and is somewhat less heavily visited than the places you find in the glossy travel brochures.

For ease of travel, I would choose Augsburg over Donauwörth as a base town if you are counting on making a daytrip into the mountain towns as well, or if you need a more city-like environment to overnight in.

Donauwörth: …panoramio.com/photos/large/32179573.jpg

Pappenheim: http://www.pappenheim.de/Town-of-Pappenheim.22+M5d637b1e38d.0.html

Harburg and its castle: travelinos.com/castles/n22-15421-Harburg_Cas…

Nördlingen's old town wall: staedte-fotos.de/1024/die-stadt-noerdlingen-…

Eichstätt: …blogspot.com/-L2v9jzEM2eQ/…EICH.jpg

Weißenburg: frankentourismus.de/tn_img/344150_weissenbur…

Neuburg: …t-online.de/b/…index.jpg

Augsburg: tompgalvin.com/places/de/bayern/augsburg.htm