Thanks to everyone on the Munich and Bavaria forums who has provided input and helped us narrow down our plans so far. My husband, 6-year-old and I are looking forward to our trip in June!
Here's how our rough itinerary is shaping up. We've tried to allow for a good mix of day trips and in-town activities, and also tried to build in some flexibility for spontaneous discoveries and just relaxing and soaking in the local culture. Obviously, some of this depends on the weather.
For reference, we'll be staying in Haidhausen and getting around via public transport.
Arrive MUC early morning. After all the usual arrival logistics and taking the train to our hotel near the Ostbahnhof, we'll most likely rest for a short while, then head out to explore the city. We're not planning anything too involved - we will just play it by ear. We may find a playground or park, take a swim at a public pool, wander the streets and get oriented, etc. Any other suggestions for low-commitment things to do (i.e., we can bail and head back to the hotel if jet lag overcomes us) would be great.
- Englischer Garten; we'll probably rent bikes, watch the surfers, visit the biergarten, etc.
- Strolling around the Marienplatz and visiting old town sites such as the Frauenkirche. I'd also love to browse the shops, including Dallmayr
- Visiting the Viktualienmarkt
- If time allows, we may try to see the Residenz on this day.
Day trip to Salzburg. Even though we know many shops and some restaurants will be closed, we chose a Sunday for this trip in hopes that the crowds would be lower. Plus, since we are traveling on a Bayern Ticket, we can get an early start on that day.
- Hohensalzburg Fortress. All of us find medieval castles more interesting than ornate palaces, so we are looking forward to this tour.
- Walking around the old town and finding a spot to relax with coffee and pastries
- We're not interested in most of the Sound of Music stuff, but the Mirabell Gardens look pretty.
Deutsches Museum. We'll allow most of a day for this since my husband and son are big science and technology buffs.
Day trip to Neuschwanstein/Fussen. This is our fullest day, so we'll pay regular train fare instead of the Bayern Ticket so that we can head out early.
- Seeing the castles from the Marienbrucke. Having heard feedback about the crowds and the rushed nature of the interior tour, and having watched a documentary on both of them to help with our decision, we have decided not to tour the insides of the castles.
- Renting a rowboat or pedal boat on the Alpsee
- Exploring Fussen and possibly Hohes Schloss for a bit
- Taking the Tegelbergbahn to the summit
- Riding the luge at the base of the mountain
- BMW Welt/Museum or Munich Zoo (leaning toward the zoo)
- I love art museums, so I may visit the Alte and/or Neue Pinakothek on my own while my husband and son have a rest - they like to have more downtime than I do on vacation. :-)
Day trip to Legoland. On our son's "must" list. This is a public holiday, so I am bracing myself for huge crowds.
Depart MUC midmorning
Thanks in advance for any feedback you have!