Anyone ever been to Germany/Switzerland/Austria?

  • Musicman91

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    Apr 04, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    I've always wanted to go to these countries and I would really love to oneday.

    Has anyone ever been to any of them? If so where did you stay and what were your experiences like? Did you get any cool souvenirs??

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    Apr 04, 2012 11:41 AM GMT
    I went to Salzburg (Austria) not that long ago. Very nice city and similar to my own hometown (not Brussels). It's divided into an old and new part. Obviously the old part is more interesting for tourists. I remember there being a couple of great looking statues. Unfortunaly they completely exploit the whole Mozart thing, which gets a little extreme at times...

    I have been to Germany on numerous occasions and also lived in Munich for 6 months. Munich is a great city, but very expensive. Some time ago I ventured deeper into Bavaria and went to see Hitler's house and had a chat with his neighbour. I've been to Switzerland as well, to go skiing, but I don't remember that much of it.

    Where do you plan to go?
  • Musicman91

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    Apr 04, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    That sounds awesome! I'd love to go to Salzburg one day it's gorgeous, from what I've seen in pictures and the Sound of Music lol. I'm not sure where in Switzerland or Germany but I'd love to going backpacking across them.
  • kpm1986

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    Apr 04, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    Germany is cool.
    I've been to Berlin, Cologne, Hannover and Hamburg. Berlin is awesome. So much history, contrasted with the new. It's so varied and I've been several times and am never bored. Planning to go again.

    Cologne is a nice place. Hannover isn't really worth a trip (I was waiting on a night train so spent a day just wandering around and that was enough). I have mixed feelings about Hamburg. The place I stayed ended up being in the red light district. I'm not prudish, but wasn't really my cup of tea. I quite liked the St. Pauli district as it was quite shabby chic.

    Switzerland is beautiful for the scenery. I didn't particularly enjoy Zurich, but then again it rained everyday. I know other people love it. Although it did have Monet's Waterlilies in the gallery, which was stunning (and I'm not even a big art fan). Lausanne is ok. I only went to because it is home of the Olympic movement and used to run a lot. Geneva may be slightly better.

    I've skied at Gstaad which is a great resort and has the Swiss Open tennis in the summer. I think Switzerland is for the mountains rather than the cities though.

    I can't comment on Austria.
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    Apr 04, 2012 8:03 PM GMT
    I have been to Germany. I was in Munich for a few days..mostly because of the airport. I did happen to take a 40 minute train ride in to the center of Munich with the Glockenspiel.

    That was cool but I expected more of Germany.

    However, Austria is so beautiful. I was down in the Southern part of Austria for about 21 days visiting some relatives. There are a lot of things to do in that part. Shop, Eat, Swim in the many lakes, hike, and even take a train or drive to Slovenia or even to Venice, Italy.

    Its always sunny in Karten, Austria...thats the place to go in the Summer.icon_cool.gif
  • JerseyBlues

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    Apr 04, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    Zurich is a beautiful city with the mountains and Zurichsee as focal points. There are so many sights to see along the Bahnhofstrasse, one of the main streets from the HauptBanhoff (train station). Just walk along the streets and you'll find sights everywhere. The food is amazing. The people were nice and friendly, especially when you attempt to speak German or French. If they see you attempt and struggle, they'll speak English.

    I was only in Zurich for 14 hours then took the midnight train (ok, 11pm train) to Vienna which was pretty cool, though I wish I took a daytime train so that I could have seen the countryside. I met my friends at the Hilton StadtPark and wandered around the city solo while they were in meetings all day. St. Stephansdomplatz with the cathedral is one of the main squares. Hofburg Palace, Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery where Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss and all of the famous Austrian musicians are buried...along with Falco!). We spent only two days in Vienna before flying to Italy where we spent a week traveling from Naples, Rome, Florence and Venice.


  • okologische

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    Apr 04, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    I'll be living in Freiburg for a few months! I'll let you know what i think of it lol
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    Must see's if you've never been to Germany:

    • Berlin - lots of leather and related fetish bars and events if you are into that. And the bars have no city-mandated closing hour.

    While a lot of the Cold War era construction has become but a distant memory, a few things of note remain - the "East Side Gallery" is a preserved section of the Wall with much interesting graffiti.

    The DDR Museum (a museum not about dance video games but about the „Deutsche Demokratisch Republik”) has all sorts of exhibits on life in the former East Germany.

    The Fernsehturm (TV Tower) in the Alexanderplatz is worth a look as well to see the lay of the city from nearly 370m altitude.

    Museuminsel (Museum Island) is in the River Spree and has about a day's worth of museums to visit - five of them are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site with buildings from the early 19th century. The complex is walkable due east about 1,3km from the Brandenburg Gate along the "Unter den Linden" street to the west fork of the river, then north along Bodestraße am Lustgarten.

    Other sites I'd visit would be the Zugspitze (or its near twin the Alpspitze) near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Bavaria. Worth the climb, near the peak is a tidy little stand where you can get beer or limonade.

    And the town itself, while touristy and (less of) an attraction point for NATO (read:US) servicemembers is very quaint and worth dropping into.

    Also worth seeing if you arrive in the late summer is the „Deutsche Weinstraße”, a string of cities and towns primarily running along through Rheinland-Pfaltz and a sweeter variety to be found in the Saar-Riesling Weinstraße further south.
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    Apr 04, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    Berlin Wall - a bit of my experiences and a couple of links.
  • bischero

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    Apr 04, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    Go to Vienna. It is simply amazing. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 05, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    You've asked about three countries I like. I've done a whole lot of traveling in my life and can offer my candid thoughts on each one - - and places I've stayed:

    * Vienna. Obergurgl (for skiing). Favorite hotel: Hotel Bergwelt.

    * Lech am Arlberg (skiing). Favorite hotel: Kristiania Lech.

    * Verbier. My favorite place to ski on Earth. Truly. Favorite hotel: The Lodge Verbier.

    * Zurich. On the lake / favorite hotel: Eden au Lac.

    * Gstaad. Favorite hotel: Grand Hotel Bellevue.

    * Lausanne. Favorite hotel: Chateau d'Ouchy.

    * Dresden. Favorite hotel: Suitess an der Frauenkirche.

    * Frankfurt am Main. Favorite hotel: Schlosshotel Kronberg.

    * Cologne. Hotel im Wasserturm is my favorite place.

    * Heidelberg. Heidelberg Suites Boutique Hotel.

    * Berlin. Brandenburger Hof Berlin is my favorite hotel.

    I've offered a lot of suggestions here, but haven't given you details and background information. If anyone would like further information, just let me know and I'm happy to share my impressions of various places in more detail.

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    Apr 05, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    Grew up in Germany for 11 years. Now im in the U.S., but i work for a company based in Geneva, Switzerland. And my dad is of german / spaniard decent.