MUNICH!

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    Aug 12, 2014 7:53 PM GMT
    19 Days.

    What do you suggest seeing and doing in Munich, Germany?

    What's fun and gay also?
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    Aug 13, 2014 2:08 AM GMT

    If you're in Munich by the 16th, you could make the Schwules Strassenfest, which I'd like to see again. It is the annual gay outdoor party at the Hans-Sachs-Straße with different DJ's and performances. This is a blast and it is attended by around 15,000 revelers every year. This is the most popular gay/lesbian street fair in Munich. Also - there is the the official After-Party at the popular NY.Club. It starts at 23h and ends usually around 7h Sunday morning. NY.Club is famous for booking top international DJ's. This year it will be DJane Sharon O Love from London.

    As for a place to stay, there are two very good hotels I like best:

    * Rocco Forte Charles Hotel, it’s an easy walk to the Neue Pinakothek, the acclaimed museum focused on 18th- and 19th-century art. 45 minutes from Franz-Josef-Strauss International Airport

    and:

    * Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München, the perfect central location, right on the Maximilianstrasse.

    Have a good trip. This is one of the good times to go to Munich. If you want good restaurant names, just let me know what kinds of places you're thinking of.
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    Aug 13, 2014 6:26 AM GMT
    For getting an easy overview of general touristy things you might want to investigate the Hop On Hop Off buses are handy. Those are the ones you see in SF that are red and double decked with an open top. We took the one on Copenhagen and it was nice.
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    Aug 13, 2014 4:58 PM GMT
    @Jockbod48 - THANKS for the heads up! I just arrived this morning. I'm staying with friends who live about 5km away in the Bogenhausen district. I'm walking distance from the U4.

    I'm probably not up for the all night party. Haven't done one of those since my circuit boy days which ended in 2000.

    What's the vibe and dress for the daytime street fair? It's going to be about 17c with about 30% chance of rain.
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    Aug 14, 2014 3:52 AM GMT
    Gay beach - Der Flaucher in the Isar River. I remember being to a more natural gya/nude river beach out of town, but don't remember where it was.
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    Aug 14, 2014 4:06 AM GMT
    If it's raining, the BMW museum is drool-worthy. Sort of a Guggenheim of fast things. (And if it's not, raining the Olympic Park is just a short walk across the freeway overpass.)
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    Aug 21, 2014 12:21 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidFor getting an easy overview of general touristy things you might want to investigate the Hop On Hop Off buses are handy. Those are the ones you see in SF that are red and double decked with an open top. We took the one on Copenhagen and it was nice.


    The CitySightSeeing bus made for a great 1-day overview for 20 Euro. I would have done the 2-day ticket if I had not already planned to do Schloss Neuschwanstein the next day. Buy online to get a 2 Euro discount.

    Do the Schwabing tour first, as it only runs 4x per day. Then, do the Schloss Nymphenburg/Olympia Park tour. Finish up with the "City Tour" which has more busses and runs more frequently.

    There was also a Gray Line bus, but they had a live narrator for the tour. It was probably more expensive.
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    Aug 21, 2014 12:29 AM GMT
    FYI, "Fitness First" is the only gym which seems to have a way to join at a decent price and for short term visitors. A 2 week "gift pass" is available for 55 Euro (total with tax and shipping). You've got to order it online and it has to be mailed to you. Although you can pay with a credit card, it doesn't work with U.S. credit cards. You've got to use PayPal to use a U.S. credit card.

    Plan ahead on where you want it shipped to. In the interim, print out the PayPal receipt AND the Fitness First confirmation page.
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    Aug 21, 2014 12:47 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Lumpyoatmeal saidyou might want to investigate the Hop On Hop Off buses are handy.

    ightSeeing bus made for a great 1-day overview for 20 Euro. I would have done the 2-day ticket if I had not already planned to do Schloss Neuschwanstein the next day.


    I had not thought of this before, since the castles are outside of Munich, but although Newschwanstein is a Disneyland wonder, Herrenchiemsee is an absolute gem - a miniature version of Versailles, on an island in a lake. Definitely worth the trip. Madness has its virtues sometimes.
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    Aug 21, 2014 8:02 PM GMT
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    GAMRican said
    Lumpyoatmeal saidyou might want to investigate the Hop On Hop Off buses are handy.

    ightSeeing bus made for a great 1-day overview for 20 Euro. I would have done the 2-day ticket if I had not already planned to do Schloss Neuschwanstein the next day.


    I had not thought of this before, since the castles are outside of Munich, but although Newschwanstein is a Disneyland wonder, Herrenchiemsee is an absolute gem - a miniature version of Versailles, on an island in a lake. Definitely worth the trip. Madness has its virtues sometimes.


    What was the most amazing about going out to Schloss Neuschwanstein was the hike to the top of Tegelberg. The tourist crowds quickly wane on the trail away from the castle. Only the hardy remain after about 2-3k. And, awaiting you at the top at the Tegelberghaus is the most wonderful "Germknödel". We took the tram ride down to save time for seeing other areas of Schwangau.