We decided next summer was the moment for having one of those
travels that are kept in the list with the time and are not finally
chosen just because they’re near and, therefore, easy to make. I always
kept in mind the combination of touring through Black Forest and
visiting Neuschwanstein Castle with the Oktoberfest in Munich, which is
a reason for such a trip by itself.
As this travel is on the lowest budget range we
can afford with no problems the high rates for hotels in Munich during
the days this city is most visited in the entire year.
So, joining these three points in a map, we got the base
itinerary on which we were making changes as the attractions were
showing up. For this reason, Austria came into the route soon. And
Frankfurt, which was not part of the plan at the beginning would end by
being the start and final destination due to economic reasons about
flights and car, as the distance with Munich and the Oktoberfest helped
on getting quite lower rates for those.
With this, our plan was like this:
-H- Frankfurt (1 day). We arrive at Germany early and it is
always a good idea starting with a quiet day, visiting this important
city and leaving the road for the following day.
-B, C and D- Black Forest (3 days). We allow three days for
this area thinking about having flexibility. We arrive here from
Frankfurt and spend two nights in different cities (Baden Baden and
Freiburg). We spend the last night out of it, in Lindau. The idea is
being able to manage the intensity for the first and third day.
-E- Innsbruck (1 day). After visiting Neuschwanstein Castle,
a short ride crossing the Austrian border, leads us to the capital city
of Tirol, which is a touristic attraction by itself.
-F- Salzburg (1 day). This beautiful Austrian city requires a
short diversion from our way to Munich, which we’re sure it worth it.
-G- Munich (3 days). We made our three days in this city to
coincide with the Oktoberfest’s first two days, where the most of
events take part. We’ll visit the city as well.
-H- Frankfurt (1 day). This day is the one we must add
because of having to return the car there and getting the flight back
next day from it. We can take advantage of this, though, and visiting
Nuremberg and whatever we missed in Frankfurt.
So, finally, the definitive route plan (number of
day and where we sleep) is the following, starting by September 10th of
2: Baden Baden
7, 8 y 9: Munich
The final budget for flights, hotels, car and
tours is arounf 1500€ for the two of us.
There are multiple low cost airlines with flights Germany,
but Frankfurt and Munich are the hubs for Lufthansa. So we did our
search directly with it. Flights to and from Munich had high rates for
Oktoberfest days, so we took the decision of going and coming from
Frankfurt. This way, we could make it by around 100€ per person.
Finally, return flight with Lufthansa is like
this, by 216.62€ in total:
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As always, we used the hotels search engine in booking.com.
The challenge here was to find a good place for Munich as during the
Oktoberfest allocations gets more expensive and full quickly. No rushes
for the rest of the cities as we only had to look for a place with a
good location and parking. We spend the first and last night in
Frankfurt, which gives us the option of using the same place for both,
although, in this case, it was no need for that.
We soon understood the three nights in Munich was
going to be the most expensive of the entire travel, so we sacrificed
location in order to get something good at a reasonable price. So, as
we’re having a car for these days, we could choose the
Holiday Inn München Unterhaching.
A good hotel for which we’ve paid in advance the 410€ they charge for
the three nights.
For Frankfurt we realized it was more useful for
us having different hotels for the two separated nights there and
choose the location according to the plan for that day. For the first
night we looked for something close to the historical center, where our
visits are going to be, and with parking as our thought was to bring
the car from the airport.
Europa Style has all those points
on it by 98€ per night.
Somehow, when we booked the car later on, it was
better for us to pick it up and deliver it in the city and that made
we’ve chosen a hotel closer to the car rental office for the last
night. So finally, these two hotels in Frankfurt are the only ones we
don’t need parking. BOLD Apartments fit with our
criteria even when they’re not including breakfast. We book there by
75.60€ per night.
After these choices, the rest of the hotels came
quick. In the Black Forest it took more time to choose the cities where
spending the night than the hotel election in them. Our hotel list is
- Hotel Quellenhof Sophia in Baden
Baden by 112€.
- Alemannenhof in
Schallstadt-Mengen, close to Freiburg, by 76€.
- Das mietwerk I Boutique & Bio Hostel
in Lindau by 82€.
- Cityhotel Schwarzer Bär in
Innsbruck by 101€.
- Altstadt Hotel Hofwirt in
Salzburg by 90€.
This makes a total cost in hotels of 1045€.
We’ve got a good experience with Enterprise which also use to
have good rates. We pay 178.53€ for picking up the car on September
11th by the morning and delivering on 19th evening, which is the best
rate we could find.
The office for car picking and delivering is close to the Frankfurt’s
main train station, which is convenient for us.
We haven’t hired any tours for this travel but we’ve booked
mandatory one when you want to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. IT is a
good advice to book the visit in advance to avoid long waits that could
take the entire day.
With this, we’ve booked this visit through the official
ask for the details of your credit card, but no charge is done as it is
expected you pay once there in the ticket box.
received the email with the confirmation of our tour at 12:20 PM a
couple of months before going. They ask for taking the tickets no later
than one hour before the tour time. The price is 27.60€ for the both of
Detailed plan, then, is like this: