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VegasBJ's European Adventure, 9/19 - 10/4

Discussion in 'There's More To Life Than Vegas?' started by VEGASBJ, Sep 13, 2016.

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  1. VEGASBJ

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    Heading out on a 16 day European adventure next Monday with my wife and 2 other couples. We have had this trip planned for almost a year now. Another couple dropped out last minute due to a death in the immediate family. Main reason for going is to attend Oktoberfest in Munich.

    The whole trip was booked with miles and points.

    Flying First Class on American, first stop Philadelphia, then on our way to Frankfurt. We arrive a day ahead of the other couples so we will explore Frankfurt and the old town area on the first day, and catch up on any jet lag. We are staying at the Intercontinental for this one night.

    Next morning we are meeting the other couples at the Frankfurt Main haptbanhof (train station) to take the train to Munich. We purchased a 2 week unlimited Eurail pass for our traveling between destinations. We booked First Class cabins for the trains.

    I have been lucky over the years to have traveled a lot througout Europe on business, but some of these destinations will be the first time for my wife. This will be my 4th visit to Octoberfest, but it has been about 15 years since I have last been. Octoberfest runs from last two weeks of September through the first week of October. We are staying in Munich for 3 nights, and have a table reserved in one of the tents at Oktoberfest for two of the nights. We are staying at the Konigshof Hotel while in Munich.

    After three days in Munich, we take the train to Vienna, Austria for two nights. We are staying at the Hotel Bristol while in Vienna.

    Then off to Prague, which I am really excited about as it will be my first visit to that city, and it has always been on my bucket list. I can't remember the hotel name in Prague, but it is a Sheraton Hotel. Looking forward to this part of the trip.

    Then we backtack a little bit and visit Salzburg, Austria, which has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The contrast between the old town and the new part of the city, with the river running through the city and dividing old and new, is really spectacular. Lots to see and do here, and we are here for 3 nights, staying at the Goldener Hirsch Hotel in the old part of the city. I have some family nostalgia here as well since The Sound of Music was filmed here, and my Uncle worked on the film as the location manager, and he was the one responsible for choosing the location of each scene of the movie.

    Then off to Zurich, Switzerland for the final 3 days. We have day trips planned each day and are taking the train to visit Lucerne one day, and Lake Lugano / Como area another day. We are staying at the Zurich Marriott for these days.

    Then back home after a whirlwind trip through Europe!!

    I will update with photos and daily recaps when I get the chance, and have WiFi access.
     
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    Sounds like a fun trip.

    I've been to Oktoberfest twice. It was a blast. The Hofbrauhaus tent was where we spent all of our time as it had all of the English speaking crap talkers from the UK, Australia, NZ, Ireland, USA, etc. Fun times.

    The salt mines in Salzburg are interesting to visit if you have a chance as well as the Eagles Nest if you haven't been.
     
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    Have a great and safe trip!! If you need any pointers about Munich, pm @Way2fast since he was just recently there.

    Enjoy the trip!!
     
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    You will enjoy Prague! I was actually there a few years ago during "prohibition". They stopped the sale of hard alcohol across the country because a bunch of people died from drinking bootlegged liquor.
     
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    Enjoy your trip. It sounds great! You will really like Lake Como. Try to see the Matterhorn. Zermatt is a cool town. I spent a summer in Switzerland and really enjoyed it all.
     
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    Have a great time! Stay safe, have tons of fun!!!!
     
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    yep, the salt mines and Eagles nest are on the agenda
     
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    thanks! I have previously spent a lot of time in Munich, so i know that city well. any pointers on things to see or do in Prague?
     
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    that must have been a great time to have spent a whole summer there traveling around
     
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    Hope you and Ms. V have a great time!! When you get back we need to get you over for a weekend of idiocy and wine.
     

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