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Oct052012

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Munich by Night and Dinner at Hofbrauhaus

Munich, Germany

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

The tour guide was very pleasant and personable and worked very hard to make for a pleasant evening for everyone. In addition to the narrative of the tour, she took dinner and drink orders and coordinated the food service at the Hofbrauhaus for our group. We were in Munich during the 2nd week of Oktoberfest and its likely we could not have visited the Hofbrauhaus without this tour. That said, we are not sure we'd recommend this tour. The dinner at Hofbrauhaus was reasonably good, but service was poor. The waiter was not a happy person and appeared to "fuss" at our guide frequently about orders and food delivery. Once seated, it took 30 minutes for our beer to be served and another 30 minutes for the entree. Obviously Hofbrauhaus was packed and it was extremely hot with no air circulation. The music was enjoyable but hard to hear due to the volume of people celebrating and drinking. The brief stop of the hotel bar for a cocktail was a bit rushed, lasting about 20 minutes, due to the lateness of dinner and the need to proceed to the Olympic Tower. We arrived to find the elevator operator upset at our delayed arrival and he displayed a very rude and arrogant attitude to the tour guide. Our stay at the top observation deck lasted less than 10 minutes. The tour concluded back at the main Train Station after midnight. I booked this tour because of favorable reviews and I feel our experience was due to the delays and poor service at the Hofbrauhaus, and felt the overall value of what we paid and received was lacking. It certainly was not the fault of the tour guide.

Oct042012

Tour/Activity

Neuschwanstein Castle Small Group Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a very enjoyable day and our gude Mike was very good at making sure we maximized our time to see and tour the Castle. The train to Fussen was a scenic ride and comfortable; however, note that DB Regional trains do not offer any food or beverage service so plan to purchase these items in the station before boarding. Overall, an excellent day trip and heed Mike's or your guides recommendations about hiking or walking to/from the Castle. We really enjoyed the return hike through the Gorge with Mike in lieu of the easy "walk down the street" option to reach the bus for transport back to the train station. Excellent value for price paid.

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