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Bavarian by car, train or any other way:

First time visitors should, in our opinion, consider a guided tour to take you around and show you the sites. Mark down the areas you would like to revisit and/or explore more in depth and after the tour is over, either stay a little longer, as you paid for the flight already or come back another time.
necessity is a navigation system, make sure you include one in the price.
We advice getting a car with a diesel engine as the price difference between regular gas or super (which most faster cars need) to diesel is big and a diesel is more economical.
Here is an example of the savings from gas to diesel.
Year 2000: Frankfurt to my hometown a midsize car with stick shift, 1 person and 1 suitcase. I had to fill up the car upon arrival at my hometown.
Year 2001: Rented a really nice comfortable C Mercedes Diesel automatic, the weight of 2 people with luggage, remember the second set of luggage was for a woman (lol), same distance, running with the big dogs on the Autobahn (had it up to 145 mph at one point), equal sized gas tank upon arrival it was still half full.

Here is an alternative when visiting the bigger towns and cities. Let’s take Nuremberg as an example, the old part of town is a pedestrian zone and to find parking during a regular day is difficult. Hotels within walking distance are usually double the cost of hotels in more rural locations. Many of these cities offer an official city card. Do your homework, find parking a little further out close to a subway, tram or bus station. Many city cards include public transportation which is very efficient in Germany as a whole, so take the “bus”, just remember and make a note where you parked your car and how to get back.
Also make sure you have that little blue thing in your car explained to you, it is called a “Parkscheibe”, we once had to pay a parking fine for forgetting to use it.

Be careful not to drink and drive, they are very serious about it and unannounced road blocks/checkpoints are possible.

With the Czech Republic right next door and cities like Prague ready to be explored, find out the restrictions you have from the car rental company, the above mentioned Mercedes was not allowed to cross the border for insurance reasons. While on this subject, they have a zero alcohol tolerance for drivers there.

Raileurop is another very efficient way to get around, but remember you always have to lug your suitcase(s). It also takes more planning to figure out which trains to take and where to transfer in order to get where you want to go. Also how many days you will actually use the train, as this is reflected in the price. Please realize, if you cross borders you will need a multi country pass. More on all this at their web site
Please realize, that train stations are usually in town and hotels within the city limits are usually quite a bit more expensive.

There are other ways to travel, for instance the bicycle enthusiast could ride on the trails along the “Romantic Road” with a rented bicycle and a ticket for the bus. You cycle as long as you like, when you get tired, wait at the closest bus stop, jump on the bus, equipped with bicycle racks, take it to the next town and so on.
On follow up visits we would suggest for the more adventurous to rent a car. If you are not too sure about driving a stick shift, which is the standard on most rentals there, we would recommend spending the extra money for ease of mind and get an automatic. Another