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Chance for (cheap) munich trip.

Discussion in 'Germany' started by Flashy, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (555) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    My buddies are going to Munchen for the springfest and I would love to meet them. Problem is I can only afford at this time a cheap flight- airfare is the main problem- but I am traveling alone and don't really cares what happens to me (but want to get there)- two factors on my side. Any suggestions?
     
  2. einhorn

    einhorn Savant (370) California Nov 3, 2005

    Fly stand by? Fly into a cheaper city (Brussels/Rome/Zurich, etc) and take the train? Kickstarter campaign?
     
  3. Once flew Pakistani Air from JFK to Frankfurt for dirt cheap...check there?
     
  4. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (555) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    What's Kickstarter?
     
  5. You should contact Chris (BA cu29) and ask about his possible flights:

    I *may* fly through Berlin to get to Munich in May. Cheap airfare.....but a nearly 6 hour layover in Berlin. Is it worth leaving Tegel airport to search out some beer (and perhaps a sight or two) during the long layover? Where would I go? I've never been to Berlin.

    Cheers!

    Chris”

    Cheers!

    P.S. Please report back how cheap the flight you obtain is.
     
  6. einhorn

    einhorn Savant (370) California Nov 3, 2005

  7. cu29

    cu29 Aficionado (215) Wisconsin Sep 26, 2005

    It seems no flights nowadays are really that "cheap", especially from the US to Germany. I fly to Munich out of Milwaukee or Chicago, and airfares have been averaging around $1100.00 for a flight in May.

    I found an Air Berlin flight from Chicago to Berlin to Munich for $690.00. The hitch is that there is an almost 6 hour layover in Berlin on the way to Munich, and then a 17 hour overnight layover on the way home. But I really am tempted by the 17 hour layover because I'll get a much better chance to explore Berlin a little more, kind of a bonus at the back end of my trip.

    That price is obviously dependent on which day one flys to and from Germany. I found it on Travelocity and one other website, but not on the Air Berlin webby.

    By the way, the cheapest flight I have ever had to Germany was $500.00 in September (Oktoberfest time) of 2007.
     
  8. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (555) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    We had $399 on Icelandic Air ten years ago, but that was ten years ago and a layover in Iceland.
     
  9. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (555) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    Chris, someone mentioned flying into Northern Italy- wish I could remember who it was. $599 I am going to Munich, $1,100 I am not.
     
  10. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (555) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    maybe we can shovel coal on a freighter.
     
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  11. steveh

    steveh Advocate (715) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    Hey -- I hope that isn't you with Babe Heffron in that avatar -- you're too young to drink, even in Germany! :D
     
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  12. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (555) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    no, that's my son.
     
  13. Yeah, I was once able to get a flight from Charlotte, NC to Muenchen for $700... In 2009.

    Now? $1100, easy. Horrible.
     
  14. steveh

    steveh Advocate (715) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    Nice to see that he respects his elders (and that's not at all facetious). And a damn fine one to befriend.
     
  15. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (555) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    Great guy, great moment.
     
  16. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Savant (420) Germany Mar 21, 2005

    If you're strong enough to hoist a Maßkrug you are old enough to drink.

    Bavaria = simple rules :D
     
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  17. steveh

    steveh Advocate (715) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    I saw many places with a 17 year-old drinking age in my travels.

    Then again, I also saw a grandmother order a Maß of Dunkel at the H-B München, 2 smaller glasses, then dole out rations to her 2 pre-teen grandchildren -- so I guess it's all in who you know! :D
     
  18. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Savant (420) Germany Mar 21, 2005

    Well, the legal age for drinking beer is 16 but when your parents order beer for you nobody asks. I had my first beer at 14 I think. I guess my Dad finally had enough of me constantly taking sips from his glass, hahaha.
     
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  19. steveh

    steveh Advocate (715) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    Probably because you drank the majority in the "sips!" :D
     
  20. You have to work your way up to lifting a Maßkrug!

    Below is how I did it:

    “My father’s beer of choice when I was a kid was Piels Genuine Draft in 16 ounce returnable bottles. I have no specifics on how much a case of Piles cost then but I am sure that it was one of the cheapest beers available. When my mother was out of sight he would ask me if I wanted a “swig” of beer. Lifting a 16 ounce heavy duty bottle with beer was a bit of a heavy lift but I would take a “swig”. My father made me the man I am of today!”

    Prost!
     
  21. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (555) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I saw a woman in Munich fill a sippy cup and give it to a like four year old. The kid slugged it down and she re-filled it and gave it back to the kid, who drained it again. No that there is anything wrong with that. My did always gave me sips or "slugs" from his glass- probably since I was like 8. Never hurt me (I don't think says a BA). Beer never tasted so good.
     
  22. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Savant (420) Germany Mar 21, 2005

    I may have :D
     
  23. steveh

    steveh Advocate (715) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    See, my experience as a 7 or 8 year-old was much different. I remember asking my dad if I could have a drink of his beer (probably Drewery's or Falstaff at that time). I should have known better when I saw the wry look on his face and he didn't hesitate to say, "Sure, go ahead."

    Most vile liquid I had ever tasted! I didn't get my palate for beer for another 10 years -- I had friends who shared similar experiences with me. These weren't the macro beers we know today; though not as good as better beers, Drewery's and Falstaff were pretty innocuous -- but not to an 8 year-old used to milk and Kool-Aid! ;)
     
  24. Stahlsturm

    Stahlsturm Savant (420) Germany Mar 21, 2005

    Bavarian kids in the 60s and 70s were raised on this http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nährbier so the step was probably a lot less far than in your case :)
     
  25. steveh

    steveh Advocate (715) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    Well, the beers my dad was drinking weren't low-alcohol in any way (usually 5 or 5.5%), I just remember a very sharp, bitter -- almost metallic flavor, accentuated by high carbonation. Today I'd probably be able to guzzle it like water, but to my 8 year-old tongue it was not good.

    I'd bet the Nährbier was actually a better experience!
     
  26. Cool! Another Band of Brothers fan!! Currahee!
     
  27. steveh

    steveh Advocate (715) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    BoB yes, because it was so well-made, but a big history buff overall -- including beer history!

    (I don't know if you noticed Flashy's Son's hat in the avatar...)
     
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  28. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (555) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    I've been on several WW1 and WW2 battlefield/ beer, cemetery visits in Europe. Life doesn't get more interesting or meaningful than that. Cheers!
     
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