I'm visiting Bavaria for 2 -2.5 weeks in October this year. I will be travelling solo as a male in my mid 30's.
My plan is to fly into Munich and from there spread my wings outwards to see the countryside, sights of Bavaria and also stay somewhere for a while away from the tourist traps. My departure airport is not decided upon and will depend upon my eventual itinerary as to whether it is open jawed or whether I depart from Munich again.
I would like to take in some hiking or mountain biking in the Alps as I like activity. Any travelling I do outside of Munich will be with public transport. I speak a little German - extremely basic, i will be concentrating on this once I start getting my itinerary and accommodation resolved.
I have very sketchy plans at the minute, but for Munich, so far I've only got the following things planned:
1. First thing is to get a walking/cyclying/segway tour of the city to see all the hotspots and to get my bearings of the place. Recommendations?
1. Beer Gardens, preferably non touristy. Again any recommendations?
2. BMW Museum (What is the BMW Welt?)
Outside of Munich, I would to visit/do the following:
1. The Eagles Nest (I have read that the history tour is necessary to get the most from this destinition, correct?)
2. Hiking in Alps
3. Mountain Biking or cycling along cycle routes/paths etc.
4. When I'm near the Eagles nest, is Salzburg a worthy destinition.
5. Castles? I appreciate that Neuschwanstein Castle is overrun with tourists and you only get a 30min with no interior photography allowed - meaning it is not really all that appealing to me. Is there any other options?
6. Experience Bavaria in the same way the locals do - not the tourists.
I've visited Auswitz, so I am reluctant to visit Dachau - without meaning to be blazé is there sufficient difference between them to make this a worthwhile excursion?
Any advice would be appreciated.