2. The Eagle's Nest
- Flights: $471 (from Bangkok)
- Lodging: $244 (AirBnB, hotel)
- Transportation: $21 (metro, train)
- Activities: $0 (I went to a couple free museums)
- Food: $180 (estimated $30/day)
Note: I only started keeping detailed costs after visiting Berlin, so this is the only city factored into the above cost breakdown. Munich is slightly more expensive. I also chose to do less touristy things, so if you opt for more museums and such, the cost will go up some.
- International Hub. When it comes to flying into and out of Europe, and even stopping over in Europe en route to Asia, Germany has some of the best flight deals. It can be cheaper to route your flights through Munich, Frankfurt, and sometimes Berlin. I flew from Bangkok to Europe and the best/cheapest way was into Germany. I opted directly to Berlin. Similarly, there are many flights from the U.S. into Frankfurt that can easily get you anywhere in Europe at a low cost, either on larger international airlines, or you can look for local carriers for better deals.
- Water. Germany's water is very clean, at least around the cities, similar to the U.S. In Munich there are water refill stations around the city. So far has been the only European country I've felt comfortable drinking from the tap.