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Munich, Innsbruck

Street scene, Innsbruck, Austria (Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock)

Readers, I’d like your advice.

I’m going to a conference in Trento, a small city in northeastern Italy next June, and taking my 17-year-old son Matthew with me for a little father-son vacation after the conference. Matt is interested in German culture. I thought after the conference, we would take five days for a little sightseeing in Austria and Germany.

Vienna is a city I’ve always wanted to see, and Matt would like to go too, but it seems a bit too far for the short time we have together. (A trip to Vienna and Budapest seems just about perfect, but too hard to pull off in such a short period of time. Am I wrong?) It makes a lot more sense to go up to Innsbruck, not too far away from the conference site, then continue on to Munich for the end of the trip.

Let me ask you readers who know that part of the world (I’ve never been to Austria or to that part of Germany): how would you plan the trip? Would two days in Innsbruck and three in Munich be the best choice — or vice versa? Or, should we take four days in Munich and a short one-day visit to Innsbruck? Or something else. And what would you plan to do in each city?

We won’t have a car, but will be traveling by train. For me, the hungry medievalist, it’s all about churches, castles, and cooking. Matt, who is very much into technology, has said he’s keen to see the Deutsches Museum in Munich. I like that we’re going to a part of the world and into a culture — Tyrol and Bavaria — that neither one of us has visited before. Please let me know your advice on what you think we should plan to do — and, for Your Working Boy, what to eat and drink.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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