By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy
With HP Discover in Frankfurt around the corner, I thought I'd take a few minutes to share with you what I remember and liked about being in the area. I've been to Frankfurt a few times - but my favorite was one of my trips I got to spend about 10 days with my daughter in the Frankfurt and Munich areas when I brought her along with me to HP Tech@Work in April 2010 (that event was the predecessor to HP Discover). While we enjoyed our time in Frankfurt, we found Munich to be more interesting, especially visiting the castles of Ludwig in Bavaria. Frankfurt is a great venue for an event, Munich is a great place to be a tourist. Here are my personal suggestions:
- If you don't have a car and have nothing more than a spare couple of hours while at HP Discover, I'd highly recommend a trip to Römer. Römer is within Frankfurt and is a 10 minute U-bahn ride from the Frankfurt Messe. It's a charming open platz (plaza) with lots of interesting medieval looking buildings, mostly rebuilt because the originals were destroyed during WWII.The Gutenberg Museum in in Mainz, a short drive from Frankfurt. Unless you read German, I'm not sure I can recommend it. We were excited to go see the Gutenberg Bible but we were disappointed to find almost no English signs in the museum. My daughter and I didn't stay long and decided to continue to drive along the Rhine River.
- Driving along the Rhine in April was charming and beautiful. I'm not sure it will be so nice in December but if you don't have a lot of time and do have car, this would probably be my suggestion if you don't have a lot of time.
Here's a video I did around Frankfurt including Römer.
If you have more than a couple of days, I have two suggestions:
- Head to Rothenburg ob der Tauber - it's a medieval town that has unbelievable charm. We spent about 6 hours here and I wish we would have had more time.
- Head to Munich - it's my favorite city in Germany. Be sure to stop in Dallmayr - a fantastic delicatessen that will have you packing your suitcases full of fabulous coffees, chocolates, and whatever else you can take home. My daughter in particular loved their chocolates (and was thrilled when she was diverted to Munich on her way to Italy and stopped at their airport location). The Hofbräuhaus, while more of a tourist stop and better eateries can be found, is a fun place to have a hefeweisen with friends.
- You could literally spend 3-4 days in Munich and not get bored but if you have a bit more time, visit castles not far from Munich like Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein. If you see a resemblance to Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disney, it was based on Neuschwanstein.
Well, that's enough of my tour-guide advice. This trip for me will be all business with no time to see anything though I'm hoping to make a stop over at Römer with the bloggers we're bringing to HP Discover.
You can keep up with all the HP Storage developments leading up to HP Discover and the news we'll share on December 3rd at www.hp.com/go/storage/NextEra. Check it out!