Real Honeymoon: Germany, Croatia & Hungary

One of the best parts about starting this blog is hearing about my friends’ friends’ honeymoons.  Although I haven’t met Jamie before, I’m so glad she shared the details of her amazing European honeymoon with one of our mutual friends.  Thanks for contributing, Jamie!

When and where did you honeymoon?

Sept 2011 – Oct 2011 (3 weeks)

Munich, Germany (Oktoberfest) 3 nights

– Croatia 12 nights total:

    • Dubrovnik 4 nights
    •  Hvar 4 nights + Plitvice Lakes/National Park (Day Trip)
    • Rovinj 4 nights

Budapest, Hungary 3 nights

Oktoberfest

How long was your trip?

3 weeks

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

We knew we wanted to go to Europe for our honeymoon. We quickly discovered that our honeymoon would fall during Oktoberfest. We decided to take a direct flight to Munich from SF International airport and start our honeymoon with a party.

Next we decided to travel to Croatia for a little R&R. We stayed in three different cities and rented a car between cities to get from one place to the next.

Finally we decided to end in Budapest; we had heard great things about the city.  It ended up being one of our favorite cities on the trip.

Budapest

The best part about our honeymoon was…

Experiencing so many new things with my new husband as both he and I had never been to those locations before.  We have some great pictures of the two of us in our Oktoberfest costumes, that was pretty unforgettable. Other great memories: Buza 1 and 2 in Dubrovnik, Plivice Lakes/National Park, beach of Hvar, Truffle hunting in Rovinj, Beef Goulash in Budapest, European history of Budapest.

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

Spending one or two less days in Dubrovnik, the city was amazing, but the people were not that warm and the food was our least favorite out of all our destinations.  Make sure you get to Rovinj before the tourist day ferry to Venice stops (we missed it by one day). Go wine tasting just outside Budapest, we ran out of time for that trip.

Croatia

How much planning did you do in advance?

We had our flights and our hotels booked before we left. We studied our Lonely Planet guides on our way to the next destination. We rented cars with the help of our hotels once we arrived.  It was difficult to plan a wedding and really plan a honeymoon.

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

We splurged on authentic Oktoberfest costumes and select hotels along the way.

Plitvice Lakes

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?

We loved Europe so much we discussed moving there after our honeymoon. We never thought it would actually happen but my husband was able to transfer to his company’s London office for one year. We just arrived and took our first weekend vacation to Brugge, Belgium. We have a busy year ahead of us ;)

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** Sometimes I can’t help but to add in a few comments of my own on these Real Honeymoon posts.  In this case, I just needed to emphasize how awesome Croatia is.  I spent about a week there in 2006 (3 nights in Zagreb, 2 nights in Split, and 2 nights in Hvar), and really loved it.  Even though I’m a total beach girl at heart, the real highlight for me was the day I spent in Plitvice National Park.  I’d love to go back sometime to check out Dubrovnik.

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