Bavaria and Rhine / Mosel region with 4 kids on a budget
Hello! Our family of five is traveling to Europe this summer and I am trying to plan some of our meals. I refuse to eat fast food in America so there is no way I'm eating KFC in Europe. My children are not picky and want to try local cuisine. We are just limited in our options due to budget constraints. 45 days is a lot of meals. We are looking for good affordable places to eat that a local family would go to for lunch or dinner.
We will be traveling around Germany for 17 nights.
I used to come home on weekends and vacations to my parent's house in Cochem. This area has to be one of the most beautiful places around! We didn't eat out much, but I do remember lots of reasonably priced eateries at the Moselpromenade, also at the beautiful center of town and around the old bridge.
Hope you have time to walk around and visit the old Castle, which( in my time) still housed the old torture chamber.... btw that tiny "nun-chapel" at the bottom of the Castle was part of my parent's property.
Have fun on your trip!
The good news is there is a lot of "fast" food that is not what you think of as fast food in America. For example, for about 3€ each, you can get individual pizzas that will be made fresh and fast. You could take them with you and eat in one of the millions of parks that are always within a few blocks. Spend an afternoon at a biergarten where you get some entertainment and cheap, fresh food. Don't overlook the ethnic walk-ups. Lots of good turkish döner that is cheap and super fresh, for example. The sandwiches you can get from lunch counters are also great. Getting back to the great parks everywhere in Bavaria, go into a Tengelmann (grocery) grab cheese, some wurst and some bread, along with a few bottles of beer and wander to the nearest park for a great picnic. You can also get roti chicken everywhere to bring along for a picnic. Lots of very, very inexpensive options. Avoid the tourist beer halls like the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, but eat at small, local halls that are off the main Platzen (squares). We leave for Munich tomorrow - used to live there and can't wait to see old friends. We'll not be splurging either. Have a GREAT trip!!!