We have just finalized our flights for a trip to meet up with our daughter (she lives in Spain) for the Christmas holiday.
We are flying into/out of Munich- 12/15-29.
We would like to do some exploring of the Christmas markets in the Alsace/Bavaria region before heading over to Austria.
We have rented an airbnb in Mieders, Tyrol (outside of Innsbruck) Dec. 23-26 in the hopes of having a White Christmas and enjoying the mountain scenery. Other than that- I'm not sure the best way to move around to cover what we want to see in both Germany/Austria so was hoping someone on this forum could recommend an order to things for us.
As of now, we aren't planning to rent a car- just use train/bus.
Our wishlist of things to see/do over the 2 weeks are:
Germany/France: 5 days
*2 days (base in Strasbourg) to see Alsace region and visit some Christmas Markets
*2 -3 days touring the Bavarian region and Christmas markets (would love to spend at least 1 night in Rothenburg ob der Tauber if possible)- would love recommendations on Markets. Bamberg
*Visit Neuschwanstein Castle ( can do on front or back end of trip)
Austria: 9 days
3 days in Mieders is in the middle of the week for Christmas (12/23-26)- THIS IS ALREADY BOOKED
Time before/after Christmas:
*Stay in Vienna and Salzburg and take in town and christmas markets (how many nights in each place?)
*Enjoy a dinner/mozart concert in either Salzburg or Vienna
*Sleigh Ride on or around Christmas
*Spend 1 night in Hallstatt (guessing after Christmas?)
*Visit Vipiteno Italy & St. Magdalena
We do love charming towns with cobblestone streets and colorful homes. We prefer smaller towns to bigger ones but would like a mix of each on this trip. Any help or itinerary suggestions would be more than appreciated. As would restaurant recommendations for Christmas Eve or Day and any activities/traditions for the holiday that we could attend on or before Christmas. I would have love to attend a Krampus parade but think they will be all wrapped up before we get to Austria.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!