I am (attempting to) plan a Central European vacation next summer, including Switzerland, Austria & Germany. It will be myself and my 2 kids (1 teen/1 tween) and we have about 2 weeks. I have scoured the tour brochures out there and none of them seem to have the "perfect tour" I am looking for , so it looks like I am going to have to do it myself! I am thinking I will have about 4 nights to spend in Austria. I'm wondering if I could stay in 1 place for 4 nights or if I should break it up into 2 & 2? The things I am interested in seeing:
-Salzburg/something Sound of Music related
We're more interested in seeing nature -- mountains, lakes, caves, etc. - than modern cities, although I do REALLY like any old town/medieval style towns and old castles.
I can rent a car if needed, but if it's easier to get around my bus/train, I'll do that.
Any advice on where to start? I know ideally I'd stay more than 4 nights but that is all I can fit in for this trip.