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Vienna-Melk- Cesky Krumlov- Salzburg - Munich in 3 nights

We are a family of 4 (including 2 teenage girls), traveling to Prague and Vienna. We would like to consider a road trip where we rent a Car in Vienna, drive to Melk and spend a couple of hours there and end up in Cesky Krumlov by evening. Spend the night there and get to Salzburg by the evening. Spend 2 nights in Salzburg (including a trip to the Eagle's Nest) and on the third morning leave for Neuschwanstein Castle ending up in Munich (2nights) by the evening and returning the car.
Does this sound reasonable? Are there better alternatives? For context, we will flying into Prague, spending three nights there, traveling to Vienna for 2 nights. We fly out of Munich and our entire trip is 10 nights.

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Go to Google Maps and plug in the route for each day. It will tell you the drive time. Now YOU have to decide if the remaining daylight hours are good enough for you. For a start, Melk will take 2.5 hours minimum, Cesky Krumlov in 4 hours will get you to about a third of it.

I suspect you will decide against it.

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I agree with James' reply. I was interested in both Linz and Melk when we did an Austria trip by train many years ago. We travel differently than you do, spending three days each in Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Munich, and five nights in Vienna. So I crossed them off the list, reluctantly. We wouldn't bother to spend just three hours in a major tourist town/city. I cherish our later visit to Cesky Krumlov, a one-day, grueling runout from Prague. (Had to write off the beer brewery and the "Three T's" on that trip.) But I had wanted to see their Baroque theater (a 90-minute tour-only visit by itself) forever. The chateau/castle is less thrilling inside. (Opinion!) We flew into Innsbruck (Austria Air connection) and out of Vienna.

You didn't mention the month. On a warm day, it's a joy to stroll the streets. But no so much if you are planning to be back under way in an hour or two. Krumlov is frequently reported to be jammed in high season, but I just remember it being well-attended! There are also hiking and kayacking there, if you have ... time.

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Thank you all! The 4 day plan has been scrapped based on your inputs.....
alternative plan is to make a day trip to melk from Vienna