I'm driving myself crazy trying to decide on the best way to fit what I want to see into my itinerary. Land in Vienna July 6, fly out of Paris July 16th. I've been to Paris, only need two days there so my sister can see the major highlights.
We'd like to not only see Melk Abbey, but spend a day biking and/or boating the Danube through the Wachau Valley. We'd also like to see Mauthausen on the way to Salzburg. We will be traveling by public transportation. Would it be easier to just do a day trip to Melk from Vienna, and then take a train to Salzburg from Vienna with a stop at Mauthausen, OR should we stay a night in Melk or Krems on the way to Salzburg? If we do the latter, would you recommend we stay in Krems or Melk?
Finally, any recommendations on getting to Paris from Salzburg? It looks like the train would take about 8 hours, but I would be willing to do that if the train ride was scenic, OR if we could do it at night time and get some sleep.
Thanks all -