We are booked for the Best of Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, 8 day tour during the Christmas Market season and plan on adding on 4 nights post-tour. We are fairly new to European travel although we aren't totally wet behind the ears as we took the 21 day BOE tour last spring.
We haven't traveled by train on our own but looking at the schedules it seems like Vienna to Regensburg is a straight shot. Regensburg to Stuttgart has a train change in Nuremberg. Then Stuttgart to Strasbourg, another straight shot is available.
I've searched back through the forums and it seems people are split between staying in Strasbourg and Colmar although Rick seems to prefer Colmar for its cozier feel. I tentatively have reservations on hold, one at Strasbourg (Hotel & Spa Le Bouclier D'or) and one in Colmar (Saint-Martin). The difference in price is astounding and I have a feeling the Strasbourg hotel is a little too formal for us. Saint-Martin in Colmar seems more our style. I guess my question is which city is truly best if the Christmas markets are a priority for us? I know the Cathedral in Strasbourg is something we'll want to see as well.
Any advice here or have I already answered my own question?