Hi. Hoping to get some feedback on our trip this summer to Germany. I have a preliminary itinerary and need some input as to how realistic it is to see and do everything and the actual time it should take.
It will be myself, my husband and our two twenty-something children. The first part of our trip (Thursday through Sunday) will be spent with family in Hamburg Germany celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary and 75th birthday. After that we plan on seeing all we can. This will probably be the only time our kids will do something like this.
Itinerary so far:
Chicago to Hamburg, leaving Chicago 7/23 and arriving Hamburg 7/24. This is where we will stay for the family celebrations. They live south-east of Hamburg itself (in a town called Stelle Aushausen ) and we are having difficulty finding a hotel or vacation rental close to them. We were planning on renting a car for our entire 2 weeks but are open to other suggestions.
Days 1 - 4 (Thursday - Sunday) will be in Frankfurt with family. Leaving mid-afternoon on Sunday for next portion of our trip.
Days 4 - 6 (Sunday - Tuesday) travel south to the "Romantic Road" and stop along with way at the small towns. Planning to stop at Rothenburg (medieval town) overnight (1 or 2 nights?) and explore the next day(s). Not sure if we need an entire day or not.
Day 6 or 7 (Tuesday or Wednesday) leave Rothenburg and head further south to see the Neuschwanstein Castle (how much time do you suggest?)
Day 7 - 8 (Wednesday - Thursday) - drive to Cologne to see the Cathedral and ??.
Day 8 - 11 (Thursday - Sunday) - drive to Duesseldorf (we have family there) and spend the weekend.
Obviously we have a few days left (we were planning on leaving from Hamburg again (not sure though if it make a huge difference in airfare if we don't arrive and depart from the same city? but we have air travel award miles to consider and still need to work this out).
We had thoughts of stopping over in Munich at some point and/or down into Austria (for a day). But not sure if that's really feasible or not.
Any advice is welcome as we're not sure what is realistic, but want to get in as much as possible in our time there.