Hi all- we will be in Europe for 3 weeks in May. We plan to visit the Rhine region and Cologne, Germany before heading up to the Netherlands to see some family history sites (we are of Dutch heritage), some distant relatives, and spend a couple days in Amsterdam. Because we plan to visit some small towns both in Northern and Southern Netherlands, I suspect it will be easiest for us to rent a car. However, for the rest of the trip we will be using public transportation as we are mainly in cities. And here's the best part: We plan to fly to Vienna after our time in the Netherlands. We can't re-order the cities due to plans to attend concerts in both cities (we are music people).
My question is this: since we will be leaving from Cologne to the Netherlands and departing from there to Vienna, where should we rent a car to involve the least wasted time? Obviously, we would like to return our car to an airport when we depart, and we'd like to rent and return the car in the same country to save money. Or is it possible (reasonably) to use public transport in the NL? I've heard their system is one of the weakest in Europe.
I've looked at so many different options I'm confusing myself now.
Thanks for your help!