I am new to the forum, so thanks for taking the time to read this post and provide advice! I will be traveling to Europe in early June with my wife and 3 teenage boys. Given the size of the group, I'm at a loss on how to plan efficient transportation without blowing the budget. Right now the 2nd leg of our trip looks like this:
Day 1&2: Tour Rome (public transportation)
Day 3: Travel to Murren, Switzerland
Day 4&5: Tour the Berner Oberland
Day 6: Travel to Reutte, luges
Day 7: Ludwig Castles, Ehrenberg castle ruins
Day 8: Travel to Munich area, Tour Dachau, stay outside Munich
Day 9: Day trip to Nuremburg
Day 10: Tour Munich
Day 11: Fly out of MUC
The plan right now is to:
- Take a train from Rome to Switzerland on day 3
- On day 6, take a train from Switzerland into Germany where we can rent a car (maybe Lindau, Germany?). Drive the rest of the way to Reutte. This is to avoid the rental car company fees associated with returning in a different country.
- Use the rental car for primary transport for the rest of the trip. Including the day trip to Nuremberg. The exception being the day in Munich.
My question is, am I crazy for going the rental car route? When looking at the cost of public transport for 5 people, it seems to me that a rental car is cheaper (using Europcar, etc) and gives us more flexibility.
Also, given our itinerary, any advice on which type of train pass would work best?
Any other feedback would be immensely appreciated!