Hi everyone! My husband and I are planning an 17 day tour of Southern Germany (and a bit of Austria) next spring and I could use some help with the itinerary and some input as to whether my connection times and stops are appropriate.
We plan to fly in to Frankfurt, rent a car, and then return the car in Munich about halfway through the trip, taking trains from then on. Here's what I've come up with so far:
Day 1- Fly in to Frankfurt, spend night in Bacharach
Day 2- Rhine Cruise, See St. Goar, castle, etc. Stay in Bacharach
Day 3- Half day in Trier, stay in Bellstein
Day 4- Burg Eltz castle, stay in Bellstein
Day 5- Drive to Baden-Baden, Roman baths, stroll around, stay in Baden-Baden
Day 6- Drive to Fuessen, stopping at Black Forest and Cuckoo Clock museums, stay in Fuessen (I know this will be a long driving day!)
Day 7-Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, Tegelburg luge, stay in Fuessen
Day 8- (I'm a bit nervous about this day) Linderhof in the morning, drive to Mittenwald for lunch and a quick stop, drive to Munich and return the rental car, take the train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and stay there.
Day 9- Do the Rothenburg stuff- shopping, museums, walk the walls, etc, stay in Rothenburg
Day 10- Morning train to Nuremberg, see the old town and the castle there (not sure what is the most worth seeing here- we like historical stuff) and catch the train to Flanitz via Zwieslau station. (My husband's ancestors came from Flanitz and it is really important to him to stop here, so even though we will be pretty far out of the way, I'm afraid this stop is non-negotiable.) Stay in Flanitz.
Day 11- Cemetary/church/ancestry stuff (any of you who know this area or know how to track down an ancestors burial place, your input is much appreciated!) Stay in Flanitz.
Day 12- Morning train to Hallstat, stay in Hallstat
Day 13- Relax in Hallstat, maybe see the salt mines, etc, stay in Hallstat
Day 14- Morning train to Salzburg, stop off for a half day in Salzburg and catch a late afternoon train to Munich, stay in Munich
Day 15- Dachau, explore Munich, stay in Munich
Day 16- The Residenz, possibly Nymphenburg, not sure what else
Day 17 -Afternoon flight home from Munich
Does this itinerary seem doable? Would you change it at all? Any places that are more interesting to see? Any stops you might cut?
As a side note, have any of you been to Flanitz or nearby Zwiesel of Frauenau? It doesn't seem to be a big tourism area, at least for Americans, but I'd love to here from anyone who has been.