I am new to posting, but have read extensively on this forum and about transportation, lodging, etc. We are experienced travellers but haven't been to this area in years. I am late planning a trip to Germany, Austria in late June, and I would so appreciate advice - specifically if you recommend Hallstatt (which I just learned about and am basically rearranging my whole trip to include) and how to get from there to St. Goar. Feel free to shred our ideas, offer advice, etc! We love anything with character and beauty - we are adventurous and like to see a lot but not wear ourselves out. We will be with our 2 college aged daughters, so family rooms are preferable but we can do 2 rooms if needed. We'd like to keep lodging to something reasonable ($200 range?) but are willing to splurge for a significant experience or convenience. We are also open to hostels if clean and quiet. Flexible, depending on circumstances and recommendations.
Day 1: Fly into Stuttgart midday. Train to Rothenburg odt (seems like a clunky trip?) for 2 nights. Walk the wall, museum, maybe down to the river, poke around.
Day 3: Train to Salzburg for 2 nights (Bayern tickets)
Day 5: Bus to Hallstatt (funicular, maybe salt mine, boat on lake, enjoy the beauty, eat!). MAIN QUESTION: TOO MUCH TO GO HERE??
Day 6: Bus back to Salzburg and Bayern on to Munich. Check bags into lockers at train station and continue on to Dachau.
Back to pick up bag and check into hotel in Munich (ideas??).
Day 7: Walking tour of Munich in the morning - see the Glockenspeil. THIS IS MY SECOND MAIN QUESTION: WHERE TO SPEND THIS NIGHT TO GET US CLOSER TO BINGEN IN THE MORNING TO GET ON THE RHINE CRUISE?
Day 8 and 9: St. Goar - Rhine River/castles
Day 10: Train from St. Goar to Frankfurt to fly home
We will each have a rolling carry on bag and small day bag backpack.
Thank you so very much!!