Some of you might have already seen my post on the "General Europe" forum asking about a possible 22 day itinerary through several countries.
Here, I am asking about a specific section of the itinerary that's driving me nuts - van or train?
Details (thus far):
Day 9: Amsterdam - overnight train to Munich (do they still do this?)
Day 10: Arrive Munich - visit Marienplatz and Hofbrauhaus
Day 11: (transportation) to Neuschwanstein Castle (should we do Hohenschwangau too?). (transportation) to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Day 12: RodT all day
Day 13: RodT, (transportation) to Munich; transfer to train to Salzburg
The way I see it, the easiest portions are the trains from Amsterdam to Munich, and Munich to Salzburg. It's the in-between that might need tweaking. I'm aware of the trains from Munich to RodT but they take a long time compared to just driving (several changes - I do fine with one maybe two changes but not fast changes (visually impaired so it might take longer), hence the idea of using vans instead for this portion.
Or stay in Munich and do day trips to Neuschwanstein and RodT instead? (N castle seems to be between 2.5-3 by train, and RodT is 2.5 by car, 3 by train with changes). That would free up the schedule (and less hotel changes, down to 8 compared to 9 before, which would help too) and leave room in the morning of the 13th to visit Dachau before hopping the train to Salzburg in the afternoon/evening.
Possible schedule (if doing day trips instead)
Day 10: All day Munich
Day 11: Day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle
Day 12: Day trip to RodT (skip night watch man tour? Or leave immediately after?)
Day 13: Free morning in Munich (or Dachau); train to Salzburg afternoon/evening
There will be between 8-16 of us in the group.
I'm open to suggestions. (I could add an extra day and do