We have chosen Munich as our starting point for our first European trip. Although, in these stages, I am admittedly clueless on the best practical way to get around and how long to spend in each place.
-Independent travel (no tour guides, no buses and no strict times to end the day)
-Hiking (less than 10 miles/day)
-Scenic drives (Alpenstrasse?)
-Couple around 30 years old, healthy, adventurous
-Have A LOT of Hilton Honors and Hertz Gold points
-Would like to go in JUNE 2014
Ideas up for critique:
-Days 1-3: Munich
-Day 4: Rent car, drive to Berchtesgaden (stay 2 nights)
-Day 5: Berchtesgaden
-Day 6: Drive to Zugspitze (stay 2 nights)
-Day 7: Zugspize Cable Car
-Day 8: Neuschwanstein Castle/Drive to Breitachklamm (stay 2 nights)
-Day 9: Breitachklamm Canyon
-Day 10-up to 14: undecided- would not like to go over 14 days
Ideas for last few days:
-Circle back to Munich and get rid or car, leave then?
-Rothenburg, leave car there and take train back to Munich for flight home?
-Drop off car somewhere near Breitachklamm, take the train up the Rhein to Frankfurt? I would love to take a day trip to Burg Eltz and fly home from Frankfurt, but worried the time period is impractical.
Of course, with this itinerary, I have the following concerns:
1. Is car travel the best way to do this route? When traveling by car to these places, is there room to park/valet at the hotels?
2. Are one-way rentals prohibitively expensive/impractical within Germany?
3. Is that pace too slow or too fast?
4. How would you end the trip?
Thank you very much for your advice and guidance.