Good evening, fellow travelers:
At some point in the next year, I intend to visit Germany again. My sister lives in the north, with her fiancé and my infant niece (who I have yet to meet), and has rolled out the proverbial welcome mat for whenever travel is possible again.
I will of course spend some time in her part of Allemagne, visiting with her and the rest of the crew, but when I consider Germany, my thoughts naturally turn south, to Bavaria.
Last time I was in the country, I got as far as Nuremberg before having to turn back. This time -- whenever it is -- I'd love to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber and/or Nördlingen, and my partner wants to see Ludwig's castles so a trip to Füssen is in order. I'm assuming we'll stop in Munich on the way.
Much as I love trains, however, I'm not sure I want to spend six hours just getting from Füssen to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
So, would you recommend:
- Stopping in RodT first;
- Staying an extra day in Munich and doing Hohenschwangau as a day trip; or
- Renting a car and driving.
I'm beginning to lean in favor of Option 3 -- renting a car in Munich, driving to Füssen and then up to RodT (and hitting some villages along the way), returning the car in, say, Würzburg and then taking the train back north.
I've survived driving in Boston, Los Angeles, and Montreal (pre-COVID I'd go up there many times during the year for concerts and art exhibits and such), and took a rental from the Edinburgh airport up into the Highlands with no major problems, and am predisposed to be a stickler behind the wheel, so is a car advisable? Surely it can't be any hairier than those cities.
Thank you very much to any and all for your advice and expertise.