I'm on the RS Germany-Austria-Switzerland MY WAY 12 day tour beginning Sept. 16 in Vienna - traveling solo.
At end of tour at St. Goar (on the Rhine), I'm taking the train to Rothenburg-on-the Tauber for 2 days.
Then taking train south to Fussen to begin 12 more days of modified back-packing around Southern Bavaria -- working myself back to Vienna for return flight back to Denver, CO.
Beginning in Fussen, I will have absolutely no defined schedule for the 12 days -- just want the freedom to wake up each morning and go anywhere I want at any pace I want, plus the "no-schedules" freedom of staying only 1 day or several days in any one place.
TRANSPORTATION: The German train system.
OBJECTIVES: To view the outdoor scenery and country-side of Bavaria, see the history and historic sights of the region, sample sights and food of smaller-town Bavaria, and of course to see a few castles and older architectural and historic sights.
MY AGE (if it impacts comments back): 69 - retired - pretty mobile still - traveling by myself.
Back-Packing Questions - Grateful For Comments Back:
1. The German (DB Bahn) train system shows frequent trains to & from most anywhere I want to go.
Traveling 2nd class for budget reasons -- can I safely presume I don't need to make any reservations in advance, and can expect to get a seat almost all the time -- but I'm willing to wait until next train if necessary, or can go 1st class if that gets me on that train.
2. Hotels - Hostels - Bed & Breakfasts: With no reservations, and in 1st half of October, I'm relying on lodging being available somewhere amongst the places mentioned in the RS tour books. My preference is economy places like pensions, I would even try a hostel just for a place to sleep and shower.
Regarding comments back - I'm looking for confirmation this is a reasonable plan, and should be no problem -- besides, part of the adventure of back-packing, even for older folks, is not being too sure of what you might find.
3. Places to see in Southern Bavaria - south of Munich - Fussen to Berchtesgaden - up to Salzburg.
Any suggestions on places to see would be appreciated.
4. Any suggestions in general for an older guy doing what he should have done when 18 years old (51 years ago).
Thanks to all --- Jim --- Lone Tree, CO.