Hello! My husband & I are headed to Germany/Austria for a two week trip leaving Labor Day weekend (August 29th). We are planning to fly open jaw - into Vienna and out of Munich. I have the Austria part pretty well planned, but I'm coming up short with the Germany part in regards to transportation. Here's what I'm thinking:
Day 1: Arrive in Vienna
Day 2: Vienna
Day 3: Vienna
Day 4: AM Train to Hallstatt
Day 5: Hallstatt
Day 6: Midday train to Salzburg
Day 7: Salzburg
Day 8: Salzburg
Day 12: Munich
Day 13: Munich
Day 14: Munich
Day 15: AM Flight out of Munich
For the blank days, I would love to do the castles and make our way through the little villages (Garmish, Fussen, etc), but my big hesitation is transportation. I'm not opposed to renting a car, but I've been advised it is difficult (or more expensive) to rent in Austria (Salzburg) and return it to Germany (Munich). The way I see it is we have three options:
- Rent a car in Salzburg and drive to the little villages/castles. Return the car in Munich three days later.
- Take a train from Salzburg to Munich and rent a car, drive to Fussen. Stay in villages along the way back to Munich.
- Take a train from Salzburg to Munich. Make Munich our home base for six days & do day trips via train to the little villages. The downside to this is I feel like we lose a bit of our freedon as we're tied to a train schedule. My husband is a photographer who likes to just stop when he wants and take pictures.
Please let me know if I missed something or if you have any other itinerary suggestions! It's been quite some time since I traveled to Europe, so reading through all the forums has been ridiculously helpful!
Also, any suggestions on where to stay/what to do in Garmish/Fussen or any other little villages along the way would be extremely helpful!