My husband, son and daughter in law are visiting in late March. The four of us have very different interests and we want to accommodate each as much as possible. We finally came up with an itinerary and I am trying to look at nights in each city. I am starting to wonder if this makes any sense. My goal was to use the Bayern card as much as possible. Is this plan unrealistic time-wise? Should we opt for faster trains for some of the legs? Thank you for any insights.
F: arrive Munich before noon
F, SA: in Munich (sleep in Munich)
SU: Dachau, rest of day in Munich (sleep in Munich)
M: Füssen and castles (Bayern ticket)
Question #1: My thought was to drop luggage at Munich station before Füssen train, reserve 2:00 tickets to castles, then get back to Munich in time to grab the bags and get to Salzburg. I don’t know how long to allow for the castles etc before getting back, including bus etc. I know we have to allow 1.5 hours to Salzburg plus time transferring and getting the luggage. Is this scenario unrealistic? I’ve done this evening travel before and it’s great to wake up in your destination straight up. Added bonus is that it would be all done for €43 for 4 people. Somehow I don’t think it will be doable, with either the high speed or the regional trains. Any ideas?
TU, W: Salzburg (sleep in Salzburg)
TH: Go to Nurnberg to stay the day, then an evening train to Rothenburg ODT, (sleep in Rothenburg ODT)
Question 2: Would the high speed trains be worth the money here? Or is the time difference not that big of a deal in terms of visiting?
Question 3: To do this we would need luggage storage in Nurnberg. I realize this is a stretch to do this and move on by night time. (I assume getting a train to Rothenburg ODT is straightforward). My daughter in law has her heart set on Rothenburg ODT and the rest of us want to see Nurnberg. (I’ve seen the complaints posted about Americans wanting to go here so much but if you are a mother in law, you will understand why making a daughter in law happy is a priority lol). I thought this was a relatively good way to see a bit of Nurnberg without having to settle there for a night. Alternaatively, we could stay one night in Nurnberg. I don’t know which one makes more sense.
F: day in Rothenburg ODT (sleep there)
SA: back to Munich (sleep in Munich) VGN card?
Question 4: It’s such a long trip that on paper it seems like going back through Nurnberg might be faster. Any other ideas?