Two semi-old :-) GIs and their wives will be making a 2 week visit to some old memories and hopefully making some new ones in Germany/Switzerland - with a side trip to Salzburg in May, please tell me what you think:
Friday : Arrive at Frankfurt in the morning, rent a car and drive to St Goar, end up at Bacharach for the night.
Saturday : Train to Bingen, take a K-D cruise to Braubach, tour Marksburg, train down to St Goarhausen, cross the Rhine, train back to Bacharach for the night.
Sunday : Drive to Heilbronn and visit some old memories, then on to Schwabisch Hall for the night (it had the only B&B that looked interesting).
Monday : Drive back to Heidelberg and visit, Schwabisch Hall for the night.
Tuesday : Drive to Rothenburg and be all touristy for the day, Schwabisch Hall for the night.
Wednesday: Drive to Interlaken, , Interlaken for the night.
Thursday : If the weather is good, take the cable cars up to the Schilthorn, lunch in Murren, Interlaken for the night.
Friday : If the weather is good, and nobody got altitude sickness the day before it's up to the Jungfraujoch! Interlaken for the night.
Saturday : Drive to Fussen, have lunch in Vaduz? Visit Lindau along the way. Fussen for the night
Sunday : Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein early, then up the road to the WeisKirche. Fussen for the night.
Monday : Drive to Salzburg, visit Etal Abbey, Linderhof and takes some snapshots in Garmisch along the way. Overnight in Salzburg.
Tuesday : Sound of Music Tour (seriously - Bob's is the best???) early, afternoon - Mirabelle Palace/Grounds. Mozart Dinner in the cathedral cellar. Overnight in Salzburg.
Wednesday: Hohensalzburg castle, Mozart's Residence, Old Town, etc. Overnight in Salzburg
Thursday : Drive to Gunzburg - LEGOLAND (don't ask, we're having a second childhood) - drive to Esslingen for the night.
Friday : Turn in the car at the airport and fly out of Stuttgart mid-morning.
I'm hoping you can tell the night before if the weather will be clear enough to make the high cost of 'ascending' the Alps worth it. Making it all the way to the Jungfraujoch and not being able to get some pictures (I've got an ultra-wide angle ready to capture it all) that will make the folks back home drop their jaws will really make me grumpy.
The last time I visited Germany ('91) the number of cars on the Autobahn had increased so much from during my original 2 year 'visit' ('72-'74) that the effective speed limit was in the 75 mile an hour range. I can't imagine that there are any fewer cars now - after 20 more years of economic growth. Are the roads looking like Los Angeles freeways these days?
If I ask the rental folks for a diesel I wonder what the odds are there will be one available?
Is the Currywurst in Heilbronn still as good as it was in 1974? :-)