Hi everyone! You all were so helpful when I posted my original itinerary ages ago (I love to plan!). Well, the plan has changed quite a bit and I could use some logistical help and advice.
My husband and I are planning an 19 day/ 18 night road trip through Southern Germany, Austria, and the Alsace region of France for early next May. Our interests are primarily cute cities/ towns with beautiful nature around. We come from South Texas so trees, rivers, and lakes are very beautiful to us! We also love historic sites and museums. We like wine a lot but I'm the only one who cares for beer. My husband's ancestry comes from all over Bavaria and the Alsace region so we want to spend our time there for those reasons as well. Here's my current itinerary:
Day 1: Fly
Day 2: Arrive Frankfurt, drive to Wurzburg, see the Residenz, spend night there.
Day 3: Drive to Nuremburg, see German National Museum, Nazi Rally Grounds, drive to Rothenburg
Day 4: Explore Roth. Spend night in Roth.
Day 5: Drive to Munich by way of Dachau and Andechs -We'll be staying at an airbnb in one of the suburbs with parking here and will use public transport
Day 6: Explore the town, Nymphenburg palace, Sleep in Munich
Day 7: Deutches Museum, Residenz, Sleep in Munich
Day 8: Drive to Salzburg by way of Herrenchiemsee, tour there, hang out in Salzburg, stay there.
Day 9: Drive to Hallstat, not sure what we'll do here but I've always wanted to see it, sleep in Hallstat
Day 10: Drive to Berchtesgaden, boat ride on Konginsee, sleep here.
Day 11: Drive the German Alpine Rd. to Fussen, stopping at the Weiskirche, possibly Linderhof if there's time, sleep in Fussen
Day 12: Ludwig's castles, sleep in Fussen
Day 13: Drive to Colmar (this will be another long day of driving (+- 5 hrs viamichelin), but I'd rather drive longer and get there than stop)
Day 14: Exploring Alsace, we plan to hike through the little towns on the wine route, sleep in Colmar
Day 15: Drive the Black Forest- over to Freiburg, up through Triberg, seeing Schiltach, Black Forest Museum, and ending the night in Gengenbach
Day 16: Drive to Beilstien (probably another long drive), relax, maybe do some bike riding on the Mosel. We could also stop somewhere along the way- Trier? Heidelburg? Neither?
Day 17: Drive to Bacharach by way of Burg Eltz, tour there, sleep in Bacharach
Day 18: Rhine river cruise, sleep in Bacharach
Day 19: Fly Home
My main concerns are the 3 days of long driving. We are from Texas so drives 6 hours and below aren't really that big of a deal to us, but we would like to minimize car time as much as possible. Do you think it's too much driving? We like to be on the move, but also want time to relax.
Also, I'm wondering if I should cut a day somewhere to spend another night in the Alsace region. I've never been but it looks amazing and there would be time for a little geneology sleuthing if we did so. If I did that, where would you take it from? To me, the logical choices are Hallstatt or Bertchesgaden but that area looks so lovely that I want to maximize my time there, too. Would you stay put in Salzburg longer and day trip to these places?
Anyway, thoughts and advice from those who've been are appreciated! And to anyone who took the time to read this, a HUGE thank you!