Hello everyone, thank you in advance for your time.
My wife and I, from Ohio, both in our low 40's are planning an extravaganza of a trip. This is our first time in Europe, and it is a rescheduled trip from Fall of 2017 when a cancerous nasal tumor in my sinus ruined our plans a month before the trip. We had to cancel everything: plane, tours, travel, hotels. Thankfully, we were reimbursed fully (BUY travel insurance, you never know!).
Fast forward to today, I am healthy and we are ready to go! We are traveling to see the history, enjoy the food and beer, and relax. My wife has degrees in Art and Art History so its important to see these areas.
Day 1: Arrive in Frankfurt (overnight flight) and train to Cologne.
Explore Cologne and recover from the flight, sleep at Eden Hotel.
Day 2-3: Train ride to Koblenz, boat ride to St. Goar. Sleep at Hotel Rheinfels. Explore the area with bikes (taken on a boat ride), maybe Boppard?
Day 4: Travel to Oberwesel to sleep at Castle Hotel Schonburg. It's Germany, it's 1300+ years old, we HAVE to stay in it for a night :)
Day 5: Train to Munich for 4 nights, sleeping in Hotel Uhland. Plan to explore: Eagle's Nest, Neuschwanstein, Dachau, Weihenstephaner Brewery in Freising.
Day 9-10: Travel to Rothenburg ODT, sleeping at Hotel Gasthof Goldener Greifen. Probably take bikes out into the countryside for hours.
Day 11-13: Travel to Nurnberg for 2 nights stay at Gideon Hotel. Plan on seeing all the historic areas plus a beer cellar tour.
Day 14+: Travel to Berlin for 3-4 nights and sleep at Myer's Hotel. Plan on museum island, and all the places RS suggests.
Fly out of Frankfurt back home.
The main questions/statements are:
1) Does this sound like a good first timer visit? I know its a lot of travel, but we want to see a bunch of areas.
2) I was thinking 10-day Twin Flexi Railpass. That should cover most travel, right? I am going to stay away from car travel.
3) This is in June, unfortunately not many festivals going on. My wife did say its an anniversary of Bauhaus in Berlin though.
4) We plan on using some companies for tours, Radius Tours or the like, by bike or foot. Open to recommendations.
5) We followed RS's book pretty closely, and for good reason, we have never done been in Europe lol.
Thank you for reading this!
Brett and Deb