I'm trying to get a solid idea of itinerary/city-to-city travel to figure out which airports to fly in/out of and what order to do things. What makes the most sense?
4 of us (late 20s) planning our first trip to Germany (of 10-12 days, flexible) in September 2017.
Wanting to hit the following with the least TIME/$ wasted. Do we need to rent a car? (prefer to get by on public transit if possible/efficient) Want the nice weather of early Sept. and to hit a day or two at Oktoberfest.
Our wish list is below. What order should we go in? Anything we should cut?
<<< NOTE: This is the original itinerary. I updated this draft in a later post below >>>
BERLIN: 2–3 days
- Brandenburg Gate
- German History Museum
- Charlottenburg Palace??
- Wall Memorial (skipping Checkpoint Charlie)
*Idea: Hop-on-Hop-off bus + Spree boat tour?
COBURG: 0.5–1 day
- Veste Coburg
(Just stopping because my Grandma grew up there <3)
*could use this stop to cut the 6 hour travel from Berlin to Munich in half?
RHINE VALLEY: 0.5–1 day?
- just want to do a scenic river cruise between Koblenz and Mainz (that's the good part right?)
Maybe get off at Bacharach?
*could land in Frankfurt and start here?
MUNICH/BAVARIA: 3-4 days
- Oktoberfest (1-2 days) < - would be nice as the grand finale?
- Neuschwanstein Castle
SALZBURG? 1-2 days?
- Sound of Music Tour? (to see the scenery in a quick way)
- Lippizaner Stallions? (we love horses)
*maybe this is a day trip from Munich?
Help much appreciated! THANK YOU!