My husband and I are planning a 3 week trip to Germany, Switzerland and Austria in Oct. 2019. We’ve been to a few areas in Germany (Munich, Oberammergau area) and Interlachen, Switzerland on prior trips. We fly in to Frankfurt and depart from Vienna. We will have a car in both Germany and Switzerland, and then will be traveling to Salzburg and Vienna via train. I have the following itinerary loosely planned:
- Arrive Frankfurt late afternoon for 2 nights. Planning on a cruise on the Middle Rhine (St. Goarshausen to Rudesheim) for our only day in the city.
- Drive to Rothenburg ob der Tauber for 2 nights. Explore areas around Wurzburg (Residence Palace, Wertheim am Main) in route. Visit Dinkelsbuhl and Schloss Harburg.
- Drive to Stuttgart for 1 night. Visit: MB museum and possibly Porsche.
- Drive through the Black Forrest to Lake Constance for 3 nights. Considering the towns of Konstanz, Meersburg or Lindau as a base. Visit: Lake Dwellings, Mainau Island.
- Drive to Lake Lucerne for 3 nights. Visit: Mt. Pilatus and/or Mt. Titlis, old town, Chapel Bridge; cruise on Lake Lucerne.
- Drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for 2 nights. Visit: Linderhoff castle, Mittenwald, Zugspitze.
- Train to Salzburg for 4 nights. Visit: Hallstatt, Mirabelle Palace, Eagle’s Nest.
- Train to Vienna for 4 nights. Visit: Museums, Schonbrunn, possibly visit the Wachau Valley.
I have 1 remaining night to spend either tacked on somewhere in the current plan, or in a new location; considering Colmar or Strausbourg, Fr. as options. I would appreciate any input regarding the number of days we have allocated for the various locations (too much/too little), other interesting sites (especially around the Black Forest region) or things that shouldn’t be missed! We’ve done a fair amount of driving through Europe and look forward to scenic roads through the Alps etc. I know this is a huge list; I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed at this point.