Hello everyone! My wife and I are going to Germany in May. We land in Munich May 23 and fly out May 31 (8 nights in Germany). I struggled more with this trip than other ones I've planned because it doesn't feel like we have enough time to do everything we want to.
We would love to visit North of Munich and see the little towns and smaller cities (Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Regensburg, Wurzbug, Bamberg, etc). We would love to visit South of Munich and spend some time in the alps (Neuschwanstein Castle is a must for my wife, Fussen, Mittenwald, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberammergau, etc.), and we'd also love to go East of Munich (Konigssee, Berchtesgaden, Salzburg, Hallstatt for the wife). And we would want to spend a little time in Munich as well. I know that this is probably impossible with 8 nights. My guess is we might could do 2 “regions” plus Munich, but I’m not sure.
So my question is which region(s) would you cut, if any? How many days would you spend in each place? And within each area, which places would you consider must-see and which would you consider skippable (you can include places I didn't mention)? Also, I'd love your recommendations on the best towns to stay in for each region you recommend.
- cute towns, hiking, scenic views, and good food
We're not as big on:
-museums or small, detailed historical sites (we would definitely want to go to the Dachau Concentration camp but not the site of some small WWII battle or something like that)
-We also are planning on renting a car once we leave Munich, and we don't want to be in the car several hours every day, but we don't mind doing a couple hours of driving every 2 or 3 days. And we're fine with changing hotels two or three times as well if needed.
Sorry this is such a long post. My brain is really scattered trying to think through this, so any advice or recommendations you have would be so very appreciated! Thank you!