My husband and I are heading to Germany for a ten-day vacation beginning at the end of June. We'll spend two days in Munich and then head south for two days, but due to the overwhelming number of options and short time, we couldn't decide on an itinerary and are looking for tips.
For context, we'll be traveling by public transport, using backpacks for flexibility, and we don't mind getting tired on vacation or walking long distances. We love the outdoors but because we only have two days, we don't want to spend long hours hiking (so no Partnachklamm), we're more interested in sightseeing, walking around towns and maybe short hikes in nature. Also, we'd like to swim in an Alpine lake and ride a mountain coaster. Zugspitze/Alpspitze or Passion theater are not on our list.
Our plan is to take an early train from Munich to Füssen on the 26th, visit either Hohenschwangau or Neuschwanstein (not both), swim in the Alpsee, and spend the night in Füssen. We're undecided on the next day. On the 27th:
We could go to Oberammergau (1,5-2hr), walk around the town, ride the Alpine coaster, (maybe stop at Ettal on the road? is it too ambitious?) and head to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to spend the night. The thing is that we'll be walking around with backpacks all day and it might not be allowed in the abbey, the coaster, etc. Alternately, we could leave our stuff at Füssen to be able to travel light and go back there to spend the night but that would mean a longer bus ride. We'll be taking an early morning train to Munich and then to Nürnberg on the 28th so we thought GaPa or Füssen might be better to sleep in as bigger travel hubs.
Or we could visit Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1,5-2hr), (optional stop at Ettal on the road), ride Sommerrodelbahn, hike around Reissensee maybe? and spend the night there. But is GaPa worth visiting if you're not going to visit Zugspitse or Partnach? Which city has a more typical Bavarian town feel? Which has better views of nature? I'd appreciate any insights, thanks in advance!