Passion Play tickets are for Sept 25. Current hotel reservations in O'gau for Sept 23-26, but could extend.
Flights are cheapest through Frankfurt or Zurich. May do an open jaw to or from one of these. Leave Tues, 9/20, return Tues, 10/4, 12 days traveling.
Train travel between Innsbruck-Mittenwald-Garmisch Partenkirchen-it's on the list of the most beautiful train rides
*Fussen/Oberammergau/GP: visit Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau (1 day), Linderhof?. Go up a mountain (Zugspitze, the mountain Schwangau or the smaller one by O'gau, go to Garmisch Partenkirchen for a day, go to the play/explore O'gau before the play.
*Salzburg: salt mine tour, go to the castle, walk along the river, visit Mozart spots and old town, and enjoy the beauty of Salzburg.
*Vienna- no clue, (heard that it's a beautiful city), need to read my RS guide book
*Lucerne-main reason to go here is to avoid staying in expensive Zurich. There are hourly trains and it's only an hour ride. There is a very pretty bridge that I've wanted to see. And we need to leave for Bavaria in the morning so we can see the scenery as we travel.
Other interests (hubby and I may stay on an additional week after travel partners return home)
Berner Oberland (been there but loved it)
So trip could look like:
Zurich-Lucerne-Innsbruck or GP-O'gau/Fussen-Salzburg (3 nights?)-Vienna (2 nights?)-Seattle OR
Zurich-Lucerne- Innsbruck, Mittenwald, GP?-O'gau/Fussen-Salzburg (3)-Frankfurt or Zurich-Seattle OR
(or Lucerne at the end, before flying home)
Frankfurt-Fussen-O'gau-Garmisch Partenkirchen-Salzburg (3)-Vienna (3)-Seattle OR
Frankfurt-Fussen-O'gau-Garmisch Partenkirchen-Salzburg (3)- Lucerne-Zurich-Seattle
I am open to making O'gau a home base. I realize that it's going to be busy there, with bus travel of 1 1/2 hours to Fussen and 45 min to GP. But it might be worth the sacrifice of time to have 5 nights in one spot. And, we need to be in O'gau for the play due to how late it gets out and not having a car/transportation at that time of day.
Thoughts? Other options? It's okay to throw some realism my way! The pocket books aren't too deep, so trying to do this on a reasonable budget. Hotels are looking very expensive everywhere I look and flight costs are definitely higher that 3 years ago!