My boyfriend and I (age mid-30s) will be traveling to Germany and Austria from the U.S. from June 5 to 16. We are planning to do a mixture of trains, public transit and rental car to be able to see both cities and smaller villages. We really enjoy hiking and the outdoors, so we like the flexibility of a car for those needs. However, Monday, June 10 is a government holiday in Germany, and all the rental facilities in Freislassing are closed both Sunday (as normal) and Monday (due to the holiday). This is causing some issues with my planned itinerary and car rental plans. Our itinerary is:
Weds, June 5 - Arrive in Frankfurt, Train to Munich - Arrive in Munich approximately 2 p.m.
Thurs, June 6 - Munich
Friday, June 7 - Munich
Saturday, June 8 - Train to Salzburg, Austria
Sunday, June 9 - Salzburg, Austria
Monday, June 10 - Pick up car and drive to - Berchtesgaden/Ramsau, Germany
Tuesday, June 11 - Berchtesgaden/Ramsau
Weds., June 12 - Drive to Reutte, Austria
Thursday, June 13 - Reutte Area - Neuschwanstein
Friday, June 14 - Reutte Area
Saturday, June 15 - Drive to Rothenberg - Romantic Road
Sunday, June 16 - Drive to Frankfurt - Fly out of Frankfurt at approximately 5:30 p.m.
I have done some research (picking up in Austria dropping in Germany, altering the itinerary to picking up across the border in Freilassing on Tuesday rather than Monday, picking up on Saturday morning and driving to a park and ride in Salzburg then getting car on Monday). Cross border dropping seems to be about $300, so pretty cost-prohibitive, Tuesday is a bit of a hassle since we only have limited time as is and is only $60ish cheaper than the Saturday plan. At this point, the Saturday pick-up and then leave seat in Salzburg Park and Ride for two days seems like my best option.
Is there an option I am missing for the rental car?
Can I stay parked in the Park and Ride for 48 hours or so with no issue?
Is there a way I could alter my itinerary to not have the rental car issues?
Should I drop off the car in Rothenberg on Saturday and take a train to Frankfurt?
If I was to switch my itinerary around (Munich last), would taking a train on the same day to Frankfurt being something we should do? It makes me a bit nervous as an American who isn't all that familiar with train travel and their reliability.
Also, I welcome any advice on parking tips, road passes, etc. as well as itinerary advice.
Thanks in advance for any help!