We will be in Germany for the month of May. We fly in and out of Munich. Our goal is enjoy the cities, towns, countryside and sites of Southern Germany during that time. We like to hike and enjoy natural areas and we like to see sites but don't have to fill every day with wall to wall activities. We're not much into shopping. We like 3 to 4 star accommodations, small locally run establishments are fine. We will be driving. This is my loose framework.
5 nights - Munich
6 nights in Fussen/Garmish area. (Question: If we stay more towards Fussen, is it reasonable to go back to Garmish and the Zugsptize area for day trips or would I need to actually stay over there as well.)
8 - 10 days to travel Romantic Road, staying in Rothenburg for 2 nights, Castle Road, over to Baden-Baden and down through the Black Forest.
3 or 4 nights - Lake Constance
6 night - Salzburg area (need suggestion of town outside of Salzburg to stay)
1. Is a month touring only Southern Germany too long or not long enough? (I know that is a subjective question.)
2. During the time we are driving The Romantic Road, Castle Road and Black Forest High Road...I'd like to play our timing by ear and arrange accommodations along to way, as we need them. Is that a reasonable expectation for May?
3. Our last week will be in the Salzburg area. I'd like to stay close to hiking and interesting towns but not in Salzburg itself...any suggestions? I've thought of Hallstatt but don't know too much about it.
That's a lot of questions and I welcome any input from those more familiar with Southern Germany than I.