I was hoping to get people's thoughts and help with our Germany trip. We will be going the last week of April for little over a week. It is our first time in Germany, and we will be arriving in Munich early on Saturday 4/26 and leaving on Sunday 5/4.
2 early 30s adults. My boyfriend is a go, go, go, check the boxes on every big tourist site type of travelor. His biggest interests are historical sites, castles, and buying a cookoo clock. I've traveled more and tend to slow down, drink a coffee in a cafe and people watch. I really like history, but I'd like to concentrate on things that are uniquely "German." Neither of us are huge into art- we'd go to an art museum if it were one of the best in the world, but don't feel the need to see every art museum in every city in Europe.
Here are my thoughts so far:
4/26: Arrive Munich airport around 9:30. Head to hotel to drop off luggage. Then walk through the city (possibly follow Steve's walking tour?) and visit the Residenz. Early to bed since we'll be jetlagged.
4/27: The boyfriend we'll head out to Dachau for the morning/ early afternoon. (I've been to Aushwitz, and it was beyond words. I'm just not ready to go visit another concentration camp). I'm thinking of going to the BMW museum. I'm not a huge car buff, but enjoy going to the car show at home. Is there something else in Munich that you'd recommend instead? I've thought about the Duetches Museum. Dinner at a beer hall.
4/28: Take the 6:50 train down to Fussen and visit the two castles. Would 11am be the best time for a reservation? After the castles, we'd like to take the gondola and ride the luge (these close at 5pm). Then we'd train back to Munich. This seems like a full day, but is it possible to do all of this in one?
4/29: Head to Rothenburg. I've thought about taking the Romantic Road bus or taking the train. Are the 2 quick (30-45 minute) stops worth the extra money to take the bus? Is the drive a lot more scenic than the train? If we do take the train, are there any stops we should make along the way?
Check into hotel at Rothenburg, and wander the city. At night, do the night watchman tour.
4/30: Head to Black Forest. I'm thinking of training from Rothenburg to Baden Baden and staying there as our Black Forest base. We could also Romantic Road bus to Frankfurt and take train down from there. Is Baden Baden a good base. I've thought about Freiburg or even another small town, but they seem out of the way, and Baden Baden has the best train connections.
5/1: I've got a car rental reserved (I can easily cancel) in Baden Baden. It is from Sixt in a city center location. With hte GPS it costs $63 +gas. We were thinking of following Rick's driving plan for the black forest from Baden-Baden.
Is this a good 1 day overview of the Black Forest? I'm nervous about driving. Any suggestions? Could we do a good 1 day tour of Black Forest by train? What do we do about insurance?
5/2: Head to Heidleburg(sp?). Leave our luggage at train station, and walk through the city and maybe visit castle. I know Rick Steve's hate Heidelburg, but everyone else seems to like it. Opinions? Then take the train to somewhere along the Rhine- St. Goar?
5/3: Do a Rhine river boat tour. Possible visit to Rhinefields castle. We need to be at Frankfurt airport by 715am the next morning. Is there a nice city in the Rhine region that is quick (under an hour hopefully) to get back to Frankfurt airport?
5/4: Fly home.
Is there anything else you'd add to this trip? What would you take away? I've thought about Omeramagua (sp?) and Hohenzollern castle, but just didn't have time. Would you do one of these over something else in my trip?
Sorry for the long post and thanks for your help!