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Transportation-itinerary help/final check, please

We are spending 8 days in Austria & Germany. I thought I had the major points figured out, but as the train booking windows are looming, I could sure use some expert help. All dates are the end of June, and we are a family of 5 (me, DH, 3 kids, only one of which is under 12).

Tu- train from Venice Santa Lucia to Salzburg hbf, will book 13:35 train on dbBahn with 1 change

Wed- tour with tour company of Berchesgaden, explore Salz. Old Town, etc. on foot in afternoon/evening

Th- a.m. Salzburg, then buy Bayern tickets at station, travel to Munich; check into hotel, HOHO bus tour of Munich

Fr- Neuschwanstein Castles--can't decide on Mike's Bike Tour 08:00-20:00 (this seems SO LONG!) or get Bayern (?) tickets and go on our own to get back earlier & have more evening time in Munich

Sat- a.m. Munich, then travel to Rothenbug ob der Tauber--buy "weekender" train ticket @ station (?) or other kind in advance?

Sun- Rothenburg to Bacharach--ticket type?

Mon-stay in Bacharach hotel, train from bacharach to Bingen, Rhine cruise to Marksburg, 1:00 English tour of Marksburg Castle (do I need a reservation?), then train to St. Goar, on to Oberwesel, & back to Bacharach

Tu- 05:30 train Bacharach to Frankfurt for flight home to USA at 09:30.

Thank you so very much!

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1) Are your air tickets bought as I don’t understand why you’re coming from Venice to get to Salzburg?

2) For Berchtesgaden tour by Salz do you mean the Salt mine tour? We did the one just outside the town and it was good. However, I have nothing to compare it to.

Train ticket Information: Saturday & Sunday:
You can buy a Weekend ticket for 49 euros for a group of 5 people. It is valid in 2nd Class. You can do this online now or by selecting “local transport” when making your purchase at the station.
So you’d buy one for each day of the weekend.

Friday: Castle on your own:
I believe you can buy a Savers Fare or “Regional” Lander Ticket for 2 people at 29 euros. Additional people are 20 euros. Anyone under 15 is free. Time used is 9am-3am the next day.

Suggestions/Notes: 1) Instead of a HOHO bus tour of Munich perhaps you’d consider a Bike Tour today for Munich, versus the long 12 hour day you’d have for the castle day. Also “Original Berlin Walking Tours” are great & offered in Munich.

2) Rothenburg Ob der Tauber: After you get off the train you change to a bus which brings you into Rothenburg.
Enroute Option:
It takes a full half day to get there from Munich. We stopped enroute and visited Dachau. We left our bags in the train lockers at end of track 26. Bus for Dachau is right outside the train station, number 728. It’s all signed very well. They run every 20 minutes.
English tours are at 1100am and 100pm; Cost is 3,00 euros. Allow 2.5 hours for tour.

auto-guide cost about same as guided tour and you can enter for free.

The Dachau station is not the Dachau Stadt, just Dachau, after Karlsfeld station. The end of the line station out of Munich will say "Petershausen".
If you did the English guided 1100am tour you’d arrive in Rothenburg in time for the “Nightwatchman’s Tour”.

If I have train information wrong Lee or someone else will correct it. I do know as a family or group of 5 people, you get discounted costs or free tickets for certain age groups.