We're planning our first trip to Europe this coming May. While this is my first post, I've been on here quite a bit and want to start by thanking everyone who has posted and commented on the message board - we've found so much valuable information!
Alas, I've come up with a question I can't seem to readily find an answer to. We'll be traveling as a family (me, my husband, my daughter, age 8 and my son, age 5). Each family member now has his/her own backpack in which they'll be expected to carry their own clothes, so we're attempting to travel light. The trip itself is 2 weeks long, starting with 2 days in Paris, and the remainder in Munich, Schwangau, Rothenburg and Cochem.
The plan is to do laundry at least twice along the way. I'm trying to get a feel for how common laudromats would be in the areas we're visiting. Right now, it looks like the best places for us to do laundry, according to our itinerary, are Munich and Rothenburg (that would put us at doing laundry every 5-6 days). There are some laundromats listed in our Rick Steves book, but I'm trying to understand if these would be the only laundromats (I assume there's more in Munich, but would there be many in the old town?), or if they're located all over the place and those are just the ones he recommends. Essentially, I'm trying to determine if this is something I should research beforehand and have a plan (so as not to waste time doing something boring while we could be out enjoying something else), or are laundromats so common that if I just asked our hotelier, he/she should be able to easily direct us somewhere close by?
Thanks so much for any guidance you can give!