help plan my itinerary germany- swiss or swiss-italy

Hi all. I'm looking for some input on favorite small quaint romantic towns, villages or hamlets. Our personal favorite has always been Murren and we are looking for more of the same. We are not looking for large cities or crowds but lakes, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, trails and outdoor life. The problem is there is so much to choose from we are having a difficult time deciding to land in Frankfurt and drive down the romantic road to Rothenburg and stay for several days seeing the towns in this area (fussen, augsberg) (suggestions??) and then keep going south into northern Switzerland possibly to appenzell. We do not want to spend much time driving but enjoying wherever we are. If you have any favorite towns please let me know.

Another option is to land in Zurich and travel south through the Bernese Oberland (been there twice however) then to the Engadine and then possibly towards northern Italy. (are the Dolomites worth a trip) We have been to Vareena on Lake Como and loved it. Any suggestions?? Other small town with lots of charm, history, and beauty that we shouldn't miss. favorite hotels??
thanks so much for your input.

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