Hello Friends. First time poster. Bought Rick's video series. Got motivated. Now We (family of 4, kids 7 & 9), are flying into Berlin July 22 and departing out of Zurich Aug 8. Plan is: Rent car. 2 nights in Berlin, 2 nights in Jena/Leipzig (Napoleon junkie), 4 nights in Munich/Fussen (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Zugspitze, Neuchwanstein, Berchtesgaden). Drop off car at border. Buy Swiss family rail pass. Cut thru Switzerland from NE to SW. 3-4 nights in Lauterbrunnen, then SW to Chamonix (2 nights/Mont Blanc). It seems though that train connections from Lauterbrunnen area to Chamonix area are challenging, not efficient. Or we can forget Chamonix, spend more time in Bavaria, or go east to Hallstatt Salzburg, or South to Bolzano/Dolomites.
The German half of our trip seems clear cut and doable. With Munich as a hub we can go in any direction. The Swiss back half though not as clear, no car, must depend on rail lines/train schedules. Maybe my plan is too complicated?
Your thoughts or better itinerary alternatives would be welcomed. Only Plans made thus far: airfare and Lauterbrunnen accomodations (Hotel Staubbach). Thanks!