My family of two adults and three children ages 13,11 and 9 will be traveling to Germany, Austria and Switzerland this summer for a month. We will fly into Munich and out of Zurich. From previous trips I find that if we move to frequently people get cranky. I also find that with the children we have to take things slower. What Rick Steves can do in a day often can take us 2-3 days. I think the driving puts us over the edge. We like to do some urban touring of museums and historic sites. We also like to spentd time hiking, bicycling and seeing nature.
Here is the itinerary plan: Munich 3 nights. Rent a car and drive to Saltzburg Austria for 5 nights. Drive to Fussen Germany for 6 nights. Drive to Chur Switzerland for one night and drop off car. Take Glacier Express to Zermatt and spend 3 nights in Zermatt. Take the train to Grimwald, Switzerland and spend 5 nights, take train to Lucern and spend 3 nights, take train to Zurich for two nights and fly home. I thought we could buy a Swiss Rail Pass. Do people think this is a reasonable itinerary.
I understand that children travel for free with adults holding Swiss Rail passes. Is it difficult to make a reservation for a family when only the Adults hold passes. Would I need to make reservations for any other leg of my trip other then for the Glacier Express. What is the cost of making reservations? Would buying the Swiss Rail pass be more economical for my family then buying individual tickets?
We are a family of five so it makes it expensive to stay in hotels as we require two hotel rooms. I have leads on where to stay in Germany and Austria but none yet for Switzerland. Any suggestions of where to stay. We thought that for Chur and Zermatt we would try the hostels. If anyone went to the destinations we are going to what did they enjoy and what would they take a miss on.Any advice is welcome