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13 Days Trip - Munich, Salzburg, and Bavaria

Hello, Have been following recent messages regarding traveling to Munich.
We plan to fly in and out of Munich. Stay in Munich without a car for 4 nights with one day trip on train to either Rothenburg or Regensburg (which city would be better?) Then will rent car to drive to Salzburg - 6 nights - day trips to Halstatt, Berchtgaden, St Wolfgang, St Gilgen and Chiemsee. We would like to stay in one place to use as a base. Which town should we stay in? Lastly, we would like to stay somewhere in the Fussen/Reutte area for 3 nights, again which town to use as a base to visit castles, and the towns of Mittenwald, Garmisch, Oberammergau? If you also have suggestions on accommodations for towns you recommend - that would be great. We know public transportation is readily available, but we would prefer to rent a car and travel on our own pace. We are fortunate to have many more days than other travelers to see Munich, Salzburg, and Bavaria. Thank you all so much! Dee

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Regensburg is easier to get to, you can reach it in a little over an hour with no connections. Rothenburg takes 3 hours and and a train change. Regensburg is a city, Rothenburg is a town. You just have to decide what you want to see.

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Christopher, Thanks for the reply. It sounds like a visit Rothenburg will be on our next trip. If you have any other suggestions for our trip, would appreciate that, too. Thanks. Dee

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Hi Dee, For our trips ( 4 so far for a total of 13 nights since '06) to the Salzburg/berchtesgaden, etc. area we like basing in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden at our favorite place to stay, the Pension Mayringerlehen. www.mayringerlehen.de Another place we can highly recommend is the Guesthouse Friedwiese in Schonau am Konigsee. www.friedwiese.de/enska/isl.htm From these two, which are only 10 minutes apart, we've visited (some many times): Berchtesgaden, Konigsee, Bad Reichenhall, Salzburg, "Mad" King Ludwig's Herrenchiemsee Palace, Hallein, St. Gilgen, Hallstatt and Zell am See. There's also the Jennerbahn cable car, the Eagle's Nest, Salt Mines, luge rides, the Rossfeld Panorama Road, etc. For the Fuessen/Reutte area, I'd suggest Fuessen. Very charming old town. We stayed twice ('01, '03) at the Hotel zum Hechten. www.hotel-hechten.com Reutte, I wouldn't, but that's me. Nesuchwanstein and Hohenschwangau castle's, Tegelberg cable car and luge ride (a mile from the castles), Wieskirche (amazing inside), The Zugspitze from either Ehrwald, Austria or Garmisch, "Mad" King Ludwig's Linderhof Palace, etc. If interested, we have photo's at: www.worldisround.com/home/pja1/index.html Hope this helps. Paul

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Paul, Thank you for all your tips! Much appreciated!. Dee

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Sounds like the makings of a great vacation! As noted, Rothenburg is much smaller than Regensburg – but if you are looking for well preserved half-timbered houses enclosed by a city wall (that you can walk on,) then Rothenburg is the place. Regensburg's history goes back to the Romans, Rothenburg is solidly in the Middle Ages.
I always think you pay a premium to stay in Salzburg, but all of the other places you mention are pretty touristy. St. Wolfgang/St. Gilgen (side by side on Wolfgangsee,) are a little less bus tour towns. Hotel Im Wiessen Rossl on the lake is a classy place. http://www.weissesroessl.at/ problem is if the weather's nice you'll never want to leave for day trips.

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"Reutte, I wouldn't, but that's me." That's most of us as well, Paul! If you're visiting several other towns in the region, I would use GaP as your base, because it's the most centrally located. Look into staying at Gasthaus Fraundorfer, and see if you can get a room with a Zupspitz view. But allow me to clear up one common misperception. Most of Rothenburg dates from the second half of the 17th century. Like most of Germany, the Thirty Years War was not kind to the town. So, it's no more mediëval than most other towns with the same type of buildings. Is it worth visiting? Yes, if your route of travel passes by, no if you have to go significantly out of your way.