I'm in the process of mapping out what to see and how to see it in a 6 day time period in Germany next spring. From Munich we'd like to see Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein, and Salzburg. First of all is seeing all of this in 6 days feasible? Secondly, would it be best use Munich as a home base and day trip to these places via train, or should we attack it with a couple of nights in each spot? Renting a car could be considered, however, it will be myself and my 16 year old daughter. I've never driven in, or even been to Germany and having her as a navigator makes me somewhat nervous. Your thoughts? Thanks so much! Jeannie
All your destinations can be reached using the Bayern (Bavaria) Ticket (a daypass, 26€ for two people.) The Bavarian train network is extensive and efficient. 6 days should be OK. Bayern Ticket information You would need to spend at least a night in Rothenburg since it's just too far from Munich to make it a daytrip. A daytrip to Salzburg is possible - it's about 2 hours by direct train - but I would want to spend at least a day and a half there, so figure at least one night there as well. N'stein? Not worth the 5 hours of round-trip train travel, IMO, for a 30-minute tour. But a daytrip from Munich is possible. You might consider an outing from Salzburg to Hohenwerfen Castle; it's actually a real 900-year-old castle (unlike Neuschwanstein, a late-19th-century palace) and offers a free-flight falconry show - see photos HERE.
Two years ago, we used Munich for a home base and took tours from the tourist office to the castles and to Salzburg. They were good. I agree that Rothenburg is too far for a day trip. The advantage of the day tours is that all the transportation is already arranged and to the castles we used train, bus, horse cart and feet.
Thank you to both of you! This helps greatly!