We have been to Germany once before - loved it - and toured Mecklenburg pretty thoroughly. We are saving Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Potsdam and Nuremberg for another trip. We are coming from Amsterdam for this one and have about a month give or take but want to spend some time in Salzburg, and Vienna at the end. So here is a very initial itinerary - have we left out some not-to-miss places? We love scenery, art, architecture, history, and I do speak German, if that matters. I love Reislings. It will be next May/early June. Here's the plan:
2 nights in Amsterdam then -
1. Train from Amsterdam to Cologne - 2 nights there (cathedral, cable car, Gestapo Prison, Wolkenburg Castle etc)
2. Train to Bingen/Rudesheim - 1 night there (St. Martin, St.Hildegard)
We left out Aachen and Monschau - a mistake?
3. Boat from Bingen to Koblenz - 2 nights in Koblenz (Deutsches Eck, Jesu Kirche, Altes Stadt, Ehrenbreitstein, Schinkel, Schmetterlings)
4. Rent car in Koblenz - drive to Marksburg, Eltz, Cochem via Mosel River- 2 nights in Trier (St. Matthias, Basilica, Baths etc)
5. Drive to Heidelburg via Speyer -1 night Heidelburg
6. Drive to Baden Baden - Caracalla - 1 night Baden Baden
7. Drive Crest Road through Black Forest to Tubingen via Freudenstadt (Bebenhausen, Hohenzollern, Hohentubingen - maybe Lichtenstein castle) - overnight in Tubingen
8. Drive to Fussen (Zugspitze) via Ulm (Munster), Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau) - 2 nights in Fussen
9. Drive to Munich via Ausburg and Dachau (St. Afra, Deutsches Museum) - 2 nights in Munich (Nymphenburg, Marienplatz)
10. Drive to Freilassing -(berchtesgaden) drop off car - train into Salzburg
11. 2 nights Salzburg - train to Vienna
12. 2 nights Vienna - train to Budapest
13 2 nights Budapest
We would likely not be back to this part of Germany, so should we definitely not miss the Bodensee and Lindau? We left out Stuttgart - modern art is not our thing and we've seen Otto Dix's works before. We have also left out most of the Romantic Road. Is that a mistake?
It is very difficult to come up with a route that hits all since there is so much to see. The Alpine Road is something we must see for sure. What do you suggest besides coming back again?