My kids and I have accompanied my husband on a business trip to Germany. It was an extremely short notice departure (found out we could go less than 36 hours before arriving...), so I haven't really had time to plan or sort out activities and I'm hoping some people here can help. :)
I'm currently in Friedrichshafen, where I have to stay until the evening of friday the 9th due to my husband's work. However, from Friday the 9th of may until thursday the 15th we can travel anywhere within Germany, though I would like to stay in the the baden-wurtemburg or bavaria regions. On the 16th we want to visit the neuschwanstein castle before returning to Munich for our flight home on the 17th.
So, where to go? Sat-Sun is completely free and we don't mind driving. However, we need a base from mon-thursday as my husband is expected to work 8 hours a day remotely. We have a rental car and our budget is very flexible. We travel with a 7 year old and a 11 year old.
Interests: The outdoors, hiking, shopping, eating, castles, animals, historic places... Not interested in casinos, cars/plane shows, art museums, spas.
- Where is a good place to base ourselves out of that would allow for a variety of different 1/2 day trips? For example, if the husband works from 7am-11am, and then from 7-11pm, he will have put in his 8 hours and still have a big chunk of the day available for excursions. Is there any town/city that will allow for this sort of thing? Also, some place that is pedestrian and child friendly would be ideal so that we can wander in the morning while he works.
I want to visit baden-baden/hugelshiem at least one of those days, because I lived there eons ago as a child when the Canadian forces base was still open. However, not many of the "things to do" in baden baden interest me other than hohenbaden castle so I don't think that would be a good base.
- What are the region's best castles?
- I want to take a "hike" through the black forest. Which trails are easy enough for children while still giving us a good, quiet experience?
- Is there anything I can do in Friedrichshafen with two kids and no car? There are only so many times I can walk up and down the promenade and the things to do page on trip advisor is sparse.
Thanks for any and all help!