My wife and I (53/51) will be arriving in Munich on 5 October 2011, just after Octoberfest, and will be departing 13 days later on 18 October. We are in the early planning stages of this trip and would like to get your comments and recommendations.
Here is what we enjoy. We both enjoy small towns and “hanging with the locals”, staying in Pensions, bed and breakfasts, or small family-run hotels. We love to eat and drink with the locals and get the feel of "real" Germany mixed with some sightseeing. We also enjoy seeing historic sites/cities, scenic drives, and outdoor adventures (we would like to do some hiking on some easy-to-moderate trails). We are not into visiting museums or art galleries. We love walking around towns and enjoying what each town/city has to offer with food, bars, shopping outside of the “tourist traps”. Our preliminary itinerary is:
October 5 (Wed) thru October 7 (Fri) Arrive Munich and visit sights: Marienplatz, beer gardens, Englischer Garten, Viktualienmarkt, Nymphenburg Palace, Königsplatz, Nymphenburg Palace. (any other suggestions/must see)
Then on Saturday (8th) leave Munich. That’s where we need your guidance and suggestions for the next 8 days. Here are some of the places we are considering:
Initially, I thought we would train from Munich to Rothenburg. Spend 1 night in Rothenburg, walk around and visit the sights. Please offer suggestions for places to visit, hotels to stay and places to eat.
Then travel south (need your advice on train or rent car) stopping in places between Rothenburg and Fussen (please provide recommendations for places to stop and overnight if needed). Allow 1 (or 2?) nights.
Overnight 1 (or 2?) night in Fussen and then tour both castles near Fussen and maybe do some hiking along the lake, gorge and/or up to Tegelberg.
Travel the German Alpine Road (again need your advice: I think a car is best for this) visiting Oberammergau (is this worth the visit – if so how long should we budget?), perhaps overnight 1 night in Garmisch-Partenkirchen area. Visit the sights around Garmisch.
From Garmisch, travel stopping in Mittenwald then on to overnight in Berchtesgaden area. We would like to take one or two hikes in the National Park (suggestions please). We are mostly interested in places with great views/scenery that can be reached on foot (no climbing).
Travel to Salzburg, visit the sights, and overnight (1 or 2?) in Salzburg.
October 17 (Mon) train back to Munich.
With the amount of time we have, I don’t believe we can get to Heidelberg/Castle Road, Innsbruck, or Vienna. With other areas to see, are we spending too much time in Munich? Your thoughts? Many thanks in advance.