Seems like I've been planning this trip for a long time and now it feels like I am running out of time with no reservations anywhere. Neither of us have ever been to Europe before.
The plan was to fly to Germany early October - into either Munich or Frankfurt and make our base in Garmisch (for a week or so of day trips to the castles, Innsbruck, Zugspitze, maybe sights/towns to the east etc. etc.)
My wife and I fly standby so Frankfurt is a strong possibility as our point of entry.
How hard and expensive is it to connect to German Rail (at FRA) and travel to Garmisch? We've heard and read the system is very good but is it complicated when you have no reservations and luggage to haul along?
If we come into Germany this way we would want to rent a car in Garmisch. Are there many car rentals in Garmisch? Are cars hard to get there? We've read that there is a big military base nearby.
We originally wanted to fly into Munich and drive down to Garmisch - but standby flights don't look good. So much for frequent traveler miles.
At this point, we don't know whether to risk trying to do everything "on the run" or try to make some last minute reservations. Hotel, Car, etc.
I'm sure someone out there has been faced with a first-time last-minute trip with no advance plans(?). What are your suggestions? Any and all will be welcome.
Thank you very much.