Hello, My mom and I decided last week to fly to Europe on her long awaited trip so I need to plan asap. This is her first time to Europe at 78 years old and she's very excited! We are arriving into Munich via overnight train from Paris in the early morning on Sept 13th. We will stay 6 nights. I am hoping for some guidance on feasibility of my itinerary and recommendations on what should be changed. Mom really wants to see the castles so I plan to take her to Linderhof, Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau castles and Herchimsee. Are there other castles I should add to our visit?
Ideally, I would like to go straight to see Linderhof upon arriving in Munich, and then traveling to Fussen where I would like to spend a night. The problem would be luggage, and whether or not this route is easy for us to take. We don't speak German and am not familiar with the area. We are packing light with just a wheeled backpack for each of us, but I understand a lot of places will ask you to keep your big bags. Is there a place to store the bags that is secure? Is the route Linderhoff-Fussen doable by two foreigners with limited language ability? If I had more time to plan, I would have challenged myself to drive to Fussen. Do you still need an International Driver's License in order to rent a car in Germany (I live in the US)?
At Fussen, we'd like to get our tickets early and take the carriage or bus up to Neuschanstein, see the other castle, and possibly the museum if we have time. I'm not sure if I should stay a second night in Fussen. I've stayed there 19 years ago and it was a lovely town. If we stay the night, can we visit the museum on the discount ticket or do all three attractions need to be seen in one day?
Upon returning to Munich, I'd like to see the city. Maybe do the HOHO bus or stick with just the Pinakthek and Residenz.
I also want to take mom to Herchiemsee and think this is a doable trip for us to take by rail. I looked up tours and saw it was a rail tour so I was a bit disappointed.
I have 1-2 days open. Any suggestions? I really wanted to do a tour of Linderhof but most wanted to stop and see Neuschawanstein and not Hohoenschwangau, and just didn't seem to have ample time for us to see everything. I wanted to take it slow given mom's age and her knees are not in the best condition. Mom is also Japanese so her English is limited.Edited: 07 September 2013, 05:44