Using guidebooks and TA forum posts I've cobbled together a preliminary itinerary for a 12 night trip to Germany in September 2014 and would like input from those who have actually travelled in this area before locking things in. Please comment on:
- Itinerary realistic?
- Any glaring oversights or ommisions in terms of overnight towns selected, must-see stops or order of things?
- How can day trips best be combined for greater efficiency?
- Best wineries and wine towns to visit?
- Note: Order of selected overnight towns driven by priorities to attend Oberwesel's Rhine in Flames and Durkheimer Wurstmarkt on specific dates but open to suggestions on better way to set that up.
My husband and I are late 50's/mid-60's, travel light, are up and out early each day and like to walk (no mobility issues). We enjoy staying in and exploring quaint old towns/villages; traditional local food, wine and beer; wineries; beer gardens; castles; local markets and gardens/parks. We're not so big on museums (unless small and/or unique); shopping; noisy, congested cities; overly commercial crowded touristy places (although we loved Rotherburg).
Flights are booked. All travel will be via public transportation - not planning to rent a car.
OVERNIGHTS IN BACHARACH (4)
Sept 11 (Thurs) - Arrive Dusseldorf, train to Bacharach, explore Bacharach, early dinner and to bed after long travel days
Sept. 14 (Sun) - Train to Rudesheim to explore town and Rhine cruise back to Bacharach
OVERNIGHTS IN COCHEM (3)
Sept 15 (Mon) - Train to Cochem, explore town
OVERNIGHTS IN BAD DURKHEIM (2)
Sept 18 (Thurs) - Train to Bad Durkheim, explore town and also Deidesheim
Sept 19 (Fri) - Durkheimer Wurstmarkt (dates of market are 19 - 22), side trip to Wachenheim
OVENIGHTS IN GENGENBACH (2)
Sept 20 (Sat) - Train to Gengenbach (time for trip to Freiburg?)
Sept 21 (Sun) - Freiburg and/or Vogtsbauernhof (other suggestions??)
OVERNIGHT IN ZURICH (1) (Better small town to stay in close to airport?)
Sept 22 (Mon) - Train to Zurich (Konus card good for this trip?)
Sept 23 (Tues) - 11 am flight from Zurich to U.S.
Any and all comments, suggestions and observations welcome! Thanks in advance for your help.