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Old 01-22-2013, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by flyaway View Post
Here is our proposed itinerary:

Fly overnight; arrive in Munich around noon. Go to Deutschesmuseum and maybe see some of the Residenz. Early bedtime.

Day 2. Pick up car; tour factory. Is it easy to get to the car pick up from central Munich via public transit? After tour, drive to Lake Chiemsee.

Day 3. Tour Herrenchiemsee. Drive to Berchtesgaden.

Day 4. Boat ride on Konigsee and visit Documentation Center.

Day 5. Hike the Wimbacklamm Gorge (how long does this take? 1 or 2 hours?) Drive to Ulm; sightsee in area; night in Ulm.

Day 6. See the Abbey in Zwiefalten; drive to Rothenburg. Do the Night Watchman Tour; overnight in Rothenbug.

Day 7. Drive to Cochem; on the way visit the Residenz in Wurzburg.

Day 8. Visit Burg Eltz in the AM; drive to Frankfurt to drop off car. (How long should we budget to do this? Spend night in Frankfurt airport area hotel. See something that evening in Frankfurt (any suggestions?)

Day 9. Fly home.

Id appreciate any comments/insights on the above.
I like your plan. I have a few suggestions which you may already have incorporated. I would suggest staying three nights in one hotel in the Berchtesgaden area and two nights in Rothenberg and doing day trips to nearby sights.

If you are looking for an inexpensive hotel near Berchtesgaden I would suggest the Kugelmuhle in Marktschellenberg. It is very good value. Some of the rooms have balconies and look towards the Eagle's Nest. It is also at a trailhead which is very popular - but I have not hiked it. Herrenchiemsee, the Documentation Center, Berchtesgaden, Konigsee, Wimbacklamm Gorge are all an easy drive away. I would also recommend a quick stop outside Ramsau Church for a photo op, it must be close to the trailhead of the Wimbacklamm Gorge.

When you go to the Abbey in Zwiefalten drive as much of the German Alpenstrasse as time permits. It is a very scenic road. As an alternative to Zwiefalten you might consider Ottobeuren Abbey which is also a Baroque church and very beautiful. It might cut off a few miles from your trip, or you might include it if you enjoy beautiful churches as much as I do. I have never been to Ulm but if it can be seen in an hour or two I would continue on to Rothenberg so that you can minimize overnight stops.

When in Rothenberg you will be not too far away from Nuremberg (about one hour). This was a major center for the Nazis and might interest your son. The Nazi Rally Grounds were the focal point of Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will and of course Hitler's build up of his popularity. Also in Nuremberg is another Documentation Center and the Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials were held after WWII. Nuremberg itself is a pretty little town and worth a visit to the old town and market square.

I like your choice of visiting Cochem on the Mosel River. I presume you plan to drive along the river to Burg Eltz. It is very scenic and there are lots of little towns and vineyards along the way. Tripadvisor rates several hotels in Cochem very highly and they are relatively inexpensive too.

In Frankfurt I stayed at the airport Sheraton several years ago and was very happy with the convenience of it being an easy walk to the terminal, especially if you have an early flight
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