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8-9 day family vacation in Germany

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We are a family of five from Connecticut with kids that will be 11, 15, & 18 at the time of our vacation this June. Our family vacations usually consist of Caribbean cruises or road trips to Va Beach, Niagara Falls, etc. Going to Europe will be a BIG trip for us. Hubby and I have been to Europe separately before kids and/or for work travel, but the two youngest kids have never been (the oldest went to Spain on a school trip). Hubby is military and feels that Germany is safe and family-friendly.

After reading through some previous posts and responses, it seems we'd be wise to focus on only one or two locations for lodging and use those as home bases. This was my thinking also -- checking in and out of hotels is tiring for everyone and I don't want to waste too much of our precious time jumping from one place to another.

My thinking is that we'd spend 4 days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and 4 nights in Stuttgart (or nearby). While in G-P we'd visit Innsbruck, Munich/Dachau, Switzerland, and at least one whole day in G-P itself. Then we'd head to Stuttgart and see the sights in that area (I'm not as familiar with it, still researching). To keep airfare reasonable we'd fly round-trip to Munich, so maybe 1 night in Munich at the end, and we could re-arrange our sightseeing to plan on seeing Munich then if that made more sense. I'm open to staying longer in G-P, Munich, and/or cutting our Stuttgart altogether (although hubby has friends stationed there that we'd feel obligated to visit for at least a day). I'd love to have more time to see a castle or two or even head down to Italy.

Just wondering if this seems too ambitious or not ambitious enough? We don't know how often we will get to take trips like this, so it's tempting to see as many areas/countries as possible, but I don't want them to feel like the whole trip was a blur because we were in too many places. I also feel like spending a whole week in basically one country gives you more of a "true" experience.

Also, are we looking at very hot temperatures in the summer?

And... for what it's worth, none of us know any German! lol

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