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Bavaria to Berlin in June--Help Needed

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My husband, two college-age daughters, and I are traveling to Germany for 13 days in early June. So far, we have flights (ff miles), flying in to Munich, where my father comes from, and home from Berlin, where my mother comes from. This is kind of a fatherland/motherland pilgrimage for us. (Both their families, most of whom were Jewish, left Germany in the early 1930’s.) It’s also DH’s first trip to Europe.

We want to mix city and country, old and new and prefer authentic local experiences to touristy experiences, unless they’re great, though we know we ARE tourists. (As examples, our favorite in China was the Terra Cotta Warriors, in New Mexico, a trek with llamas.) Museums, beer and German food, castles, markets, scenery/nature, hiking, offbeat places, ruins, medievalness, a few churches, Holocaust history, in honor of the relatives who didn’t make it out (Jewish Museum in Berlin and one camp—Dachau or Sachsenhausen, which is better?). And though we want to see a lot, we don’t want to move every night—too tiring.

First crack at an itinerary:
1) 3 days Munich
2) 3 days Alps, with base in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Based on posts on this forum, we may tour Linderhof and see Neuschwanstein from outside only, either while at G-P or on way out.
3) What to do next? Up Romantic Road (what are best stops?)? Rothenburg? Würzburg? Over to Nürnburg? Or Bamburg? Worth detour to Heidelberg? Or is there another area not too far out of our way more worthy of exploration? Probably 3 days altogether, ending in Berlin. Is Leipzig worth stopping for?
4) 4 days Berlin

Originally we thought we’d rent a car after Munich, tour Bavaria, return car to Munich, and take train to Berlin. But train cost x 4 is expensive; it seems to make sense to drive.

So, I’m hoping you wonderful fodorites can provide confirmation or disagreement with anything above as well as any suggestions: Particular don’t-miss sights? Where to stay, both areas of towns (where in Munich? Garmisch or Partenkirchen? Probably Mitte in Berlin.) or particular lodgings. We prefer more typically local places (friendly hosts, bfast?) rather than polished hotels and hope to keep to $150-$200/night for 4 people. Realistic? Or places with cooking facilities so we can save on meals.

Really anything at all is welcome. We’ve done some really wonderful things around the world thanks to the great suggestions on these forums.

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