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Critique trip plans, please

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Hello, everyone, and thanks in advance for answering my questions.

We are planning a second trip to Europe (in 2012 we visited London, Paris and Yorkshire) -- a 60-something, a 40-something and 16-year-old teens, all in great health and experienced backpackers. We will probably split up occasionally (parent/child pairs) to explore personal interests, i.e., husband is not a coaster fan, two of us are not into horses, etc.. We are *not* into churches/cathedrals, traditional museums or wine/beer ... we're comfortable in cities but more comfortable in the country. We enjoy seeing sights on foot and spending time spontaneously, while realizing that we're not going to be able to see everything that any city or town offers.

Here are our limitations, and my attempt to create a trip that would satisfy mostly everyone:
- we all love London (and the cheapest flights are round-trip from Heathrow; I'd prefer to fly into London and fly out of Berlin, but that would be several hundred dollars more ... are open-jawed flights considered two one-way flights, or am I keying them in wrong somehow?)
- Strasbourg has huge cultural significance to us, since both my and my husband's families originated in that area
- daughters' must-sees are Europa-Park, Tropical Islands waterpark in Berlin and Neuschwanstein
- two of us are equestrians, so the Spanish Riding School is a top priority
- I work at a zoo, so seeing zoos would be a big plus (Berlin, London and Vienna come to mind first)

So with all those disclaimers, here's my rough draft:

Days 1,2: London Heathrow (London unscheduled)

Days 3-6: 2.5hrs Eurostar to Paris, lunch there, pick up the TGV 2.5hrs to Strasbourg (Strasbourg unscheduled except for a visit to Europa-Park)

Day 7-8: 4hrs Munich (day trip to Neuschwanstein)

Day 9-11: 3hrs train to Salzburg, lunch/Hellbrunn Palace, then 3hrs on to Vienna (our top
picks are Spanish Riding School and Schoenbrunn Zoo)

Day 12-13: fly AirBerlin to Berlin, two days there (Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Holocaust Museum, stay at Tropical Islands waterpark)

Day 14-16: fly RyanAir to London, 1 full day in London, then home the next morning from Heathrow

I realize this is a problematic schedule with a lot of territory in less time than I'd like. Do you see a way that we could skip Munich and add that time to Berlin? Would it be better, in your opinion, just to stay in Salzburg and day-trip into Vienna on two of the three days? Other suggestions?

Your feedback is appreciated. Thanks --


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