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Family Tour of Europe/Critique Travel Plans

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Asking for a critique or suggestions for our 2012 trip to Europe. We are a husband, wife and 13-year-old twin daughters. I've been to Europe twice (once on a 10-day tour, once staying with a friend for a month) and have conversational German skills. Rest of family has traveled only within the eastern half of the U.S., but they're fit, healthy and adaptable, with basic German skills. We're going to work on some basic French language skills, too, over the next year.

We have 17 days total, including flight time from Detroit.
We do NOT want to see tons of churches (one church total would be more than enough), museums or memorials.
We DO want to see a castle or two, do some hiking, visit some family-friendly places (Berlin Water Park, Europa Park and zoos are all high on our list).
We've already done U.S. backpacking trips as a family, along with train travel and youth hostels, and we're comfortable with that, though it will be nice to sleep in an occasional hotel and have a day of down time here and there.
The kids are motivated and usually take half the time people tell us it will take to do things. Husband and I try to match that pace with caffeine.

So here's the itinerary I sketched out ... your thoughts?
Day 1 Fri: arrive in Berlin a.m.
Day 2 Sat: Berlin all day; fly to Vienna p.m.
Day 3 Sun: Vienna (SRS)
Day 4 Mon: a.m. train to Salzburg / Salzburg all day
Day 5 Tue: a.m. train to Munich
Day 6 Wed: Munich & Neuschwanstein
Day 7 Thu: a.m. train to Rust (Europa Park); p.m. train to Strasbourg
Day 8 Fri: Strasbourg/Haguenau/Durrenbach
Day 9 Sat: Strasbourg/Haguenau/Durrenbach
Day 10 Sun: a.m. train to Luxembourg; day and overnight in Luxembourg
Day 11 Mon: a.m. train to Paris
Day 12 Tue: Paris
Day 13 Wed: a.m. fly to York, England/spend day in "Herriot Country"
Day 14 Thu: a.m. train to London
Day 15 Fri: London
Day 16 Sat: London all day/p.m. depart for U.S.

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