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Germany-Austria 18 days itinerary

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Hi all! This is my first post, but I had spent quite some time reading through earlier posts about Germany and Austria in the last week.

I'm arriving in Frankfurt on the 13th of September and coming back on the 1st of October - 18 nights total.

This will be my first time to Germany and Austria. Berlin will be the capital of choice of this trip, Vienna, I'm sorry but I will let you for the next one.

I have a draft itinerary and would like to confirm with anyone who knows these places if it is good or if I should make some adaptation.

I've split the trip into three parts, first 10 days driving around south Germany, Austria / Tyrol, etc. Then 4 days in Munich (Oktoberfest!), and then the final 4 days in Berlin. It will be more or less like this:

Day 1, arriving in Frankfurt, getting the car and driving to Heidelberg, base for days 1-4
Day 2, visiting Heidelberg (I think one whole day is enough?)
Day 3, visiting Baden Baden (maybe add another city here?)
Day 4, to Bad Dürkheim for the Wurstmarkt wine festival. I think this is not so known outside of Germany so I think it will be a great opportunity see real Germany. I think it is easy to come from Heidelberg by bus or train as I don't want to not be able to try some wines while in the festival.

Now it is the big question mark for Days 5 and 6... First option is moving base to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, maybe stopping-by some small town... Other option is going to Freiburg... I'm really not sure what is the best option for these two days, there seems to be a lot of possibilities. Freiburg I could visit the black forest but I'm not sure where exactly in the black forest I should go, I couldn't find a central city there, or there is no central city at all, you just drive by?? Need extreme help here. How can I maximize these two days.

Day 7, moving base do Salzburg OR Innsbruck (need help on which would be a better base!!!), trying to see some lakes, alps, alpine roads and scenary while on the way.
Day 8, visiting Salzburg or Innsbruck (depending on the base). Can I fit anything else?
Day 9, visiting Innsbruck or Salzburg (depending on the base)
Day 10, heading to Munich, maybe stopping-by somewhere to visit some nice old town (which?) Eagle Nest?
Day 11-14, Munich, enjoying Oktoberfest !!
Day 15-18, Berlin, enjoying the city and the Berlin Marathon festivities

While in the cities, I usually use Michelin guide to go to the most interesting spots. I think it is pretty reliable, let me know if you think these guides may not be appropriated for these towns. I used them last year for Italy (Tuscany) and it was great.

I'm feeling very lucky that while I'm in Germany there will be three big festivities (Wurskmarkt, Oktoberfest and the Marathon).

In the beginning I though 18 days would be enough, now I see that I can barely scratch the surface.

It is incredible the number of towns and places that seems to be worthy visiting in German. I didn't know it was like this until I started to better study the places.

Thanks very much for any help !!! Much appreciated.

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