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Need help planning trip to Germany and surrounding countries

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I am planning a trip to Europe with my family for next summer. The travelers would include 5 people: myself, my wife, and 3 children (16, 14, 10). We were thinking of June 2013 for about 14 days.

My wife has purchased tour guide books and maps that we have been pouring over. We have also been reading a lot and watching some of Rick Steve's videos.

I lived in Eastern Germany for two years 20+ years ago, so I know I would like to spend some time in that area, but the rest of the trip is wide open. My daughter has wanted to visit Stone Henge, so we've played around with making a jump to England at the end of the trip, but am not sure that will be reasonable.

Anyway, here's what we were thinking:
- fly from the US into Berlin. Spend a day touring Berlin. I want to see anything historical related to The Wall and the old DDR. Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, etc. any suggestions?
- rent a car for at least part of the trip in Germany
- travel to Dessau to stay with old friends. not sure there's much to see here, but maybe plan this for a Sunday, attend church in Koethen, and visit old friends
- travel to Frieberg...maybe stop in Leipzig??? I have memories of getting out at Leipzig Bahnhof and walking the pedestrian zone, eating, seeing old church where Bach is buried, etc.
- visit the Mormon temple in Freiberg.
- visit the small town of Seiffen in the Erzgebirge where the Nutcracker originated. I remember touring a toy museum, visiting small wood carving shops, and stores, and riding on an alpine slide.
- visit Dresden. I remember the jousting arena, the opera house, the Frauen Kirche, etc. I think it would be fun to spend a day in Dresden exploring the pedestrian zone. Any ideas???
- visit the Saechsische Schweiz. I remember enjoying this area and feeling like we were out away from the busy cities...the old bridge and castle were amazing.
- visit Prague? It remember hearing that this is an amazing city to visit. It looks like it would be on our way to Bavaria and would be an easy stop. What do you think? My daughter really wants to visit a lot of countries and get here passport stamped, but I have heard that Europe is pretty open and does not have border crossings to stamp passports. Any chance we can get passport stamps anyway? :D
- visit Bavaria. Where should we go and what should we see in Bavaria? I hear good things about Rothenburg and we thought we would check it out. We have of course heard of Neu Schwanstein, and are interested in it. What should we see and do in Munich? What other places are worth a visit?
- dip down into Austria, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland??? Spend some time in the Alps?
- other places in Germany???
- budget air over to England??? I've seen that you can fly cheap in Europe. If we tried one of these cheap flights, could we check our luggage and fly home from England?

We are not sure about the rest of the trip. We plan on flying into one city and flying home from a different one. We will likely have a rental car for part of the trip, but would like to let my children experience some train travel.

Anyway, I'd love to get some expert advice, so thanks in advance!


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