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Need help with transportation decisions--5 week solo Europe trip

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Hi everyone! I'm trying to plan a solo 5-week trip to Europe (not sure of when yet--either summer or early fall, entirely dependent on work stuff). I'm a 23 year old female, super interested in history/architecture/culture/food and less so in nightlife. Also, definitely a city and mountain person over beaches. Shoestring backpacker, sticking to hostels and public transportation. Planning to eat out half the time and cook half the time. Maybe couchsurfing, still undecided. Anyways, I'm pretty set on my itinerary and not looking for city/activity suggestions as much as I'm looking for transportation help. During my 5 week trip, I'm planning to hit 11 cities, and will need transportation between all of them. Also, definitely want to take day trips from a few cities, and I really have no idea of the best/cheapest way to do this? Here's my itinerary:

• Day 1: Arrive in Frankfurt
• Day 2: TRAVEL to Rothenburg
• Day 3: Rothenburg
• Day 4: TRAVEL to Munich
• Day 5: Munich
• Day 6: Munich
• Day 7: Munich
• Day 8: TRAVEL to town in Bavarian Alps (haven't picked one yet)
• Day 9: Bavarian Alps
• Day 10: Bavarian Alps
• Day 11: TRAVEL to Berchtesgaden
• Day 12: Berchtesgaden
• Day 13: TRAVEL to Salzburg
• Day 14: Salzburg
• Day 15: Salzburg
• Day 16: TRAVEL to Hallstatt
• Day 17: Hallstatt
• Day 18: TRAVEL to Bled/Bohinj
• Day 19: Bled/Bohinj
• Day 20: TRAVEL to Ljubljana
• Day 21: Ljubljana
• Day 22: Ljubljana
• Day 23: Ljubljana
• Day 24: TRAVEL to Zagreb
• Day 25: Zagreb
• Day 26: Zagreb
• Day 27: TRAVEL to Budapest
• Day 28: Budapest
• Day 29: Budapest
• Day 30: Budapest
• Day 31: TRAVEL to Prague
• Day 32: Prague
• Day 33: Prague
• Day 34: Prague
• Day 35: Fly out of Prague

So, I need to get from Frankfurt to Rothenburg to Munich to some town in the Bavarian Alps (Fussen? Mittenwald?) to Berchtesgaden to Salzburg to Hallstatt to Lake Bled to Ljubljana to Zagreb to Budapest to Prague.

-Is pretty much ALL of this do-able by train?
-Is train the cheapest option (I guess vs. bus)?
-If train is best, should I book a pass, or buy individual tickets between these places? Which is cheaper?
-How far in advance to book if individual tickets?
-How easy is it to travel to popular day-trip locations from these cities (ex. from Fussen or other Alps towns to sites such as Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, Ettal Monastery and from Lake Bled to Lake Bohinj)?
-Approx. how much would all of this transportation cost? Over/under $1000?

Also, if anyone could comment on my budget, that would be great. I'm budgeting $100 per day in Germany and Austria and $70 per day in Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. I know this isn't really "shoestring" and I'd like to hopefully do it cheaper but I'd rather always overestimate. So, for these 5 weeks I'm looking at $3140 plus international flight plus total transportation costs.

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