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Salzburg/Munich to Lucerne/Geneva - by car and train- easiest route?

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I am planning a trip with my family that includes a route going from Salzburg to Paris. Due to big prices differences in flight, we will actually be flying from the US to Copenhagen then onto Salzburg, traveling by car and train through Germany and Switzerland, and ending up in Paris before we fly back to catch our return flight from Copenhagen. It is not idea, but for our budget, it was actually cheaper to do this. We will have around 14-15 days and we are traveling with 4 people. We plan to go in middle weeks of January.

We would ideally like to either rent a car from Salzburg or Munich (therefore taking a train from Salzburg to Munich) and spend a 3-4 days in the Munich/Bavaria area as we make our way towards the Swiss Border. My question then is:

Is it better to drop the car in Germany (by the Swiss border) and then taking the train to Lucerne? If so, what city is this best for? Is there an Austrian city we can take the train to Lucerne? Or is it more cost efficient for 4 people to drive directly to Lucerne (taking into account dropping off the car at a different country).

Basically, what is the best border city around Switzerland to take a train to Lucerne?

This was my main question, but if anyone wants to comment on the rest of our rough itinerary, we plan to train through Lucern/Interlaken to Geneva (3 days) and then taking a train to Paris for the rest of our trip before flying back to CPH. I know it is a bit rushed, but we are willing to spend less time in Paris for this trip (since we know we will go back there).

Thanks for all your help!!

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