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Sightseeing and Transportation in Bavaria

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I'm planning a trip for summer 2012 to Bavaria and have chosen some sightseeing destinations and researched public transportation options using the Bahn.de website. We'll be flying into Munich, staying a couple of nights in Oberammergau, then staying a few nights in Salzburg before returning to Munich and flying back to the US. I looked up transportation options from Oberammergau to nearby places we'd like to visit and done the same for places near Salzburg. However, from my experience living in the Washington, DC area of the US and from other trips I've taken, I realize that while public transportation is a wonderful thing, sometimes that option isn't necessarily the most convenient or traveler-friendly choice. So I thought I'd list my main sightseeing choices here and see what people think would be the best way to get to and from them in my allotted time frame and the fact that we'll be a group of two adults and one 8 year old child.

I also realize that sometimes the logistics of a particular destination affect transportation options - for example, I can get to Berchtesgaden from a bus or train, but to actually explore the area is it better to have a car or take a scheduled group bus tour? And if I'd like to check out Partnachklamm and Zugspitze, is it better to get there by car? Having never been to Europe before, I realize that there probably are quite a few variables that I'm simply not aware of that might make doing some of these things more enjoyable as a tour company type bus trip. Sometimes being dropped off right at the front door (so to speak) of where I want to go can be pretty valuable! Or not.

So here's our general itinerary:

Arrive in Munich then travel by train to Oberammergau to spend two nights and see/do some of the following things - Linderhof Palace, Zugspitze, Partnachklamm, Mittenwald, maybe a summer toboggan ride thing.

Travel by train from Oberammergau to Salzburg to spend 5 nights and see/do some of the following things - Salzburg and the local sights (fortress, breweries, museums, Mirabell, etc.), Schloss Hellbrunn, zoo, toboggan ride thing (Sommerrodelbahn?), Hallein Salt Mine, Berchtesgaden, Hohenwerfen Castle and falcon show. I'd like to work Hallstatt into the mix but the time it takes to get there could be an issue since public transportation takes a while.

Drinking beer and eating sausage and pretzels goes without saying, right? ;-)

Thank you for any tips!

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