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Spain & Germany in April or June? Itinerary suggestions?

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Hello, I'm hoping some can help with a suggested itinerary. We are taking our two sons, ages 11 & 8 to Europe this spring. Both my husband and I have been a few times, and this is their first trip, so we told them they can pick what countries they want to see. They've both agreed on Spain & Germany.

The trip will only be two weeks. We are a bit torn between April or June. They have a break in mid-April and we don't mind pulling them from school for another full week. I'm leaning toward that time-frame because I think it will be less crowded, and it's better for me work-wise. But I expect the weather will be more variable. We are from the Northeast though, so we are used to cooler weather. The second option is to leave right after school gets out (about June 11) for two weeks. I was just in Spain last June (both Barcelona & Seville) and it was hot, but not unbearable, and not terribly crowded.

My thinking is we'll do two places as our "base", probably flying in between. Flying from Boston into one city, there for a week with day trips out. And given the distance from Spain to Germany I figure it's better to fly and make a second base in Germany. I don't mind the idea of maybe 3 nights in each location, but I have no interest (or endurance) for a big drive trip with a night here, a night there. Though I would consider a single night somewhere in between if driving made more sense between two spots. I'm also more interested in renting small apartments. But I'm open to other thoughts. I just don't want to feel exhausted when we get back.

My preference would be to go to Seville as a base. But my boys are HUGE Barca fans, so I have a feeling there's no way we can go to Spain and not go to Barcelona. I'm OK with making that as our base, but I don't really want a full week in the city.

Then there's the Germany piece. I'm pretty certain my husband will want to take them to Munich. We do have good friends who live in Zurich who have invited us to either stay with them, and/or they will meet us somewhere in Germany for a long weekend. My older son really wants to see mountains and a ski area (he keeps talking about going skiing -- but we keep telling him not this trip). My husband and I have done a circle trip from Munich before into the Tirol, then into Switzerland and back to Germany. I'd be willing to do that, but only if it's limited driving and a very small circle. Again, I'd prefer to make more of a base.

I'm hoping someone here has suggestions of good places to base ourselves or some short itineraries. Our boys are very active, love skiing & soccer most of all. They'll tolerate a bit of "site-seeing" and museum stuff, but not for long.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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