Driving route in southern Germany

Jun 20th, 2008, 08:01 AM
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Driving route in southern Germany

I plan to pick up a car in Munich and make a circular trip in the south. Below is my tentative schedule in August (accommodation in bracket):

Day One : Munich -> Nuremberg (Nuremberg)
Day Two: Nuremberg -> Wuerzburg, via Bamberg (Wuerzburg)
Day Three: Wuerzburg -> Rothenburg (Rothenburg)
Day Four: Rothenburg -> Heidelberg, via Schwabisch Hall (Heidelberg)
Day Five: Heidelberg
Day Six: Heidelberg -> Ulm, via Tuebingen
Day Seven: Ulm -> Neuschwanstein -> Munich

Is this a good allocation of time to each town/city? Any better advice for a base for accommodation and then make day trip of neigbouring town/city? Do I need to skip any town in between and make the trip more relaxing?
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Jun 20th, 2008, 08:59 AM
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Hi B,

That's a lot of time spent in the car and a lot of one-night stands.

Are you planning to visit Munich at all?

Why not fly into Stuttgart and out of Munich or VV?

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Jun 20th, 2008, 11:31 AM
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Along the way you are going, Dinkelsbuhl is worth a stop ... at least worth a few hours.
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Jun 20th, 2008, 11:34 AM
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Also, near Neuschwanstein, there are several places that a fun to visit. Wiesekirche, Oberammergau, Ettal Monastary, and Schloss Linderhof
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Jun 20th, 2008, 01:02 PM
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Heidelberg... hmmm. I'd spend more time in Nuremberg and/or Rothenburg than in Heidelberg. In fact, I'd actually axe the distant and somewhat dull Heidelberg - not worth the gas - and instead see Schwäbisch Hall, Weikersheim (palace) and Nördlingen, all of which are nice and close to Rothenburg. Bad Windsheim is another nearby town on the "Beer Road" where a number of breweries and an open-air cultural museum can be found (may be best ride bikes on the bike trail between towns if you're serious about the beer.)

Würzburg's Residenz is wonderful and while the city is pleasant enough, it doesn't merit much more than a couple of hours in a 7-day trip. Similarly, I'd make a short stop in Ulm and move on quickly.

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Jun 20th, 2008, 01:26 PM
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Sounds like fun...we are driving there in December so all this info is so helpful...have a great time ...we will be interested in you trip report!
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Jun 20th, 2008, 01:40 PM
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Not exactly on your route, but maybe worth considering, is the King Ludwig castle at Herrenchiemsee. To me, it has more to see than some of the others. Good luck.
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Jun 20th, 2008, 03:15 PM
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Guys, think twice about additional recommendations. This tour is already rather rushed. These people won't have time to squeeze in even more locations.

Not staying overnight in Bamberg is a pity. Both Würzburg, Nürnberg, Tübingen, Ulm would deserve a full day. This itinerary as it is requires at least ten days, better two weeks.
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Jun 22nd, 2008, 06:40 AM
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If I have only 7 days, should I skip some towns and spend more time on the remaining? I shall have altogether 3 days in Munich and I don't think I should spend shorter than that in Munich.
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Jun 22nd, 2008, 06:46 AM
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Hi BM,

>If I have only 7 days, should I skip some towns and spend more time on the remaining?

Yes.

I shall have altogether 3 days in Munich and I don't think I should spend shorter than that in Munich.

From Munich, you could visit Neuchwanstein and Hohenschwangau as a daytrip.

You could visit Dachau.

You could visit Salzburg

You could visit Berchtesgaden.

You won't need a car.

Rothenburg is 2:30 - 3:00 by train if you wish to go there.

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Jun 22nd, 2008, 07:02 AM
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B,

I agree with Ira. Last summer my sister was married in Wuezburg, and from there we did a night in Rothenburg (with the brief stop by for Dinkelsbuhl, which was nice)and on to Neuschwanstein for another night. From there we did three days in Salzburg and three in Munich.

I would join others in warning you off from these daily moves. The travel time and moving in and out of hotels takes up much time.

I would endorse Ira's suggestion as better use of your time. You can also easily take a train to Nurnberg from a day trip and, if you have not been in this region before, you should not miss out on Salzburg. You can easily arrange a day trip to Neushwanstien through your hotel when you are there, or you can do so before hand. You will probably not be able to easily see Wuerzburg, but I spent four days there and, while it does have some beautiful buildings and churches, I don't think it is worth the effort to get there if you center in Munich.

My bottom line on your intinerary, though, is you should spend less time traveling and more time enjoying.



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