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First family trip to Europe and would really love suggestions.

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We are a family of 6 in the early stages of planning our 1st trip to Europe. Our kids are 11, 15, 18 and 19 and have done a lot of traveling in the US (we live in Arizona), Canada, Mexico and a few Caribbean cruises. Since we have traditionally done beach type vacations in the past, it would be nice to do something different (although we always enjoy the beach). We also love beautiful scenery, architecture and enjoy outdoor activities. A few museums would be okay but I think the kids would get burned out fast with too many. We are planning on at least 3 weeks but we are open. I apologize for being vague but, since we have never been anywhere in Europe, I am not even sure where to start. I think that we would all enjoy Paris. I have also looked at a Germany/Austria/Switzerland loop plus or minus Paris. One thought was flying into Frankfurt (seems to be fairly decent prices from Phoenix), traveling Germany, Austria, Switzerland and either flying out of Switzerland or taking the train to Paris before heading home. Places I think we would like to see? German castles/Bavaria, Rothenberg, maybe Romantic Road drive, the loud "beer houses" with lots of locals and music (maybe that's just what I have pictured from TV), Salzburg/Hallstat area, Berner Oberland, maybe Lucerne. From these boards, I know that it is best advised to try not to do too much and, again, we are early in planning and totally open. I haven't ruled out a totally different area/countries. My main goal is planning a trip that will keep everyone happy (if that's possible). I'm excited just to be going to Europe so I could almost talk myself into going anywhere. My family, on the other hand, has left it up to my "capable hands" so I'm hoping all you experienced travelers can help me out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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