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Help planning a driving trip in Eastern Europe in July

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I initially posted back in April about the fact that we will be taking a road trip starting from Paris in July. Now we are more certain about our dates and the direction we want to go, so I am hoping some knowledgeable folks can give us input on our route, including opinions on which direction to drive (it is a circle route ending up back in Paris so we could start on the northern route or southern). Also, we have put some places as overnight because they are on the route, not necessarily because we want to stop there (Stuttgart for example), but simply because of the driving distance. So if there are alternatives like small cities or villages in the area that are nicer to stop in, I would love to know about those. Our plan is very open still-we can extend or shorten the trip a bit. The only thing that is really fixed is our start date and the fact that we need to start and end in Paris (because we are house-sitting for friends there, who luckily have a garage!).

Also, because we have a car, we don't need to stay in the center of big cities, we are happy to stay in nearby suburbs or villages and take the bus or train in, but we are also okay parking the car in a pay lot in cities and just leaving it for a few days. We are three older adults-no kids and we would prefer to drive around 4-5 hours between stretches.

Okay so here it goes:

Saturday July 9th drive from Paris to "Nancy area" stay over 1 night
Sunday Stuttgart? 1 night
Monday, Tuesday Salzburg 2 nights
Weds, Thursday Lake Bled, 2 nights
Friday, Saturday Keszthely Hungary 2 nights (we have friends there)
Sunday, Monday, Tues., Weds. Thu Budapest (Pest side?) 5 nights
Friday, Sat., Sunday, Monday Vienna 4 nights
Tues., Weds., Thu., Fri Prague 4 nights
Saturday Nuremberg area 1 night
Sunday,Monday, Tuesday Baden Baden (maybe 2 nights instead?)
Weds Reims 1 night
Thursday Paris

That is a total of 26 days. we could probably extend another 3 days to be able to slow the pace just a bit, but I wanted to hear from other folks with their feedback before we really lock the dates in. Also, we are avoiding Colmar, and that area because e are going through there on business In Sept. so saving most of Alsace for that trip.

Any thoughts are appreciated. As I mentioned in my first post, we are very familiar with the area to the East and north of France. We have driven once to Prague, but that is it.

Thanks in advance!

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