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Netherlands+Germany vs Italy+Germany

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Friends, we are a family of 3. Me, wife and 6 year old daughter. We live in Dubai and are planning a holiday in Europe in the first week of July, 2016.

The fixed parts of the itinerary:

1. We will enter Europe thru Budapest because we got cheap tickets from Dubai on a low-cost airline.
2. We land midnight of 30th June at Budapest and exit at noon on 9 July. So we have 8 nights and 8 full days for sightseeing.
3. We have to use a an old railway ticket from Munich to Budapest, so we have to end our trip at Munich Railway Station on the night of 8 July and take a train to Budapest to catch our flight to Dubai on the 9 of July.

As you can see, since we have tickets from Munich to Budapest, Bavaria is a must do for us and we will do the same during the latter part of our trip.

We love history, heritage and the outdoors. Our interests lie in going to places which are rich in culture and history and also in places which have magnificent vistas/the great outdoors.

We are torn between what to do in the first part of our trip (since second part is already Bavaria, Germany).

Our options are - No.1

Netherlands+Germany
30-Jun Thu Arr. [email protected] hrs Budapest
01-Jul Fri [email protected] for Rotterdam The Hague. Tour Rotterdam The HAgue
02-Jul Sat Amsterdam City Tour
03-Jul Sun Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip. Night Train to [email protected] hr
04-Jul Mon Arr. [email protected],Munich City Tour
05-Jul Tue Hire a car and drive to Neuschwanstein Castle, Zugspitze. Stay the night at
06-Jul Wed Drive on German Alpine Road. Arr Berchtesgaden. Hikes etc. Sleep a Berchtesgaden/Ramsau
07-Jul Thu Konigsee Lake, Hikes around Berchtesgaden. Sleep at Berchtesgaden/Ramsau
08-Jul Fri Hikes around Berchtesgaden. Drive to Munich. Catch train to [email protected] hrs from Munich
09-Jul Sat Arr [email protected] Flight to [email protected]

Our options are - No.2
Italy+Germany
30 Jun Thu Arr. [email protected] hrs
01-Jul Fri Dep for [email protected] Arr [email protected] City Tour. Sleep in Rome.
02-Jul Sat Rome City Tour. Tour. Sleep in Rome.
03-Jul Sun Rome City Tour. Take Evening Train to Florence. Sleep in Florence
04-Jul Mon Florence City Tour. Sleep in Florence.
05-Jul Tue [email protected] Dest of Tuscany tour - Siena, Wineyard Lunch, San Gimignano & Pisa. Return to Florence [email protected] [email protected] for Munich
06-Jul Wed Arr. [email protected],Munich City Tour. Sleep in Munich.
07-Jul Thu Hire a car and drive to Neuschwanstein Castle, Zugspitze, Sleep in Garmish Partenkirchen
08-Jul Fri Hikes around Garmish Partenkirchen Catch train to [email protected] hrs from Munich
09-Jul Sat Arrive [email protected] [email protected] to Dubai

We want to do Italy and Germany but are really really worried about the heat. Research says that Itay in July and Aug is HOT. We can manage temperatures of 32-33 Degrees Celcius but more than that with a 6 year old kid will not be tolerable.

Holland+Germany itinerary is cool. We are excited about spending time in the wilderness and hiking though the wonderful Alpine scenery. But are we overdoing Germany?

Really confused. Any help would be welcome.

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