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Germany & Austria - 6 days
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Hi,

What would be a nice itinerary for 3 days in Austria and 3 in Germany? I’m interested in some scenic locations with Castles/Boat rides, etc. I’m planning to spend one week before this trip in France and Italy but having been there before, I guess I have that part figured out. Any suggestions for Germany and Austria? I’m also thinking about renting a car and driving through the romantic road. Awaiting some cool suggestions from the members…

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for castles and boat rides you might what to check out the Rhine River between Koblenz and Bingen. There are lots of castles along there and ferries to go up and down the river. Should be fairly easy to get to from France. If coming from Italy you can check out Neuschwanstein Castle near Fussen. Both will be on the way to the romantic road whether you are heading east from France or North from Italy

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Hi desilva, If you are going for spending vacations,then first of all you need to know about that particular place,where are you going.Like best hotels,well lodging,good meals.These are the important things.If you know these all the things before traveling,then your travel would be easy and happy.For more info,you could search online.

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It all depends how you’re connecting it together. But six days really isn’t very long in the whole scheme of things. Austria and the Rhine cruises are very far away from each other, so to do both you would either be 1) staying in places just long enough to get in, put your bags down, and go to sleep, or 2) taking at least one really long train ride.

Again, not knowing exactly where you’re coming/going from makes it difficult to plan an itinerary, but if you were going to start in Italy and end in France, you could do something like:

-Train into Salzburg, Austria, stay 2 nights.
-Train into Munich, Germany, stay 2 nights
-LONG train up to Mainz, Germany, stay 1 night
-Take the KD ferry up to Cologne, stay the night or take the train to Paris

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When is your trip? Rhine cruiseship/ferries run frequently in the summer, less often in shoulder season and not at all from about November through March. The scenery is there year round, so it’s still a fairly interesting trip by local train, and you should still be able to hop off to visit a castle or interesting village and hop on a later train to continue the route.

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Thanks everyone for your input and sorry for the delay in responding.

I traveled to France, Italy and Switzerland this year and basically want to take my parents to Europe next year (around mid August for about three weeks). After seeing all the pics, videos and listening to my never-ending-rant-about-the-wonders-of-Europe, Smile they basically want to hit those same places and then some. So, we are planning the beginning part of the trip in France, Italy and Switzerland and have about 6 days extra to visit Austria and Germany. What we wanted to do in those countries was to visit Salzburg (my parents want to see the “Sound of Music” tour) and may be do a drive through the towns in the romantic road in Germany. I also wanted to see if we could squeeze in a day of boat rides along the Rhine since I heard it’s a really nice experience.

vanogtrop wrote:
for castles and boat rides you might what to check out the Rhine River between Koblenz and Bingen

Thanks so much for this info. I’ll definitely check this one out. Do you think we could do a ferry ride along this part of the Rhine river in a day?

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Again, not knowing exactly where you’re coming/going from makes it difficult to plan an itinerary, but if you were going to start in Italy and end in France, you could do something like…

Thanks, yes I know it’s kind of inconvenient since the distances are too long. But I was hoping may be we can start from Salzburg, go to Fussen from there, rent a car and drive through the romantic road, drop the car in some town where I can catch a boat ride towards north along the Rhine river and end our journey in Frankfurt (from where we are planning to take our return flight). Of course, all this is spread out in six days…so I was hoping may be I can spend two days in Salzburg, three days along the romantic road and a day in a boat ride along the Rhine. Does that seem practical?

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When is your trip? Rhine cruiseship/ferries run frequently in the summer, less often in shoulder season and not at all from about November through March. The scenery is there year round, so it’s still a fairly interesting trip by local train, and you should still be able to hop off to visit a castle or interesting village and hop on a later train to continue the route.

Thanks OL, as always. So, like I said, I’m planning this second trip around mid August 2012. Would you happen to know any links, webpages where I can get rates/timetables/info about these Rhine cruises? And are there any passes that you can get where we could save some money (for example, we took the Swiss pass last time and were able to do some boat rides with that).

Anyway, thanks again to all of you.

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Rhine cruise is easy in a day, but you may want to overnight in St. Goar or Bacharach along the way. http://www.kdrhine.c… is the website for one of the Rhine cruise companies. KD is owned by Deutsche Bahn, the German national rail company, so is covered by a rail pass, although the fare is cheap enough that you might not want to burn a day or two of a rail pass.

Rick Steves has an excellent mile by mile guide to this section of the Rhine. Check his website or any of his guidebooks that cover Germany.

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Hi Everyone,
Well, the planning is underway. As of now, I have the following.
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Basically, it’ll be something along the lines of …

Paris 4 nights
Wurzburg 1 night
Rothenburg O.D.T 1 night
Fussen 1 night
Salzburg 2 nights
Interlaken 5 nights
Pisa 1 night
Rome 3 nights

I’ve started booking hotels in these cities. Since I’ll be taking my parents this time (4 people including myself), I was hoping to avoid long train journeys. So, as it stands now, I’m thinking about taking a train from Paris to Wurzburg and rent a car from there to travel through the romantic road to Fussen, from there to Salzburg and finally to Interlaken. From Interlaken, we’ll take trains to Pisa and then to Rome. I’ve calculated the cost for this expedition (car + fuel + three train rides) and it seems it’s cheaper than taking any other combination of rail passes. Also, it’ll allow my parents to relax a bit more rather than being stuck at long train rides.

However, I have a few questions. Although I’ve driven in France before, I never had to gas up the car. How convenient is it to get fuel in these three countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)? I mean, are there self-served gas stations? Does the american credit cards work over there? etc. In essence, I’m just asking how viable it is to drive through these three countries rather than taking the train all the time. We really want to do at least the romantic road bit buy a car. So, any suggestions/experiences you guys can throw in would become handy.

Any suggestions?

I am leaving from Salt Lake City with $16000 for 20 days
Paris, Würzburg, Colmberg, Füssen, Salzburg, Interlaken, Pisa, Rome
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