Bavaria/Munich Itinerary with Elderly Parents
Next spring or fall (shoulder season), my parents (83 and 77) and my sister want me to take them to Germany. (I've been there about three times). My parents are quite fit and have no trouble walking around but can tire if there is too much packed into a day. None of my family is particularly fond of big cities and when we went to France, they enjoyed the small towns much more than Paris. We would probably start near Heidelberg and then move to other cites en route to Munich. Here's a few guidlines for what I'm considering:
- About 8-10 days total
- Rent a car for the entire stay, but use trains when appropriate. I'd be open to skipping the car but I'm concerned about the stresses of trains and moving bags.
- I'd prefer to use a small town as a home base and then drive (or train) to destinations. I'm ok with staying overnight in up to three locations total.
- Visit to Munich and possible one other larger city.
- Lots of charming small towns preferred, my father is a Lutheran minister and would no doubt like to see sites from the Reformation (e.g., Worms)
- Include a boat ride with castles
- What three towns would you pick as overnight home bases along the way from Heidelberg to Munich? (e.g., near Hiedelberg, en route to Munich, near Munich).
- What are must see towns and experiences along the way?
- Anything you'd add in that would be a unique/interesting experience?