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My wife and I are going to rent a car in Cologne May 27 and driving the Mosel Valley and the Romantic Road ending in Stuttgart on June 1 (to drop off the car and take a train to Lucerne).
i have reserved a room for a night in Ehrenburg Castle on May 29th.
i would like to just stay in simpler Bed and Breakfast's in the area for the other nights.
Should I try to reserve those in advance, or just look for places and we go?
It just depends on how important your time, location of accommodations, etc. are compared for your need for freedom to move about as you will. We did try one vacation where we "winged it" for accommodations, and didn't like it at all. The time taken to find a place in the area we wanted to stay in plus some problems with local events that had filled up accommodations in a couple of places were big negatives for me. For other people, they wouldn't mind. It just depends on your personality and what you want out of your trip. I would think late May wouldn't be too bad most places as it isn't the height of the tourist season, but check for local festivals, trade fairs, etc. in the areas where you think you might be staying to be sure accommodations will be available.
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