I've never been to Europe, but I was intrigued today...I looked in a family history book and found that my grandfather was born and lived in Oberammergau for his first 18 years.
Anyway, I was curious so I looked up some information on the area online and saw some BEAUTIFUL photographs.
To get to the point, I am now interested in travelling to southern Germany and that region at some point in the next year or so, probably with my sister and probably for 7-10 days. We are way more into the outdoors and seeing beautiful places, going on day hikes, and camping than in exploring cities, although small towns are welcome. Lakes and mountains rank high.
How would you go about this trip? Any highly recommended places to see/go/stay, etc? Should we rent a car? If we did, could we go into Austria/Switzerland/Italy also? I read that Oberammergau doesn't have a lot to it, so could check it out in half day or so, but it would be nice to see.
Fishing for ideas, thanks for any/all!