Our family is planning a short trip through Germany in August. We will be in Amsterdam for two nights, departing on a Sunday for Germany. We need to be up in Copenhagen by the following Thursday night, not leaving much time to explore.
Our current thoughts are:
-train to Cologne from Amsterdam and spend part of the day there (luggage storage at the station) and then continue on to Cochem for the overnight.
-Monday - Burg Eltz and back on the train up to Eisenach for the overnight
-Tuesday explore Eisenach and then train to Berlin
Overnight in Berlin for two nights departing Thursday for Copenhagen by train. We will have time with family friends in Denmark at a slower pace, and then down to Hamburg for a wedding party to finish our European trip.
Since we are travelling with children (ages 7, 10, 12) their wish list includes "castles" so that's why we have chosen these places. We also want to ensure we see either Sachsenhausen or Dachau.
Will this be too rushed? Is either Cochem or Eisenach our best option? We are thinking we will use a rail pass and then book in advance if that's the cheapest option.
Thanks for the advice! Coming from where we live in Canada where we make 7 hour drives to and fro in the same long weekend these places seem close enough together that we can fit it in :)