I am thinking of spending about 7 nights in Strasbourg from Dec 23-30 to see the Christmas markets and illuminations in the region. I'm thinking of taking day trips by train to Colmar and maybe Metz or Nancy.
Originally,I had considered spending a couple of nights in Strasbourg and a couple of nights in Colmar, but now I'm thinking it might be less of a hassle if I just based myself in Strasbourg. Some of the reasons for this line of thought:
* Roundtrip ticket to Strasbourg might be more convenient than open jaw from NYC to Strasbourg and return from Colmar to NYC.
* If I opted for the latter choice I'd be lugging my luggage around more.
* If I daytripped from Strasbourg, I can stay in Colmar until late and take the train back. If I don't get to see everything I want to see in Colmar, I can always visit a second day since the train ride is only around 35-40 minutes.
* If I see everything I set out to see in Strasbourg and Colmar and still have time, I can hop on the train and visit either Metz or Nancy.
Does this sound like a good plan? I'm open to any and all suggestions. Is there some other place perhaps in Germany which is not too far to visit by train? I do not plan on driving while there and so my mode of transportation will be the train.