So Heather and I have gotten our tickets to Europe and are planning out where we're staying. First, I'd like to say that we did pretty well with the tickets - $760 round trip isn't bad at all. If you're going anywhere, I suggest www.vayama.com (yea, plug, but since it did well for me, figure why not?)
In any case, we're going to arrive in Cologne, spend about 4 days there. I've heard it's a pretty cool city... Roman ruins, cathederal, the like. After we're done there we'll hop on a train to Salzburg. Here we're going to follow sumobob2
's advice and go to a nearby town/lake. I'm thinking it'll look pretty darn nice in fall. In any case, we're not quite sure just yet what those days will be split up by, but again another 4 days abouts there.
After this we take a train to Venice, spend time there (4 days... sensing a pattern? :) ), and after that I have this idea to rent a car (only car we'd probably plan on renting the entire trip, if we do) and drive from Venice to Milan over the course of two days... the idea here being that we could take our time and take in the countryside (which I hear is pretty cool), take lots of pictures and relax.
In Milan we are only planning on staying long enough to go to London, in which case we will tour London for 4 days with the final day being a Chelsea match (which I am crazy excited for).
That's the plan, not too much detail just yet, but we're getting it ;) You all might get more information before we leave or you might not, but you can be sure that you'll get pictures when we get back.