We are a family of four - I and my spouse with two kids of 7 and 2 years old. This would be our first time visiting Europe. 8 days trip France(Paris CDG)=>Swiss=>Austria=>Germany=>Luxembourg=>Belgium=>France(Paris-CDG).
W'd like to rent a car as we are interested in the road trip, especially visiting the country side and the flexibility stopping wherever we want and stay. We had some prior experience of long distance traveling with kids in the US. But have no idea about how this would work out in the Europe, considering the fact that - though under Schengen area - different countries might have different set of rules for traveling.
> Should we carry International Driving Permit or valid US Drivers License is suffice?
> What we should be concerned about renting a vehicle, our trip starts from Paris and planning to rent a vehicle, do the road trip and return back.
> Can we rent a vehicle from one of Schengen country and travel to the others without having to carry any special permit from the rental company? e.g. I read of carry a Vignette pass for traveling Swiss motorways? What about other countries?
> Recommend any scenic routes in the loop considering the fact that family with kids.
> Any other things we should be taking into consideration before making a decision on rent a vehicle.
Please share your recommendation or suggestions. Appreciated.