haha - this is how rubbish I am allegretto and probably why I can't find any useful info....
Okay - Well I've been looking at France -obviously, getting the euroshuttle to Calais. Don't really fancy south of france. And would ideally love a city. Berlin, Amsterdam, Germany and Holland generally appeal. As do Nordic countries.
Small countries really appeal too - always thought it would be fun to tick them all off the list. By that I mean Monaco etc.
I just find it overwhelming...DH and I are already arguing about it... especially as he's just realised his passport has expired and is grumpily making a passport speedy appointment.
We often drive to Germany. Stop somewhere like Bruges or Ghent or Reims, Trier, if you don't want to drive too far in one go.
We visit Freiburg, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Wurzburg, Munich in the south. And Cologne, Koblenz, Munster further north. Maybe Aachen on the way home. Berlin is obviously worth a trip, but a lot further. Have not driven that far.
I prefer to fly out partner prefers to drive. I let them crack on with it. We drove to France (Brittany) every year for 12 years when the kids were young. We've also driven to a few ski resorts and to Chamonix a few times. We've driven to Belgium a couple of times as well. This was with two kids from the age of 3 and 6 until a couple of years ago aged 14 and 17.
When we drive to our parents in Germany we stop normally in Belgium (Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp for my mum) or just after the border to Germany when we drive to PIL.
If you want a city break I wouldn't use the car or drive, stay outside and take public transport into the city. Berlin is murderous if you don't know how to navigate it, similar to all larger cities. My PIL live in Hamburg and we never take the car, they live roughly an hour south from the city center and then take public transport.
I still remember a drive to Amsterdam nearly caused my parents not to speak to each other for 2 days thanks to a disastrous attempt to find car parking.
DD was just 10 this Summer and she was ok with ipod for storytapes and 2 DVDs but we were all glad that the drive was over as bad weather meant it took longer and despite decent breaks there is only so much you can endure.
For just one week I would choose one location and stay and make trips around. You waste too much time driving otherwise.
We did a Europe road trip this summer. Was great. We drove all the way to Italy, a lot of driving but we had a great time. Depends how much time you have. If you are short of time then stick to Northern Europe. Holland is great, esp if you like cycling. Duinrell is a great place to stay for a few days.