I wrote a similar one before Blog post, that was a 10 day trip but I’ve heard some feedback from some people who wanted a shorter trip.
Hopefully this itinerary will help you plan your next Bavaria road trip and don’t forget to add a side trip to Austria like this one!
This part of Germany and Austria is really great, so much so that I live in the middle of it in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In this part of the country you can see people in lederhosen and dirndls all year round, not only at the Oktoberfest. It’s part of the region’s culture. The southernmost region of Germany and the northernmost region of Austria are famous for their breathtaking surroundings. The Alpine foothills offer fantastic hiking routes to mountain lakes and peaks. In the winter season you can have fun skiing, tobogganing or ice skating. Whether action or quiet moments – in southern Bavaria and Upper Tyrol there are many great locations to create lasting memories.
German alpine road with an Austrian detour in one week
Starting in Munich and ending in Munich – If you’re short on time, the easiest way to do this German Alpine road trip is to fly to and from Munich Airport. Munich is one of the most magical cities in Germany, so don’t miss a day or two there.
Do you have more than a week? The Romantic Road in Germany can easily be added to a trip!
THE FIRST DAY: FÜSSEN GERMANY
To help him withdraw from public life, King Ludwig II had a medieval German castle built on a rugged cliff with a view of a picturesque mountain backdrop in 1868. Although the building is in the Romanesque style of the 13th after Wagner operas, including “Tannhäuser” and “Lohengrin”. After the death of King Ludwig in 1886, the castle was opened to the public and has become one of the most popular castles in Europe.
- Enjoy the café culture in the city center
- Visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle
- Visit the City Museum and see Hollywood in Feet Exhibition with exhibits from the film The Great Escape.
- Take a hike to Marien Bridge for some excellent views
Route to the next stop: 1 hour – 59 km
THE SECOND DAY: GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY
- Take the cable car to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain
- A short hike from the city center is the Partnach Gorge
- Visit the Eibsee
- Visit Linderhof Palace, the only completed palace of the King Ludwig II castles in the nearby Ettal.
- Stroll through the city streets and try one of the traditional Bavarian Alpine restaurants
- In the winter months skiing or tobogganing
Read a whole story about Garmisch-Partenkirchen here: https://europeantravel.blog/garmisch-partenkirchen-bavarian-wonderland/
Route to the next stop: 22 min – 17 km
THE THIRD DAY: MITTENWALD GERMANY
If you had to scrape a day off this itinerary I would make it this, though it’s a nice little stop if you have the time. One of the reasons to leave it is so close to Garmisch-Partenkirchen that you can stay in the same hotel for 2 nights if you want.
- Discover one of the most beautiful alpine towns in Germany
- Go on a hike in the Karwendel Alps or take the cable car up and visit the highest distillery in Germany
- You can enjoy a beer in the Mittenwald brewery, which opened in 1860
- A tour of the Mittenwald brewery can also be arranged on a Tuesday
- Ski in the Alps in winter and visit the Bavarian Alps in Germany
Route to the next stop: 45min – 41km
THE FOURTH DAY: INNSBRUCK AUSTRIA
- Explore the beautiful streets of the old town
- Innsbruck’s Seegrube cable car offers a panoramic view of the city
- Take a stroll through the pristine gardens of Ambras Castle
- Enjoy lunch or dinner on the Bergisel ski jump
- The world famous ski slopes are a must if you are out and about in winter
Route to the next stop: 2 hours 17 minutes – 155 km
THE FIFTH DAY: BERCHTESGADEN AND KÖNIGSSEE GERMANY
- Take an electric boat around the lake
- See the Bavarian Alps from the bottom of the lake as you stroll around Koenigssee
- Take a swim in the clear, crystal clear water and cool off (it’s an alpine lake so it’s pretty cold).
- Explore the old town of Berchtesgaden
- Visit the eagle’s nest
Route to the next stop: 1 hour 17 minutes – 72 km
SIXTH DAY: HALLSTATT AUSTRIA
The picturesque surroundings of an alpine lake, a beautiful town and a majestic view make this place so attractive. Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also known for its ancient salt mine with the oldest wooden staircase in Europe. For those who follow Rick Steeves, this is one of his top travel destinations in Austria.
- You can explore the city center on foot
- Visit the famous Hallstatt viewpoint for a photo
- See Hallstatt from the boat on the lake
- Enjoy breathtaking waterfalls and top views of the city on a hike
- You can explore the oldest salt mine in the world, believed to be 7,000 years old
Driving distance to the next stop: 1 hour 11 minutes – 71 km
SEVENTH DAY: SALZBURG AUSTRIA
- Visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress from the 11th century
- Take a Sound of Music tour
- Enjoy the gardens and Mirabell Palace
- Visit the Salzburg Cathedral with its marble dome
- Visit the Stiegl brewery
- Visit the Red Bull Museum
- Visit the lively Getreidegasse for shopping
- Visit Mozart’s birthplace
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