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Want to visit the beautiful Bavarian countryside, filled with fairy tale palaces and romantic roads dotted with idyllic towns on the ultimate Bavarian road trip? Start your trip with a day in Munich learning about WWII history before driving the Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Würzburg before heading towards the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace.

Then take a drive along the Bavarian Alps and visiting Germany’s highest peak – Zugspitze. Then head towards Berchtesgaden before crossing the border into Austria for a side trip to Salzburg. Before heading back to Munich, stop an enjoy one of many lakes, preferably Chiemsee.

If you LOVE fairy tale castles, medieval towns, beautiful scenery, WWII history or doing some outdoor activities either as a solo traveler, a couple or a family, then this is the perfect itinerary for your first visit to Bavaria!

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Day 1: Arrive in Munich

Day 2: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Day 3: Nuremberg

Day 4: Neuschwanstein Castle & Schwangau

Day 5: Linderhof Palace & Ettal

Day 6: Zugspitze & Garmish-Partenkirchen

Day 7: Berchtesgaden & Königssee

Day 8: Salzburg, Austria

Day 9: Chiemsee & Herrnchiemsee Palace

Day 10: Back to Munich


Day 1: Munich

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There are so many things to do in Munich and you would certainly meed a few days to see it all, however, it is possible to visit the main attractions in Munich in a day. After arriving at the airport, head to your hotel and freshen up then relax in the English Garden at the Chinese Tower and take a stroll through the park, stopping to watch the surfers riding the waves in the river at Eisbach. Then make sure to grab some dinner and a Maß bier at the Höfbrauhaus. Here, you’ll find real Bavarians flaunting their amazing Tracht (Lederhosen & Dirndls). Don’t be shy, ask them if you can take a picture with them! (More on Munich here)

Where to Stay in Munich:

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hilton Munich City – a S-bahn ride away from the heart of Munich, this Hilton hotel provides comfy rooms and a fabulous breakfast!! 

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Holiday Inn Munich City Centre – Just down the street from the Hilton Munich City, the Holiday Inn is incredibly comfy and provides a large international breakfast, including Bavarian cuisine!

Day 2: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Want to walk through a story book? Then the best of the best is certainly Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany’s most iconic fairy tale town, which is along Germany’s Romantic Road. It is worth driving a few hours out of the way to get here just to experience it at least once. It is down right adorable and takes you back to the Medieval Ages. It is an enchanting town with beautiful red roofed, half-timbered houses surrounded by a Medieval wall. You can enjoy a nice leisurely stroll through the walls around the whole city which offers some amazing views of the town. During WWII, 40% of the town was destroyed and people from all around the world donated money to rebuild in exactly the same. (More on Rothenburg ob der Tauber here)

Day 3: Nuremberg

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If you’re a WWII history buff, then Nuremberg will certainly quench your thirst of interesting history. The town was a favorite of the Nazi Party and was epitomized as one of the best examples of German architecture. Take a tour of the historic city center, walk up the steep hill to the Kaiserburg castle, one of Germany’s most historic castles which is perched upon a hill over the town and if you have time, check out the Documentation Center Nazi Rally Grounds or head over to the courtroom where the Nuremberg Trials were held to persecute those who committed war crimes. (More on Nuremberg here)

Where to Stay in Nuremberg: Motel One Nürnberg-City ⭐⭐⭐– During a weekend business trip, we stayed at Motel One, which soon became one of my favorite chain hotels in Europe. Near the Main Station, my favorite style of decor and a delicious breakfast, this is one hotel I’d always recommend!

Day 4: Neuschwanstein Castle & Schwangau

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One of Germany’s most famed tourist destination for all ages and the ultimate day trip from Munich! A true Disney-like fairy tale castle because it actually inspired the Disney castle! The castle can become quite crowded, especially during peak season, reaching up to 6,000 people per day! Not to worry though, the trick is to arrive early enough in the morning or pre-order your tickets online. It’s a steep hill, and the only way to reach the castle is by boot, by horse-drawn carriage or by a small bus. After a quick 30 minute tour of the castle make sure to walk behind the castle to the Marienbrücke (bridge) for breathtaking views of the castle! When you’re done, head back down to the small villages of Schwangau or Füssen and take a peak through the tourist shops and stop to eat at some of the restaurants. With extra time, I recommend visiting another castle just opposite the Neuschwanstein Castle called Hohenschwangau. (More on the Neuschwanstein Castle and the Hohenschwangau Castle here)

Where to Stay in Schwangau: If you’re looking for a comfortable and easy place to stay with that authentic Bavarian hospitality, consider staying at Hotel Alpenstube, right in the heart of Hohenschwangau, at the foot of the castle!

Day 5: Linderhof Palace & Ettal

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If you loved the Neuschwanstein Castle, then you will love King Ludwig II’s other castle, the Linderhof Palace. Of the 3 palaces to be built by the king, the Linderhof Palace was the only one the king lived to see be completed and by far one of the most stunning castles in Germany. He even spent 8 years living like a hermit in his palace. After a quick tour through the palace, take a leisurely stroll through the surrounding park and visit Moorish Kiosk, Moroccan House and most importantly a look inside the Venus Grotto! (More on Schloss Linderhof here)

Where to Stay near Schloss Linderhof: Hotel Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Just across the street from the stunning pale yellow Ettal Abbey which has comfy cozy Bavarian hospitality and a fantastic restaurant with traditional Bavarian cuisine!

Day 6: Zugspitze & Garmish-Partenkirchen

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If you’re looking for some outdoor activities in Bavaria, then stopping in Garmish-Partenkirchen to head up into the Bavarian Alps is a must! If you’re feeling quite motivated, you could hike up the steeping mountains, or you could take the Bergbahn up to the peak summit of Zugspitze. Known as the tallest peak in all of Germany at 9,718 feet, the views are to die for and the journey up is one of the best cable car rides in Bavaria. After your done, have a look around the Olympic Village, where you can enjoy a chairlift ride up the mountain and stand at the top of the ski lift. The two towns – Garmish and Partenkirchen were always separate towns until 1935 when Adolf Hitler forced the two towns together in anticipation of the Winter Olympics. (More on Zugspitze here)

Day 7: Berchtesgaden & Königssee

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This is probably one of the most beautiful parts of Bavaria and therefore, I would highly recommend staying here at least two nights, as Salzburg is just across the border. Two of the best things to do are to check out the Eagle’s Nest and Lake Königssee with a trip up the Jennerbahn. Firstly, the Eagle’s Nest is a house perched at the top of a mountain in the Berchtesgaden National Park which was built as a 50th birthday gift to Adolf Hitler. One of the few surviving places in Germany that have anything to do with him, as it was considered an architectural feat in 1945. It’s worth a taking a tour of the house which has now been turned into a HB restaurant and biergarten. Plus, the views are absolutely amazing! (More on Eagle’s Nest here)

Then, Königssee is not to be missed as it is Germany’s most stunning fjord-like lake with emerald green waters surrounded by steep, gagged mountains reaching to the sky. This lake is so special, the only way to get around the lake is with a historic boat ride. Be sure to stop off at both docking stations, the first to visit the St. Bartholomew church and the second to see the stunning Obersee. Be sure to hike around a bit here to enjoy the views of the lake! (More on Königssee here)

After you’re done touring the lake, take a ride up the Jennerbahn which offers great views of the surrounding Berchtesgaden National Park and a view over Königssee. (More on the Jennerbahn here)

With extra time, take a short drive to the small village of Ramsau to see one of the most iconic churches in the region – Pfarrkirche St. Sebastian.

Where to Stay in Berchestesgaden: Hotel Grünberger ⭐⭐⭐ was only a 10 minute drive away, in Berchtesgaden, which gave us plenty of time to explore the area, and had some amazing view of its own from our balcony!

Day 8: Salzburg, Austria

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As a slight detour from your Bavarian holiday, it’s worth adding in this extra little day trip as Salzburg as it is only a 35 minute drive across the border. While here, be sure to check out the historic city center where Mozart was born, the Salzburg Fortress which offers amazing views of the town and follow the “Sound of Music” tour. If you have a car, I highly recommend doing the Sound of Music tour on your own than paying outrageous prices. (More on Salzburg here)

Where to Stay in Salzburg: Motel One Salzburg-Mirabell ⭐⭐⭐– Motel One is one of my favorite chain hotels in Europe with my my favorite style decor! The hotel is incredibly comfortable and in a great location making it easy to get around!

Day 9: Chiemsee & Herrnchiemsee Palace

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If you really loved both the Neuschwanstein Castle and the Linderhof Palace and you want more, then head to Lake Chiemsee for the last palace built by King Ludwig II. Herrnchiemsee Palace is a replica palace of the Palace of Versailles in Paris, France the king had made in honor of the “Sun King”, therefore is aptly nicknamed the “Bavarian Versailles”. Again, like his other palaces, it was not completed, however the Hall of Mirrors is not to be missed, as well as the stunning replica gardens. The only way to reach the castle, which is located on Herrninsel (island) is by boat. A boat ride to the island takes about 20 minutes one way. Upon reaching the island, you can follow the path and walk to the palace or take a horse drawn carriage right up to the castle. The best thing about this castle is that it is highly overlooked by many tourists and is a hidden secret for Bavarians. If you’re feeling extra motivated, take the boar even further to Fraueninsel to see the Nun’s Convent and try their liquor! (More on Chiemsee here)

Day 10: Back to Munich

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Known worldwide as the home of Oktoberfest, there is more to this town than just drinking beer! As hard as it may be to do more than just drink in different beer halls throughout the town, there are beautiful gardens to be seen, church towers to be climbed, parks to walk through, history to learn, shopping to be done and so much more! This is a city with endless possibilities of things to do and see. A stop to Munich is not complete without checking out and hearing the famous Marienplatz Glockenspiel chime while sipping on a café latte. A trip to Munich is not complete without a short trip to the Dachau Concentration Camp to learn about the atrocities from WWII. There is an S-bahn train that takes you directly from Munich to Dachau before catching a bus that drops you off at the camp. (More on Munich here)

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A wine lover’s paradise! This historic town is surrounded by lush, rolling hills lined with vineyards. (More on Würzburg here)


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Considered to be the “Northern Most Italy” because of the historic city center and the endless small allies, great weather and cafes! (More on Regensburg here)


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Innsbruck, Austria

Just an hour and a half away from Garmish-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck is an extra photogenic city with surrounded by steep mountains and a crystal blue river flowing through the town. (More on Innsbruck here)


When should you visit Bavaria?

Visiting Germany is beautiful year round, but the best months to visit (personally) are May-October. Unless you plan on coming for the Christmas markets, then December. If you’re not coming for Christmas markets, November-March are cold, grey and gloomy, but are less crowded than during peak season (summer). Between May-October you are bound to find a beer/wine festival in many of the above locations. October/early November are personally the best months to visit as fall in Germany makes everything much more beautiful.

Want to come for Oktoberfest?

Don’t confuse the world famous beer festival of Oktoberfest with the month of October. This world famous beer festival takes place every year in Munich for 16 days of utter debauchery. 

  • Oktoberfest 2020:   September 19th – October 4th Cancelled
  • Oktoberfest 2021 – Saturday, September 18th  – Sunday, October 3rd
  • Oktoberfest 2022 – Saturday, September 17th  – Monday, October 3rd (extended)
  • Oktoberfest 2023 – Saturday, September 16th – Tuesday, October 3rd (extended)
  • Oktoberfest 2024 – Saturday, September 21st – Sunday October 6th
  • Oktoberfest 2025 – Saturday September 20th – Sunday October 5th
  • Oktoberfest 2026 – Saturday September 19th – Sunday October 4th
  • Oktoberfest 2027 – Saturday September 18th – Sunday October 3rd
  • Oktoberfest 2028 – Saturday September 16th – Tuesday October 3rd (extended)

What should you skip to add more time to visit Oktoberfest?

Of all the great locations to visit, saving Chiemsee and the Herrnchiemsee Palace for another time will give you some breathing room in order to spend a full day at Oktoberfest, riding the rides, playing games and of course, drinking!

What do I recommend for this itinerary?

It is easy to visit all of these locations by train, but it does take longer to reach, therefore, I highly recommend renting a car while visiting Bavaria. The roads here are safe and there is little traffic. Plus the experience of driving on the autobahn is thrilling! Taking the cable car up the Jenner for a view over Königssee or going up to Eagle’s Nest requires clear, blue skies to get the most out of your visit. Therefore, should the weather not be up to par, you can visit Salzburg first and save the Jenner or Eagle’s Nest for the next day.

Where should you stay?

If you plan to visit both Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Würzburg, then I suggest staying the night in one of these two towns as it would make for too much driving. However, if you only plan to visit one of these towns, along with Nuremberg then those are easy day trips from Munich. I highly suggest staying a few nights in Garmish-Partenkirchen if you plan to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace and Zugspitze, as well as Innsbruck.

For the final leg of the journey, I suggest finding a hotel for a few days in Berchtesgaden as it’s a bit further away from Munich to be considered a day trip, especially if you plan to visit Salzburg.


If you’re interested in visiting Germany and are looking for more information, I highly recommend using the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide! Without these guides, I would be lost! This is my travel Bible!


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    1. All of these trips are within a few hours from Munich. I would suggest that places like Rothenburg, Würzburg stay the night in one of those two places. Nuremberg and Regensburg are only 1 1/2 hours from Munich. Same with Schloss Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Zugspitze. But perhaps stay in Berchtesgaden for the days you head to Salzburg

  1. When I’ve done trip around Bavaria, I’ve missed so many places. I would love to follow your itinerary one day. 🙂

  2. Fantastic itinerary with a great mix of diverse cities, towns and mountains as well as lots of palaces and castles. I love that you go into Austria too. I am very keen to do this one day…I have never been to Bavaria! #citytripping

  3. Oh I would love to visit this region! I’ve only been to Germany once and it was to Berlin (which I loved!) but I’ve been dying to get back and explore the rest of the country ever since. I pinned it for when I do! #citytripping

  4. This is such a brilliant post – just back from a mini road trip, and wondering about doing something similar next year, so this would work nicely. I lived in Germany for a year and visited a friend in Munich, so managed trips to Neuschwanstein and Salzburg as well as a taste of Munich itself, but that’s a LONG time ago, and I’d love to explore more. #citytripping

  5. Game on! I would love to do this itinerary. It has a great mix of fairy tale villages, castles and natural places.

  6. Bavaria is one of my favorite regions in the world! Your itinerary is awesome–I’ll have to save this for when family visits, as it’s much more cohesive than the random trips we took to different areas in Bavaria 🙂

  7. Thanks for posting this!! I’m working on a Christmas market itinerary right now, and there are definitely some cities on this list that have been on my bucket list for awhile. I LOVED Nuremberg for all the history! It’s amazing!

  8. We’re actually headed to Germany this September specifically for Oktoberfest! I think that we have 3 days in Munich, one of which will be exploring Neuschwanstein. We’re also spending a couple of days in Salzburg and going to Berchtesgaden. I wish that we had more time to explore Rothenburg and Königssee, but I guess that means that we’ll just have to make another trip back!

  9. your pictures are beautiful! I’m of german descent (and i love beer) so i’m dying to get to germany! a cousin of mine studied abroad and raved about Munich!

  10. This is a great list with so many lovely places! However based on my visits I would recommend more than 10 days to do it as there is a lot of driving involved such as from Nuremburg to Neuschwanstein Castle and there would not be much time to explore each of these cities in the above itinerary. We spent 3 full days/nights in Munich and still didn’t get to see a number of sites we wanted to visit. Hope I get a chance to return to Germany soon!

    1. Yes this itinerary could easy be stretched into a 2 week or more trip! And just like London or Paris, you need a loooot of time
      in order to really see all of Munich. Hope you get to come back! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. This brings back good memories of my two-week roadtrip through Germany a few years back. We did parts of the Romantic Road (I loved Wurzburg and Rothenburg!) and wanted to visit Munich, but I got hit by a virus somewhere in Bavaria and spent a lot of time being ill 🙁 That was also when I discovered that doctors in Germany seem to have very good hours (we couldn’t find any that were open after 4pm) and the one that I did manage to visit didn’t speak much English, but was very nice. I’m sure it’s different in the big cities though!

  12. I definitely want to include Bavaria in a trip to Europe as we’ve not made it there yet. We got close, having visited part of Germany and Salzburg last year. So many places to add to our wishlist everytime I visit your blog. Thank you for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard

  13. What a great itinerary. I haven;’t been to Bavaria, but hopefully one day I’ll get to visit these charming towns and impressive castles. Saving this post for that day.

  14. I have been to Munich but have not explored any more of Bavaria. It really looks lovely. I am dying to see Neuschwanstein Castle. What a great itinerary for a road trip! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  15. Such a great and comprehensive itinerary recommendation! I want to go everywhere! Love all the castles and palaces, and that emerald green lake is exquisite! #theweeklypostcard

  16. I haven’t seen any other part of Germany other than Bavaria, but I’m in love with it. I always wanted to go to Salzburg, especially since it’s not so far from Munich. My cousin has a mountain cottage about 20 minutes from the border with Austria and Salzburg, but I didn’t make it there yet. Lovely photos, Lolo!

  17. This looks amazing! Did you really do all of this in 10 days?! I would love a trip like this, so many photo opportunities at all those castles! I love castles! As always your photos are stunning! #theweeklypostcard

    1. No, but it’s all close enough you could easily do it! When my family was here for two weeks for the wedding, we managed to do a bit more than half! And that was with a constant group of 7-10 people!

  18. I’ve been to Bavaria twice and the first time I was studying in Regensburg for two weeks. I strongly recommend that city too. It’s an uknown gem. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

  19. That’s quite an itinerary! Chock full of great sights – just reading it wears me out in the very best way. 🙂 Not sure when we’ll be able to schedule this dream trip, but you can bet we’re Pinning this for whenever that moment happens! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard, Lolo!

  20. 10 days in Bavaria would be a dream trip – I would have such a hard time deciding between fall and winter, though!

  21. My daughter is starting German lessons in school next year, and I cannot wait to take her to Bavaria once she knows the language a little bit. Everything you show looks so scenic and exactly the type of places I love to visit. Thanks for putting together such a nice, well-thought-out suggested itinerary.

  22. Amazing tour! I have all of these places on my wishlist, some thanks to you, some thanks to a colleague who has been to Munich many times, haha. When would you say it’s the best time to visit Bavaria?

    1. Um, summer is definitely the best for great weather, but the fall is beautiful and the weather is crisp is the morning but warm in the afternoons., but chances of rain. November-February it’s cold, gray and gloomy, but hey at least there’s the Xmas markets! March is alllways super nice. And then the weather tricks you and craps all over you in April and May before warming up towards the end of May/June. 🙂

  23. Such a cool guide but was almost going to say, where’s Regensburg? Plenty here I’ve yet to see which is cool because that means more to look forward to! I thought Berchtesgarden was quite charming but would have liked to see the Eagle’s Nest and Konigsee when I visited. It was actually an easy drive from Hallstatt. I think I’d be most keen on visiting the Linderhof Palace and revisiting Nuremberg as my memory of there is quite fuzzy. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    1. Well, if you ever come to Bavaria, I’d be happy to show you around some places as we also know Nuremberg quite well. Regensburg is where we live and its a charming town easily overlooked but well worth the visit! Linderhof was amazing, and slightly less touristy than Neuschwanstein. Herrnchiemsee is also wonderful, the 3rd castle from Ludwig! To get there, you have to go by boat!

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