It’s nowhere near as crowded as Neuschwanstein Castle and that makes it endlessly charming. my husband and myself are planning a last minute trip to Germany in a week. Aah Ettal is so gorgeous – when are you going to Germany? Options on offer. You could spend the afternoon picnicking at neighbouring Alpine lake Plansee – the lake is in Austria and is less than 20 minutes away from the Linderhof Castle. While, I’ve been many, many times (having lived in Germany for nearly eleven years before moving back to the States), I am very much looking forward to a road trip through Bavaria next fall (Oct 2019). . 1)Keep 2 days for Belgium (As originally decided) I must say I am an ardent follower of your travelogues and completely adore your loving posts. Thanks for the inspiration. , Happy to hear that Enjoy your time in Bavaria . Thanks Savi Vid . Great ideas as we are going next month on a very similar trip – we do however have a 3 year old little girl and was wandering how much of your trip would be possible with a toddler in toe?? Do try to go to the ice caves in Werfen though , Also, a lot of things that we spread across two days can be done in 1 – for instance you can do Ettal, Partnarch Gorge, Linderhof castle, and Karwendelbahn in a day . Have fun in Germany . Start/End: Munich, Germany – If you’re short on time then the easiest way to do this German Alpine road trip would be to fly in and out of Munich International Airport. But it can get expensive – we’re talking £100-for-a-casual-meal expensive. Savi and Vid are storytellers, photographers, and above all two happy souls who love travelling the world and writing about their adventures and misadventures on this website and social media. If you’re a Sound of Music fan, then you’ll know what to do even before you get there. PS Make sure you read our article on Things to do in Amsterdam before you hit the streets of the city, Hi Vid/Savi its overwhelming just to loo at it wonder how it must fell to experience all this live …, Overwhelming is the exact word I’d use for a road trip in Bavaria Kushagr . As you can tell f, HUGE GIVEAWAY I suggest emailing Blaue Gams and confirming before you book . Hi, we are travelling from Australia and are looking to do something like this in very early January 2017. However public transport can be used to reach most of the major attractions without any problem – of course, you skip out on seeing the offbeat li’l villages when using public transport. just went back to that time ages ago when I’d gone through the dreamy village of Garmisch and they all look just the same. While planning for our Germany/Austria trip I stumbled across your blog, and ended up using several of your suggestions for hotels and activities. I lived in Munich for 15 months between 2012-2013 and your pictures are making me miss it all! 3 nights in Unterwossen. You must’ve hated leaving Germany – the countryside is just SO gorgeous. However I’d suggesting spending both days in 1 Belgian city – either Bruges or Ghent. Thanks a lot for this detailed post. If the weather is too bad then we will just drive the other way from the ferry to Berlin. Then onto our favourite village in the area – Oberammergau. However well-stocked supermarkets are few and far in between. We added some places in Tirol like Innsbruck and Wattens. Yay , I was unsure of where to travel during the July holidays and I came across your blog and this amazing road trip. I went to Munich last year, and had a chance to explore Neuschwanstein Castle, Dachau Concentration Camp and Salzburg but since I took trains (which was an incredible experience in itself) I missed out on staying in the little Bavarian villages. Plz advice from your experience. My concern is driving in a foreign country. Hey Gina – we found German roads quite comfortable to drive on. I will email them to you soon , A huuuuge fan this side .. thank you, Hey Lilian – we visited Bavaria in July. Absolutely! Since I had a few extra days of paid leave I could use at work, I decided to take advantage of this trip to visit the Austrian Alps as well while I was nearby. can’t wait! Eerie. We’re so glad we got you travelling – I hope you get to see every inch of the world in the years to come . Spend this day exploring the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle nearby – it is the castle that is said to have inspired Walt Disney. The pictures are just breathtaking. Bavaria is famous for skiing so don’t think anything should be shut . Aah – get ready to enter a world that seems like it doesn’t belong to planet Earth. If so, what are the recommended towns/ villages that you suggest we stay in? They’re comfortable and scenic B&Bs . You will need a vignette if you’re driving in Austria. Thanks so much for sharing this. Slovenian Julian Alps Road Trip Itinerary. So happy to hear that you found our itinerary helpful. German Autobahns are (in)famous for being one of the rare motorways without any speed limits for cars. Unfortunately, I could not stay longer.. You could drive to Fussen and Ettal and spend a day or two there exploring the fairytale castles . Did u drive to any other countries as well? Most roads are accessible but you’ll need winter tyres . Hi guys..how many hours in car….dont want to be forever driving. This is the view you will be rewarded with :-. All are so so gorgeous! Did you need any special equipment or abilities to tackle that one? Please do suggest the clothing to take during March to these places. Hey Aparna – that’s amazing So happy to hear this! How was your experience traveling? Because a lot of careful planning went into the trips and they were very cool we want to share the itineraries with you. I do want to keep the layover day in Munich after our flight from Rome. Hey Shuba – that’s awesome. May 13, 2020 - In this article, I will focus on this special place in Germany; it is the most dreamy castle that exists. We were wondering whether we should extend the trip to cover the Hohe Tauren national park and the carinthian lake region in Austria. August should be fine too. If you guys get a chance someday also visit Rothenburg, it’s very fairy tale-esque and adorable as well. Vienna, the capital city of Austria has a lot of history, music and great cafe culture. road trips Find six custom-made itineraries to rev up your vacation engines. What you have mentioned is doable – just cut out a day from Ettal and a day from Unterwossen and add it for the lake region. Any suggestions for a 12 yr old lad.. You have chosen the famous German Alpine Road in the 28th place. This majestic road passes through picturesque rolling hills, Alpine meadows, quaint villages, gnarled forests, ice caves, enchanting lakes, fairy-tale castles, and more beer gardens than you could possibly count , This road trip through the Bavarian region in Germany features spectacular scenery that will leave you spell bound and gasping for words. Day 7: Linderhof castle, Plansee, and Karwendelbahn We will be coming from US. Would you mind sharing some photos from your trip with us? I have some different questions then above and you guys might not be able to help me , but still here is my question : I am planning to travel with 2.5 years old son , how feasible will be to travel to fairy and bful castles? Am confused between April and August. My only experience with that was in Ireland where the roads were often very narrow so it was quite difficult to me. In terms of the no. , Thanks a lot So happy to hear you had a great time. Drive down to Fussen, a gorgeous town surrounded by the Alps. , Hey Zoe – thank you so much for leaving such a nice note for us. Make sure you get them before or as soon as you enter Austria. We’re quite low-maintenance when it comes to raising our daughter, so we’re not looking for anything fancy – just want to make sure we won’t be completely out of our element at some of these places. I am planning a trip to bavaria along the lines you have mentioned in july.Since we have a 18 month kid i am planning to skip the Partnach Gorge and Garmisch Partenkirchen. a) US driving license should be fine We have mentioned the names of the hotels we stayed in when we were in Bavaria – you can check these hotels and probably stay there too. This itinerary looks fantastic. Welcome to the Deutsche Alpenstrasse (The German Alpine Road). Hi Savi/Vid our next leg of the trip is in Prague; guessing the travel time from Vienna and Munich are not that different. Im planning a trip for one week to Germany….any suggestions? Saved by InstaWebViewer. We live in India and hold valid Indian licenses and were wondering if we can hire car and drive on Indian license. ganesh, Glad you liked our blog. We also love the Hofbrauhaus, Munich’s legendary beer hall, for the wide array of German beer (and food!) Yummy . Myself, my wife and son are planning on taking a rental car from Zurich and driving to see some nearby castles in southern Germany and Austria. I am a huge fan of your posts and follow every where in insta,fb . Do you recommend getting cash and if so how much do you recommend to carry as cash? Answer 1 of 4: Me and my partner are booked up for Bavaria just after Christmas. Could you advice if the ice cake trek is possible with a kid on stroller? As I have a 2 year old. With the Alps to the south and idyllic towns dotting its hillsides, Bavaria is a beautiful and romantic destination. I have done this route many years ago and it is just a beautiful piece of the world with great art (castles). incase i miss anything thanks!!! Our itinerary is Zurich to Vaduz to Thun to Chamonix and back to Zurich. 5 nights in Ettal The Guesthouse seems to be lot cheaper than the Hotel. Thanks, beejal, Just take usual precautions and exercise common sense and you’ll be absolutely fine. Have lunch in Oberammergau and spend the afternoon marvelling at the houses and trying to decipher the tales on their walls. Hi.. how much time it takes to explore Deutsche Alpenstraße by road? Here’s the link to all our articles on Germany: https://www.bruisedpassports.com/category/germany Hope this helps. You’ll spot beer gardens, tiny villages, sylvan country retreats, cows grazing on storybook pastures, and very few tourists. We have 10 days in Germany. Don’t leave the area without going on a cable car ride near Mittenwald -Zugzpiste is the most popular one but it is invariably crowded (and overpriced!). Just FYI some of the German freeways have no speed restrictions, so be careful of cars flying past you , I truly enjoyed your blog ! I have heard it rains a lot in Germany in July and August. A challenging drive, but an extremely rewarding one, which is why it’s one of the best road trips in Europe. Is it possible to rent the car at Munich Airport and drop it off in Salzburg? Hi Nisha yes it is possible to cover all these places although you won’t really be enjoying much of the places. This will be his 16th country and is looking forward to it.. Hope you had a great time driving in Bavaria sorry for the late reply , Hello! I’ve spend just enough time at every place I stayed at to see everything I wanted to explore. I did some amazing hikes, saw the most awesome waterfalls and really enjoyed the nature, even though it rained all the time! We’d suggest spending 3 nights in Ettal and 2 in Unterwossen . So we wondered whether roads were too fast or possible to drive. I have not been to Germany or Austria, but I hope to someday soon, I’d love to use your suggestions as a possible itinerary. I am trying to do a similar trip this April .We fly into Amsterdam and fly out of Munich . Any thoughts and opinions are welcome. Thank you, They trily inspire – in fact I made changes to the Germany trip I am currently planning to make sure it includes spending time in Ettal! So thank you so much for this. You might want to stock in Munich before heading to the countryside. Have fun – we wrote all the details and tips we could think about in this article . Thank you so much for posting these. The road to Lucerne passes through the UNESCO Entlebuch Biosphere, a natural nirvana covering 400 square kilometres at the foot of the Alps. Cheers, What are you waiting for? It’ll also depend on the season you take the trip in – in summers days will be long so you’ll be able to cover more. This is a good time to get accustomed to errr combative German drivers on the Autobahn. thanks, Might be too cold at that time but if you’re ok with the cold then why not . So picturesque and comfortable, and in great areas for exploring. We were the only ones at the time we visited and we had the whole mountain to ourselves, with a giant telescope for company. Just make sure you park your car at one of the park-and-ride parking lots outside the city. ROAD TRIP DANS LES ALPES BAVAROISES : LA VIDÉO ! where do you suggest i spend the 5 night on that road? It should be – I think there’ll be snow but if you have the right car with proper snow tyres there’s no reason for not driving this route at that time. I prefer public transportation due to the aforementioned Ireland experience, but suspect it would be hard to do without a car. As for Werfen ice caves, we did not need any special equipment, but please keep in mind that we went in July. Alps Road Trip: 7 Must-See Places with Photographic Proof Nothing is better than leaving all your worries behind, exploring new places and making memories along the way. Can we access all the areas you talked about at that time of year? WINTER ROAD TRIP. Have you done a trip of the black forest? This is King Ludwig’s smallest palace. View the Alps from Germany’s highest peak at Zugspitze, tour crazy King Ludwig II’s storybook castle Neuschwanstein, learn about WWII history in Munich and Berchtesgaden, and even take day trips into Austria.