Munich (2 Nights)
From Munich, take a train with at least one transfer to get from Munich to Fussen. From there, take a second train to Neuschwanstein. It is about a 1.5 hour train ride from Fussen to Neuschwanstein.
Neuschwanstein is one of the most famous castles in the world and is a must-see for anybody on a trip to Bavaria. The castle is massive and sits on a rock out in the middle of the countryside. It is truly amazing and is a very special place to visit.
The castle was built between 1869 and 1876 by king Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was designed by the famous architectural duo, DÃ¶rner and Endler.
To get to the castle, you have to take a 17 minute gondola ride up a 1290 foot glass steeple lift. The lift itself is very rare and it can seat 5 people. Take a look at the trip from the outside and you can see how many levels of inside the towers are!
The ticket price to get to the castle is 7 Euro and the gondola will cost an additional 3 Euro. You can also optionally take a slow-ride helicopter ride to the top for an added 75 Euro!
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1 Night)
The Bavarian Alps are wonderful for hiking and winter sports, and are also the site of Germany’s annual national Christmas market. The theater festival in the summer is a big draw here, and there are many charming windsurfing and sailing sites nearby.
Schloss Neuschwanstein is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most popular sights in the area. The castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and became the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is one of the larger towns in the area and has lots of fine restaurants and hotels. It’s also relatively close to the border with Austria.
If you have a couple of days to spare before you get to Vienna, the Tyrolean village of Innsbruck, Austria, in Northern Bavaria, offers a number of trips and attractions. Particularly recommended are the following:
The Golden Roof: Climbing up the golden roof of Innsbruck’s medieval castle on a sunny day is a uniquely Tyrolean experience.
Sanatorium Cave: A short walk from the center of the city brings you to the entrance of this cave. It was used for three years by the municipal hospital’s tuberculosis patients, who were kept in a light-tight kapuzinerhaus.
Innsbruck Citadel: One of the architecturally most beautiful spots in town offers a panoramic view over the city. From there, you can tour the clock tower and the city itself. (Detailed tour)
Acropolis: The fascinating Acropolis in the center of Innsbruck offers an ideal vantage point for a short walk through the city’s old town.
Innsbruck Zoo: Innsbruck Zoo is embedded in a beautiful landscape setting and offers a large collection of exotic species.
Salzburg (Stopover 1)
Salzburg, Austria, located in southern Austria, is an ideal place for a short stopover.
Salzburg (2 Nights)
- The capital of the Salzkammergut and one of the best known cities in Austria. The city lies in a scenic area where the Inn River merges with the Salzach River at the foothills of the Alps, about 80 km west of Vienna. The historic old town has narrow cobbled streets and magnificent canals. The central part of the city contains the main square with its baroque facades of the city’s guilds. The cathedral holds a collection of works from Mierbild, a late 15th century master of the Italian renaissance influenced by German masters.
- The salt mines of Hallstatt are a must see when you are in Austria. They will keep you entertained for hours and they are open 9:30 am to 6 pm and they close at 5:30 in the winter. They have a concert hall, 2 hotel and surprisingly, a theater.
- Salzburg is also the home of Mozart. In fact, his grave is located in the cathedral. You can take a guided tour of his house and you can also go to his grave.
Vienna (2 Nights)
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