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Lively cities, picturesque towns & fairytale castles combine with breathtaking Alpine sceneries on this 7-day self-drive vacation highlighting the jewels of Bavaria and Austria.
Welcome to Munich! Gateway to the Bavarian Alps and world-famous for its Oktoberfest, Munich is a vibrant city that combines modern infrastructure with heaps of traditional charm. After making your way to your hotel, you are free to explore the Bavarian capital on your own. The liveliest part of Munich is undoubtedly the Marienplatz, a spectacular square full of history. Make sure to also visit the famous Hofbräuhaus and the Viktualien market with its colourful outdoor stalls.
Set out this morning with your rental car and journey through the picturesque Bavarian countryside toward the splendid castles of Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King". Make sure to visit the fantastic Neuschwanstein Castle and the French-Rococo style Linderhof Castle, both framed by one of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the world. Along the way, you can also make a stop in the picturesque village of Oberammergau, renown for its play, wooden crafts & beautifully painted houses. Accommodation tonight will be in Füssen, the southernmost point of the „Romantic Route". (B)
Munich - Oberammergau - Linderhof Castle - Neuschwanstein Castle - Füssen: approximately 155 km
After some time strolling through the old town of Füssen, continue to the ski resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany’s winter sports capital and site of the 1936 winter Olympics. The town lies near the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany at 2,962 meters above sea level. Make sure to take a cable car ride up to the Zugspitze to enjoy magnificent views of this breathtaking alpine region. Overnight in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. (B)
Füssen to Garmisch-Partenkirchen: approximately 60 km
A short drive west will take you into Austria and through the valley of the River Inn to Innsbruck, the "capital of the Alps". Surrounded by high mountains, Innsbruck is a city of contrasts where Gothic church spires & colourful mansions compete with interesting examples of modern architecture. Admire the handsome Imperial buildings and the famed Golden Roof as you stroll through the colourful streets of Innsbruck's historic town centre, climb the "Stadtturm" (town tower) for a birds-eye perspective of the old town or perhaps visit the World of Swarovski Crystals. In the afternoon, leave for Salzburg where you will spend the next 2 nights. (B)
Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Innsbruck - Salzburg: approximately 250 km
The incomparable magic of the city skyline, the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the good fortune of being the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have made this city world renown. Due to the architectural unity & harmony of its Old Town, Salzburg has been declared a „World Heritage Site“ by UNESCO and today you'll have a full day at leisure to explore this magic city on your own. From the famous Getreidegasse, Salzburg Cathedral, Mirabell Palace and Mozart's Residence to the Palaces of Hellbrunn and Leopoldskron, both featured in "The Sound of Music" movie, and the magnificent Hohensalzburg Fortress, there are endless sites to be discovered. (B)
Following breakfast at your hotel, a short drive across the German border will take you to Berchtesgaden, a picturesque Alpine village located at the foot of the Watzmann mountain. Here you can take an underground tour into the Berchtesgaden salt mines, enjoy a relaxing boat tour on scenic „Königssee“ (lake of the king) or visit the famous Eagle‘s Nest on Obersalzberg Mountain, once the site of Hitler’s mountain retreat. (B)
Salzburg to Berchtesgaden: approximately 25 km
Departing Berchtesgaden in the morning, make your way back to Munich with a stop on the shores of beautiful Chiemsee Lake along the way. Arriving in Munich in the afternoon, it is time to drop off your rental car and say "Auf Wiedersehen"! (B)
Berchtesgaden - Chiemsee Lake - Munich: approximately 160 km
Minimum 2 passengers.