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9 Day Travel Itinerary Through Germany and Austria

Looking for a travel itinerary through Germany and Austria? From fairy tale castles to stunning Alpine vistas, Germany and Austria offer travelers endless opportunities for exploration.

Start in Munich, whose beer halls and gardens embody that quintessential Bavarian spirit. Make the pilgrimage to Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, for awe-inspiring views of the German countryside.

Venture next to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and backdrop for The Sound of Music. Wander through the city’s baroque architecture and gardens, irresistible sights for any music lover. Make your way through the Lake District to the postcard-perfect village of Hallstatt. With its candy-colored houses nestled against a crystal blue lake and mountains, Hallstatt is a must-see when visiting Austria.

The cultural capital of Vienna dazzles with its imperial palaces, world-class museums, and regal cafés. For a chance to feel like royalty yourself, tour the 18th century Schönbrunn Palace, summer home of the Habsburgs. After getting your fill of Sacher torte and old world elegance in Vienna, make your way to the medieval city of Nuremberg. With its 900-year-old ramparts surrounding the city, Nuremberg’s history as an important trading center comes alive.

From dirndls and lederhosen to strudels and schnitzels, immerse yourself in German and Austrian culture on your travels. Prost to new friends, unforgettable sights, and the memories of a lifetime in these storied Central European countries!

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Trip Summary

CITIES: Frankfurt, Munich, Füssen, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Vienna, Nuremberg
DAY TRIPS: Füssen, Hallstatt, Vienna
# OF TRAIN RIDES: 3 roundtrips, 3 one-way
TRIP COST: $4,600 ~Approx. $2300/per person
*incl. hotel, transport, food, entrance fees

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Breakdown of your Travel Itinerary Through Germany and Austria

Munich Hofbrauhaus

Day 1: Travel Day and Arrive in Munich

Experience Bavarian culture in Munich. Visit the famous Marienplatz, where you can see the Glockenspiel in action. And explore the grandeur of Nymphenburg Palace and its beautiful gardens.

I’ve visited Munich before, so I’ve had a prior experience exploring the city. This was my husband’s first time and we were exhausted from traveling already and were not in the mood for partying. We found a quiet Italian restaurant to eat dinner, then headed on back to the hotel for bed.

Tip: Make sure to check the dates when you arrive. We arrived during their Mardi Gras and it was like walking through sardines in the Marienplatz.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Day 2: Day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle & Hohenschwangau Castle

Take a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle & Hohenschwangau Castle, known as the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II.

I only wanted to stay in Munich to be able to see the castles. I could’ve eliminated this from our itinerary, but it was something that was on my bucket list. And I’m glad I did because I had a lot of fun!

Bavaria is a gorgeous region and the views of the Lake from the Castles was top notch.

View of Salzburg Fortress Hohensalzburg

Day 3: Train to Salzburg

Get ready to fall head over heels for Salzburg, Austria – a place where fairytale landscapes and good vibes collide. Imagine strolling through streets that are practically singing with history, surrounded by jaw-dropping mountains that seem straight out of a postcard.

If you’re into classical tunes, you’re in for a treat because this is Mozart’s hometown! You can practically feel the music in the air as you explore charming little cafes and wander through markets bursting with local flavor.

And get ready to channel your inner Maria or Captain Von Trapp (The Sound of Music) as you frolic through rolling hills and explore gardens that are basically a hug from Mother Nature herself.


Day 4: Day trip to Hallstatt

Take a day trip to the picturesque lakes region like Hallstatt – a place that looks straight out of a fairy tale. Imagine a village nestled between towering mountains and a serene lake, creating a jaw-dropping backdrop that’s practically begging to be Instagrammed.

This charming slice of heaven is like stepping into a dream. Cobblestone streets wind through colorful houses that seem to hug the hillsides. Speaking of hills, they’re alive with the sound of tranquility. Hallstatt is so peaceful, you’ll feel like you’re in your own little world.

History buffs, get excited! Hallstatt is famous for its prehistoric salt mine, where you can learn about the area’s ancient mining history and even slide down into the depths of the earth. Don’t worry, it’s way more fun than it sounds!

Learn more about How To See Hallstatt In One Day From Salzburg: The Ultimate Guide.

wiener pestsaule

Day 5: Day trip to Vienna

Vienna is a grand symphony of history, art, and culture that’ll sweep you off your feet from the moment you arrive. Imagine strolling down elegant boulevards lined with stunning architecture that spans centuries. From imperial palaces like Schönbrunn Palace to the jaw-dropping St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna is a masterpiece waiting to be explored.

Let’s talk about coffee culture. Vienna practically invented it, and stepping into one of its historic coffeehouses is like stepping back in time. Sip on a rich cup of coffee and indulge in a slice of Sachertorte – it’s a ritual you won’t want to miss.

Learn more about How To See Vienna In One Day From Salzburg: The Ultimate Guide.

Makartsteg Bridge

Day 6: Explore Salzburg

Let’s talk about the food. Picture yourself indulging in a slice of the famous Sachertorte – it’s like a sweet, chocolaty hug for your taste buds.

Oh, and history buffs, we’ve got you covered too. The Hohensalzburg Fortress is like a real-life time machine, giving you a peek into the past while treating you to sweeping city views.

Learn more about Salzburg in my 4 Days in Salzburg, Austria: The Ultimate Itinerary

nuremberg view of pegnitz river

Day 7: Train to Nuremberg

Nuremberg is a city that’s bursting with history, culture, and a unique blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy. Imagine wandering through medieval streets, surrounded by half-timbered houses that seem straight out of a fairy tale.

History buffs, get ready to geek out! Nuremberg played a significant role in European history, and you can explore its past in sites like the Nuremberg Castle and the Documentation Center, which sheds light on the city’s role during World War II.

Imperial Castle of Nuremberg

Day 8: Explore Nuremberg

If you’re a foodie, Nuremberg’s got you covered. The local sausages, known as Nuremberger Rostbratwurst, are a must-try, and you can savor them alongside some tasty sauerkraut and pretzels. See more 4 authentic restaurants in Nuremberg.

Nuremberg is a destination that’ll leave you with stories to tell and memories to cherish. So, pack your curiosity and get ready to explore a city that beautifully bridges the gap between past and present! 🏰🎨🌭✨

Learn more about Nuremberg in my How To See Nuremberg In One Day: The Ultimate Guide.

Europe Plane Pretty Sky

Day 9: Travel Day

I had to get to the Nuremberg airport super early to take a quick flight to Frankfurt. From Frankfurt, I had to wait for maybe an hour before I got on my flight to the U.S.

9 Day Travel Itinerary Through Germany and Austria Final Thoughts

This itinerary allows you to experience the highlights of both Salzburg and Nuremberg while also providing opportunities to explore the surrounding areas.

We did not give ourself enough time to enjoy Munich, but we did maximize our time within our one-day constraints for Neuschwanstein, Hallstatt and Vienna. Of course you can spend DAYS at each place, but I like to see a lot in a short amount of time. I’m not a leisurely traveler.


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Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, Katie Kinsley is a content creating, email marketing, overambitious plant-lover (read: killer). She's obsessed with planning detailed vacations and finding and building an affordable wardrobe. She's an individualist at heart discovering self-growth, a parent to a dog and a cat and in love with productivity hacks.
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