8 days in Bavaria & Salzburg Itinerary

8 days in Bavaria & Salzburg Itinerary

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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Dachau, Germany
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 1 night
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Fussen, Germany
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
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Nuremberg, Germany

— 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Gockelreiterbrunnen and then examine the collection at Toy Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nuremberg driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Nuremberg is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Nuremberg. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Nuremberg hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dachau.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums
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Dachau, Germany

— 1 night
Dachau is a town in Upper Bavaria, in the southern part of Germany. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Katholische Kirche St. Jakob, get engrossed in the history at Bezirksmuseum Dachau, step into the grandiose world of Dachau Palace, then steep yourself in history at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Reconciliation.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dachau road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Dachau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Dachau

Historic Sites · Museums
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Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Asamkirche. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, then see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich holiday builder app.

You can drive from Dachau to Munich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Munich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

— 1 night
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 18th (Fri), get outside with Partenkiirchner Bergbahen, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze, then make a trip to Pfarrkirche St. Martin, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen holiday maker app.

You can drive from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fussen.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

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Fussen, Germany

— 1 night

Southern End of the Romantic Road

Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the views from Maxsteg an der Fussener Klamm-Fall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fussen day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Fussen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fussen can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Salzburg, Austria

— 1 night

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planning website.

You can drive from Fussen to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Bavaria travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.