15 days in Germany & Austria Itinerary

15 days in Germany & Austria Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 3 nights
Zell am See, Austria
— 3 nights
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Train to Munich, Fly to Jeddah


Munich, Germany — 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Wallbergbahn and Starnberger See. Relax by the water at Roberto Beach and Strandbad Grieblinger. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Lake Tegernsee (in Tegernsee) and Strandbad St. Alban (in Diessen). The adventure continues: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, don't miss a visit to Odeonsplatz, enjoy breathtaking views from Olympic Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of BMW Headquarters.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Munich day trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Munich is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Munich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jeddah in May, things will get cooler in Munich: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — 3 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Take a break from the city and head to Breitachklamm and Laber. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wank Mountain and Alpseebad. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Sennerei Lehern (in Hopferau), Fussen (Altstadt von Fuessen & Alatsee) and Mount Tegelberg (in Schwangau). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Garmisch-Classic, take in the dramatic natural features at Iron Bridge Partnachklamm, make a trip to Pilatushaus, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nebelhorn.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen holiday planner.

Drive from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zell am See.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Side Trips
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Zell am See, Austria — 3 nights

Despite its small size, Zell am See is a well-visited tourist destination known mostly as a ski resort town, and it serves as an important transportation hub for the region.
Take a break from the city and head to Schmittenhohe and Lake Zell. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Großglockner National Park and Liechtensteinklamm. Step out of Zell am See to go to Bad Hofgastein and see Gasteiner Hohenweg, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's more to do: stop by Charisma Am Stadtplatz and indulge in some personalized pampering at Tauern Spa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zell am See road trip planner.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Zell am See in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Zell am See are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Tue) before leaving for Salzburg.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips
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Salzburg, Austria — 4 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Take a break from the city and head to Dachstein Giant Ice Caves and Parasailing & Paragliding. Shop till you drop at Getreidegasse and Schloss Arenberg. Venture out of the city with trips to Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape (in Obertraun) and Hallstatt (Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, Hallstatt Lutheran Church, &more). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at EUROPARK, explore the world behind art at DomQuartier Salzburg, ponder the design of Residenzbrunnen, and take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg tour planner.

Drive from Zell am See to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for home.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours
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Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Austria travel guide

Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.