16 days in Germany, Salzburg & Lucerne Itinerary

16 days in Germany, Salzburg & Lucerne Itinerary

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16 days in Germany, Salzburg & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
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Wurzburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
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Berchtesgaden, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Oberammergau, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
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Fussen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
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Augsburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Heidelberg, Germany
— Few hours
train:  1​h
End: Frankfurt, Germany

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche).

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. In September, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Wurzburg.

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Historic Sites
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Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen ©
Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen

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Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
You've now added Market Square to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Market Square and then admire the striking features of St. Kilian Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Wurzburg travel route planning app .

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Wurzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Wurzburg sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rothenburg.

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Historic Sites Museums
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Marienburg Fortress ©
Marienburg Fortress
St. Kilian Cathedral ©
St. Kilian Cathedral

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Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) and then wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rothenburg holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Wurzburg to Rothenburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 29th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally examine the collection at DB Museum (German Railway Museum). Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Schwarzacklamm Wanderweg, then get outside with Barockgarten-Hesperidengarten Nurnberg, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nuremberg itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Outdoors Museums Trails
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Barockgarten-Hesperidengarten Nurnberg ©
DB Museum (German Railway Museum) ©
DB Museum (German Railway Museum)
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like NS-Dokumentationszentrum Munchen and FC Bayern Erlebniswelt. For shopping fun, head to Viktualienmarkt or Kunsthalle Munich. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, explore the activities along English Garden, and engage your brain at Deutsches Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Munich day trip planning tool .

Drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Shopping
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
NS-Dokumentationszentrum Munchen ©
NS-Dokumentationszentrum Munchen

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, gain insight at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), then browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg trip app .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Salzburg are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

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Berchtesgaden, Germany

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Salzheilstollen Berchtesgaden, contemplate the long history of Hotel Zum Turken, contemplate the long history of Dokumentation Obersalzberg, then get great views at The Eagle's Nest, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Andreas Church.

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Berchtesgaden is very close to Salzburg. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oberammergau.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Dokumentation Obersalzberg ©
Dokumentation Obersalzberg
The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest
Hotel Zum Turken ©
Hotel Zum Turken

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Oberammergau, Germany

Oberammergau
Nestled in a valley within the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau is known not only for its famous theater productions, but also for its large selection of dining, shopping, and traditional crafts.
To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Oberammergau route maker .

Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Oberammergau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Oberammergau can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. You will leave for Fussen on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Oberammergau

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
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.
Altstadt von Fuessen and Hohes Schloss will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Schloss Neuschwanstein and Benediktinerkloster St. Mang. Take a break from Fussen with a short trip to Ottobeuren Abbey in Ottobeuren, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Schloss Hohenschwangau, steep yourself in history at Burgruine Eisenberg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkloster St. Stephan, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fussen trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Oberammergau to Fussen in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Fussen are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hohenschwangau, Burgruine Eisenberg, Ottobeuren Abbey
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
Hohes Schloss ©
Hohes Schloss

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 10th (Thu), shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern, then contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, then explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fussen to Lucerne takes 3.5 hours. In October in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Augsburg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Museums
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Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

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Augsburg, Germany

Augsburg ©
Easily and quickly accessible from anywhere in the country, Augsburg is packed with historical attractions and intersected by quaint cobbled streets.
Romisches Museum Im Zeughaus has been added to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sat), examine the collection at Textil- und Industriemuseum, then get engrossed in the history at Romisches Museum Im Zeughaus, then contemplate the long history of Furstbischofliche Residenz, and finally examine the collection at Fugger Und Welser Erlebnismuseum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Augsburg road trip planning app .

You can drive from Lucerne to Augsburg in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Augsburg can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Augsburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Textil- und Industriemuseum ©
Textil- und Industriemuseum
Romisches Museum Im Zeughaus ©
Romisches Museum Im Zeughaus
Fugger Und Welser Erlebnismuseum ©
Fugger Und Welser Erlebnismuseum

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Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Heidelberg holiday builder tool .

You can take a train from Augsburg to Heidelberg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 46°F at night. On the 12th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Nightlife Parks Historic Sites
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