16 days in Germany, Salzburg & Lucerne Itinerary

16 days in Germany, Salzburg & Lucerne Itinerary

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Start: Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  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
Drive:  2 h
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
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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
Drive:  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): admire the local landmark of Fountain of Justice, thencontemplate the long history of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche).

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip itinerary maker tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites
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Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche) ©
Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche)
Fountain of Justice ©
Fountain of Justice

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Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Market Square has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), make a trip to Market Square and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Kilian Cathedral.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg trip website.

Getting from Frankfurt to Wurzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Wurzburg are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
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.
On the 28th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) and then wander the streets of Altstadt.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Rothenburg online tour planner.

Getting from Wurzburg to Rothenburg by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, get a taste of the local shopping with Hauptmarkt, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, thensee the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally examine the collection at DB Museum (German Railway Museum). Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Schwarzacklamm Wanderweg, thenhead outdoors with Barockgarten-Hesperidengarten Nurnberg, and then stroll the grounds of Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nuremberg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Nuremberg takes 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 Parks
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DB Museum (German Railway Museum) ©
DB Museum (German Railway Museum)
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg ©
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg
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.
Do your shopping at Viktualienmarkt and Kunsthalle Munich. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum and NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, see the interesting displays at FC Bayern Museum, and explore the activities along English Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

Drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Munich sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen ©
NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

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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 landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, thenexamine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church) ©
Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church)
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at Salzheilstollen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bunkeranlage, thenexplore the galleries of Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, thenget great views at The Eagle's Nest, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Andreas Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Berchtesgaden trip itinerary builder site.

Berchtesgaden is just a stone's throw from Salzburg. In October in Berchtesgaden, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oberammergau.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg ©
Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg
Bunkeranlage ©
Bunkeranlage
St Andreas Church
St Andreas Church

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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.
For reviews and tourist information, read Oberammergau attractions site.

Drive from Berchtesgaden to Oberammergau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. On the 6th (Sun), you'll travel to Fussen.

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Altstadt von Fuessen and Hohes Schloss. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schloss Neuschwanstein and Kalvarienberg. Step out of Fussen with an excursion to Ottobeuren Abbey in Ottobeuren--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, contemplate the long history of Burgruine Eisenberg, admire the local landmark of Stadtbrunnen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Fussen holiday builder app.

You can drive from Oberammergau to Fussen in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Fussen can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Burgruine Eisenberg, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Ottobeuren Abbey, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, thenadmire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), thenpause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne attractions planning website.

You can drive from Fussen to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Augsburg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Museums
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Romisches Museum Im Zeughaus. On the 12th (Sat), examine the collection at Textil- und Industriemuseum, explore the world behind art at Romisches Museum Im Zeughaus, thensteep yourself in history at Furstbischofliche Residenz, and finally examine the collection at Fugger Und Welser Erlebnismuseum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Augsburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Augsburg takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive 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.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Heidelberg tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Augsburg to Heidelberg in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. October in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 46°F at night. On the 12th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
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