16 days in Bavaria & Salzburg Itinerary

16 days in Bavaria & Salzburg Itinerary

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16 days in Bavaria & Salzburg Itinerary

Start: Kansas City, United States
Fly + Train:  16 h
1
Wurzburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h
End: Kansas City, United States

2
nights
Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Explore hidden gems such as Marienburg Fortress and St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche). Get some historical perspective at Gerlachschmiede and Würzburg Residence. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wurzburg: Rothenburg (Spital Bastion, Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Marienkapelle, take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Kilian Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg trip itinerary planner.

Kansas City, USA to Wurzburg is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Kansas City to Wurzburg. December in Wurzburg sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rothenburg
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Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg
Gerlachschmiede ©
Gerlachschmiede
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

3
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Lorenz Church and Bamberg Cathedral. Bring the kids along to Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum) and Playmobil-FunPark. Get out of town with these interesting Nuremberg side-trips: Old Town (in Dinkelsbuhl), Altes Rathaus (in Bamberg) and Regensburg (Cathedral of St Peter's & Old Town). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, and explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg road trip planning website .

Take a train from Wurzburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Regensburg, Bamberg, Old Town, Playmobil-FunPark
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St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church
Old Town ©
Old Town
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Neuschwanstein and St. Stephan's Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Altstadt von Fuessen and Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Wies Church (in Steingaden) and Herrenchiemsee New Palace (in Herreninsel). There's lots more to do: get curious at Deutsches Museum, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Munich trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Altstadt von Fuessen, Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Herrenchiemsee New Palace, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Dom St. Stephan ©
Dom St. Stephan
Herrenchiemsee New Palace ©
Herrenchiemsee New Palace

5
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Visit Fortress Hohensalzburg and Salzburger Altstadt for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Petersfriedhof and Haus der Natur. Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Hofkirche (in Innsbruck), Stift Admont (in Admont) and Kufstein Fortress (in Kufstein). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, stroll through Mirabell Palace, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and stroll the grounds of Catacombe Del Cimitero Di San Pietro.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Salzburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Salzburg sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kufstein Fortress, Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone, Basilika St. Michael, Hofkirche, Stift Admont
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Petersfriedhof ©
Petersfriedhof
Stift Admont ©
Stift Admont
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle

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