18 days in Bavarian Alps & Schwangau Itinerary

18 days in Bavarian Alps & Schwangau Itinerary

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Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Step out of Berchtesgaden to go to Passau and see Dom St. Stephan, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Konigssee, hike along Der Carl von Linde Weg, explore the striking landscape of Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Berchtesgaden day trip planner.

Missoula, USA to Berchtesgaden is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Missoula to Berchtesgaden. Traveling from Missoula in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Berchtesgaden, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bad Reichenhall, Schoenau am Koenigssee, Dom St. Stephan
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Konigssee ©
Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden ©
Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden
Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge ©
Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge


Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
When in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, make a side trip to see Staffelsee in Seehausen am Staffelsee, approximately Seehausen am Staffelsee away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm, take in the awesome beauty at Wank Mountain, get outside with Alpine Coaster Oberammergau, and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen vacation planner.

Getting from Berchtesgaden to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Schwangau.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hollentalklamm, Freilchtmuseum Glentleiten, Kuhflucht Wasserfall, Schloss Linderhof, Staffelsee
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Zugspitze ©
Partnachklamm ©
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof


Schwangau ©
An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Schwangau is known for historic sites, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, and walk around Der Kurpark in Schwangau.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Schwangau trip planner.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Schwangau takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in May, expect nights in Schwangau to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fussen, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Pilgrimage Church of Wies
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen