20 days in Bavaria Itinerary

20 days in Bavaria Itinerary

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20 days in Bavaria Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Munich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Berchtesgaden
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Fussen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rothenburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Regensburg
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Munich

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nymphenburg Palace and St. Michael's Church are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Munich Residenz and Neue Pinakothek. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Mittenwald (Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald & St. Peter und Paul) and Passau (Veste Oberhaus, St. Stephan's Cathedral, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Deutsches Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Munich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Munich. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in November; daily highs in Munich reach 47°F and lows reach 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Passau, Mittenwald
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St. Stephan's Cathedral ©
St. Stephan's Cathedral
Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

3
nights
Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Get some cultural insight at Herrenchiemsee New Palace and St Andreas Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg and Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge. Change things up with a short trip to Burg zu Burghausen in Burghausen (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirche St. Bartholomae, don't miss a visit to Alte Saline, and walk around Wimbachklamm.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Berchtesgaden online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Berchtesgaden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Berchtesgaden sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fussen.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Herrenchiemsee New Palace, Wimbachklamm, Burg zu Burghausen, Alte Saline
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Herrenchiemsee New Palace ©
Herrenchiemsee New Palace
Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg ©
Burg zu Burghausen ©
Burg zu Burghausen

2
nights
Fussen

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, explore the historical opulence of Hohes Schloss, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then admire the striking features of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Benediktinerkloster St. Mang. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pfarrkirche St. Martin, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ettal Abbey, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fussen driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Fussen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, daytime highs in Fussen are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ettal, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Pfarrkirche St. Martin, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
Ettal Abbey ©
Ettal Abbey
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies

4
nights
Rothenburg

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fortress Marienberg and Reichsstadtmuseum. Visit Old Town and Würzburg Residence for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Museum fuer Franken, Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg, & more), Marktplatz (in Marktbreit) and St. George Church (in Dinkelsbuhl). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein, take a stroll through Altstadt, and ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg trip planner.

You can drive from Fussen to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Regensburg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Dinkelsbuhl, Marktplatz
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg
Old Town ©
Old Town
St. George Church ©
St. George Church

2
nights
Regensburg

Regensburg ©
One of Germany’s oldest towns and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Regensburg today offers a medieval charm not found in many of the country’s cities today.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Walhalla, steep yourself in history at Altes Rathaus, then take a stroll through Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Peter's, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Monastery Weltenburg, then contemplate the long history of Befreiungshalle Kelheim, then take in the views from Old Stone Bridge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilika St. Emmeram.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Regensburg trip planner.

Getting from Rothenburg to Regensburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Regensburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kelheim, Walhalla
Highlights from your plan
Walhalla ©
Walhalla
Old Town ©
Old Town
Cathedral of St Peter's ©
Cathedral of St Peter's

3
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Get some historical perspective at Bamberg Cathedral and Frauenkirche. Get some cultural insight at Nuremberg Palace of Justice and Altes Rathaus. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Nuremburg Trial Courthouse, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nuremberg trip planner .

Take a bus from Regensburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bamberg
Highlights from your plan
Nuremberg Palace of Justice ©
Nuremberg Palace of Justice
Altes Rathaus ©
Altes Rathaus
Bamberg Cathedral ©
Bamberg Cathedral

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