10 days in Bavaria Itinerary

10 days in Bavaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bavaria planner

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Wurzburg
— 1 night
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Rothenburg
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg
— 1 night
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Munich
— 4 nights
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Schwangau
— 1 night
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Wurzburg

— 1 night

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
On the 23rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, then take a stroll through Altstadt, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and finally do a tasting at Weingut Juliusspital. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Schloss Veitshöchheim, admire the natural beauty at Furstengarten Marienberg, then take an in-depth tour of Fortress Marienberg, and finally explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wurzburg road trip planner.

Frankfurt to Wurzburg is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Frankfurt in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Wurzburg, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Rothenburg

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 25th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Burggarten, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), take a stroll through Altstadt, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, and finally make a trip to Das Plonlein. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, then appreciate the history behind Denkmal Christoph von Schmid, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Weinmarkt.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rothenburg trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Wurzburg to Rothenburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Nuremberg

— 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip planner.

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. In July in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites

Munich

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along English Garden, see the interesting displays at BMW Museum, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Schwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours

Schwangau

— 1 night

Fairy-Tale Village

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the local landmark of Stadtbrunnen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, then contemplate the long history of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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

Drive from Munich to Schwangau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bavaria travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.