8 days in Germany Itinerary

8 days in Germany Itinerary

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8 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Fussen
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Schwangau
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Ettal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Berchtesgaden
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Chicago

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Legoland Deutschland Resort (in Gunzburg), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze & Partnachklamm) and St. Georg Ulm (in Ulm). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, get outside with Hopfensee, enjoy some diversion at Freibad Obersee, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fussen trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Fussen is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Fussen is 7 hours. April in Fussen sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Fussen

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Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, St. Georg Ulm, Legoland Deutschland Resort
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Legoland Deutschland Resort ©
Legoland Deutschland Resort
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm

1
night
Schwangau

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the activities along Schwansee, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then steep yourself in history at Schloss Neuschwanstein, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Georg, and finally stroll around Der Kurpark in Schwangau.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Schwangau online tour itinerary planner .

Schwangau is very close to Fussen. In April, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ettal.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hohenschwangau
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schwansee ©
Schwansee
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

1
night
Ettal

Ettal ©
Ettal is a German municipality in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Bavaria.GeographyEttal is situated in the Oberland area in the Graswangtal between the Loisachtal and Ammertal, approx. On the 8th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Oberammergau Church, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, and then don't miss a visit to Ettal Abbey.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ettal online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Schwangau to Ettal by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Schwangau in April: highs in Ettal hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Ettal

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oberammergau Church
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Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Ettal Abbey ©
Ettal Abbey
Oberammergau Church ©
Oberammergau Church

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night
Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
On the 9th (Thu), get great views at The Eagle's Nest and then don't miss a visit to Berchtesgaden Salt Mines.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Berchtesgaden attractions planner.

Drive from Ettal to Berchtesgaden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Historic Sites
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The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest
Berchtesgaden Salt Mines ©
Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

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