If you want to travel to Bavaria, you are on the right page. In this article, you can read what the best places in Bavaria are to discover, things to do in Bavaria and why this part of Germany is worth visiting.
We have made a 10 day Bavaria itinerary and share our experience in this article. Our Bavaria itinerary offers a good mix between nature, culture, city, countryside, activities, and relaxation. The nice thing about our Bavaria itinerary is that every day is completely different.
You can use this Bavaria itinerary for inspiration or copy it and do exactly what we did.
How many days do you need to travel through Bavaria?
Bavaria is the largest state in Germany, so you can see a lot. We have traveled through Bavaria for 10 days and have made this Bavaria itinerary based on this. It is not necessary to have 10 days, with 7 days you can also make a great trip.
When you have less than 10 days you have to make choices and do not have the option to stay too long in one place. In this case, we recommended skipping Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
If you have more than 2 weeks, you’re lucky. In this case you can stay at Rothenburg ob der Tauber and stay longer at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgaden. If you have more time, you can also do different hikes in addition to the various sights and activities.
Be aware that it is impossible to see everything in places like Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgaden. You can easily stay one week each at these two places.
How much budget do you need for this Bavaria itinerary?
Traveling through Bavaria and Germany, in general, can be as expensive and cheap as you want. In general, it is not cheap to travel through Western Europe. If you pay close attention to what you spend and travel with a tight budget, €40– €70 ($45- $80) per day is enough. On average, a traveler spends between €75– €125 ($80- $130) per day. We have written an article about Germany trip cost where you can read how much you spend per category and how you can also save costs. We also share how much our trip through Bavaria cost to give you a good indication.
For this itinerary through Bavaria, you can use the train, bus, or car. Public transport in Germany is good and the places you visit are all easily accessible. It is best to travel by plane to Munich and start there. Public transport tickets can be pre-purchased here.
When you have the option to travel by car we recommend doing so. The advantage is that you have more flexibility during your trip. If you travel to Germany by plane and you are looking for a car to rent, you can rent it through Rentalcars. We use Rentalcars when we want to travel by car to discover new destinations. They’re easy to use and book with.
Where to stay when traveling through Bavaria?
To help you to choose the right accommodation when traveling through Bavaria, we’ve written an article sharing our favorite accommodations for Bavaria. In this article, we share the best accommodations per destination. It saves you a lot of searching, all you have to do is make a reservation at one of our recommended accommodations.
The perfect 10 day Bavaria itinerary
The itinerary through Bavaria that we recommend has a good mix between nature, culture, city, countryside, activities, and relaxation. The best thing about traveling through Bavaria is that especially travelers who love nature will be very happy. In addition, the great advantage is that activities are diverse, and every type of traveler can build his perfect Bavaria itinerary. Because of the German Alps, it is awesome to travel through this beautiful landscape. For many travelers Bavaria is still unknown, below we explain shortly each destination. If you are interested, you can open the relevant article via the link to read more information about it.
In each article, you can read about the best things to do in Bavaria, where to stay, how to get there and other useful tips. You will also find a map per destination in which you can see where all the most important things can be found.
The map below shows this 10 day Bavaria itinerary. You can see that flying to Munich is the best option but you can of course also travel by car from other destinations. We recommend starting at Berchtesgaden because on the way back travel time will be less. Click on the top right corner to enlarge the map.
See all destinations shown below in an overview in which you can see how many nights and days you will stay per place.
|Berchtesgaden||3||Day 1 – 4|
|Garmisch-Partenkirchen||3||Day 4 – 7|
|Füssen||1||Day 7 – 8|
|Rothenburg ob der Tauber||n/a||Day 8|
|Munich||2||Day 8 – 10|
You can of course adjust the number of nights and days per destination. Based on our experience, this overview is balanced because it provides a good mix between culture, nature, city, countryside, activities, and relaxation.
Berchtesgaden is the first destination of the journey. Berchtesgaden is a pleasant town that is close to the Berchtesgaden National Park. This allows you to do some hiking in Berchtesgaden. In addition to the hikes, you can visit a couple of sights. Lake Koningsee, for example, is our sight to visit because you can compare it to the fjords in Norway. The surrounding mountains and the location is beautiful to see. But also not unimportant to know is that Berchtesgaden itself is also nice to stay because it is a good place to get the know the German culture. After all, it is not that touristic. Finally, Berchtesgaden is close to Austria and within 30 minutes you can visit Salzburg. This is one of the nicest Austrian cities and is best known for the fact that this is the birthplace of Mozart and many buildings from the Baroque era can be found here. Read here things to do in Berchtesgaden.
Tip: stay 3 nights | day 1 – 4 | travel time from the airport of Munich: 2 hours 20 min.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the winter sports capital of Germany in the winter. Outside the winter months, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a great place to be active because there is so much to see. You can visit Zugspitze, which is the highest mountain in Germany. Nearby is Eibsee located which is a beautiful lake where you can swim, hike or do water sports activities. You can also do great hikes in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, so you can walk between a gorge or high in the mountains where you are always surprised by the views. Find out what you can do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen here.
Tip: stay 3 nights | day 4 – 7 | travel time Berchtesgaden – Garmisch-Partenkirchen: 2 hours 30 min.
From Garmisch-Partenkirchen it is best to travel to Füssen, this is an old town which is surrounded by old walls and where a fortress is located on top of the mountain near the historic center. Füssen is worth visiting because of what you can do in the area. Neuschwanstein Castle is a 5-minute drive from Füssen and is without a doubt the most beautiful castle you could visit in all of Europe. When traveling through Bavaria, a visit to Neuschwanstein is highly recommended, you don’t want to miss it. In our article about Neuschwanstein, we tell you the best way to do this. Besides Neuschwanstein, Füssen has even more to offer. Find out here what you can do in and around Füssen.
Tip: stay 1 night | day 7 – 8 | travel time Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Füssen: 55 min.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
After visiting Füssen and Neuschwanstein you can visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This is the most beautiful town you can visit in Germany. If you leave Füssen early in the morning, you only need a few hours to see the most important places of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The special thing about Rothenburg ob der Tauber is that it is one of the best-preserved places from the Middle Ages in Germany. Everything you see is from this period which makes it incredibly to walk through, it feels like walking through an open-air museum. Keep in mind that this day is intensive because of a lot of driving. It is definitely worth a visit, there are few places in Europe where you can admire such well-preserved buildings from the Middle Ages.
Tip: stay n/a you stay in Munich and visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber as a day trip | day 8 – 9 | Travel time Füssen – Rothenburg ob der Tauber: 2 hours 10 min & Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Munich: 2 hours and 20 minutes. So in total you drive that day for 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Munich is a great city, it is the second largest city in Germany after Berlin. You can easily stay a few days in Munich. The nice thing about Munich is that despite the Second World War, quite a few old buildings have been preserved. For example, the old Residenz München is worth a visit, this is the old palace of the princes and kings of Germany. In addition to the many historic buildings, the squares with many terraces are very cozy and in the evening there are parties at the many bars. Nice to sit down at one of the beer halls, so you get an idea of what it is like to be present at an Oktoberfest.
If history interests you, it is worth visiting the Dachau concentration camp. This was the first concentration camp used. We went here one morning and recommend it if you want to learn more about the Second World War. Discover in our 2-day Munich itinerary all our tips.
Travel Guide Germany
Creating a trip to Bavaria is part of the preparation. If you are looking for more information about Germany in general, we recommend reading our Germany travel guide. In this travel guide, you can read what the best period is to travel to Germany, what is useful to take with you, which places are also worth visiting, and much more useful information.
Bavaria itinerary FAQ
1. Can you give two more itineraries (1 week and 2 weeks) for Bavaria as an example that we can use for inspiration?
Of course, below you see two itineraries based on our experience that you can use if you have 1 or 2 weeks to travel through Bavaria.
1 week itinerary Bavaria
|Berchtesgaden||2||Day 1 – 3|
|Garmisch-Partenkirchen||2||Day 3 – 5|
|Füssen||1||Day 5 – 6|
|Munich||1||Day 6 – 7|
2 weeks itinerary Bavaria
|Berchtesgaden||4||Day 1 – 5|
|Garmisch-Partenkirchen||4||Day 5 – 9|
|Füssen||2||Day 9 – 11|
|Rothenburg ob der Tauber||1||Day 11 – 12|
|Munich||2||Day 12 – 14|
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