Southern Route

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Itinerary (For day-to-day descriptions, click on the items below)

Day 1: Arrive in Zurich

Drive to Constance (one-hour drive), settle in and relax. In the afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town and have dinner as a group, which will include a trip orientation and a quick overview of Germany’s history with themes relevant to the itinerary. Overnight in Constance

Lake Constance Harbor
Lake Constance Harbor with Imperia Statue
Day 2: Constance

Morning: Visit Insel Reichenau, a UNESCO heritage site, a Benedictine Monastery where monks from the 9th to 11th century illuminated some of the world’s most stunning manuscripts. Relax on the Garden Island Mainau with its mediterranean microclimate.

Late afternoon: Take our guided tour of Constance, a picturesque city on a lake with panoramic views of the Swiss and Austrian Alps and a rich and colorful history. Overnight in Constance

Garden Island of Mainau
Garden Island of Mainau
Day 3: Constance to Augsburg

Morning: Take the ferry across the lake and tour Uhldingen – Mühlhausen, an archaeological open-air museum, which brings prehistoric times to life. Then step into the Middle Ages with a visit to the picturesque town of Meersburg with its still inhabited castle.

Afternoon: Drive to Augsburg via the historic town of Landsberg am Lech (2-hour drive). Overnight in Augsburg

Meersburg Street
Day 4: Augsburg

Morning: Take our guided tour of Augsburg, the famous trading center of the Renaissance. Enjoy the modern city with its Renaissance buildings, the Romanesque cathedral, and the house where Leopold Mozart was born.

Afternoon: Explore the Fugger Village, a housing project built by the Fugger family who in the 15th century was the richest family in the world. The village is still in use today. Relax and enjoy shopping the rest of the afternoon. Attend a possible concert at night. Overnight in Augsburg

Fuggerai, Augsburg (1)
The Fuggerei in Augsburg
Day 5: Neuschwanstein Castle and Church in the Meadow

Tour the famous fairytale castle Schloss Neuschwanstein (1 ½-hour drive) and the iconic Baroque church of Wies (“church in the meadow”). Continue to Murnau (1 ½-hour drive) and explore this elegant Alpine village with its many shops and restaurants.
Overnight in Murnau

View from Neuschwanstein Castle
Day 6: Murnau and Oberammergau

Morning: Choose to take a 2-hour hike up the Hörnle Mountain in Bad Kohlgrub or opt to walk along a flat trail in the Murnauer Moos admiring panoramic views of the Alps.

Late afternoon: Visit the famous town of Oberammergau with colorful painted façades that tell stories. Browse the many shops that sell local wood carvings and have dinner in town.Overnight in Murnau

luftlmalerei, Oberammergau
Oberammergau Painted House
Day 7: Berchtesgaden and Königssee

Visit the Alpine town of Berchtesgaden (2-hour drive) and enjoy a boat ride on the fjord-like Königssee (“king’s lake”) to the famous onion-domed church of St. Bartholomew’s. Choose to explore the island, hike to the ice-cave with views of the lake, or continue by boat to the secluded Obersee (“upper lake”) at the end of the valley. Settle into your downtown Salzburg hotel (30-minute drive), enjoy dinner and stroll through the Old Town. Overnight in Salzburg

Königssee, Berchtesgaden
Day 8: Salzburg

Morning: Take our guided tour of Salzburg which includes Mozart’s birthplace and the Cathedral.

Afternoon: Explore the city on your own or opt to join us for a bike ride around Salzburg and its lovely surroundings. Possible concert at night. Overnight in Salzburg

Salzburg at Night
Salzburg at Night
Day 9: Salzburg to Landshut

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely morning on your own. Shop, relax, or visit the castle or one of the many museums.

Afternoon: Continue to Landshut (one-hour drive). Settle into your downtown hotel and take our guided tour of the town with its beautiful Renaissance and Neo-Gothic townscape and the tallest Gothic brick church in Europe. Enjoy dinner in downtown Landshut on your own or with local friends. Overnight in Landshut

Landshut 5.55.59 PM (1)
Landshut Houses
Day 10: Munich

After a short drive to Munichtake our guided tour of the city which includes the historic Old Town and the famous Viktualienmarkt (Market). Climb the tower of St. Peter’s Church and take a spin through the famous Hofbräuhaus. Finally, enjoy some time on your own to shop, visit a museum, or relax in the English Garden. Overnight in Landshut

Viktualienmarkt in Munich
Viktualienmarkt in Munich
Day 11: Depart from Munich

Drive to Munich Airport (30-minute drive) for departure.

Printable Southern Route

Southern Germany Route

You will stay in 3 or 4-star hotels that were carefully chosen to fit with the historical setting of the place you’re visiting.

  • 2 nights in a historic hotel in the heart of Old Town Constance
  • 2 nights in a centrally located, family-run hotel with lots of personality in Augsburg
  • 2 nights in a charming hotel in the midst of Murnau’s delightful shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants
  • 2 nights in an elegant hotel in the historic center of Salzburg within walking distance to the city’s famous sights
  • 2 nights in a lovely and traditional hotel in the heart of the medieval town of Landshut  

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