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Neuschwanstein Castle

Germany & Austria Express

(7 days / 6 nights)

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10% OFF IN 2024

Vivid history & spectacular mountains

Delight in the unrivaled nature and rich culture of Austria and Germany on this 7-day tour. Explore the bustling streets of Bavaria’s iconic Munich, then hit the road to follow breathtaking routes through the mountains. You’ll then get to spend days exploring mountainous Innsbruck and charming Salzburg. Taste authentic Alpine food, immerse yourself in European culture and explore dazzling mountain peaks. Enjoy all this and more in the Alps!

10% OFF IN 2024

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

1604EUR

You save: 160 EUR per person

The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 1444 EUR

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— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Seamless travel experience
  • Handpicked hotels and routes designed by local experts
  • Reliable rental cars with trusted partner
  • Comprehensive itinerary, personalised map & travel guide
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Service from local travel experts in the Alps
  • Great customer reviews
  • Carbon offsetting included

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— Book With Confidence

  • Optional cancellation insurance
  • Affordable deposits from 10%

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Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in modern culture and history in Germany
  • Wander city streets and traverse mountain peaks in Austria
  • Explore grand royal palaces in Bavaria
  • Experience the lively food and drink scene of Munich in bustling beer gardens
  • Listen out for sounds of music in magical Salzburg
  • Spend days adventuring yourself in the mountain city of Innsbruck
  • Step into a fairytale world at Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Discover historic sites in the village of Berchtesgaden
  • Stand on the shores of the vast Lake Königssee

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Alps i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

793/492 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • Day 1: Welcome to Munich

    Touch down in Germany to begin your adventure in the Alps! First, make your way to your accommodation in central Munich. Drop off your luggage and head out to explore the bustling streets of Bavaria’s capital.

    Start in Munich’s Old Town, or “Altstadt”. Wander colourful streets lined by ancient buildings, like the Baroque-style Asam Church (“Asamkirche") and the Münchner Dom cathedral, known to the locals as “Frauenkirche”.

    Don’t miss the Munich Residenz, a former royal palace and largest of its kind in Germany. Elsewhere, relax in the English Garden (“Englischer Garten”) a sprawling park inspired by Victorian England’s landscape gardens.

    Later, you might want to stop for a taste of Bavaria’s famous beverages at the Hofbräuhaus brewery. Built in 1589, it is still the most popular beer hall in Munich!

    Spend the night in Munich.

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  • Day 2: Fairytale route to Innsbruck

    After picking up your rental car, set off through the Bavarian countryside.

    Before you reach the Austrian border, make sure to stop in the German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Here, you can visit the picturesque Linderhof Palace, the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II.

    A short drive further on, discover King Ludwig’s most famous project: Neuschwanstein Castle. It makes for a spectacular silhouette, perched on a rugged hill amongst the mountains.

    After experiencing these fairytale castles, continue into Austria and towards your destination.

    Spend the night in Innsbruck.

    Driving distance: 273 km / 169 mi

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  • Day 3: Open day in Innsbruck

    You’ll enjoy a full day exploring Innsbruck. This is a bustling mountain city with a blend of natural beauty and Austrian culture.

    Explore the Old Town’s winding streets lined by colourful buildings. Don’t miss the famous Golden Roof (“Goldenes Dachl"), which was built in the 16th century to commemorate a royal wedding. You’ll get a great view of it from the Innsbruck City Tower.

    To witness Austria’s spectacular nature, board a cable car to the peak of Nordkette, a towering mountain in Karwendel Nature Park. You’ll be rewarded by unbeatable sights of the Austrian Alps.

    Alternatively, you could choose to travel south and cross back over the Italian border via the picturesque Brenner Pass. Once in Italy, head for the charming town of Vipiteno (also known as “Sterzing”).

    Spend another night in Innsbruck.

    Driving distance for a day trip to explore Vipiteno in Italy: 116 km / 72 mi

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  • Day 4: Road to Salzburg

    Today, it’s time to say goodbye to Innsbruck. You’ll be travelling through more of Austria’s spectacular Alps, with incredible views abound.

    One picturesque detour will take you past famous destinations like Kitzbuhel and Zell am See, with mountain peaks and lush valleys all around. You’ll then reach the village of Hallstatt, where charming buildings line the shore of Lake Hallstatt.

    Later, drive on past the vivid lakes of Salzkammergut until you reach the iconic city of Salzburg.

    Spend the night in Salzburg.

    Driving distance: 320 km / 198 mi

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  • Day 5: Salzburg's history and the sound of music

    Today is all about immersing yourself in the famous sights and sounds of Salzburg. The history and culture here are world-renowned!

    Start by exploring the picturesque Old Town on foot, admiring the pastel-coloured buildings. In this area, you’ll find two museums dedicated to Salzburg’s most famous past resident: Mozart. Close by is the elegant Salzburg Cathedral. On a hill above the city centre, you’ll find the vast medieval fortress Hohensalzburg.

    Of course, many of Salzburg’s sights were made famous by the film The Sound of Music. Fans of the movie will find plenty to enjoy here, such as the Mirabel Palace Gardens (“Mirabellgarten”).

    Spend another night in Salzburg

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  • Day 6: Route to Munich

    Get back on the road to complete your journey and return to where it first began. The picturesque route will soon take you across the border to Germany, where you will pass the vast waters of Lake Königssee.

    Pass through the Bavarian settlement of Berchtesgaden. If you’d like to stop, you might want to visit Kehlsteinhouse (“the Eagle’s Nest”), a mountain base that was used by Hitler during the Second World War. Just make sure to pre-book your tickets.

    Another historic site in this area is the Brechtesgaden salt mine, the oldest active salt mine in Germany. Continue through the Chiemgau Alps towards Munich. Drop off your car before heading to your accommodation in the city.

    Spend the night in Munich.

    Driving distance: 200 km / 125 miles

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  • Day 7: Departure

    Today, your adventure in the Alps comes to an end. If your flight is scheduled for later in the day, spend the morning enjoying Munich some more. You could buy some last-minute souvenirs or relax in a traditional coffee house.

    Later, make your way to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Essential information

Everything you need to know about this tour before you book

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information before booking this self-drive tour in the Alps. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here so you know what to expect.

On a self-drive tour, Nordic Visitor supplies you with a quality rental car and a detailed personal itinerary. You act as your own tour guide and driver, and you get to pick the road trip music!

All your services will be pre-booked by your personal travel consultant at Nordic Visitor. This includes your rental car and accommodation in the Alpine region, along with planned activities, as specified in the itinerary.

As this is a self-guided tour, you’re welcome to stop whenever and wherever you wish along the way. Except for accommodation and booked activities, other highlights we’ve listed in the itinerary are suggestions based on Nordic Visitor favourites.

And rest assured that we’re with you every step of the way. Upon your arrival, you’ll receive personalised information, including an itinerary, hand-annotated map and our very own Alps Travel Guide. Plus, you’ll have access to our 24/7 helpline during your trip should you need to contact us.

During your tour of the Alps, you’ll stay in accommodation hand-picked by our local travel experts. We’ve partnered with local businesses and selected hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses based on excellent ratings, comfort and personal experience.

Across the Alps region, you can choose from single, double or triple rooms. Please also note that in the countries you’ll be visiting, room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America.

For example, a double bed often consists of 2 single beds pushed together. Twin rooms are 2 separate single beds. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, rollaway or sofa bed. And single rooms are often smaller than the standard double.

Travelling with your kids? No problem! Just let your travel consultant know during the booking process. We’ll arrange any cots needed at your accommodation.

If you'd like us to arrange for a car seat to be provided for your trip, please let us know ahead of time. This will incur a small extra cost.

The minimum age to hire a car in the Alps is 19. A small fee will also apply to any drivers under 25.

If you are under 25, you may also be restricted in the size of vehicle you are able to rent. Please contact your personal Travel Consultant if you are unsure about which car to choose.

The roads across the Alps are usually in good condition all year long and are renowned for their road trip worthiness.

You’ll be driving on the right side of the road and the left side of the car. Most rural roads in the Alps are 2-lane, but they can be narrow and winding. This is especially true when crossing mountain passes.

Due to the altitude of some roads, and especially in winter, storms, rain, snow and ice can cause adverse conditions. We recommend checking weather forecasts daily and not taking any risks when it comes to driving.

It’s also a good idea to plan how you will navigate around the Alps ahead of time. Your travel consultant will prepare a detailed hand-annotated map of your route to help you stay on track.

We also recommend using navigation apps on your phone, such as Google Maps. Make sure to download the route ahead of time, in case you don’t have signal in the more rural areas.

During your tour of the Alps, you’ll be travelling through both lowland and high-altitude regions. The lowland in central Europe is fairly warm all year around, but the mountains are chillier.

In higher mountain villages, the average temperature in summer is between 15°C – 20°C (59°F – 68°F). In lower-altitude towns and cities, close to lakes at the foot of the mountains, temperatures in summer can reach 30°C – 35°C (86°F – 95°F) during heatwaves.

Many regions of the Alps are famed for their many days of sunshine, especially in Switzerland’s Rhone Valley. But that doesn’t guarantee there won’t be any rain on your trip! And you’ll need to be prepared for chillier weather when you’re boarding mountain gondolas.

As you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors exploring the mountains, it’s a good idea to come prepared for a combination of weather conditions.

Here is a recommended packing list for a summer trip:

  • A warm jumper or fleece
  • A waterproof jacket
  • Hiking clothes and good walking shoes or boots
  • Light scarf or thin jumper
  • An umbrella
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and a sunhat

There are limited laundry facilities in the countryside, though you’ll find laundrettes in the cities like Munich, Zürich, Innsbruck and Salzburg. Some hotels do offer dry cleaning for an additional cost.

It’s good to be aware that you may require different currencies during your Alps trip. Germany and Austria have the Euro (€) as their local currency. This is also true for neighbouring Italy.

That said, Switzerland and Liechtenstein both have the Swiss franc (CHF, ₣) as their currency.

On your Alps road trip, you should budget for petrol costs of around €1.50–€1.90 per litre. That’s ₣1.40–1.80.

As for meals, your breakfast is included at all your accommodation in the Alps. For the rest of your food, your spending money will depend on the standard of restaurants you decide to go to.

Budget between €25–€30 per person for each day’s lunch, or ₣20–30. Dinners at casual restaurants might cost between €30–€35, ₣25–35. Meanwhile at upscale restaurants, you can expect to pay €50–€70 or more, which would be ₣45-65. This does not include the cost of alcoholic beverages.

In Germany, Switzerland and Austria tipping is not mandatory, but welcomed. It is usually based on the quality of service. Locals often add around 10% or simply round up their bill.

Yes, you can customise this tour online. During the booking process, you can easily add extra nights to your itinerary as well as optional day trips, excursions and upgrades.

If you prefer, you can begin your tour in Geneva, Switzerland instead of Munich, Germany. You would then take a train to Zurich to start your road trip. Just let your travel consultant know and they’ll be happy to rearrange your itinerary.

By booking with Nordic Visitor, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s always someone there for you throughout your trip.

For support and advice during the day, you can call our office. And if anything unexpected happens outside working hours, you can reach us on our 24/7 helpline.

During your tour, there will always be a Munich-based travel expert on call to handle any unforeseen situations, such as unusual weather or events.

You’ll likely spend time in a few different countries on your tour of the Alps. Germany, Italy and Austria are all part of the European Union. This means that if you are visiting from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or another EU state, you won’t need a visa to enter.

Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not part of the European Union, but they are part of the Schengen area. This means that those visiting from the countries listed above won’t need a visa to enter.

Visiting from another country? You can find the complete lists of countries whose nationals require visas to visit the Alps on the following websites:

Good to know: Liechtenstein does not issue visas. If you enter via Switzerland, you’ll see there is no border control. The same visa requirements apply between both countries.

Your passport needs to be valid for the entirety of your stay in the Alps, and for at least 6 months after your departure date. It’s a good idea to check your passport expiry date early in case you need to renew it.

It’s best to book as soon as you can to secure your preferred travel dates. Once you have picked your tour, check the availability calendar to see which months are open for booking. Then, select the date you want and complete your booking. 

Nordic Visitor offers 10–20% deposits so you can reserve your trip as early as it’s convenient for you. The remaining balance is due 30 days before you travel. 

Many tours are also open for the following year if you like to plan well ahead. And if you have any questions or need advice, you can always contact us

After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip. 

At that time, they’ll confirm the availability of your tour. Then the booking process starts, which may take a few weeks. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

No need! Nordic Visitor is already working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours.

Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund. 

After you have booked your tour, it will only take a few days to confirm its availability. But it may take a few weeks to create your itinerary and book everything. Once your trip details are finalised, we’ll send you e-copies of your travel documents.

Upon your arrival in Munich, you’ll receive a welcome bag with hard copies of your itinerary, accommodation and tour vouchers, the Nordic Visitor Alps Travel Guide and more.

So when do you check in? And what can you expect upon landing in Munich?

After picking up your luggage, make your way to your accommodation in the city centre. The airport is well connected to the city via public transport such as S-Bahn, trains and buses.

Check-in times vary between hotels and guesthouses, but it normally starts between 2–4 PM. You are welcome to request an early check-in for an additional fee. Although this isn’t always available, you’ll be able to store your luggage at the hotel if you have to wait. Please contact your travel consultant well in advance of your arrival if you’d like an early check-in.

When you depart may depend on the time of your return flight. Check out early if you’re heading to the airport for a morning flight. On the other hand, if you’re flying home later in the day, you might like to enjoy a leisurely day or visit one more attraction.

You will need to check out from your room, but will be able to store your luggage at the hotel reception. Simply return later to collect your bags before catching public transport or a taxi to the airport.

All bookings are billed in Euros (EUR), the local currency in Germany, Italy and Austria.

Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. This means conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort Plus

In this category, you can expect standard rooms in good quality 3-star guesthouses or country hotels.

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Superior

In this category, you can expect standard rooms in 4-star hotels or boutique guesthouses.

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Rental car

Enjoy your journey with free GPS and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) to reduce liability.

VW Polo (automatic)
or similar

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  • x5
  • x2
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VW Polo (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Economy
  • Passengers: 4
  • Suitcases: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Ford Focus (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Ford Focus (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Compact
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Kuga (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Standard SUV
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

BMW X3 (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x3
  • A

BMW X3 (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Crossover SUV
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 3
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

BMW 3 Series (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

BMW 3 Series (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Saloon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Mercedes Vito (automatic)
or similar

  • x9
  • x3
  • x5
  • A

Mercedes Vito (automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Premium Passenger Van
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 5
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Automatic
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