Are you looking for a scenic road trip through Bavaria? Look no further! Here is a complete guide to the Bavarian Alps, including how to get around, when to visit and an incredible 1-week itinerary that ensures you see the top attractions and experience the best outdoor activities Germany offers. From idyllic lakes to fairytale castles and stunning mountain scenery, this travel guide is perfect for first-timers and will allow you to get to know this region and its locals on a deeper level.
Bavaria provides plenty of opportunities for a perfect road trip at any time of the year. By travelling on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, or German Alpine Road, you will uncover the most beautiful places in Bavaria and discover a part of Germany with its own culture, heritage and way of life.
Wander through small mountain villages, sample local cuisine and go on an epic hike – it will be an adventure you will never forget!
I had the chance to discover Bavaria in 2019 during a work trip in partnership with the Relais & Châteaux magazine. My partner Matt and I travelled for 7 days on the Bavarian roads, which was an incredible experience. I now dream of going back in winter to explore the area under a beautiful white coat!
In this article, you will find all the planning tips and tricks you need to create a memorable road trip in Bavaria. Plus, do not forget to check out the sustainable tips at the end. Enjoy!
My Bavaria experience:
Duration 7 Days
Dates visited May 29 - June 05
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- Overview: Bavaria 1-week itinerary
- Where is Bavaria?
- Bavarian Alps road trip – Map
- Detailed Bavaria 1-week itinerary
- Day 1 – Munich to Berchtesgaden
- Day 2 – Berchtesgaden
- Day 3 – Berchtesgaden to Tegernsee
- Day 4 – Tegernsee to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Day 5 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Day 6 – Neuschwanstein
- Day 7 – Neuschwanstein to Munich
- Unforgettable tours I recommend
- How to get to Bavaria
- How to get around Bavaria & the German Alps
- The most popular tourist route in Bavaria
- Where to stay in Bavaria
- Best time for a Bavarian road trip
- Sustainable travel in Bavaria
- Bavaria travel planning guide
- Bavaria Germany road trip – FAQ
Overview: Bavaria 1-week itinerary
- Day 1: Munich to Berchtesgaden
- Day 2: Berchtesgaden National Park
- Day 3: Berchtesgaden to Tegernsee
- Day 4: Tegernsee to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Day 5: Garmisch-Partenkirchen National Park
- Day 6: Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Neuschwanstein
- Day 7: Neuschwanstein to Munich
Bavaria road trip itinerary
Planning your road trip in Germany and not sure where to start? Here is an outline of an epic 1-week itinerary in Bavaria. Enjoy! 🇩🇪
Where is Bavaria?
Bavaria is the largest federal state in Germany, which includes the entire southeastern part of the country. The region stretches from the hills of central Germany to the Alps.
When you think of Bavaria, images of leather trousers, sausages and beers might come to mind – however, the region has much more to offer! Along with Berlin, it is the most popular tourist destination in Germany, thanks to its mix of awe-impressive scenery, popular festivals and distinctive local culture. So expect high prices in the summer and crowded ski resorts in the winter.
WHERE ARE THE BAVARIAN ALPS?
The Bavarian Alps are a group of mountain ranges that are part of the Alps, located in the region of Bavaria and spanning Germany and Austria.
From quaint villages to hidden lakes and impressive peaks, the area abounds with treasures and year-round skiing, hiking or canoeing opportunities – perfect for couples, solo adventurers or families!
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Bavarian Alps road trip – Map
Click on the top left of the map to display the list of stops and locations.
Detailed Bavaria 1-week itinerary
This Bavarian road trip is excellent for a week-long vacation. From quaint mountain villages to crystal clear lakes and stunning peaks, it offers a perfect taste of unique German culture across the Alps.
On the other hand, this self-drive itinerary is only a guide with recommendations. You are more than welcome to spend more days in one area or add other stops on your journey. You can also continue your road trip on the German Alpine Road towards Lake Constance – instead of stopping in Hohenschwangau.
Bavaria has a lot to offer: you will not run out of things to do and see!
Here is my suggestion for where to stop on a road trip through Bavaria and the German Alps for seven days.
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Day 1 – Munich to Berchtesgaden
Your road trip through Germany begins in Munich, the capital of Bavaria. With an international airport connecting most big cities, it is the perfect place to start your adventure and familiarise yourself with the local culture.
Although Munich is known for its annual Oktoberfest festival and beer halls, it has plenty to offer! From world-class museums to bustling food markets and a beautiful old town steeped in history, there is no shortage of things to do and see. Take the time to explore, wander around its centuries-old buildings and immerse yourself in the Bavarian atmosphere.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN MUNICH
- Explore the old town, Marienplatz
- Marvel at the New Town Hall
- Tour the Munich Residenz
- Visit a beer hall or beer garden
- Sample Bavarian cuisine
- Stroll around the English Garden
- Enjoy the view from Saint Peter’s Church
- Swim at Müllersches Volksbad
- Visit the Nymphenburg Palace
Depending on when you arrive, your visit might be short but do not worry. You will return to Munich at the end and have more chances to explore.
Munich – Berchtesgaden: 2 hours / 153 km
Berchtesgaden is a charming German town in the Bavarian Alps on the Austrian border. It is the ideal place for a first taste of the mountains!
If you have time, stroll through the town, admire its quaint pastel buildings and stop at the marketplace to enjoy local music whilst drinking a beer.
Day 2 – Berchtesgaden
For your second day on your Bavarian road trip, you will focus on the Berchtesgaden National Park and its many natural wonders and historical sites.
1- Climb up the Eagle’s Nest
Perched on top of Mount Kehlstein at 1820m above sea level, the Kehlsteinhaus (also known as the Eagle’s Nest) is a historic site with stunning views of Berchtesgaden national park.
Built by the Nazi Party in 1938 as a gift for Adolf Hitler to mark his 50th birthday, it was a venue for state events and government meetings during World War II.
In 1960, the Bavarian State entrusted this architecturally unique building to a foundation, which now houses a mountain-top restaurant in a spectacular alpine setting.
HOW TO ACCESS THE EAGLE’S NEST?
No pedestrians on the road are allowed.
A special bus will take you on a breathtaking journey from Hintereck up the Kehlstein road before arriving at the car park. From there, board a luxurious brass elevator up through the mountain into the building in just 41 seconds. Once at the top, enjoy the sweeping views and excellent cuisine!
2- Discover Lake Königssee
Nestled at the foot of Mount Watzmann in the heart of Berchtesgaden National Park, Lake Königssee is one of the most beautiful and spectacular lakes with its emerald green colours and unique background.
You can easily reach the lake from Berchtesgaden, and exploring the area does not require strenuous hiking. Here are some of the best things to do and see:
Enjoy a boat ride
Once at Lake Königssee, take some time to explore its harbour and hop aboard a quiet electric boat – perfect for escaping the noise and hectic city life. You will navigate past impressive mountain cliffs and the St. Bartholomä Church before reaching Salet at the southern end.
Along the way, you will also stop for a short time whilst the boatman blows his trumpet, with the echoes bouncing off the mountain walls – something unique to experience!
RECOMMENDATION – the place gets busy in the summer, so plan accordingly. Take the boat tour first thing in the morning, and book your tickets in advance.
Stop at St Bartholomä Church
Once on a boat, your first stop will be the St. Bartholomä Church, approximately 20 minutes from the harbour. This Catholic pilgrimage church was built in the 12th century and remodelled from 1697 onwards in a Baroque style with two onion domes and a red domed roof.
It is an excellent place to stop to admire beautiful landscapes and walk along the lake. From there, you will also find a restaurant, beer garden and multiple walking trails, such as the 6-km climb to Ice Chapek.
Stroll around Lake Obersee
After stopping at the church, the boat will continue its journey for 30 minutes to Salet. If you have time, I recommend you do the quick 15-minute walk to Lake Obersee for gorgeous views of the mountains reflected in the mirror-like surface and the tall Röthbach waterfall.
You can walk on the right side of Lake Obersee to get to the other side. However, the path is quite rough and not suitable for wheelchairs. It can also get busy, but well worth it! It was one of my favourite things to do in Bavaria.
Once at the other end of the lake, you can reach the Röthbach waterfall or start another hike – up to you!
Take the gondola up Jenner Mountain
Another great activity to experience near Lake Königssee is climbing Jenner Mountain for sweeping views of the area. Fortunately, you will not have to endure a long hike to reach the summit. The Jennerbahn, an enclosed gondola, will take you to the top in about 30 minutes, making it a perfect attraction for families with children.
You can buy your ticket at the entrance. It costs 38 euros for the whole ascend and descent in summer, but the views over Königssee and Watzmann are incredible, and you can also have lunch at the cafe.
Day 3 – Berchtesgaden to Tegernsee
Berchtesgaden – Tegernsee: 3 hours 20 minutes / 175 km
Your road trip through Bavaria and the German Alps continues west with one of the most magical and oldest routes in Germany: The Deutsche Alpenstrasse, or German Alpine Road. The 450km drive serpents along the Austrian border from Lake Königssee to Lake Constance, taking you on a spectacular journey.
From rugged mountains to magnificent castles, alpine lakes, lush valleys and picturesque villages, you will experience an unforgettable road trip!
As the journey can take a long time navigating small mountain roads, you will first stop at Tegernsee before reaching the scenic Garmisch-Partenkirchen the next day.
Here are some of the best stops on your Deutsche Alpenstrasse drive from Berchtesgaden to Tegernsee.
1- Photograph the St. Sebastian’s Church
On your way to Tegernsee, you will come across the Parish Church of St. Sebastian, a picturesque Catholic church with a mountain backdrop, perfect for photography no matter what time of year you visit!
Take the time to enjoy the scenery and immortalise this magical moment.
2- Walk around Lake Hintersee
Surrounded by impressive peaks and situated in Ramsau at the foot of the Reiter-Alm, Lake Hintersee is a peaceful alpine and a true beauty. You can easily park and walk around the lake, taking approximately 1h30, or hire rowing or motorboats and swim (not sure about the water temperature).
And, if you prefer to spend some time relaxing, there are a few shops and restaurants around the area, giving you a well-deserved break in the middle of nature.
3- Take a detour to Lake Chiemsee
If you have time, take a detour to Chiemsee, also known as the Bavarian Sea, a freshwater lake featuring crystal clear waters and idyllic islands.
Go on a boat trip on this lovely lake, stop at Herreninsel to explore its palace or discover the smaller island of Fraueninsel. A stopover in Chiemsee is a perfect way to immerse yourself in nature and discover another side of the Bavarian culture.
4- Stop by Lake Schliersee
Located next to the small town of Schliersee in Upper Bavaria, Schliersee is a natural lake full of beauty and sporting activity. An ideal place for swimming, it is also excellent for sailing, kayaking and paddling, making it the perfect detour for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts.
5- Enjoy the sunset in Tegernsee
Your day ends with Tegernsee, a resort town nestled between rolling hills and green forests. From traditional houses to quiet lakeside paths and stunning viewpoints, Tegernsee has plenty to offer for a relaxing night out and is perfect for enjoying a peaceful sunset after a long day of exploration.
Day 4 – Tegernsee to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Berchtesgaden – Partnach Gorge: 2 hours 10 minutes / 120 km
Your Bavarian road trip continues on the German Alpine Road to the scenic Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with the Partnach Gorge as your first stop.
1- Hike through the Partnachklamm Gorge
The Partnachklamm Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a natural setting featuring wild waterfalls, river rapids and pools, along with walking trails. It is a fascinating place for travellers of all ages and a must-see attraction on your road trip across Bavaria.
The Gorge is about a 20-minute walk from the parking lot at the Olympia Ski Jump Stadium in Partenkirchen. Once there, venture on narrow paths and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you walk along impressive rock faces.
For the most adventurous, the Gorge is also an ideal starting point for various hikes in the area during summer and winter. Popular hikes include the Ferchenbachtal valley and the Reintal valley to the peak of Zugspitze.
2- Marvel at the AlpspiX
Want more breathtaking and sensational views? Not far from the Gorge, you will find the AlpspiX, a steel observation platform attached at 2050m above sea level on the Osterfelderkopf, a secondary summit of the Alpspitze.
The platform offers you stunning panoramas of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and the glass front at the end will amaze you with a bird’s eye view of the Höllental Valley a thousand meters below!
Moreover, you will not need much effort to reach the viewing platform: the Alpspitzbahn cable car will take you there. It is also accessible to everyone – from families to seniors and children – all year round.
Day 5 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
1- Take a cable car to Zugspitze
Your second day in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region begins with the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany at 2,962m above sea level.
In summer or winter, sports enthusiasts, adventurers, and families have plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Plus, this impressive mountain is accessible to visitors of all ages with the Zugspitze cable car, the cogwheel train or the Gletscherbahn cable car – all offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
At the summit, stop for refreshments in the restaurant and enjoy a picturesque panorama of four countries and 400 mountain peaks in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
2- Wander around Lake Eibsee
Your day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ends with Lake Eibsee, a beautiful mountain lake with clear waters offering plenty of activities for everyone, situated directly at the foot of the Zugspitze. From water sports to a popular hiking loop and local restaurants, you will not run out of things to do in the area.
In summer, enjoy a swim in crystal clear water, rent a pedal or rowing boat and explore the lake under the sun. Or, if you prefer spending time in nature, take an excursion on its many hiking trails.
And if you visit Lake Eibsee in winter, you will love admiring the stunning white scenery and frozen lake. Plus, the circular trail is also accessible during this season.
For the night, you can either stay in the area or head west to Ettal.
Day 6 – Neuschwanstein
Lake Eibsee to Neuschwanstein Castle: 1 hour 20 minutes / 75 km
After a few days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you continue your road trip on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse to the Neuschwanstein region.
1- Ramble in the village of Ettal
On your way to the Neuschwanstein Castle, stop at Ettal, a beautiful village surrounded by nature. Take the time to stroll around and discover Ettal Abbey and its famous distillery. And if you have time, explore one of its best attractions: Linderhof Palace.
2- Discover Linderhof Palace
Not far from Ettal, Linderhof Palace is one of the most captivating castles in Germany, built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It is the perfect activity for a relaxing stopover and a great way to learn about Bavarian culture and heritage by joining a guided tour.
3- Uncover the splendid Neuschwanstein Castle
It is impossible not to mention the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in this Bavarian road trip itinerary. Perched on a steep hill above the village of Hohenschwangau, this 19th-century historicist palace is a perfect fairytale-like attraction and a must-do on your trip across the German Alps.
Note – visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle is only possible as part of a scheduled guided tour. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes, and you can book your tickets in advance here.
4- Head to Queen Mary’s Bridge for epic views
If you want a picturesque and unforgettable view of the Neuschwanstein Castle, head to Queen Mary’s Bridge or Marienbrücke. The walk takes about 45 minutes uphill from the P4 car park (or 15 minutes from the Castle), but the scenery is worth it! Plus, the hiking trail up to the bridge is paved and well-marked until you reach the path on top.
And if walking is not your thing, you can also hop on the shuttle bus that will drop you closer to the bridge (500m).
5- Visit Hohenschwangau Castle
In the same area, you will also find the Hohenschwangau Castle, a 19th-century palace and another incredible marvel! Slightly less known than its neighbour, this Castle is nonetheless steeped in beauty and history and is worth the detour.
Note – As for Neuschwanstein Castle, only guided tours are possible, lasting approximately 45 minutes – book here.
6- Relax in Alpsee
For your last day in the German Alps, why not relax and unwind in Alpsee, a beautiful and peaceful lake nestled in the mountains and woods? You will find a variety of hiking trails, such as a lovely circular hike along the shore. Or, if you prefer, take the time to appreciate a tranquil sunset. And make the most of your last evening in this stunning region!
Day 7 – Neuschwanstein to Munich
Alpsee – Munich: 2 hours 15 minutes / 140 km
Here is your final day on the German roads back to Munich. The journey can be long, so do not hesitate to stop and take a few detours on your way.
Once in Munich, take advantage of this last day to relax, enjoy local food or go shopping.
I hope you liked this road trip across Bavaria and the German Alps!
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How to get to Bavaria
The best way to get to Bavaria will depend on where you come from and your budget, but there are many options to reach the area.
One of the quickest ways to get to Bavaria is by plane. If you are travelling from another country or a distant city, you will likely arrive at Josef Strauss International Airport (MUC), a major international airport in Munich, well-connected to other cities in Europe and around the world. But please, try to prioritise direct flights to reduce your carbon footprint – if flying is the only option.
Another way to get to Bavaria faster is by car. If you are travelling from within Europe, you can easily drive to the region. Germany has well-maintained highways and the roads in the Alps are in good condition.
One of the most eco-friendly ways to get to Bavaria is by train. Germany has an extensive and efficient railway network, and you can take the train to major cities in Bavaria, such as Munich or Nuremberg. For example, the Deutsche Bahn operates high-speed trains and regional trains.
Finally, the most affordable option for getting to Bavaria is by coach. It is a great way to reach the German region if you are exploring Europe on a budget, but it may take longer. Companies like FlixBus and Eurolines offer long-distance services to various cities in Germany, including Bavaria.
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How to get around Bavaria & the German Alps
There are many ways to discover and get around Bavaria and the German Alps. Here are some of your options:
TRAVEL BY CAR
The easiest way to explore the Bavarian Alps is by car. You can bring your own and rent one at Munich airport and start your road trip from there. It will allow you to move freely and discover remote places.
Rest assured, the road conditions in the Alps are good, and you will have no problem getting around in summer. However, it might get challenging in winter as snow and ice will cover the routes, but with the right car and tyres, you will not have any problem driving.
I recommend using rentalcars.com to search and compare which car is best for you. From affordable to luxury, they make it easy to choose and have a great selection of rental agents.
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Another way to get around the Bavarian Alps is by bus, but reaching more remote locations can be problematic. On the other hand, it is a good option if you like to slow travel and stay a few days in the same area (more affordable too!). You can also use the train to reach more popular places. A reliable rail network crosses Bavaria, connecting Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1h30.
EXPLORE BY BIKE
Cycling is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to explore the Bavarian Alps. I know this may sound extreme, but the Alps are an incredible place to reconnect with nature and provide you with plenty of scenic trails. On the other hand, if you visit Bavaria in winter, I highly recommend hiring a local guide.
JOIN A GUIDED TOUR
Finally, another great way to explore Bavaria is by using a group or private guided tour from Munich. If you are uncomfortable driving or prefer someone to take you around, it is one of the best ways to experience the country and its hidden gem from a local perspective. You will find many small tours and vacation packages starting from Munich. Check out this one: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Tour.
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The most popular tourist route in Bavaria
One of the most popular tourist routes in Bavaria is the German Alpine Road, or Deutsche Alpenstrasse, a scenic driving route that winds through the spectacular landscapes of the Bavarian Alps.
Stretching around 450 kilometres (280 miles) from Lake Constance in the west to Berchtesgaden in the east, the road passes through charming Alpine villages and picturesque meadows and offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks.
Along this route, you can experience the Alpine culture, visit historic towns like Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and explore outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing and enjoying the crystal-clear lakes nestled in the Alpine foothills.
Another popular tourist route in Bavaria is the Romantic Road (Romantische Straße), a picturesque route stretching approximately 350 kilometres (220 miles) from Würzburg in the north to Füssen in the south, near the border with Austria. This route passes through quaint towns and peaceful landscapes, showcasing the charm and beauty of Bavaria.
But that is not all – Bavaria has many other scenic drives and attractions to explore. Depending on your interests, you may want to consider routes focused on specific themes like the Castle Road.
Where to stay in Bavaria
Bavaria offers a variety of charming and picturesque locations to stay, each with its own unique appeal. The best place for you will depend on your interests and the experiences you seek.
Here are a few recommendations:
- Munich: the capital of Bavaria is a vibrant city known for its rich cultural scene, historic architecture and lively atmosphere. It is an excellent choice if you enjoy museums, beer gardens and fun events like Oktoberfest.
- Nuremberg: a city famous for its medieval architecture, historic sites and cultural events. The Nuremberg Castle, the Old Town and the Documentation Center are must-visit places. The city is also known for its Christmas market.
- Regensburg: this UNESCO World Heritage site is characterised by its well-preserved medieval architecture and charming old town. The Stone Bridge, Regensburg Cathedral and the Thurn und Taxis Palace are among the highlights.
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber: a picturesque medieval town with cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses and well-preserved city walls. It is a great choice for a romantic and historic atmosphere.
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen: nestled in the Bavarian Alps, this town is known for its stunning mountain views, outdoor activities and access to the Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany. It is an ideal base for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
- Berchtesgaden: surrounded by the Bavarian Alps, Berchtesgaden offers beautiful landscapes, including the Königssee lake and the Eagles Nest. It is a great location for hiking and enjoying the alpine scenery.
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Best time for a Bavarian road trip
The best time for a road trip in the Bavarian Alps is from May to September, when the weather is sunny and warm, with temperatures in the mid-20s. These summer months are well-known for vibrant cultural events and ideal conditions for hiking in the Alps.
Spring is also a great time as it offers fewer crowds and gorgeous colours, but you might experience heavy showers, so take an umbrella and waterproof jacket. Autumn is quite similar but can get busy with Oktoberfest.
And if skiing is more your thing, visit the German Alps in winter, from December to March. You will have an unforgettable and fun experience on the slopes! Plus, the scenery will be stunning. However, as you can imagine, it will get cold, and the roads will be full of snow, so drive carefully and pack your suitcase with warm clothes.
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Sustainable travel in Bavaria
Sustainable travel means exploring the world whilst being aware of your surroundings and having a positive social, environmental and economic impact on the places you visit.
Germany is a perfect example of sustainable and responsible travel, or as they call it, Sanfter Turismus translating to gentle tourism – which beautifully captures the notion of protecting people, places, culture and conservation areas.
Not only do they care about their national parks, nature reserves and wildlife, but preserving their cultural heritage is also essential. Plus, it is one of the best countries in terms of accessible tourism, providing barrier-free holidays.
And all this work towards sustainability and ecotourism sets a perfect example for travellers!
However, remember that although road trips are a fantastic way of travelling, they also have negative environmental impacts. That is why considering our carbon footprint and adopting eco-responsible habits is essential.
Here are some simple tips for creating an unforgettable adventure in Bavaria with less impact.
PREPARE YOUR ROUTE
I know getting lost on a road trip can feel fun and exciting. But when trying to minimise your footprint, it is best to plan your route to avoid unnecessary travel. In addition, the shorter the distance you travel, the less fuel you will use and the less harmful emissions you will produce. Tip: Get offline maps to stay on track even if you lose signal, and bring a paper map!
PLAN YOUR MEALS
Another great way to reduce your impact on the road is to plan your meals. Throughout your journey, try to find local restaurants and eco-friendly facilities. Taste the local cuisine and wander through local markets to buy fresh produce.
MAKE YOUR TRIP PLASTIC-FREE
As you might know, plastic packaging is a significant environmental issue and causes concerns for wildlife and the preservation of natural landscapes. Therefore, avoid plastic as much as possible and bring reusable items instead. Choose eco-friendly alternatives, like reusable tote bags, cutlery, plates, etc. Tip: you can also buy a filtered water bottle to refill your water anywhere.
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CHECK YOUR CAR
Make sure your vehicle is in the best possible condition for the road: check the engine, oil level and tyre pressure before your trip. In addition, use the available features in your car, like cruise control, to help you maintain your speed and reduce excess emissions. And even better, drive an electric vehicle if possible! (Or a bike for the most courageous).
When driving, be aware that Germans go fast on the motorways, especially in parts with no speed limits. However, that does not mean you have to become a race car = go at your own speed! And if someone flashes you, slowly head to the right when it is safe and let them go.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Aim to leave a place better than you found it. For example, dispose of your litter appropriately and pick up any trash you encounter. Be respectful of the land and do not drive over protected areas.
Littering is particularly frowned upon in Germany. Recycling is the norm, and for plastic and glass bottles, you can claim money back when you return them to supermarkets. They will usually have the word pfand marked on them.
Stay on the marked trails when hiking to minimise path erosion damage. It is tempting to wander, but this will endanger the local ecosystem. So do not use shortcuts.
Plus, respect the rule of Leave No Trace, stick to the mountain safety codes of conduct, and support the local economy in small rural areas.
Be mindful of your surroundings and adopt a responsible attitude towards wildlife. Do not come close to, feed or touch animals. Remember that you are only a guest in their home.
CONSIDER THE LOCAL HERITAGE
Treat people and their surroundings with respect. Sustainable travel is not only about the environment but also about the local communities. So, always be respectful, say hello and goodbye, smile and try to learn a few German words!
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Bavaria travel planning guide
Yes, buying insurance is always valuable when travelling abroad. Enjoy your road trip across Bavaria stress-free with one of my favourite providers, Nomad Insurance.
Yes, tap water is safe to drink all over Bavaria (which ranks among some of the best tap water in Europe). However, I also recommend travelling with the UltraPress Purifier Bottle, a lightweight filtered water bottle perfect for reducing plastic and staying hydrated.
Yes, renting a car in Bavaria is easy and is a great way to explore this beautiful region freely. I recommend booking yours with Rentalcars.com – they offer a variety of operators for all budgets.
The best way to book your accommodation in Bavaria is with Booking.com – my favourite platform to compare and reserve places to stay each night, from affordable hotels to luxury resorts.
I recommend booking your plane with Skyscanner. It has been my favourite platform for years, as it allows me to book the cheapest flights whilst lowering my carbon emissions.
Bavaria Germany road trip – FAQ
One of the most popular tourist routes in Bavaria is the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, or German Alpine Road, a scenic driving route that winds through the spectacular landscapes of the Bavarian Alps, where you will uncover small mountain villages, sample local cuisine and go on an epic hike.
Yes, driving in Bavaria is very easy! The roads are in good condition, safe and well-marked. German locals might go fast, but go at your own pace, and you will have no problem getting around, even in remote areas.
The German Alpine Road takes about 5 to 6 hours without stops. However, I recommend doing it in 3 to 4 days, as there is so much to do and see! From alpine lakes to fairytale castles and stunning mountain scenery, you will have an unforgettable experience on the road.
The best time to visit Bavaria is from May to September when the weather is sunny and warm, with temperatures in the mid-20s. These summer months are well-known for vibrant cultural events and ideal conditions for hiking in the Alps.
Yes, English is widely spoken in Bavaria, so you will have no trouble communicating with the locals.
And you, have you ever experienced a road trip across Bavaria or would you like to try one day?
Let me know in the comments below!
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