29 days in Bavaria & Black Forest Itinerary

29 days in Bavaria & Black Forest Itinerary

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Nuremberg
— 4 nights
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Rothenburg
— 4 nights
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Heidelberg
— 3 nights
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Rust
— 2 nights
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Baden-Baden
— 3 nights
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Schwangau
— 1 night
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
— 4 nights
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Berchtesgaden
— 2 nights
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Munich
— 5 nights
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Nuremberg — 4 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bamberg (Bamberg Altstadt & Bamberg Cathedral). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, make a trip to Altstadt, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Nuremberg is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Nuremberg. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Jeddah in September: high temperatures in Nuremberg hover around 22°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Rothenburg.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

Rothenburg — 4 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Get out of town with these interesting Rothenburg side-trips: Wurzburg (Vierroehrenbrunnen, Alte Mainbruecke, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Altstadt, admire the striking features of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, take an in-depth tour of Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus, and see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Heidelberg.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Heidelberg — 3 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Explore Heidelberg's surroundings by going to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Mainz) and Frankfurt (Johanniskirche, Stadel Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, walk around Luisenpark, take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town), and take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge).

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Heidelberg trip site.

Getting from Rothenburg to Heidelberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Heidelberg can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Rust.
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Rust — 2 nights

Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Europa-Park, play a few rounds at Golfpark Breisgau, then admire the masterpieces at Augustiner Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Historische Altstadt. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Kur- und Schlosspark Badenweiler, then make a trip to Munsterplatz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster, and finally awaken your taste buds at FREIBURGerLEBEN.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rust online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Rust takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Baden-Baden.
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Baden-Baden — 3 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Baden-Baden: Archaeologischer Schauplatz Kappelhof (in Pforzheim) and Auto-und Uhrenwelt (in Schramberg). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Frieder Burda, walk around Lichtentaler Allee, delve into the distant past at Hohenbaden Old Castle, and take in the dramatic scenery at Gertelbach-Wasserfalle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Baden-Baden, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rust to Baden-Baden takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Schwangau.
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Schwangau — 1 night

Fairy-Tale Village

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Alatsee.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Schwangau online trip builder.

Drive from Baden-Baden to Schwangau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Schwangau when traveling from Baden-Baden in October, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen — 4 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is known for nature, wildlife, and winter sports. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the top attractions with All Things Garmisch - Day Tours, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, get outside with Alpine Coaster Oberammergau, and take in the awesome beauty at Wank Mountain.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen road trip website.

Traveling by car from Schwangau to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Berchtesgaden.
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Berchtesgaden — 2 nights

Germany's Mountain Gem

Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, then explore the activities along Konigssee, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Obersee. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Chiemsee, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Agidikirche, then get great views at The Eagle's Nest, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bartholomew's Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Berchtesgaden trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Berchtesgaden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Berchtesgaden are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Munich — 5 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at BMW Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Munich vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Munich sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Bavaria travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.
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