Advice Appreciated on Austria Itinerary (July)
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 21, 2013 6:51 PM Last Post By: WaterhazardJack
May 12, 2013 5:10 PM
Advice Appreciated on Austria Itinerary (July)My husband and I are visiting Europe for the first time in July and we'd love feedback on the itinerary we've worked up. Scenic drives are our favorite thing to do and usually our focus when traveling. We're not really interested in big cities (e.g., Munich size) and don't like shopping. We aren't expecting to do much in the way of hiking, biking, etc. as I'll be six-months pregnant. So, yes, driving, sightseeing at some places on our bucket list, exploring little villages and lingering at a pub or outdoor cafe is what we're envisioning.
We arrive in Munich on July 5 at noon and depart Munich on July 11 at 4:30 p.m.
7/5: Pick up car, drive to Berchtesgaden
7/6: Berchtesgaden - Eagle's Nest and National Park
7/7 & 7/8: 2 days in Salzburg and surrounding areas - depending on weather, considering spending one day traveling the towns and lakes east of Salzburg (St Gilgen, Hallstatt) and one day closer to the city.
7/9: Drive to Zirl
7/10: Drive to Fussen (Work in Neuschwanstein sometime between Zirl and Munich)
7/11: Drive to Munich
Thoughts? We are open to all ideas, provided we can see Berchtesgaden :) We were considering cutting out a bit of the Salzburg area and driving between Innsbruck and Bolzano, for instance. Thanks in advance!!
May 12, 2013 5:40 PM
1Looks like a good plan to me...lots of people post itineraries here that tend to be over ambitious and try to cover far too much territory in the allotted time, but this looks nicely judged...I wouldn't try and dissuade you from spending time around Salzburg and the Salzkammergut (Lake District) as they are some of the highlights of Austria...but everyone will have their own favourites along this entire route...another beauty will be the drive between Ehrwald and Reutte on your way to Fuessen...
May 12, 2013 8:17 PM
2OP you have mentioned a couple of places we love, while in the village of Hallstadt for example we took the finicular up to cafe that over looks the village, had a fine lunch while we watched the youngsters hang glide in the air currents over the mountains to the North, and then walked back to the village, and after that we had a cruise on the lake.
We stayed a while in Fussen and found it a delight, we walked over to the two royal castles, and around the Alps-See that you can see from Neuschwanstein, and on another day walked over from Fussen to Reutte in Austria.
We spent some time in Berchtesgaten and were often reminded of the beauty of the place, and the link it will always have to Hitler.
Bolzano i think is a must, it has a very strong feel of its Austrian past, and possibilly the finest municipal museum any where, were 'Ozi' the stone age hunter remains and artifacts are kept.
And Innsbruck is no doubt is one of the most stunning locactions for a city any where, and a trip up the finicular that over looks the town is a must!
May 12, 2013 11:09 PM
3The itinerary is fine as is, I like it. It's a very pretty area.
See http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/touring_tips/austria.pdf for info about driving in Austria (note the high visibility jacket requirement and the motorway tax sticker). Given you're driving in Germany too, see http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/touring_tips/germany.pdf as well.
Also note that fuel prices in Europe are quite high (depending on your point of view). You can find the info here (http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/fuel/) or alternatively http://www.viamichelin.com's route finder will build the tolls and fuel burn costs into your route.
May 14, 2013 9:32 PM
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