Romantic Germany Self-Drive: Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Black Forest & More
- 9 Days
- 9 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,026
MODERATE | SELF-DRIVE: This one week Germany self drive tour takes you through the country’s most picturesque regions and cities, including Heidelberg, the Black Forest, the mountains and castles of Bavaria, and lively Munich.
This 9-day self-drive Germany trip, staying in three and four star accommodations, is focused on the country’s postcard favourites, including the evocative Black Forest, and its most picturesque big city, Munich.
Frankfurt may be more famous for its airport and banks than its sights, but those who arrive early will still enjoy wandering the Romerplatz, or strolling the banks of the Main before travelling to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is Germany’s great university town, and a popular destination in its own right. It’s also your gateway to one of the most famous forest regions in the world. The beautiful Black Forest is shrouded in myth, and offers plenty of walks to sights such as Ravenna Gorge. The following day, see how cuckoo clocks are made, and enjoy a Black Forest cheese tasting. You’ll also take in spectacular views of the Alps from Lindau, an island in Lake Constance.
Time to explore the castles and beer halls of Bavaria. Germany’s most iconic region is also its most unique, bearing little resemblance to the rest of the country it’s come to represent in popular imagination. But the sights are spectacular, including Neuschwanstein Castle, home to mad King Ludwig II. You’ll also stop in at Wieskirche Church and Linderhof Castle. Sneak an extra country into your trip when you cross the border to visit Innsbruck. It’s perhaps Austria’s most famous and beautiful Alpine city, and a two time host city to the Winter Olympics. Innsbruck has been hailed as a medieval wonder, the ultimate ski resort town, a university hub, and more, so there’s a side of it to satisfy any travel interest. Look closely for Roman influences in the architecture.
Arrive at your final destination, Munich. The country’s third largest city is the Germany of fairy tales and travel brochures, awash with medieval architecture, and atmospheric drinking dens (Non-beer drinkers needn’t worry. Germany does a fine range of wines as well.). Take a city tour around the main attractions including Marienplatz, the city square famous for its clock tower. Those visiting in September may be caught up in the fun and frivolity of Oktoberfest, but a visit to Munich is memorable at any time of year. You’ll also take a side trip to the romantic medieval city of Rothenburg before you depart.
- 9 Days
- 9 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,026
Itinerary View Trip Map
Upon arrival at Frankfurt airport, collect your rental vehicle and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Frankfurt is the financial and commercial heart of Germany, a city full of fascinating contrasts between modern development and historic landmarks.
Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Black Forest
In the morning, travel from Frankfurt to Heidelberg. Consider visiting its famous castle, ascending with the cable car and then enjoy a leisurely tour of the historic city center. Idyllically located on the shores of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is Germany's oldest university town and one of the most popular destinations in the country. Later, continue to the famous Black Forest region.
Black Forest - Lake Titisee - Lindau - Füssen
After breakfast, consider visiting a small traditional Black Forest farm to enjoy a cheese tasting, perhaps the best way to see the real Black Forest. After that, travel to Lake Titisee, nestled in the legendary Black Forest and tour the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, which offers spectacular views of the Alps; although it is only a recommendation, it is a must-see. Depending on weather conditions, take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to your final destination Füssen, the southernmost point on this tour of Romantic Germany.
Neuschwanstein - Wieskirche - Innsbruck
We recommend starting the day with a visit to iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious "Mad King". This castle served as an inspiration to Walt Disney when he built the castle of Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland. At midday, travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play and lovely crafts. Along the way, stop to visit the Wieskirche Church before continuing the tour to visit Linderhof Castle. This is one of the three castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one where the king lived for a significant amount of time. After a brief stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey, continue to your final destination for the day, Innsbruck.
Innsbruck - Munich
In the morning, take the time to explore Innsbruck at your own pace. Located in the gorgeous deep valley of the River Inn, between the scenic Karwendel Mountains stand to the north and Tuxer Mountains to the south. In the afternoon, travel to Munich.
After breakfast, visit the city's main attractions, making sure to visit Marienplatz Square with its famous clock tower. Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria, is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is annually celebrated in September.
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Munich - Nuremberg
After breakfast, travel to Nuremberg. Here, you are encouraged to explore Nuremberg's historic city center and learn more about its impressive history and see the well-preserved castle, Gothic churches, romantic houses, and peaceful squares.
Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Frankfurt
Today, continue onward to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romantic Germany. Walk your way through this lovely medieval town and consider a Schneeballen (snowball) tasting; a pastry considered the signature dish of Rothenburg. Later, travel to Frankfurt and overnight at an airport hotel.
After breakfast, return your vehicle and prepare for your international departure.
- 8 nights in moderate accommodations
- 9 day economy-category rental car with unlimited mileage and A/C (upgrades available)
- Mandatory insurances (inquire for details)
- Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- Entrances fee to attractions
- Fees for ferries, tunnels, toll roads, parking of any kind or any other miscellaneous driving.
- Gasoline, any driving fines, winter tires, GPS or maps
- Visa fees if applicable
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.
28 Feb 2024