This one week Bavaria travel itinerary, will take you to the southern part of this German state and is perfect for everyone enjoying nature, especially lakes and mountains. But the best thing about all is that you will be able to spice up the outdoor activities with visiting some interesting museums and if you will be traveling to Bavaria with kids, theme parks too.
One week itinerary for South Bavaria
Day 1: Munich – Berchtesgaden (155 k m)
You will probably start your exploration of South Bavaria from Munich, so head straight to Berchtesgaden, the furthest destination from Munich on this travel itinerary. You can do the whole trip around Bavaria by car (you can rent one at www.economycarrentals.com) or explore this part of Germany by train.
Lots of people visit Berchtesgaden for one day, but take more time and spend two nights in this charming town underneath the German Alps. The town is the perfect base for hiking, taking you to some amazing views and beautiful mountain huts.
Use your first day for one of the best fun things to do in Berchtesgaden – visiting the salt mine Salzbergwerk, which has more than 500-year old tradition.
After the guided tour, head to your hotel (we stayed at Hotel Schwabenwirt and loved it) and later walk to the picturesque old town for lunch and admiration of the fairy-tale painted houses.
If you will have enough time, you can spend the rest of your day by visiting the King’s Lake (Königssee) or the Almbachklamm gorge.
Day 2: Berchtesgaden
Take the cable car ride after breakfast. But this is not just any kind of cable car – it is a historical one, which is more than 70 years old. It will take you to 1020 meters of altitude, what is a great base for numerous hiking options. Don’t forget to visit the Eagle’s nest – Hitler’s residence. Before descending back to the valley, stop for lunch in one of the mountain huts.
The aternoon can either be relaxing or you might want to visit their water world – swimming pool.
Day 3: Berchtesgaden – Chiemsee Lake (80 km)
Your first stop after breakfast is the amazing dream world – Hans Peter Porsche Traumwerk, where you will find exclusive privately owned old toys, cars and model railways collection. This really is a dream world for young and old.
If you are doing this 7 days Bavaria travel itinerary with kids, aged between 3 and 12, make sure not to miss the Ruhpolding theme park, close by the Chiemsee Lake. You will find more than 60 different attractions in the amusement park, which can occupy kids for hours. Check out our blog post about Bets theme parks in Bavaria to find more information about the park or mabye get another idea for a visit.
You will reach the Chiemsee Lake in the afternoon, where you will also stay for the night. There are several camping spots in the area, but we once stayed at the Homestead Ferienhof Moyer and once in a hotel Bayerischerhof Prien.
Day 4: Chiemsee Lake
There are many amazing and fun things to do in Chiemsee – from cycling, water sports, to visiting the popular Herreninsel and Fraueninsel. The Men Island (Herreninsel) is mostly know just for one thing – the castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Day 5: Chiemsee Lake – Tegernsee Lake (65 km)
You will be able to enjoy the beauties of another Bavarian lake after breakfast. Not far away from Chiemsee lake, you will find the Tegernsee Lake. It is said to be one of the most picturesque and cleanest in all Germany. The surroundings is made of mountains, what makes the destination extremely popular among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts – an outdoor playground for people living in Munich.
Today you will mostly use for getting to know the area and all the towns around the lake, but make sure to stop at your accommodations first – especially if it includes the Tegernsee card, to get some really nice discounts on several activities.
Embark on a boat or rent a boat to see the lake from a different perspective. Have lunch in the local dairy farm Naturkäserei Tegernsee. Later in the afternoon it is time for some adrenalin, as you will be heading to Oedberg, where the adventure park and summer toboggan can be found.
Day 6: Tegernsee Lake
This day is reserved for hiking, after all you are in a hiker’s paradise. If you are not in perfect shape or you just want to see as much as possible, take a ride with the Wallberg cable car to 1620 meters of altitude. Apart from magnificent views, you have several trails you can choose to explore from up there.
If you will still have the energy after the hike, you can walk, cycle or swim in the lake.
Day 7: Tegernsee Lake – Munich
It is your last day of this South Bavarian travel itinerary, which showed you some of the most picturesque destinations in southern Bavaria. Departure home or longer your exploration of Germany with more travel ideas about this amazing country. A few extra days for a city break in Munich and for all its amazing attractions is not a bad idea either.