Do you know something better than exploring a country during a road trip?
Well, how about multiple countries on one road trip?
This trip was our very first with our van. The original plan was to go to Norway, but unfortunately the pandemic put a stop to that. We chose to explore a little closer to home. and what a trip it has become.
We left with just a few places pinned on Googles Maps, without a fixed plan. Little did we know that these countries, so close to home, had so many insane places.
With this itinerary we want to inspire you to visit such a variety of places in one single road trip and the freedom to adapt this itinerary to your interests. You can even add Czech Republic to your itinerary. Unfortunately we weren't able to do that due to the covid restrictions.
We started our road trip in Harz. Here you can see and even take a ride with a real steam train along the Brockenbahn in the Harz mountains. Besides the steam train, you can also pay a visit to the beautiful Harz National Park.
You can’t travel through Germany without paying a visit to its interesting capital city Berlin. Places you definitely have to visit are
- Brandenburger Tor
- Holocaust Memorial
- Berlin Cathedral
- Berlin Wall
Rakotzbrücke: The Devil's Bridge
Rakotzbrücke, also known as the Devil’s Bridge, is a bridge that would fit perfectly in a fairy tale book. This beautiful piece of architecture can be found in Kromlauer park in Gablenz.
This is a 81 ha park similar to an English garden with many small ponds and lakes.
Saxon Switzerland - Kleiner Winterberg
The Saxon Switzerland National park is the only national park in Saxony and the only rock national park in Germany. There are many beautiful trails and hikes in this national park. One of the most beautiful places is Kleiner Winterberg, a hill with an amazing panoramic view over the rear of Saxon Switzerland.
Saxon Switzerland - Bastei
Another stunning and interesting place in the Saxon Switzerland National Park is the Bastei. This is a stunning rock formation, characterized by enormous steep rocks. Here you find a few short hiking trails with some impressive viewpoints, through gorges and between and over the rocks. A must see here is the Bastei Brücke, an impressive stony bridge that connects multiple rocks of the Bastei rock formation.
The rest of the day you’ll need to drive all the way to the next stop: Köningssee. Or you can add some stops along this way (for example Prague), because you can drive through Czech Republic. We were not allowed to drive through Czech Republic because of Covid restrictions.
Königssee & Obersee
Königssee and Obsersee are two beautiful lakes in the National Park of Berchtesgaden.
Königssee is often referred to as one the most beautiful lakes in Germany. You can take an electric boat to reach Obersee and you can go for a walk to the viewpoint of Rabenwand.
The Schlegeisspeicher or Schlegeis reservoir is a a beautiful, but artificially created, reservoir in the Zillertal.
Since 1970s the water of this reservoir has been used to generate electricity. To enjoy an amazing view over the lake and the valley, you can walk up to the Olpererhütte and walk over the Kebema Panoramabrücke, one of the most famous suspension bridges in Austria.
Tre Cime Di Lavaredo
Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also known as Drei Zinnen, are three impressive mountain peaks and probably the most famous peaks in the Alps. It is such a jaw dropping place and therefore not surprising that they are the symbol of the dolomiti UNESCO world heritage site. This unique place has so much to offer from stunning views over those impressive limestone peaks and reflective lakes to great rifugios and a lot of awesome photo opportunities. It’s the perfect scenery for a day full of hiking.
Lago Di Braies
Lago Di Braies or Pragser Wildsee is probably the most famous place among tourists in the Dolomites, and we can’t deny that it’s really worth adding to your schedule. It’s one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the Dolomites and it is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The rest of the day you can spend in the beautiful region of Val di Funes on your way to Seiser Alm.
Seiser Alm, also known as Alpe di Suisi, is the biggest and highest mountain meadow in Europe. In summer it is a beautiful area to enjoy numerous walks through this wavy landscape surrounded by various mountain peaks. In winter it is the ideal place for a winter sport vacation.
The Seceda is a 2519 meters high mountain in Val Gardena, in the middle of the dolomites. Besides the breathtaking view of peaks and valleys, Seceda is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiast like hikers, mountain bikers and climbers.
Enjoy your last moment in the Dolomites because soon you will cross the border into Austria and Germany again!
Sylvensteinsee is, just like Schlegeisspeicher, a man-made reservoir in the Isar Valley. This crystal clear lake is surrounded with hiking trails and you can enjoy a scenic ride when driving over the Sylvenstein bridge.
Partnachklamm is a deep gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the South of Germany. The gorge is 702 meters long, with limestone walls that reach 80 meters high and acts as a natural conduit for the Partnach River. When you enter the Partnach Gorge you’ll be amazed by the massive rock faces and the rushing water through the gorge beneath and next to you.
Plansee is a stunning mountain lake in the Austrian region of Tyrol. It is the second largest lake in Austria and it is located close to the border with Germany. You can enjoy a swim in the refreshing water, rent a kayak or SUP, go for a boatride, or you can go for a hike up to an impressive viewpoint over the lake.
On a craggy cliff above the village of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, you find the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle. It is probably one of the most famous castles and even sights in Germany.
This castle inspired Walt Disney and served as a model for his famous Sleeping Beauty Castle.
You can walk around the castle and cross a bridge from where you have a beautiful view of the whole castle!
Schwarzwald, or the Black Forest, is a densely forested area and low mountain range in southwestern Germany, located in the state Baden-Württemberg. You can take many different walks here. Or you can drive along the Schwarzwald Hochstrasse. This is a 60 kilometer long winding road that takes you, via Freudenstadt to Baden-Baden, through coniferous trees and over hills with gorgeous views over the Rhine Valley and the Vosges. If you have the chance you should definitely drive by the Kreuzfelsenkurve, the sharpest curve in Schwarzwald.
Burg Eltz or Eltz castle is one the most beautiful castles in Germany. It is located in Wierschem, in a valley of the Moselle between Koblenz and Cochem. In this area you can also enjoy various walks through the Eltzerbos around the castle. There are walks of different lengths and levels of difficulty.
Not far from Burg Eltz, in Mörsdorf, you’ll find the Geierlay Suspension bridge. With its 360 metres Geierlay is the second longest suspension rope bridge in Europe. Visiting this bridge is totally free and definitely worth it! It is a thrilling adventure in a beautiful environment.