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.
Note: We traveled with our own campervan, so we did not include places to stay in this itinerary. We did put some nice camping spots in this post, for people who are traveling with a van too.
Day 1: Harz
Day 2: Berlin
Day 3: Rakotzbrücke & Kleiner Winterberg
Day 4: Bastei
Day 5: Königssee & Obersee
Day 6: Schlegeisspeicher
Day 7: Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Day 8: Lago di Braies & Val di Funes
Day 9: Seiser Alm & Seceda
Day 10: Sylvensteinsee & Partnachklamm
Day 11: Plansee
Day 12: Schloss Neuschwanstein & Schwarzwald
Day 13: Burg Eltz & Geierlay Hängeseilbrücke
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.
Parking Schierke: €6
Prices, timetables & tickets: https://www.hsb-wr.de
Other things to do close to Brockenbahn
Harz national park
We didn’t had the time to visit this park but we heard it is definitely worth a visit when you’re in this area.
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
- Memorial to the murdered Jews
- Berlin Cathedral
- Berlin Wall
Tip: We stayed the night at the parking lot of a wildlife park in Baruth/Mark. If possible, please ask the owner for permission.
Rakotzbrücke: The Devil's Bridge
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 in this National Park 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 axon 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.
Tip: Close to Königssee you can stay the night at the Rossfeld Panorama Strasse (€8,50 toll to access this road).
Königssee & Obersee
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.
Read ‘Hiking at Tre Cime Di Lavaredo: The 2 Most Impressive Routes’ for more information about hiking at this place.
Lago di Braies
Lago Di Braies or Pragser Wildsee is probably the most famous place among tourists in the Dolomiti, 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 Dolomiti 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.
For more information about how to visit this place, check out our blogpost ‘Exploring The Magical Seiser Alm – A complete Guide’.
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 hikers, mountain bikers and climbers.
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.
Note: When you’re driving from Partnachklamm to Plansee, you can also pay a visit to the gorgeous Eibsee. We made a quick stop here but it was way to busy. But it’s definitely worth a visit too when it’s not crowded.
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.
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.
Note: When driving from Schwarzwald to Burg Eltz, you can also pay a visit to the castle ruins of Wegelnburg. It was on our list too but unfortunately it was closed due to corona. Nevertheless we are pretty sure it is definitely worth a visit
Burg Eltz or Eltz castle is one the most beautiful castles in Germany. It is located in Koblenz, not far from Cochem. The castle is located in Wierschem, in a valley of the Moselle. 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!
Time to go home! This was our 2 week road-trip through Germany, Austria and Dolomites. We only saw a little of Austria, but if you have more time, we’re sure you can add more places in this stunning country, or you can add some places in Czech Republic too.
We hope this itinerary will help you plan an amazing road trip.
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