Exactly How To See Amazing Bavaria In One Jaw-Dropping Week

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Join me as I embark on a one-week journey through Bavaria, a region steeped in history, bursting with culture, and adorned with fairy-tale towns. From the vibrant city life of Munich to the medieval charm of Rothenburg, I’ll guide you through an itinerary that promises to be as enriching as it is delightful.

Bavaria often conjures images of lederhosen-clad beer drinkers, towering alps, and whimsical castles that look as though they’ve leaped straight out of a storybook. However, this Southern German state is so much more.

In just seven days, you can savour its diverse offerings—a fusion of metropolitan buzz, architectural splendour, and quaint cobblestone allure. Munich, our starting point, is a city that seamlessly blends its Oktoberfest reputation with a strong cultural vein that runs through world-class museums and the bustling Marienplatz.

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As we move beyond the allure of Munich, each stop on our itinerary offers its own slice of Bavarian beauty. Nuremberg, with its imperial castle and poignant history, stands as a testament to the region’s resilience.

Meanwhile, Rothenburg ob der Tauber seems untouched by time, its ramparts and gate towers inviting visitors to step back into the past. Augsburg whispers the tales of Roman origins and the splendor of Renaissance art. And these are just a few of the treasures we’ll encounter.

In this week-long adventure, you won’t need to decipher complex travel guides or navigate through a tangle of tourist suggestions. I’ve distilled the essence of each location into a manageable and enriching experience. Whether you’re seeking the solace of ancient streets or the lively hum of modern city squares, join me as we delve into the vibrant tapestry that is Bavaria.

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Incredible One Week Bavaria Itinerary

Below is your detailed itinerary. Set against a backdrop of Alpine peaks and medieval lore, each step is planned to immerse you in the culture, history, and natural splendor of the region. Get ready to discover majestic castles, historic towns, and sumptuous Bavarian cuisine as we guide you through the must-visit stops that will make your trip unforgettable.

Note that this itinerary is on the fast side. It’s not crazy fast, and if you are someone who wants to see and experience the most of every day, you’ll LOVE this itinerary. If you prefer to take things slower, cut back this itinerary. Pick your favorite four days and spread them into seven days for a more relaxed pace.

This Bavaria itinerary has been planned so that you can use public transport, primarily train. However, you could also drive. I recommend a day tour to visit Neuschwanstein Castle (find it here).

Day 1: Exploring Munich

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Marienplatz, Munich
  • Land at Munich Airport and take the S-Bahn to central Munich. Check into your accommodation.
  • Afternoon: Wander through Marienplatz to see the New Town Hall’s Glockenspiel, then explore the nearby Viktualienmarkt.
  • Evening: Enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner in the city.


Munich, with its vibrant cultural tapestry and deep-rooted history, is an essential pillar of any Bavarian itinerary. This city encapsulates the spirit of both tradition and modernity, making it an ideal starting point to delve into Bavaria’s rich heritage.

From the architectural marvels ingrained with historical narratives to the lush greenery offering a slice of tranquility, Munich sets the stage for a diverse Bavarian adventure.

In the heart of Munich, Marienplatz greets you with its lively buzz that echoes Munich’s past and present. The central square is where you’ll find the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), famous for the Glockenspiel, a charming clock that springs to life with figures dancing to the chimes.

Just a stone’s throw away, the Viktualienmarkt offers a feast for the senses. This bustling daily food market and square boast a variety of fresh produce and traditional delights—perfect for a midday snack. Be sure to try Weißwurst, a white sausage traditionally enjoyed with sweet mustard, and pair it with a freshly baked pretzel for an authentic Bavarian treat.

If royal history fascinates you, the grandeur of Nymphenburg Palace won’t disappoint. The summer residence of former Bavarian monarchs, this Baroque palace with its expansive and manicured gardens invites you for a stroll through the lives of nobility.

For art enthusiasts, the twin temples of art, the Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek, beckon. The Alte houses a staggering collection of Old Masters’ paintings, while the Neue showcases works from the 18th and 19th centuries. As you wander among the works of great artists, you travel through time with each brushstroke.

For a serene escape, the English Garden, one of the largest urban parks, offers a lush retreat with its sprawling green spaces, meandering streams, and the charming Chinese Tower beer garden—a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a stein of local beer under the chestnut trees.

Some of these attractions are today and some are later in the itinerary.

Click here to read our guide to Munich.

Day 2: Neuschwanstein Castle Day Tour

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Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Morning: Depart Munich on an early train or join an organized tour to Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • Day: Tour the castle and enjoy the surrounding scenic views. Have lunch with Alpine vistas.
  • Evening: Return to Munich and unwind with a leisurely evening stroll or a light dinner.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is a must-see on your itinerary because it’s not just a castle; it’s the epitome of a fairy tale dream turned into stone.

Picture this: towering turrets and rooms filled with legends, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Bavarian Alps. The castle, which inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, offers you a chance to step into a fantasy world, as you explore King Ludwig II’s opulent chambers and the singers’ hall, all rich with history and grandeur.

The surrounding scenery is just as majestic, with views that stretch out into pure Alpine beauty. After wandering through the castle’s storied halls, you might treat yourself to a meal or a sweet treat at one of the nearby cafés, soaking in the vistas of the area—views that are a feast for both the eyes and the palate.

We recommend you do this day tour today.

Day 3: Munich’s Rich Culture

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Nymphenburg Palace
  • Visit the Nymphenburg Palace, followed by the artistic treasures of the Alte and Neue Pinakothek museums.
  • Afternoon at leisure in the English Garden.
  • Evening: Experience local cuisine and perhaps a Bavarian folk show.

Day 4: Nuremberg Discovery

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Weissgerbergasse in Nuremberg
  • Morning: Catch a train to Nuremberg. Check into your hotel.
  • Explore Nuremberg’s historical landmarks, including the Imperial Castle, Albrecht Dürer’s House, and the WWII rally grounds at the Documentation Center.
  • Evening: Dine in the Old Town, enjoying Franconian specialties.


Nuremberg’s tapestry is one of deep history, dating back to 1050. It’s a city that has hosted emperors and birthed Renaissance masters. Here, you’ll encounter the Imperial Castle, a symbol of centuries of power. It is more than a fortress; it’s a historical vault that encourages you to delve into the lives of those who shaped the country.

Steps away, Albrecht Dürer’s House welcomes you with an intimate portrayal of a genius’s daily life. As you stand in the workspace of one of the Renaissance’s most influential artists, the connection to history is palpable.

Reflect on darker times at the WWII Documentation Center. This site confronts you with the gravity of history, encapsulating monumental global events.

And amidst the chiaroscuro of past and present, Nuremberg’s gastronomy is a delight. Try a grilled Nuremberg bratwurst or the famed Lebkuchen, a ginger-spiced sweet that captures the essence of local tradition in every bite.

Click here to read our full guide to Nuremberg.

Day 5: Journey to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Old Town Rothenburg near Plonlein
  • Morning: Travel by train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
  • Day: Embrace the medieval charm by walking on the town walls and visiting the local history museum.
  • Evening: Relax at a local tavern, try regional dishes, and rest overnight in Rothenburg.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Step into Rothenburg ob der Tauber for a true taste of medieval Germany. Encircled by undamaged 14th-century walls, this town feels suspended in time, making it a precious addition to your journey. Walk along the cobblestones and bask in the charm of the half-timbered houses that line the streets.

You should climb the Town Hall tower for a panoramic view of the rooftops that poets and painters dream of.

Don’t miss the Medieval Crime Museum, a place that offers a unique window into the legal history of bygone Europe. It’s an intriguing perspective on law and order of the medieval times you won’t find elsewhere.

As evening draws, indulge in the local cuisine with a visit to a traditional tavern. You might want to savor the Schneeballen—a snowball-shaped pastry dusted with confectioner’s sugar, a Rothenburg specialty—which encapsulates the sweetness of this historic retreat.

Click here to read our full guide to Rothenburg.

Day 6: Augsburg Adventure

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  • Enjoy a quiet morning in Rothenburg or visit a bakery for some traditional pastries.
  • Midday: Depart for Augsburg. Check into your hotel upon arrival.
  • Afternoon and Evening: Discover Augsburg’s rich Renaissance history, including the Town Hall, Fuggerei, and St. Anne’s Church. Overnight in Augsburg.


Augsburg grounds your itinerary with its rich tapestry dating back to Roman times. It’s one of Germany’s oldest cities and unfolds as a Renaissance-era marvel before you. Stand in awe at the Rathaus (Town Hall), a golden-hued masterpiece that houses the Golden Hall, which truly lives up to its name with its lavish decor.

You’ll also find peace in the Fuggerei, the world’s oldest social housing complex still in use, exuding a sense of community and historical continuity.

Step into St. Anne’s Church, where Martin Luther once took refuge. Its walls speak volumes of the Reformation, and you can immerse yourself in the same quietude that once harbored a revolutionary spirit.

When hunger calls, Augsburg’s eateries offer regional dishes like Spätzle, a hearty noodle dish that comforts the soul. And for the sweet-toothed, indulge in local pastries at a traditional konditorei.

Click here to read our full guide to Augsburg.

Day 7: Return to Munich

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Deutsches Museum, Munich
  • Morning: Head back to Munich and store luggage at the station if necessary.
  • Free day: Visit the Deutsches Museum or take a last walk through central Munich, shopping or relaxing in a café.
  • Evening: Collect your luggage and head to Munich Airport for departure.

Deutsches Museum, Munich

At the Deutsches Museum in Munich, ignite your curiosity as you dive into one of the world’s largest science and technology collections. Step through halls echoing with innovation, where interactive exhibits invite you to grasp the marvels of flight, the mysteries of the deep sea, and the frontiers of space travel.

It’s a place where you can witness firsthand the engines of change that drive our world.

Map Of Your Bavaria One Week Itinerary

The following maps shows you everywhere you will go in this week.

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Click on the map above to open it in Google Maps

As our Bavarian journey wraps up, we are reminded that the true essence of travel lies not just in the sights we visit, but in the culture and history that envelops them.

The past week’s itinerary offered a taste of everything that makes this German region so enchanting—the majestic peaks of the Alps, the lush greenery of its vast forests, and the timeless allure of its fairytale castles.

Until next time!

Don’t miss our itinerary between Frankfurt and Munich too. You can add it to this one! Find it here.

Learn more about the attractions in Southern Germany with this guide to the best off-the-beaten-track places to visit or find our itinerary from Frankfurt to Munich here. You can also find all our travel guides to Southern Germany here.

Sharon Gourlay in the Rhina Valley

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon first fell in love with Germany back in 2000 on her first visit. She loves the long history, the picturesque Old Towns, the castles, the food, everything really! Since then, she has visited many times and loves writing about Germany here so you can enjoy it too. In fact, Sharon loves German culture so much that she sent her kids to a German primary school in Australia. She especially loves Berlin and towns with charming Old Towns like Celle and Quedlinburg. Sharon also has a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and understands the nitty gritty of travel planning. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to Germany whether it's your first or tenth time!

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