From the high Alps in the South, the Bavarian plain, and the flowing hills of central Germany to the coast of the North and Baltic Sea: it all looks like a miniature train landscape packed with the nicest of old towns, medieval houses, gothic churches and small villages.
Munich Grand Circle Package 06Nights/07Days
Day 01: Munich: Arrive in Munich and receive your Tour Package. See a first view of the City on board of the Hop-on Hop-off coach tour.
Day 02: Munich: Munich, famous throughout the world, is the Bavarian metropolis, close to the Alps and in the heart of Europe. Where to begin when one wants to name places to see and things to do in this extraordinary city which like few others combines modern life with lively history.
There is Munich's old town where 850 years of history are showing off, there is the Marienplatz (Marien square) where 3 times each day thousands of people are spell bound when the world famous Glockenspiel (carillon) starts it's beautiful song Visit and marvel at the Frauenkirche, the town's landmark, do not miss the Hofbräuhaus and find out why the Münchner (inhabitants of Munich) don't want to miss out on their "Brotzeit" (a meal or snack consisting of bread, cold cut, cheese and so on, usually enjoyed between breakfast and lunch).
The Hop-on Hop-off coach tour will take you to all the sights of the City. See the Resicence Museum and the Treasury, the Hall of Fame and the Statue of Bavaria and visit Nymohenburg Palace and Park as well as the Marshallmuseum and the museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain.
Day 03: Nuremberg:The train will take you from Würzburg to Nuremberg in about 75 minutes. The city's history reaches back to the year 1050, its name "nourenberc" translating into "rocky hill". Nuremberg's famous landmark, the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), towers above the Old town, which is protected by the 5 kilometers long city wall with its many towers.
When exploring the beauty of Nuremberg's mediaeval Old Town one can start at the Koenigstor ("Kingsgate"), from where the timber framed buildings, the Gothic Church of St.Lawrence and the Church of St.Sebaldus can be easily reached by foot.
Right next to the Koenigstor there is the Handwerkerhof (craft center), here you will feel like you are back in the mediaeval times, there are craft workshops like they used to have a long time ago as well as a gingerbread bakery. Make sure to enjoy a Nuremberg Bratwurst along with a beer or a glass of Frankenwein.
Day 04: Day trip to Salzburg:In less than 90 minutes the train will take you from Munich to Salzburg. In Salzburg you will take the guided Mozart City Tour (approx 1,5 hrs) which includes the visit of the Fortress Hohensalzburg. The tour start off in front of Mirabell Palace, built by the Archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his mistress and their children. Today, the palace host the city council. In the evening the train will take you back to Munich to your hotel.
Day 05: Day trip to Lake Chiemsee: In a little more than one hour by train from Munich you will arrive at Prien Main Station. Walk down to the pier from where you will visit the islands of Fraueninsel and Herreninsel by boat. See the Herrenchiemsee New Palace and the King Ludwig II museum on your visit of the island. The castle is surrounded by a sizable park with fountains and gardens, which takes the parks of Versailles as its inspiration.
Also worth visiting is the Augustinian Monastery with the Julius Exter Art Gallery. The island itself today is a nature reserve with a rich forest. In the early evening take the boat back to Prien for a visit of Prien. You might want to have dinner at the Gourmet restaurant Mühlberger (free pick-up, reservation required). In the evening the train take the train back to Munich to your hotel.
Day 06: Day trip to the Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle:
This all day escorted tour will first take you to Oberammergau for a photo stop. The coach will then take you to Linderhof Palace, the "Royal Villa" of Ludwig II. Visit this beautiful furnished castle and the park. The picture of Neuschwanstein is probably present in everybody's mind but certainly for those traveling along the Romantic Road.
Be prepared that reality will surpass all pictures and imaginations: Neuschwanstein seems to be taken out of a fairy tale! Seeing the castle from the outside is unforgettable, a tour of the insight, which was originally built for the one famous inhabitant, will make the picture perfect! But make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds, the view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind it is like none other!