How do I begin to describe the magnificent Alpine Road in Germany? This road passes through some of the most picturesque rolling hills, lush meadows, towering trees, charming towns, and calming lakes that leave you mesmerized. Not to mention you are surrounded by the German and Austrian Alps. The Alpine Road is 450 km from Lindau on Lake Constance in the west to Schönau on Lake Königssee in the east. This is the ultimate driving route through the German Alps. Here are the top things to do and must-see places to visit along the Alpine Road. Enjoy the ride!
Starting Point for the Alpine Road
GERMAN ALPS IN EASTERN BAVARIA
From Munich, we drove 75 minutes to Ruhpolding. Ruhpolding is the ideal location to explore the nearby Berchtesgaden National Park, Lake Chiemsee, and Salzburg Austria. This small town is famous for hosting the World Biathlon Championships not once, but four times. It’s nestled in the German Alps and offers the most incredible views, not to mention the array of outdoor activities at your doorstep. Here are the best places to go near the Alpine Road in the east.
Berchtesgaden National Park
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Mid-Way Point of Alpine Road
GERMAN ALPS IN CENTRAL BAVARIA
Leaving from Ruhpolding and driving west takes you through three spectacular mountain passes with panoramic views – the Griessneralm, the Wochenbrunneralm, and the Kitzbühlerhorn. The drive is absolutely incredible. On our way to the mid-way point of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, there are two villages worth stopping for.
REIT IM WINKL
The mid-way point along the Alpine Road Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This makes a great location to stay for a few days to explore this area. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is two towns that sit at the base of Mount Zugspitze. Historically they were two separate towns but now considered one. This is a large city now offering many choices in accommodations, restaurants, and things to do. Click here to book your stay.
End Point of Alpine Road
Leaving from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and driving further west to reach our final destination of Lake Constance. There are two small towns worth stopping along the way. And, the top thing to do in this area is to visit Neuschwanstein Castle.
Leaving Füssen you are immediately struck by the change in landscape. The Alps appear smaller, the land becomes flatter and the abundance of water is more prevalent. We are nearing Lindau which is a picturesque island on Lake Constance, and the end of the Alpine Road.
As a holidaymaker…
Driving the German Alps on eh Alpine Road is a trip of a lifetime. Hopefully, this has inspired your next trip destination to Germany.
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