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 kms from Lindau on Lake Constance in the west to Schönau on Lake Königssee in the east. And, this was our journey. I hope you enjoy the ride!
Our road trip began in southeastern Bavaria…
We arrived in Munich and drove 75 minutes to Ruhpolding. 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. As our home-base for four-nights, Ruhpolding is the ideal location to explore the nearby Berchtesgaden National Park, Lake Chiemsee and Salzburg in Austria.
Luckily we found the most amazing Airbnb – a traditional alpine chalet. The interior features traditional alpine elements mixed with contemporary furnishings. The white pine wooden walls and exposed beams with sloped ceilings and skylights. Click here to book your stay.
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Berchtesgaden National Park
On the road again, now heading west…
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 indescribable. Aside from the incredible views you will see from the road, there are two villages worth stopping for.
Reit im Winkl
The mid-way point…
Our second home base was Garmisch-Partenkirchen. These are two towns sit at the base of Mount Zugspitze which has a soaring elevation of 2,962 meters. Historically they were two separate towns, but now considered one. It’s a large area, offering so many choices in accommodations, shopping, eateries, and activities. We stayed 4 nights in an amazing Airbnb with views of the Alps. Chick here to book your stay.
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The last part of our journey…
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.
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…
Lake Constance offers travellers a resort town feel. With its wide open waterfront views, boardwalks and amazing gardens, making the end of our journey feel like you’ve had two holidays in one. Hopefully this has inspired your next trip destination to Germany!
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