German Alpine Road & Salzburg

This tour takes in the highlights of the famed German Alpine Road, from King Ludwig’s iconic Neuschwanstein Castle to the quintessential Bavarian alpine town of Berchtesgaden. The route features spectacular mountain scenery, including the best of the German Alps’ sparkling lakes and rivers. Along the way you’ll drive some of the country’s best driving roads, along with unrestricted sections of the famed autobahn network. The tour winds up with a trip across the border into Austria, for a night in magical Salzburg, the Baroque birthplace of Mozart.

The itinerary

  • Day Day 1: Munich- the Bavarian capital.

    Accommodation: 5 Star The Charles Hotel, Munich.

    Check in to the 5 Star Charles Hotel in the heart of Munich’s historic centre. Spend your day indulging in the hotel’s opulent facilities or explore some of the city centre’s highlights, with the New Town Hall at Marienplatz, the cultural district of Maxvorstadt, historic Haufbrauhaus Beerhall, and famed pedestrian shopping street of Kaufingerstrasse all within walking distance of the hotel. A quick metro ride to attractions such as BMW’s headquarters and museum at Olympiapark or the spectacular Nymphenburg Palace.

  • Day Day 2: Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle (Schwangau) via via MIttenwald.

    Accommodation: 4 Star Ameron Alpsee Hotel, Schwangau.

    Your car will be delivered to the hotel in the morning and one of our team members will provide you with a vehicle familiarisation overview and route briefing. Once they hand over the keys, your adventure begins!

    Heading south along the autobahn, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the performance limits of your car. Soon you’ll turn off the autobahn and drive along the shores of some of Bavaria’s most popular lakes before lunching in the classic Bavarian town of Mittenwald.

    In the afternoon you’ll experience more of the forest, lakes and peaks of southern Bavaria before your last stop in Fussen, the picturesque intersection of the German Alpine Road and the equally famous Romantic Road. The day culminates with an overnight stay at the Ameron Hotel, located on shores of Alpsee, alongside the Neuschwanstein Castle tour departure area.

  • Day Day 3: Neuschwanstein Castle to Tegernsee, via Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

    Accommodation: 5 Star Das Tegernsee Hotel, Tegernsee.

    After breakfast, you’ll likely want to take advantage of your location and take a tour of the inner rooms of Neuschwanstein. Once back in the car, you’ll cross the border into Austria to drive one of our favourite, little known regional backroads before rejoining the Alpine Road and making your way to turquoise waters of Eibsee, alongside Germany’s highest peak, Zugspitze.

    After lunching amongst the traditionally frescoed buildings of nearby Garmisch-Partinkirchen, the route winds along the scenic Isar River with its rocky shoreline and nearby gorges before making its way cross country to Bavaria’s most popular resort lake, Tegernsee. Your hotel for the night is perched above the lake, looking out across the water to the nearby Wallberg and Mangfall Alps.

  • Day Day 4: Tegernsee to Berchtesgaden via Königssee.

    Accommodation: 5 Star Kempinski Berchtesgaden Hotel, Berchtesgaden.

    After rising to a breakfast overlooking Tegernsee, today’s tour covers what we consider to be the most scenic section of the German Alpine Road. Having said this, after a quick morning break at a local waterfall, we once again do a quick ‘cheat’ and duck across the border into Austria for a lakeside lunch.

    Once lunch is done, you’ll quickly rejoin the Alpine Road and motor through a series of traditional Bavarian towns before arriving at the thermal town of Bad Reichenhall. After a visit to the town’s signature, century old confectioner and café, you’ll take the less travelled, scenic road on to what is generally considered Germany’s most stunning lake, Königssee.

    Following Königssee, we move on to the old town centre of Berchtesgaden. This small cobblestoned area is considered to be the quintessential German Alpine town, with its frescoed buildings, centrepiece castle, traditional beer gardens all guarded over by the surrounding peaks of The Alps.

    For those interested in taking the bus and elevator ride to the historic Eagles Nest, the departure point is a short drive from the town centre and only a few minutes from your hotel for the night, The Kempinski Berchtesgaden. This luxurious spa hotel is set in the mountains above the town, with rooms gazing out directly over the Berchtesgaden Alps.

  • Day Day 5: Berchtesgaden to Salzburg (Optional Hallstatt loop)

    Accommodation: 5 Star Sacher Salzburg Hotel, Salzburg.

    The first section of today’s tour is the scenic Rossfeld Panoramastrasse toll road. This scenic route is a well-maintained, purpose-built tourist loop, with plenty of sidings and carparks available to pullover and enjoy the expansive views of SalzburgerLand and BerchtesgadenLand.

    For those wanting to get to the city of Salzburg as quickly as possible, our direct route will take you less than an hour from Rossfeld, with a couple of interesting optional stops available along the way. For those wanting to explore a bit more of the Austrian Alps before settling into Salzburg, read on.

    Our optional Salzkammergut loop crosses into Austria from Rossfeld with the first stop being a traditional, Austrian lunch on a relaxed outdoor terrace overlooking one of the finest vistas in the region. From here you’ll make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage listed village of Hallstatt. This tiny town nestled on a strip of land between an alpine lake and the surrounding mountains has plenty of attractions, including the Charnel House with it’s 600+ painted human skulls, as well as the Salt World museum and panoramic view platform above the town.

    The last stop on the way into Salzburg will be in the pretty alpine town of St Gilgen, on the shores of Wolfgangsee. This is a lovely little town to stroll around and once done, you can stroll along the short lakeside promenade or choose one of the lakeside bars or gelateria to have a well earned afternoon treat.

    A short 30 minute drive west will see you at the doorstep of the Sacher Hotel in the heart of Salzburg. Throw the valet your keys and get ready for an evening exploring one of Europe’s cultural icons. A quick stroll across the Stats bridge alongside the hotel will see you in the pedestrian only old town with access to its myriad attractions, from the Mozart museum in the composers birthplace, to the Dom Quartier, Mirabell Palace and imposing Hohensalburg Fortress. There’s actually so much on offer in Salzburg, if your calendar allows it, we recommend considering an extra night in the city to enable you to enjoy as much of it as possible.

  • Day Day 6: Salzburg to Munich, via Burghausen.

    Accommodation: 5 Star The Charles Hotel, Munich.

    About 10 minutes drive from the Sacher at Salzburg airport is Red Bull Hanger 7. This monument to Red Bull’s endeavours and achievements in all forms of motor sport and aviation is not just for the hardcore fans. It’s a unique well-executed space with several well-regarded gastro options, including a Michelin Starred fine-dining restaurant that’s open for lunch on weekends (and dinners all week).

    After a morning wander around Salzburg, the route quickly crosses back into Germany and onto the town of Burghausen. The quaint old town is looked over by it’s namesake castle, which at over 1 kilometre, is the longest castle complex in the world. You can take your time wandering the grounds and enjoying the various viewing points before lunching on the terrace of the castle’s restaurant.

    The final run back into Munich has been specifically chosen to allow to enjoy the performance of your car one last time. Roadworks or unusual traffic aside, this stretch of autobahn is usually relatively lightly used so makes for a ‘relaxing’ way to make your return to München.

  • Day Day 7: Munich

    In the morning, we will pick-up your vehicle from The Charles and the day is yours to spend exploring Munich. If you’d like to continue your experience before returning to Munich or beyond the Bavarian capital, please contact us to customise the perfect add-on.

  • & more

    If you’d like to extend your European motoring adventure or add-on other locales or experiences, talk to us about customising the above itinerary to suit you. 

Drive

The eastern half of the German Alpine road is home to some of Germany’s best low altitude passes, along with a plethora of well maintained, flowing back roads. Throw in one of our Austrian favourites, and arguably the best stretch of autobahn in Bavaria, and you have a tour that’s sure to please the most enthusiastic drivers.

The convertible version of the Vantage sports the same twin turbo V8 under it's sculpted bonnet, combined with cutting edge dynamics making it a complete open-air supercar.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Convertible

A typically special Audi interior filled with the aural delight of that raucous twin turbo V8, the RS6 estate is our choice as the perfect touring all rounder.

Audi RS6

Audi's first supercar, the R8 encompasses all the marque has learned via it's successful racing program, culminating in the superb, naturally aspirated V10. Inside, the R8 has the best interior in the business.

Audi R8 V10

The ultimate in luxury British convertible touring, the Bentley Continental GTC pampers it occupants while still providing an extremely capable sports driving experience when called on.

Bentley Continental GTC

The understated coupe body of the most compact of the M cars conceals 335 horsepower, making it the perfect choice for tackling the flowing forest roads and passes of the Alps.

BMW M2

The ultimate M4, the Competition combines over 500 horsepower coupled with BMW's legendary chassis dynamics into one of the ultimate alpine driving experiences.

BMW M4 Competition

The convertible version of the M4 provides all the thrills of its fixed top stablemate, all while allowing you to bask in the fresh mountain air of the Alps.

BMW M4 Cabriolet

A technological tour de force that maintains the impeccable tactility expected of a Ferrari. The 296 GTB is a truly sensory experience; blistering acceleration, sublime mid-engined handling, and an addictive aural scream.

Ferrari 296 GTB

The most powerful Ferrari convertible ever produced has an epic 800 horsepower of naturally aspirated V12 at it's heart. Even for a V12 Ferrari, this striking machine is outrageously fast.

Ferrari 812 GTS

The most powerful normally aspirated Ferrari road car ever produced has an epic 800 horsepower V12 at it's heart. Even for a Ferrari, this striking machine is outrageously quick.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

The F8 Spider is Ferrari's ultimate expression of usable open-top supercar performance. The F8 is quite likely the most intoxicating way to cruise both The Alps & autobahns.

Ferrari F8 Spider

The F8 Tributo is Ferrari's ultimate expression of usable supercar performance. The F8 is quite likely the most intoxicating way to cruise both The Alps & autobahns.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

The potent twin turbo v8, the retractable hard top and sublime neutral handling of the Portofino make it one of the great touring supercars.

Ferrari Portofino

The Roma is considered by many to be the best looking Ferrari available today. It's 2+2 fastback layout, luxurious interior, precise balance and the performance of the twin turbo V8 make it an unrivalled choice as an alpine touring car.

Ferrari Roma

The pinnacle of Lamborghini's range, the Aventador 'hypercar' is an extreme experience in every way; fighter jet lines, a thundering mid-engined V12, all wheel drive, and that undeniable Italian charisma.

Lamborghini Aventador S

The pinnacle of the Aventador range, the Aventador SVJ is the ultimate Lamborghini experience in every way; open air motoring immersed in the thunder of a 6.5 litre, mid-engined V12.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

If Lamborghini has a 'user-friendly' car, the charismatic Huracan Evo is it. With it's high revving V10, the all-wheel-drive successor to the Gallardo is a manageable, yet thrilling supercar.

Lamborghini Huracán Evo

The Huracan Evo Spyder has all the performance and charisma of the fixed-roof Huracan but with the notable advantage of absorbing its occupants in the open-air acoustics of that howling V10.   

Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder

The most focussed of the Huracáns, the Performante is for those that demand the sharpest, most uncompromised handling with their raucous Lamborghini V10.

Lamborghini Huracán Performante

Stronger, lighter and faster than it's predecessor, the 720S is McLaren's most advanced iteration of an F1 derived supercar.

McLaren 720S Spider

The convertible version of Mercedes ultimate 2-seater compliments its enigmatic shape with the finest of AMG’s power units wedged under its shapely hood.

AMG AMG GT C

Arguably the most dramatic of all German sports coupes, this charismatic 2-seater compliments its enigmatic shape with the finest of AMG’s power units wedged under its shapely hood.

AMG AMG GT S

The current iteration of this most iconic of sports cars will captivate you with its ability to effortlessly consume autobahn miles and then precisely scythe its way across twisting mountain passes.

Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

For those who prefer to immerse their senses in the crisp, fresh alpine air, the 911 cabriolet provides a unique open-top touring experience.

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The GTS is the next step up the 911 performance ladder. The same classic shape and engineering of the 911 S but with a bit more of everything.

Porsche 911 GTS

The GTS Cabriolet is often considered the sweet spot in the 911 range. The same classic shape and engineering of the 911 S Cabriolet but with a bit more of everything.

Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet

Arguably the most tactile of all 911s, the GT3 RS is Porsche's ultimate version of the iconic, naturally aspirated flat 6.

Porsche 911 GT3

A 911 GT3 with it's focus tilted slightly to make it more suited to the road than the more track oriented original GT3.

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

The closest Porsche get to a race car that can be driven on the road. The GT3 RS is Porsche's most focused, uncompromised version of the 911.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

If you haven't driven the turbo, you haven't yet experienced what a 911 is capable of. Just take a glance at the specification figures. As impressive as the are, the figures still don't do justice to the tactile experience that is an unleashed 911 turbo.

Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche's take on the accessible roadster, the Boxster combines all the marque's engineering know-how into a practical, mid-engined sportscar that never fails to entertain..

Porsche Boxster (718)

The Porsche Boxster layout in it's most focussed form, the 718 Spyder RS has had the turbo 4 of the 718 Boxster replaced with the raucous, normally aspirated 4 litre 6 of the 911 GT3

Porsche 718 Spyder RS

The Porsche Cayman proves that you don't need endless horsepower to have serious motoring fun. The mid-engined turbocharged four provides the Cayman with impeccable balance and more than enough power to enjoy a serpentine alpine pass or a limitless autobahn alike

Porsche 718 Cayman

This version of the Cayman has more aggressive bodywork, additional downforce and swaps out the entry level Cayman turbocharged four cylinder, for the 4.0 litre, naturally aspirated 6 power plant.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

The ultimate Cayman, this track inspired version is one of the most rewarding cars you can experience on tight, twisty backroad

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

With it's immediately accessible 500kw and 850 nm, leading edge dynamics, 500 km range, and space for 4 adults, the Taycan ST might just be the perfect, sustainable, high performance all rounder.

Porsche Taycan Turbo Sport Turismo

Experience the sustainable performance of the all electric Porsche Taycan. The marque's first EV sports sedan still offers the thrills and precision that Porsche has built it's reputation on, but this time on a battery powered, eco-friendly platform.

Porsche Taycan

Pricing

Simply choose the car you’d like to drive on this tour, fill out the short enquiry form with your details, preferred dates and any questions you might have and we’ll come back to you within 48 hours.

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German Alpine Road & Salzburg

7 Days/6 Nights.
The Car
Price / Couple
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Convertible
    €8,300
  • Audi RS6
    €9,300
  • Audi R8 V10
    €9,400
  • Bentley Continental GTC
    €13,100
  • BMW M2
    €6,750
  • BMW M4 Competition
    €7,100
  • BMW M4 Convertible
    €7,250
  • Ferrari 296 GTB
    €13,500
  • Ferrari 812 GTS
    €15,400
  • Ferrari 812 Superfast
    €13,700
  • Ferrari F8 Spider
    €12,700
  • Ferrari F8 Tributo
    €12,700
  • Ferrari Portofino
    €11,700
  • Ferrari Roma
    €12,700
  • Lamborghini Aventador S
    €14,200
  • Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
    €15,900
  • Lamborghini Huracán Evo
    €11,900
  • Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder
    €12,300
  • Lamborghini Huracán Performante
    €13,300
  • McLaren 720S Spider
    €14,200
  • Mercedes AMG GT C
    €10,200
  • Mercedes AMG GT S
    €9,800
  • Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
    €7,500
  • Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
    €7,900
  • Porsche 911 GTS
    €8,000
  • Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet
    €8,200
  • Porsche 911 GT3
    €9,700
  • Porsche 911 GT3 Touring
    €9,700
  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS
    €13,600
  • Porsche 911 Turbo
    €9,700
  • Porsche 718 Boxster
    €6,900
  • Porsche 718 Spyder RS
    €8,700
  • Porsche 718 Cayman
    €6,650
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
    €7,500
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
    €8,600
  • Porsche Taycan Turbo Sport Turismo
    €7,700
  • Porsche Taycan
    €6,800

The map

Spend 5 days touring the alps and lakes of Germany, along with a handful of Austrian highlights. Drive a selection of the best alpine roads in Germany, all while being immersed in the unique culture of the Bavarian Alps and Salzburg.

  • 195 kms / 120 mi
    Munich, Germany
  • 185 kms / 115 mi
    Schwangau, Germany
  • 165 kms / 100 mi
    Tegernsee, Germany
  • 165 kms / 100 mi
    Berchtesgaden, Germany
  • 185 kms / 115 mi
    Salzburg, Austria
  • Munich, Germany