7 Day Itinerary for a Romantic Summer Honeymoon in Bavaria and the Austrian Alps

April 27, 2020 12 Comments

Matt and I had an incredible honeymoon! We got married in August and I hate the heat, so instead of going to the beach, we wanted to go to a place a little cooler. I love mountain lakes, so we decided to explore lakes and castles in Bavaria and the Austrian Alps! We spent 7 days there (although I definitely recommend spending more time if you have it) and saw some really incredible places. If you also want to go on an amazing honeymoon in Bavaria and the Austrian Alps, here’s our 7 day itinerary!

Perfect itinerary for a honeymoon in Bavaria and Austria

7 Day Itinerary for a Romantic Summer Honeymoon in Bavaria and the Austrian Alps

One day in Niederbreitenbach and Wilder Kaiser

Matt and I stayed in Niederbreitenbach, Austria because we wanted to stay in a more secluded place in the Alps, and we wanted to be close to the lake Hintersteiner See in the Wilder Kaiser area. And we found a beautiful chalet for a great deal! Niederbreitenbach is a small town so there aren’t too many places in town to stay, but we saw lots of Airbnbs around if you want to stay in the area.

Chalet in Niederbreitenbach, Austria

Chalet in Niederbreitenbach, Austria

Chalets in Niederbreitenbach, Austria

Historic stone house in Niederbreitenbach, Austria

We chose to stay in Niederbreitenbach because we wanted to be near Hintersteiner See! It’s such a gorgeous lake, and we had a great time exploring the area. You only need a few hours for the lake itself, but there are other towns to explore and places to go hiking in Wilder Kaiser.

Willow on Hintersteiner See

Yellow flowers on Hintersteiner See

Cabin on Hintersteiner See

Pink flower blooming on Hintersteiner See

Hintersteiner See in Austria

If you want to go swimming, Stimmersee is in the area! It was right near Niederbreitenbach, and it’s the second cleanest lake in Austria. Matt and I stayed near the lake and went swimming one day, and I will warn you, even in August it was pretty cold. But if you’re brave, it’s a beautiful area to swim!

Near Stimmersee is Restaurant Fliegerstube, and we had an AMAZING dinner there! We had a three course meal with beer for about 30 euros each, and we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. So if you go to the Wilder Kaiser area, I highly recommend Restaurant Fliegerstube!

Stimmersee in Austria

Stimmersee in Austria

One day visiting Burghausen Castle, Herrenchiemsee, and the Silent Night Chapel

Our second full day of our honeymoon in Bavaria was spent exploring castles in Germany! It was a bit of driving, but we managed to visit Burghausen, Herrenchiemsee, and the Silent Night Chapel in one day with some time to spare. 

Burghausen Castle in Germany

Burghausen Castle wins the award for the longest castle in the world, and it dates back to 11th century. It was built up over the next few centuries, so it’s kind of like different castles combined in one complex. People actually live in parts of the castle (how cool!) so you can’t tour most of it, but it’s really fun to walk around the complex and see views of the town!

Burghausen Castle in Germany

View of Burghausen from the castle

View of Burghausen from the castle

Herrenchiemsee is an exact replica of Versailles on an island in the middle of a lake! It’s about an hour from Munich, and then you take a short ferry ride across the lake. The island is also a beautiful place to see, and if you have more time, you can visit some of the other islands on the lake.

You can’t take photos inside Herrenchiemsee, but believe me when I say it’s a small replica of Versailles! Ludwig II built Herrenchiemsee to be identical to Versailles, down to the Hall of Mirrors. Ludwig II is known for building the Neuschwanstein Castle, but Herrenchiemsee was so elaborate and all the resources had to be shipped in across the lake that it was more expensive than Linderhof and Neuschwanstein castles combined!

Garden in Herrenchiemsee castle in Germany

Herrenchiemsee castle in Germany

Herrenchiemsee castle in Germany

The famous song Silent Night was written and performed for the first time in the small town Oberndorf, and you can go visit the chapel there! The actual church where Silent Night was performed burned down, so they built a chapel as a memorial for it. It’s also a pretty town to walk around and see the river that separates Germany and Austria.

Silent Night Church

Silent Night Church

River separating Austria and Germany

One day in Innsbruck

Matt and I loved everywhere that we visited, but our day in Innsbruck was probably our favorite! It’s a beautiful city, and I loved the combination of historic architecture and the Alps. So if you get the chance to visit Innsbruck, I definitely recommend it.

Honeymoon photoshoot in Innsbruck

We also got honeymoon photos taken in Innsbruck!

Downtown Innsbruck

Golden Roof in Innsbruck

Matt and I explored all over Innsbruck, ate some of the best pizza we’ve ever had, and took a tram up into the Alps! We loved how gorgeous and walkable it is, and I would have loved to stay more than a day. So if you have more time, I definitely recommend spending at least two days so you can really experience this beautiful city! (And eat all the delicious food you can)

Row of colorful houses in Innsbruck

The Golden Roof with the Alps in Innsbruck

One day at Lake Königssee

Are you seeing how much we love lakes in the Alps? The last few days of our honeymoon we were going to spend in Munich, so after leaving Niederbreitenbach, we spent the day at Lake Königssee on our way to Munich. Lake Königssee is much bigger than the other lakes we visited, so it was much busier and you need to take a boat to see most of the lake. But it’s a gorgeous lake and great area for hiking, so it’s definitely worth visiting!

Lake Königssee

Boat houses on Lake Königssee

We went for a short hike and then took a boat ride across the lake. There are two places where you can get off on the boat ride and explore other parts of the lake, and we grabbed a great lunch in a beer garden. We needed to get to our Airbnb in Munich at a specific time so we didn’t get to explore the second stop on the boat ride, but I would recommend leaving enough time to explore everywhere on Lake Königssee!

Church on Lake Königssee

Lake Königssee in Germany

Three days in Munich

We flew in and out of Munich, and we spent the last three days there! We really loved Munich (especially the food), and since it’s a bigger city with so much to see and do, I would recommend spending more than a few days in Munich if you can.

City hall in Munich

City hall in Munich

We did TONS of walking all over Munich to see the beautiful city, and we took a tour to learn more about its history! We also visited Residenz, which is one of the prettiest palaces I’ve ever visited. And we made sure we visited beer halls and ate lots of amazing food before we had to leave! (I highly recommend Spatenhaus at the Opera if you want to have a nice meal!)

Colorful houses in Munich

Outdoor market in Munich

Historic building in Munich garden

So if you want to plan a honeymoon in Bavaria, our itinerary turned out to be amazing! I can’t recommend these places enough, and I hope you’ll visit them all, even for a second honeymoon or an anniversary trip 🙂 

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12 Comments

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    Jenn - The Solivagant Soul

    May 1, 2020

    I was there on my own and it was lovely! I cannot imagine how amazing it can be enjoying this amazing area of Germany with someone you love. Loved the post!

    • Reply

      Julia

      May 1, 2020

      Thank you! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed visiting this area!

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    Francesca

    April 30, 2020

    I love Bavaria and the Austrian Alps. What a great choice for a honeymoon. Lake Königssee looks so beautiful and I always love exploring Munich.

    • Reply

      Julia

      May 1, 2020

      It’s such a beautiful region!

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    roshni

    April 30, 2020

    those lakes are so stunning, making me want to visit now!

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 30, 2020

      It’s such an incredible place!

  4. Reply

    Lekha Chellani

    April 29, 2020

    Love your pictures! Great idea combining Bavaria and Austria in one trip..

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 30, 2020

      Thank you! I loved getting to experience both!

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    Jean-Marie

    April 29, 2020

    Your photos are absolutely incredible! It sounds like you had an amazing honeymoon! I visited Austria last year and loved it so much!
    Oh how I miss traveling!!

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 29, 2020

      Thank you! 🙂 I miss it, too!

  6. Reply

    Eric

    April 27, 2020

    It’s nice that on Chiemsee and Königssee, at least, they only allow electric motors so the boats are quieter and don’t pollute. Great photos!

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 28, 2020

      Thanks! 🙂

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