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
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
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!
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!
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.
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!)
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 🙂