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How to See Germany and Austria in 14 Days Solo

Want to know how to see Germany and Austria in two weeks? Use my 14 day solo travel itinerary to see amazing cities in both Germany and Austria, perfect for first-time and over 40 travel.



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Why Go to Germany and Austria?

Why not go? Both Germany and Austria are full of culture, jaw-dropping natural and architectural scenery, and culinary delights that make indoor and outdoor activity options endless. Plus, they are very doable on a budget and as a solo traveler.

While you dive into this solo itinerary, don’t forget to check out my Germany Travel Guide, Austria Travel Guide, suggested travel resources, and Guide to Budget European Accommodations for helpful accommodation-planning.

If you’re new to international travel, my Tourism 101 tips will also help you.

I have traveled to these locations myself as a solo female traveler over 40 and had a wonderful time. I’m sure you will, too.




Germany and Austria 14 Day Solo Itinerary

This itinerary starts and ends in Vienna; however, you can stop in Munich if you wish. It’s full of links to specific locations that include wonderful day trips from those locales.


Vienna & Wachau Valley:  Days 1 – 4

Gloriette & Schonbrunn Palace Gardens Vienna Austria
Schonbrunn Palace Gardens, Vienna

The capital of Austria, Vienna rests on the Danube River, which runs for 1770 miles and through 10 countries. Vienna is famous for many things such as its opera and the Vienna Opera House, stunning baroque architecture, music, and tasty schnitzel, strudel and coffee, just to name a few.  It’s a very safe city surrounded by vineyards. When you go you’ll understand why it’s ranked the top city in the world to live multiple years in a row.


Arriving in Vienna

If you are flying into Vienna, you’ll more than likely arrive at the Flughafen Wien (Vienna International Airport), southeast oft he city center. If you don’t have a hotel shuttle available, there are other options to get you from the airport tot he Vienna city center:  you can catch the 16-minute, non-stop City Airport Train (CAT), a 40-minute bus that leaves every hour, or Terravision‘s inexpensive shuttle.

Yes, Vienna does have Uber, but do research on where it is available and if there are any restrictions.


Gloriette Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria
Gloriette Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

By train you’ll arrive either at the Wien Hauptbahnhof or Wien Westbahnhof  station. Consider purchasing a Vienna Card or Weekly Travel Pass, covers the bus and U Bahn, and will take you all around the city. 

The Vienna city center is full of attractions and very walkable. I encourage you to take the Vienna public transportation to enhance your stay for attractions out of the city center. It is extensive and efficient, not to mention inexpensive.  

If you don’t wish to purchase the weekly pass you could purchase a 24-, 48-, 72-hour-ticket if this better suits your schedule.


Wachau Valley

Overlooking Town of Melk Austria
Town of Melk, Wachau Valley

An hour west of Vienna lies the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO heritage landscape valley famous for its peaches from which it makes wine and schnapps with the Danube River winding through it. I highly recommend a day trip to Wachau Valley, by train or boat, to visit the towns of Melk, Krems, and Dürnstein for bike riding, wine tastng, and historic sightseeing.  You won’t be sorry.


Wine & Schnapps Store Wachau Valley Austria
Wine and schnapps, Wachau Valley




Vienna Travel Guide & Itinerary

For information on getting around Vienna, where to stay, what to see and do, and where to eat – even on a budget – check out my ultimate Vienna 4 Day Itinerary and Travel Guide. I cover all you need to know.

Jetlag or not, plan on hitting the ground running early your first day. There’s much to see and do in Vienna. You can sleep later.


Salzburg & Hallstatt:  Days 5 – 6

  • Depart Wien Hauptbahnhof, Vienna
  • Time on train – 2h 26m
  • Arrive Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, Salzburg
  • Purchase your direct train ticket here
  • Suggested departure:  I recommend catching a train by 8am to arrive Salzburg well before lunch. You can snooze on the train if you dare to pass up the outstanding scenery. Plan on checking your bags at your hotel or hostel when you arrive so you can get out and about your first day in Salzburg.  You can check in later.

Salzburg, Austria

Overlooking Salzburg Austria
Salzburg, Austria

Near the German border, Salzburg is the 4th largest city in Austria and dates back to late 7th century.  Salzburg was the birthplace Mozart, is renowned for its Baroque architecture, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Divided by the Salzach River with the “Old City” (Altstadt) on the left bank and the “New City” (Neustadt) on the right bank, Salzburg is easily accessible by foot to take in its historical and natural wonders.  Once you take in the views of the Eastern Alps from the Fortress Hohensalzburg, you may be inspired to sing, “The hills are alive with the sound of music!”


Hallstatt

Clock Tower in Hallstatt Austria
Hallstatt, Austria

To see more of the Austrian countryside, take a day trip to Hallstatt, a quaint Austrian village located on Lake Hallstatt between Salzburg and Graz.  Also a UNESCO heritage site, stroll through Hallstatt’s 16th century homes and shops.  Dine and walk the Skywalk Hallstatt for scenic views, all of which can be enjoyed in a leisurely afternoon.




Salzburg Travel Guide & Itinerary

For information on getting around Salzburg, where to stay, what to see and do, and where to eat – even on a budget – check out my ultimate Salzburg 2 Day Itinerary and Travel Guide sure to please.


Innsbruck:  Day 7

  • Depart Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, Salzburg
  • Time on train – 1 hr 50 min
  • Arrive Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof, Innsbruck
  • Purchase your direct train ticket here
  • Suggested departure:  This is your early day for a train ride.  Catch one by 7am in Salzburg to be able to check your bags and have a full day in Innsbruck.

Innsbruck, Austria

People in City Center Innsbruck Austria
Innsbruck City Center

In the center of the Tyrol region, Innsbruck is one of the many Alpine cities that offer downhill skiing and other winter sporting opportunities, centuries of Imperial history, the Hofburg Palace, and the Schloss Ambras, a Renaissance castle and palace located just on the hills overlooking Innsbruck.  Tasty beer, schnitzel and apple strudel are the local “comfort food” sure to keep you warmed up.


Overlooking Innsbruck Austria and Austria Alps
Innsbruck and Austrian Alps

Innsbruck Travel Guide & Itinerary

For information on getting around Salzburg, where to stay, what to see and do, and where to eat – even on a budget – check out my ultimate Innsbruck in 1 Day Itinerary and Travel Guide sure to please.


Füssen & Neuschwanstein Castle:  Days 8 – 9

  • Depart Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof by regional bus
  • Time on FlixBus– 2h 25m
  • Arrive near Old Town, Füssen
  • Purchase your FlixBus ticket here.
  • Suggested departure:  Enjoy your breakfast and any missed attraction from the day before, or a just a leisurely stroll around town, before catching an 11am bus for Füssen.  You should arrive in time for most accommodations’ check-in time.

Old town Fussen Germany
Old Town Füssen

Füssen is the charming, southern-most of the 16 towns on the infamous Romantic Road. It is pretty small so highly accessible by foot, or choose to rent a bike to see more outside the town. Füssen is only a 2.25 hour train ride from München (Munich), making it the perfect next stop on this itinerary.


Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau Castles

Neuschwanstein castle from Mary's Bridge
Neuschwanstein Castle

A day trip to Schwangau, 15 minutes from Füssen, is a must. What better way to soak in the Bavarian countryside while learning some German history than seeing some of Germany’s most famous castles?

The Schloss Neuschwanstein (“New Swanstone”) was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria to be his home. It is widely known as the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle or recognized from the movies Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or The Great Escape.


Hohenshwangau Castle Schwangau Germany
Hohenshwangau Castle, Schwangau, Germany

Its adjoining castle is the Hohenschwangau (“Upper Swan”) Castle, where Ludwig II was born. He lived in this, the family’s summer home, while Neuschwanstein was being constructed. 

Images from this day trip will surely be imbedded on your brain for a lifetime.


Füssen Travel Guide & Itinerary

For information on getting around Füssen, where to stay and more – even on a budget – check out my ultimate Visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles Solo sure to please.


Munich & Dachau:  Days 10 – 13

  • Depart Füssen Hauptbahnhof
  • Time on train – 2h 25m
  • Arrive Munchen Hauptbahnhof
  • Purchase your direct train ticket here
  • Suggested departure:  You could catch a 9-10am train, but I would recommend leaving Füssen by 8am to arrive well before lunch and hit the ground running in Munich. There is much to try to fit into 4 days.

Munich, Germany

Hopfgarden and Churches Munich Germany
Hopfgarden, Munich

The capital of Bavaria, Munich (München) is rich in culture one can learn a lot from. Munich is famous for the annual Oktoberfest festival, beer halls and gardens, hearty German cuisine, the 16th century Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz, and architecture and music, as well as the rise of Nazism.


Clock Tower in Marienplatz Munich Germany
Marienplatz in Munich

Dachau Camp

Tourists at Dachau Camp Germany
Dachau Camp

One of the remaining Nazi camps just 25 minutes outside Munich, this moving experience is a must if you are first-time visitor to Munich. It is easily reached as a day trip via train starting from the Munich central station.


Munich Travel Guide & Itinerary

For information on getting around Munich, where to stay, what to see and do, and where to eat, check out my ultimate Munich 4 Day Solo Itinerary and travel guide that covers the best experiences for your solo travel.




Munich / Vienna:  Day 14

If you booked a round-trip ticket from Vienna, it is a 4.5 hour train ride from Munich direct to the Vienna Airport. If you booked a one-way ticket from separate cities, then you will just have more time in Munich for more fun in Germany.

You’ll be flying home from these amazing 14 days in Germany and Austria with a smile. So why add stress? Ensure to arrive at the airport pre-checked in and at least two hours before your flight departs.


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