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How to See Germany and Austria in 14 Days Solo

UPDATED 2/14/22

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 without a car, perfect for first-time solo and over 50 solo travel.



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Europe Solo Travel Essentials


Why You Don’t Need a Car

At CORR Travel, I advocate for eco-travel and sustainable travel practices, such as using public transportation and walking. This goes for travel within a city as well as between cities and countries. Why not try to reduce your carbon footprint while you travel?

Renting a vehicle, not to mention the cost of petrol, can be pricey, and gas-powered cars are not-so-hot for the environment. Plus, driving does not always guarantee you will get to another location quicker. When you’re driving and trying to follow directions, you could miss out on some of the lovely scenery. 

I love trains, and the Europe train routes are extensive. Buses in Europe are also extensive and inexpensive.

Trains and buses in Europe provide a time to relax, take a nap, or bone up on some ideas for the next town. Plus, you might meet a traveling companion on your solo travel.

You don’t have to get a rental car in Europe in order to have a great time in Europe. You definitely don’t need a car to have a good time for two weeks in Germany and Austria.




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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.

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




Germany and Austria 14 Day Itinerary

To supplement this itinerary, look for links to each city’s suggested itinerary, like Vienna in 4 Days, where you can learn how to spend time in each desirable destination in this itinerary, even on a budget.

You also get more on your trip to Germany and Austria from my suggested Austria and Germany city itineraries. I mean, why have to pick between Austria vs Germany, or spend just 10 days in Germany and Austria when you can spend a few days more?

If you need budget planning help, don’t be afraid to review my Guide to Budget European Accommodations for helpful accommodation-planning.



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

Now, let’s get you to see Germany and Austria in 14 days starting and ending in Vienna with the option to end in Munich, if you wish. Still, your Austria itinerary and Germany itinerary are basically equal: 7 days in Austria and 7 days in Germany. Cool, huh?


Days 1 – 4: Vienna and Wachau Valley

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 Wiener Staatsoper (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 of the city center. If your ‘Travel Sustainable’ Vienna city center hotel does not offer airport shuttle service, there are other options to get you from the Vienna airport to Vienna city center.

You can catch the 16-minute, non-stop City Airport Train (CAT), a 40-minute bus that leaves every hour, Terravision‘s shuttle, or a Vienna Airport transfer to city center.

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 Austria 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 World Heritage landscape is beautiful and the valley is famous for its peaches from which it makes wine and schnapps with the Danube River winding through it.

I highly recommend a wine tasting day trip to Wachau Valley, by train or boat, to tour 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 for solo travel in Vienna.

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.


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Days 5 – 6: Salzburg and Hallstatt

Day 5: Vienna to Salzburg Travel Schedule

  • Depart Wien Hauptbahnhof, Vienna
  • Time on train – 2h 26m
  • Arrive Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, Salzburg
  • Purchase your direct Austria train ticket in advance. 
  • 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 picture postcard scenery. Plan on checking your bags at your ‘Travel Sustainable’ Salzburg city center hotel when you arrive so you can get out and about your first day in Salzburg.

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 one 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 Welterbeblick (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 perfect for over 50 solo travel in Salzburg.



Day 7: Innsbruck

Day 7: Salzburg to Innsbruck Travel Schedule


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 Imperial 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 on Innsbruck solo travel.



Days 8 – 9: Füssen and Neuschwanstein Castle

Day 8: Innsbruck to Füssen Travel Schedule

  • Depart Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof by regional bus
  • Time on bus- 2h 25m
  • Arrive near Old Town, Füssen
  • Purchase your Austria to Germany bus ticket in advance.
  • 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 checking into your ‘Travel Sustainable’ Old Town Füssen hotel.

Old town Fussen Germany
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 and 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 to make planning your Füssen solo travel easier.


Days 10 – 13: Munich and Dachau

Day 10: Füssen to Munich Travel Schedule

  • Depart Füssen Hauptbahnhof
  • Time on train – 2h 25m
  • Arrive Munchen Hauptbahnhof
  • Purchase your direct Germany train ticket in advance. 
  • Suggested departure:  You could catch a 9-10am train, but I recommend leaving Füssen by 8am to arrive well before lunch and hit the ground running in Munich. Just check your bags at your ‘Travel Sustainable’ Munich city center hotel because there is much to fit into 4 days in Munich.

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 Concentration Camp

Tourists at Dachau Camp Germany
Dachau Camp

One of the remaining Nazi camps just 25 minutes outside Munich, this moving experience of the Dachau Camp is a must if you are first-time visitor to Munich. It is easily reached on your own via train starting from the Munich central station, or sign up for a group trip and guided tour.


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 in Munich.




Day 14: Munich or Vienna

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

Either way, 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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2 thoughts on “How to See Germany and Austria in 14 Days Solo”

  1. Hi Gwen,
    You had a great time in Austria and Germany.
    I’m planning a trip to Austria and Germany as well. I found your trip is quite interesting but not sure whether you have missed some other destination which is very worth seeing.
    I prefer to stay 4 or 5 nights in Salzburg as there are many day trips can be done other than touristic Hallstat. Few to name here are:
    1) Berchtesgaden in Germany.
    2) Dachstein Glacier.
    3) Grossglockner High Alpine road which open in late April or early May.
    4) St Wolfgang and St Gilgen lake town.

    And also will be nice to stay a night or two in Zell Am See as there are amazing places in that region such as Krimml falls(europe tallest fall), Kaprun gorge and Moserboden dam.

    From Inssbruck we can do a day trip to Mittenwald Germany (alpine village famous for spectacular views and Violin history), Stubai Glacier and Alpbach region (beautiful most well preserved villages) .
    I think in order to see all these places I have mentioned here it is best to do a slightly longer trips, may need an additional 5 days I guess.
    Anyway thanks for sharing your experiences here. Waiting to hear more from you. Tc bye.

    1. Hello! Yes, by all means, longer stays are best. I was on a whirlwind trip so was fortunate to see as much as I could. Next time will be a longer stay, for sure. I’m glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your day trip ideas! Best, Gwen

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