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2 weeks in August - Munich, Salzburg, Zell am See

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2 weeks in August - Munich, Salzburg, Zell am See


We are a couple in our late 20s/early 30s planning a 2 week trip in late August/early September. We are unsure how many days to spend in each place and we would like some advice on our plans. We will be starting off and finishing in Munich (getting train from London - Munich). We are not big city people - while we enjoy wandering round interesting cities and seeing the main sights, we are not too bothered about museums/art galleries and the like so may not need as long as most people in a city to see everything we want. We are much more outdoors people interested in beautiful scenery, walking, scenic day trips etc. So far we are thinking of something like:

Munich 2 1/2 days - probably just have time for the city itself. Are there any easy day trips we could do or anything we should consider extending our time in Munich for?

Salzburg 3 1/2 days - we would like to see Salzburg itself and do a trip or two - options could be Hallstatt (is it worth going here if we are going to Zell am See anyway? How long does it take to get there on train/bus?), Werfen for the ice caves, Berchtesgaden/Konigsee (is it feasible to see both in one day, going by train/bus from Salzburg?). Any others we should consider?

Zell am See 7 days - trips to Krimml waterfalls, Grossglockner and Kitzsteinhorn glacier as well as some days for relaxing, hikes in the mountains above Zell am See, boat trip on the lake etc. We have read there is white water rafting in Taxenbach. Anyone know anything about this? What grade is the water (on rafting grade of 1-6)?

We would be grateful for any advice, particularly on the number of days for each place. Anything obvious we have missed out which we should see?

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1. Re: 2 weeks in August - Munich, Salzburg, Zell am See

You would probably enjoy the sights of the Englisher Garten in Munich. Very popular and pretty place. There are 2 beer gardens there and the further one has a nice lake where you can even rent a small electric boat.

Of course Marienplatz, the main downtown pedestrian area and the beautiful churches around there. Panorama Tours does nice city tours. You can get them in front of Hertie Dept. store right across from the main train station. Also, a trip to Dacchau if you are so inclined. It's a short train ride, but is closed on Monday.

You mention all the places to visit while staying around Salzburg, but don't forget to take the time to explore this gem of a city. Very easy to do and lots to see.

Zell am See has the lake and beautiful view on top of the mountain via the cable car. Boat trips are pretty frequent on the lake. Krimml waterfalls are wonderful. Beautiful walkways leading to the falls. The Grossglockner is also not to be missed. You can drive it yourself or arrange for a tour. Bob's Tours in Salzburg offers a full day of the Grossglockner. Hallstaat is a gem, but make sure you visit on a clear day to appreciate the beauty. We arrived on a cloudy day and wondered what all the fuss was. The next morning we were enthralled at the beauty of the town.

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2. Re: 2 weeks in August - Munich, Salzburg, Zell am See

You state that you like outdoors then Berchtesgaden area is the place to go. There is the salt mines, jenner cable car, lake konigsee, hitlers tea house all great sites to see. When my wife and I went we took 2 days there it is worth it. Good luck and have a great time.

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While in Munich you might enjoy walking the grounds of Schloss Nymphenburg (palace) which is about a 15 minute tram ride from the center of town. There is also a huge biergarten within walking distance of the palace. Neuschwanstein could be a day trip out of Munich but it is quite a long ride as a day trip.

In salzburg you can take a Panorama tour which will visit Berchtesgarden and Konigsee in the same day. I recall it takes about 4 hours for the tour. Salzburg is a beautiful city for walking. Don't miss the Augustiner Brau brewery which is a nice walk uphill from the allstadt .

We visited Hallstadt but stayed overnight because it takes quite a while to travel to and from by train. It is well worth the visit because it is absolutely gorgeous. Have a wonderful trip.

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