5-Day Road Trip in Germany and Switzerland from Munich to Schaffhausen

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Embark on an unforgettable 5-day multi-country road trip across Germany and Switzerland! If traveling through picturesque landscapes and immersing yourself in the captivating cultures of destinations like Munich, Hohenschwangau, Füssen, Neuhausen, and Schaffhausen sounds like your idea of a great vacation, this iconic European tour is for you.

With this ultimate European tour package, you'll experience the essence of 2 incredible countries, each offering a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. You'll stay 3 nights in Germany and 1 night in Switzerland.

In the first leg of your journey, you'll find yourself in the heart of Germany, a land filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. You’ll collect your chosen rental car in the city of Munich and begin your adventure from there. Explore Munich, Hohenschwangau, and Füssen, where picturesque vistas and cultural gems await your exploration.

Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the diverse and vibrant landscapes of Switzerland. Immerse yourself in the allure of Neuhausen and Schaffhausen, where every street tells a story.

Your multi-country road trip brings you close to some of Europe’s most iconic attractions and landmarks, such as Neuhausen’s Rhine Falls. From must-see attractions to breathtaking viewpoints, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises you a glimpse into the unique features of this region in Europe.

Throughout your tour, you’ll stay at some of the best accommodations along your route. Our recommendations always include options with varying levels of comfort, ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels that cater to various preferences and budgets.

Your ultimate multi-country road trip across Germany and Switzerland will not be complete without indulging in some retail therapy! Embark on a quest for a rare souvenir in each destination. Beyond the thrill of buying unique goods, it’s also an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in local customs and interact with friendly locals at every stop.

By booking this holiday package, you can save yourself from the tedious task of researching and planning your road trip in Europe. We'll handle all the travel arrangements for your 5-day self-drive adventure in Germany and Switzerland. With our expertise, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience and focus on immersing yourself in incredible destinations without the stress of organizing every detail. This holiday deal also comes with 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide accessible via our mobile app to assist you throughout your journey.

Discover breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks in multiple European countries on one epic road trip! Travel across borders and experience the freedom of the open road as you create lifelong memories in Germany and Switzerland.

Choose your travel dates today and start planning your unforgettable multi-country road trip with Guide to Europe!

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Aerial view on Marienplatz town hall and Frauenkirche in Munich, Germany.Munich / 3 nights
Schaffhausen - city in SwitzerlandSchaffhausen / 1 night



Photo of Munich skyline with Marienplatz town hall in Germany.Marienplatz
photo of Neuschwanstein Castle at sunset in winter landscape in Germany.Neuschwanstein Castle
Photo of Rhine Falls or Rheinfall, Switzerland panoramic aerial view.Rhine Falls
English Garden, Bezirksteil Alte Heide - Hirschau, Schwabing-Freimann, Munich, Bavaria, GermanyEnglish Garden
Photo of aerial view of Olympiapark in German city Munich which hosted olympic games at 1972.Olympiapark
Victuals Market, Bezirksteil Angerviertel, Altstadt-Lehel, Munich, Bavaria, GermanyVictuals Market
photo of Hohenschwangau Castle in winter in Germany.Hohenschwangau Castle
photo of Musée et tour BMW .BMW Museum
photo of German Museum (Deutsches Museum) in Munich, Germany, the world's largest museum of science and technology .Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace with Park Munich Bavaria Germany Europe.Nymphenburg Palace
Photo of view of the futuristic looking headquarters of BMW car manufacturer in Munich, Germany.BMW Welt
Karlsplatz, Bezirksteil Kreuzviertel, Altstadt-Lehel, Munich, Bavaria, GermanyKarlsplatz (Stachus)
Königliche Kristall-Therme am Kurpark Schwangau, Schwangau, Landkreis Ostallgäu, Bavaria, GermanyKönigliche Kristall-Therme am Kurpark Schwangau
photo of view of Marienbrücke, Hohenschwangau, GermanyMarienbrücke


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Day 1

Day 1 – Munich - arrival day

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  • Karlsplatz (Stachus)
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Your unforgettable multi-country road trip in Germany and Switzerland begins the moment you arrive in the awe-inspiring region of Munich in Germany. You’ll check in at a top-rated hotel and stay in Munich for 2 nights.

Catch an early flight to Germany to enjoy as much time as possible exploring Munich before it’s time to hit the road and drive to your next destination. Discover the region’s rich history, breathtaking sights, and lively atmosphere with visits to the most popular attractions.

Find your way to your hotel in Munich. We recommend choosing a hotel in a central location for easy exploring. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM at hotels in Germany. Settle in and make plans for the evening.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in Germany and Switzerland, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Munich. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

Make sure to book a table at Atelier, a 2 Michelin star restaurant and a Bib Gourmand dining venue in Munich. This local gem’s delectable creative french cuisine is sure to leave a lasting impression. Atelier is highly regarded in the culinary world and boasts an impressive track record of satisfied customers.

Treat yourself to culinary excellence at EssZimmer, offering a Bib-Gourmand awarded dining experience. With its 2 Michelin star rating, it caters to the most discerning palates. The incredible modern french and creative cuisine at EssZimmer has earned praise globally.

If you're in the mood for something different, consider reserving a table at Alois - Dallmayr Fine Dining. This celebrated dining spot in Munich is renowned for its sumptuous meals and creative and modern menu. Countless patrons sing this Bib Gourmand restaurant's praises, adding to its 2 Michelin-star prestige.

Order some of the best-tasting cocktails and celebrate the night away at Zephyr Bar. This famous bar in Munich has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,016 customers.

You can also check out an equally popular bar in the area, Schneider Bräuhaus München. This amazing place never disappoints with its variety of drinks and fantastic ambiance. Schneider Bräuhaus München has received an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 9,282 customers.

If you want to visit another bar, we recommend Kennedy's Bar and Restaurant. This bar offers guests many choices of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to pair with a great night, helping it earn an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 5,885 customers.

Your multi-country road trip in Germany and Switzerland has only just begun. Brace yourself for more exciting days to come as you cross country borders in the comfort of your rental car and discover the most unique attractions, activities, and foods of each destination.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Munich

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Drive 26 km, 1 hour 9 min

  • Nymphenburg Palace
  • BMW Museum
  • BMW Welt
  • Deutsches Museum
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Day 2 of your multi-country road trip promises a full day of discoveries in beautiful Munich. Enjoy time off the road as you’ll be staying in the region for 1 night more before hitting the road again.

As the day unfolds, you’ll be delighted to find that the region of Munich boasts an array of restaurants and bars catering to every budget. Take this opportunity to sample the distinctive flavors of Germany.

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in Augustiner Klosterwirt GmbH, a distinguished dining establishment in Munich. It has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 7,224 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Munich is Ratskeller München. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 6,121 happy diners.

Kilians Irish Pub stands out as a local favorite in Munich. It offers a menu that promises to take you on a flavorful journey. Due to its reputation for delivering a good dining experience, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 5,188 customers.

After your meal, continue your getaway at one of the hottest bars in the region, Nuernberger Bratwurst Gloeckl am Dom. This bar has an impressive average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,035 customers.

Alternatively, you can grab a few shots of your favorite drink and have an amazing night at the famous Wirtshaus Zum Straubinger. This incredible bar has a vibrant atmosphere and plays great music, worthy of its average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,475 customers.

Rosi coffee & bar cannot be missed with its wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Around 2,119 bar lovers have given this place a seal of approval with their 4.3 out of 5 stars average rating.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Munich, Neuhausen, and Schaffhausen

  • Munich
  • Schaffhausen
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Drive 301 km, 4 hours 2 min

  • Marienplatz
  • Victuals Market
  • English Garden
  • Olympiapark
  • Rhine Falls
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 3 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, where you’ll be making 3 stops. The highlights of today include the wonderful destinations of Munich in Germany and Neuhausen in Switzerland. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Schaffhausen, your home for 1 night.

In Munich, the extraordinary Marienplatz awaits. This attraction is a valued square that boasts an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 118,139 travelers' reviews.

Another of the best travel destinations in Munich is the spectacular Viktualienmarkt. This attraction is a sightseeing destination that is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 58,191 visitors, making it a captivating highlight for all travelers.

You could then travel to the amazing English Garden. This local park and wonder has an overall review score of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 61,616 visitors, proving its popularity among travelers.

Olympiapark is another attraction you might want to add to your Munich exploration itinerary. This olympic park is a popular stop among travelers in the area, as seen in its average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 68,103 reviews.

Neuhausen’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Munich behind. This drive usually takes around 3 hours 22 min. Neuhausen welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

In Neuhausen, the extraordinary Rhine Falls awaits. This attraction is a valued waterfall that boasts an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 70,505 travelers' reviews.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Neuhausen, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Schaffhausen. This drive usually takes around 10 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Take some time off from the road, it’s time to check in at a top-rated stay in Schaffhausen. Choose a hotel where you can gently let go of the day’s excitement and enjoy some peace and relaxation.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in Germany and Switzerland, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Schaffhausen. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

Make sure to book a table at D'Chuchi, a luxury dining venue in Schaffhausen. This local gem’s delectable modern cuisine is sure to leave a lasting impression. D'Chuchi is highly regarded in the culinary world and boasts an impressive track record of satisfied customers.

Make a reservation at Hotel Kronenhof while immersing yourself in Schaffhausen. This distinguished restaurant offers imaginative dishes, with a remarkable rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 505 guests.

Discover the culinary treasures of Fassbeiz, a beloved dining establishment within Schaffhausen. Its exquisite menu promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to culinary bliss. Renowned for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 194 satisfied customers.

For a sip of relaxation, head over to Tabaco Lounge, a top-notch spot in the city scene. Whether you're unwinding solo or with pals, Tabaco Lounge has charmed many with its 4.6 out of 5-star rating, as attested by 234 happy guests.

Or, join the buzz at Bar No13, where locals and fellow explorers gather for good times and good chats. Bar No13 captures hearts with its 4.6 out of 5-star rating, drawing acclaim from 158 merry-makers.

And don't miss out on Suren's, another local party gem in Schaffhausen. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 124 reviews, highlighting its charm and popularity in the area.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Schaffhausen, Hohenschwangau, Füssen, and Munich

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Drive 340 km, 4 hours 53 min

  • Königliche Kristall-Therme am Kurpark Schwangau
  • Hohenschwangau Castle
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Marienbrücke
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Dive into day 4 of your remarkable multi-country road trip across Germany and Switzerland. Today's main destinations are Hohenschwangau in Germany, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Munich. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Hohenschwangau today.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Schaffhausen, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Set course for Germany! Under favorable conditions, your drive to Füssen may take around 2 hours 46 min. Upon your arrival in Füssen, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Something that makes Füssen the perfect holiday destination is that the village offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding spa, Königliche Kristall-Therme am Kurpark Schwangau. This local gem has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 6,166 visitors.

After soaking in Füssen’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Hohenschwangau. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 8 min. When you arrive in Hohenschwangau, it's time to take a break from the road.

Hohenschwangau Castle is a travelers’ favorite in Hohenschwangau, and today you’ll have the opportunity to discover it too! This one-of-a-kind attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 32,469 visitors.

In Hohenschwangau, don’t miss Neuschwanstein Castle, a great sightseeing destination and place to see in the village. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 89,719 reviews.

Check other top attractions in Hohenschwangau off your list when you visit the wonderful Marienbrücke. This popular sight is an outstanding point of interest, rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,397 travelers.

Set your GPS to Munich and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 43 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Munich beckons with new experiences!

This outstanding travel destination inspires so many travelers each year.

An exhilarating day of exploring and driving will have you longing for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Fortunately, Munich’s top hotels offer a lovely retreat at day’s end. Choose from options ranging from budget to luxury.

As the day slows down and turns into evening, we encourage you to indulge your taste buds at one of the top-rated restaurants in Munich. After a delicious dinner, experience the local nightlife or unwind at one of the region’s most popular bars.

Reserve your spot at Spatenhaus at the opera, a popular local restaurant in Munich. This culinary hotspot and its flavorful dishes have left a lasting impression on guests. Its dedication to culinary mastery is reflected by its 4.3 out of 5-star rating from 4,695 satisfied guests.

Make it a priority to experience Münchner Stubn during your stay in Munich. This popular local restaurant offers an unparalleled menu, with a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,255 discerning guests.

Explore the culinary wonders of Zum Dürnbräu, a popular local gem in Munich. Its enticing menu promises a journey through flavors that will leave a lasting impression. Renowned for its impeccable service, it boasts a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,242 satisfied guests.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Restaurant Savanna Munich, claiming it’s one of the best in the region. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,422 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is Pusser's. It is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,267 customers.

Ned Kelly's Australian Bar is a place where you can easily spend an hour or two of fun or relaxation. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,049 customers.

Savor the moment and raise a toast to yet another amazing day of your vacation in Germany and Switzerland! Enjoy your evening in Munich to the fullest by mingling with the locals at a bar, taking a stroll around the region center, or simply just relaxing.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Munich - departure day

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  • Eisbachwelle
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On day 5 you have reached the last destination of your European road trip. Catch one last glimpse of Munich before it’s time to leave.

Depending on how much time you have before your departure, you may want to engage in some last-minute shopping or souvenir hunting. Get some unique items to remind you of your great European road trip across Germany and Switzerland. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit some of the lesser-known attractions you have yet to discover.

As your final day in Germany unfolds, don’t miss the chance for a last-minute shopping spree in Munich’s shopping district. Your accommodation’s convenient location near the region’s shopping area offers the luxury of time, so you don’t have to limit yourself from leisurely strolling its streets amidst a collection of establishments.

Look for the perfect gift for your loved ones back home, or buy yourself a little keepsake to remind you of Germany.

Get a last taste of Germany’s tasty traditional food. Choose from a curated list of the best local food and drink spots in Munich and enjoy what may be your last vacation meal of this trip. Look forward to recreating these distinct culinary experiences in your own kitchen later to remind you of your unforgettable road trip across Germany and Switzerland.

The time has come to say farewell to Munich for now. You will realize that you’re traveling home with more than you came with as you look back at your 5-day European road trip in Germany and Switzerland with fond memories. Safe travels!

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