Germany is such a beautiful country and there is so much to see! Here is a detailed itinerary on places to explore throughout Germany if you only have 3 days. Prices here are shown per person and even calculated for a group of 4.
Day 1: Castle Tour
Attraction: Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle (Sleeping Beauty Castle inspiration)
Location: Hohenschwangau (2hrs via train from Munich)
Food: Eat breakfast at lodging: The Tent. Pack lunch to eat on train or purchase from village shops.
Transportation: Purchase Bayern rail / Bavaria Ticket – Valid on all local trains of all rail companies and all transport association services (S-Bahn, subway, trams and buses) throughout Bavarian Region
€ 38.00 total for everyone. (€ 23 + € 5 for each additional passenger up to 5 people)
Reserve tickets online no less than 2 days beforehand. Tickets may only be purchased on site at ticket counter.
Admission prices: Student (ID Card) – College students: € 21.00, Adult (over 18): € 23.00, + € 3.60 reservation fee / p.p., + € 7 if you want to go to the King’s Museum (or just 1 castle is ~ 11 EUR)
From ticket counter to castle [15 min bus ride]: Horse carriage €9/person round trip or bus for €2.60/person round trip
Pre-Departure: Reserve 1:55PM Tour time
9:53AM Take morning train from Munich hbf to Füssen (2 hours) > transfer to bus 78 for Castles > Pick up tickets no later than 1hr prior to start time in Hohenschwangau village > walk uphill to catch bus for Marienbrücke (2.6 EUR round trip) > admire castle, take pictures > continue by foot on path (15 mins) to castle entrance > wander until tour begins
12:00PM Arrive in Füssen
Eat lunch on train or purchase lunch in village
1:55PM Castle Tour
3:42PM Take bus back to Füssen train station
4:06PM Take train back to Munich <2hrs>
Arrive in Munich in time for supper. Go to market and get food for tomorrow and/or supper. Go out for supper or take bus back to lodging & rest and eat supper.
Transportation: Purchase Bavaria Regional Ticket for € 38 / day / for everyone allowing unlimited travel throughout region
Lodging: Stay in Munich previous night at AirBnB near central station.
Stay at The Tent for €8-12 / person / night: http://www.the-tent.com/en_index.htm
Day Total: €145 + €64 Lodging + Food €80 (€10/meal (Lunch & Supper)/person) = €293 all/ €86 individual
Day 2: Dachau City and Concentration Camp Tour
Visiting a concentration camp is a pretty somber visit. You may want to set aside a time to decompress and unwind afterward.
Location: Dachau (19km north of Munich)
Food: Eat large breakfast at The Tent. Pack Lunch
Price: Memorial Site: Free (optional audio guide €3), Dachau Palace: €2
Transportation: Walk or purchase München XXL Group Day Pass for €15,40. This allows for unlimited travel of up to 5 adults for 1 day in zones 1 & 2.
Take train & bus to Dachau using München XXL group pass
Pack up belongings and store in locker at train station.
Leave early for station to go to market and get food for lunch
9:48AM Take train S2 towards Altomünster departs station > stay on for 9 stops (21 minutes) > transfer to bus 726 at Dachau Bahnhof > stay on bus for 7 stops (7 minutes) > get off at Dachau, KZ-Gedenkstätte > walk 2 minutes to memorial site > Arrive at 10:30AM
10:30AM Self-guided tour (audio 3 EUR) or wait for tour to start, snack
11:00AM English tour starts (free)
Spend 2-3+ hours there
Find a park to eat lunch and process & decompress.
3:00 PM Explore city of Dachau
Possibilities: Dachau Palace & Park [renaissance castle, court garden],
Palace: Walk to bus stop > Take bus 726 towards Dachau Bahnhof for 3 stops (3 mins) > transfer to bus 722 for 6 stops (6 mins) > Get off at Dachau, Rathaus > walk 2 minutes to Kurfürst-Max-Emanuel-Platz
Transit time: 20 mins
Visit painting gallery and palace (4 min walk)
Arrive back at train station (change into nicer clothes)
Go out for supper and explore last night in Berlin
Travel to Berlin overnight via Flixbus for €9,9/person
Day Total: €31 + Food €80 (€10/meal (Lunch & Supper)/person) = €111
Day 3: Berlin
Transportation: Small Group Ticket €17.80 – unlimited travel throughout Berlin for up to 5 passengers
Lodging: PLUS Berlin – check in starts at 3pm but can drop stuff off early
PLUS Berlin: Luxury Hostel: €105 for 2 nights for 4 people, buffet breakfast +€7/person/day
Alternative lodging: One80 Hostel: Luxury Hostel: Great reviews, brilliant price. 136 EUR – 199 EUR (Breakfast included) for 4 people staying 2 nights [€17 – 24 / person / night]
Arrive at 8:45AM at Berlin Bus Station (ZOB, Messedamm)
Purchase BVG Small group ticket at station
Call ahead to hostel to see how early we can drop off our stuff or lock up at train station
Explore, hang out, and grab brunch
2:00PM Take train to hostel > walk from station to S Messe Nord/ICC Berlin (3 mins) > take train S42 to S Westkreuz > get on train S75 towards Wartenburg > Get off at S+U Warschauer Str. > walk 2 mins to destination
2:45PM Arrive & check in at PLUS Berlin
Rest, shower, and decide where to go
Museums: €24 – 3 day pass for all Berlin Museums/€18 – 1 day pass/€10-12 per museum, Students: 50% off
Rent bikes from hostel and ride to Alexanderplatz €12 day rental/€24 tandem bike
Stops along the way: East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a section of the Berlin Wall that is now the world’s longest open air gallery.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but hopefully this can serve as a starting point or a reference for you. I only touched on the Berlin, Munich, and Dachau but there are so many other great cities to visit and worth spending a couple of extra days!
*Check groupon with specific country code for local food & hotel deals
*If you are a student, invest in an International Student ID card such as the ISIC that is accepted throughout Europe. Lots of places offer student or youth (under 26) discounts.
*Prices are usually cheaper during the off season or during the weekday
Day 1 Castle Tour Alternative: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich
Food: Eat breakfast at The Tent. Pack Lunch.
Price: $60 USD/p.p. for tour & transportation + 22 EUR/p.p. for castle entrance fees + $ for food
Transportation: Travel from lodging place to KARSTADT at Bahnhofpl. 7:
Bahnhofpl is across the street from the main station Hauptbahnhof.
Take bus to Bahnhofpl from lodging with München XXL group pass and arrive at 8:00AM
8:30AM – Tour departs from the front of the KARSTADT Department Store at Bahnhofpl. 7, opposite the main railway station. The meeting point is easy to locate and the guide will be waiting.
4 hours to explore Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castle and grounds & eat
1 hour to explore Linderhof
6:30PM – Arrive back at pickup spot
Total Time: 10.5 Hours (approx.)
Go to market and get food for tomorrow and/or supper. Go out for supper or take bus back to lodging & rest and eat supper.