Cesky Krumlov & Hluboká

Cesky Krumlov is definitely worth it and Hluboká castle as well!! Stay for a little bit in Prague also! It is a amazing city and its very family friendly

I 100% Second Cesky Krumlov! Make sure you stay at least one night though in the town. So many people only visit for a day trip and so it gets very busy during the peak hours. It’s really nice to be able to walk around earlier in the morning and the evening.

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Hohenschwangau

Take the scenic route through Bavaria, Germany. By that I mean Hohenschwangau (two King Lugwig II castles) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (near Zugspitze). If you know ahead of time what day you will be in Hohenschwangau, then buy tickets for the castles ahead of time. That way you won’t be disappointed. You also get to stand in the reserved ticket line which is the much shorter line.

istrian peninsula

A lot to cover in 23 days. Recommend the istrian peninsula (Rovinj, Pula etc if you’ve time). I know an amazing wine tour guide there if you’re into that sort of thing. Let me know if you end up doing it and I’ll send you her contact.

I would add Rijeka and Istrian Peninsula, specially the towns of Pula and Rovinj. Lake Bled and Piran in Slovenia and Vienna are very nice as well

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The view from the top of Zugspitze in summer on a partially cloudy day. We took the cable car ride up the mountain and the train in the tunnel back down the mountain. We saw some people climbing the mountain, but they had special gear. We did not hike in this area, though we know some people who walked along the lake (I presume on a trail). The photo I’ll attach shows the lake as it looks from up top. (The photo not great quality, since it was somewhat cloudy.) There is apparently a hike into a gorge near Garmisch-Partenkirchen that is supposed to be very scenic. (We ran out of time so didn’t do it.)

Berchtesgaden

My great aunt lived in Berchtesgaden it’s a beautiful Bavarian village. Definitely worth a visit.
I was skiing in Sillian and the area is really beautiful as well! Though not an old village, the scenery is breathtaking.

You’re so close to Berchtesgaden that it would be such a shame not to visit!! It was one of the highlights of my Europe Trip. Be sure to visit Lake Konigssee and take the early morning ferry to Salat. The hike around Lake Obersee is so stunning!! Also don’t miss Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj in Slovenia! So stunning in the summer. Be sure to bring a bathing suit for Lake Bohinj. You can rent a kayak or paddleboard by the hour or go for a swim in the lake. If it’s a hot day when you are there then the cool water will be appreciated. Also in Slovenia I’d recommend Piran! It’s on the coast and has the feel of an Italian town. The seafood is incredible.

Berchtesgaden with Konigsee Lake and Hitler’s Eagles Nest is a must and only 30mins from Salzburg

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While you are in Switzerland I would suggest a short diversion to either Zermatt or the Grindlewald/Lauterbrunnen area, either of which are stunning.
I strongly recommend to visit the high mountains in Switzerland and take even a small hike there. I went to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald valley, which are next to each other, a year ago and did my first ever mountain hike there. Bernese oberland and the lake area between Luzern and Interlaken is one of the most beautiful areas in Europe! (I have visited 28 countries in Europe.) Another extraordinarily scenic area is the Croatian coast if you have time. The Istrian peninsula was not so special in my opinion compared to the Dalmatian coast but it’s worth visiting still if you haven’t been to Croatia and because it’s closer to your route than the other coastal regions of Croatia.

You will miss to discover one of the worlds most beautiful and lovely cities if you miss Luzern (Lucerne) with its famous wooden bridge, the lake, the oldtown and all these surrounded by the mountains, where you can easily go up. Its about 30-45minutes by car from zurich. If you can go from bern, via lake lucern to Zurich it would be amazing. The train to lucerne is spectacular journey and lake lucern was stunning and the village gorgeous.


While you are in Switzerland I would suggest a short diversion to either Zermatt or the Grindlewald/Lauterbrunnen area, either of which are stunning. 

I strongly recommend to visit the high mountains in Switzerland and take even a small hike there. I went to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald valley, which are next to each other, a year ago and did my first ever mountain hike there. Bernese oberland and the lake area between Luzern and Interlaken is one of the most beautiful areas in Europe! (I have visited 28 countries in Europe.) Another extraordinarily scenic area is the Croatian coast if you have time. The Istrian peninsula was not so special in my opinion compared to the Dalmatian coast but it’s worth visiting still if you haven’t been to Croatia and because it’s closer to your route than the other coastal regions of Croatia.

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We were in Poland this past summer.
Let me say this: Without exaggeration, Poland is one of the most under-rated destinations in the world, and I have been to 43 countries.
It is far more interesting than many much higher profile destinations in western Europe that I won’t list because some people are going to get defensive.

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Speaking about what I know well, when you are in northern Italy, and if you want to visit Venice, from Venice instead of going east to Slovenia, go north and follow the Piave river to around Belluno, and from there to Brunico (Brünich) and visit Dolomites. From Brunico go east along Val Pusteria to Lienz and from there visit Carintia in Austra. Then from there you can go south to Slovenia. Going east from Venice instead, you pass through a nice region in Italy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, but if you never visited Dolomites and Carintia, that are nearby, I would recommend to see these first. Google them so you can decide, and feel free to ask.

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I recommend a visit to Durnstein in the Wachau river valley in Austria. You should visit the Melk Monastery while you’re there. Cesky Krumlov in southern Czechia is beautiful. Lake Bled in Slovenia is wonderful.

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South Germany, Garmisch area as mentioned above is beautiful. As is Verona and Lake Garda. Definitely worth a visit but looks like your time is fairly limited. I would add Innsbruck, then head to Garmish and Oberammergau of the Bavarian area of Germany. This is a very beautiful area before heading to Salzburg.

Other Tips

In addition to the points made above about checking whether you can take a car across international borders, the implications for insurance, the cost of fuel, and the need to buy vignettes (motorway permits) for some of the countries on your list, also be certain that you can fit four people with luggage into the car. Also, the majority of cars in Europe have manual transmissions.
This site can give you a better idea of travel times and likely costs than Google — tweak the
options for improved accuracy:
https://www.viamichelin.com/
And parking in Venice requires unusual skills.

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