Soaking up the sights of Salzburg on your next getaway? Sehr gut! If you fly into Munich Airport, Shuttle Direct’s transfer service will whisk you off to Mozart’s birthplace in no time. But while you may think that your holiday adventures only begin once you’ve reached your accommodation, this is a big mistake: our scenic airport transfer route from Munich to Salzburg passes by several natural and cultural troves that you may want to ask your driver about – and return to if you want to spice up your city break! Although our route is peppered with more picturesque places than we can count, read on for our favourite four places along the way.
A few minutes into your ride from Munich to Salzburg, you’ll pass the Speichersee, situated just north-east of the Bavarian capital. This stunning lake, which is about 7 kilometres long and 1 kilometre wide, is particularly popular among locals and tourists in the summer months, during which its banks are scattered with sunbathers. If you’re looking for a refreshing change of pace, the lake is also ideal for swimming, thanks to its relatively shallow waters and pleasantly cool temperatures.
Travelling in autumn or winter? No problem. Even if you can’t bronze your bod or go for a dip, a tranquil stroll around the Speichersee is guaranteed to introduce you to some of the area’s finest scenery. If you’d like to get an insight into Bavarian village life, it’s also worth exploring the surrounding towns, such as Kirchheim, Pliening and Finsing, and grabbing a bite to eat in one of their lovely inns.
Recommended Visit Time: Half-Day Visit
This independent city is an eclectic mix of old and new. Although its intricate facades and cobbled streets may feel like blasts from the past, you’ll find that Rosenheim is at the forefront of contemporary art. If you’re interested in letting your own creative juices flow, you can even craft your own masterpiece at the Städtische Galerie Rosenheim. And if that doesn’t catch your fancy, don’t worry: there are a whopping 5,000 exhibits all around the city, ranging from painting to weapon collections.
In addition to its art scene, Rosenheim is famous for its bustling town centre, which is lined with stellar shops that you certainly won’t find back home. After enjoying a relaxing wander around the city’s hotspots, why not reward yourself with a refreshing beverage in one of Rosenheim’s many beer cellars? A local favourite, the Mailkeller am Roßacker, is particularly noteworthy: it dates back to 1645, and is a perfect spot for sipping on a Hefeweizen and for tapping your foot along to some traditional Bavarian music. Prost!
Recommended Visit Time: If you’re interested in getting a more comprehensive overview of the city’s attractions, which include parks, museums and architectural wonders, plan on a full-day trip.
3. Mündung der Tiroler Achen
About halfway through your transfer from Munich to Salzburg, you’ll see the Mündung der Tiroler Achen whizz past your window. Although this attraction is nearly impossible to pronounce if you don’t speak German, don’t write it off on the grounds of its challenging name. This stunning spot marks the point at which the river of Großache flows into the Chiemsee, a beautiful lake that is often known as ‘the Bavarian Sea’.
If you’re a nature lover, don’t think twice about visiting this inland delta, which is a conservation area and is world-renowned for its rare and incredibly diverse flora and fauna. Most notably, the delta is home to approximately 300 different bird species, including goosanders and corncrakes. Although it’s forbidden to enter the area’s core zone, it’s possible to sign up for hikes and boat rides that’ll take you as close to the action as possible. Don’t forget your binoculars and cameras!
Recommended Visit Time: If you’d like to hike, it’s best to opt for a full-day visit. For shorter outings, such as boat rides, a half-day visit is a possibility.
4. Bad Reichenhall
Near the end of our route from Munich to Salzburg, we’ll drive past Bad Reichenhall, a dreamy, almost fairytale-like town that’s nestled in the Chiemgau Alps. This settlement is famous for its saline springs and brine ponds, whose high-quality salt has provided a handsome source of income for the town and surrounding communities since the Middle Ages. In the early nineteenth century, the recognised health benefits of Bad Reichenhall’s salty air and waters began attracting thousands of visitors who were recuperating from illnesses. While the town still serves as a perfect place for recovering in style today, it now also draws in many tourists who want to treat themselves to a chic spa day.
When you’re ready to escape the hustle and bustle of Salzburg for a few hours, simply take a 30-minute bus ride to Bad Reichenhall – and let the pampering begin! While you’re looking out over the Alps, why not indulge in a bubbling thermal bath, a balmy sauna session or a soothing massage? This peaceful experience is – quite literally – a breath of fresh air.
Recommended Visit Time: Half-Day Visit
From Munich to Salzburg
If you’re hoping to venture beyond Salzburg on your holiday, our airport transfer from Munich to Salzburg offers the perfect sneak peek into your next Alpine adventure. Ready, set… and swim, hike, sightsee or relax!
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NB. This route guide has been compiled as an aid to visiting the region. Your airport transfer service from Munich to Salzburg does not include stops to these destinations.