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The "Deutsche Hochalpenstrasse"  — or more simple: the German (High) Alpine Road is Germany's oldest holiday route —  a scenic driving road carving its way past numerous shimmering lakes, green meadows, gorgeous alpine panoramas and magnificent castles like Neuschwanstein — Germany's most visited attraction. The German Alpine Road is easy to travel, even for nervous drivers. Lanes are wide, speed-limits are generous and with the good built quality an enjoyable journey is almost guaranteed. Occasional hill climbs and a few twists paired with fast sweeping straights make the road a real pleasure to drive.

  • 450 km running parallel to the Austrian border in Bavaria, from Lindau at the Bodensee (Lake Constance) in the west all the way to Lake Königssee near Berchtesgaden in the east of Bavaria.

For driving enthusiasts we recommend to divert off the German Alpine Road occasionally and cross border into Austria to upgrade your driving experience here and there with on of the high alpine passes close by.

This scenic road trip introduces you to the stunning Alpine landscapes and the uniquely rich Bavarian culture in the south of Germany. Beer gardens, lederhosen, green pastures, glimmering lakes, fairylike castles and traditional villages: Bavaria is sprawled with numerous charming things to discover along the way. 

Check out our Driving Tour over the German Alpine Road and enjoy effortless navigation with a pre-programmed GPS along the most scenic stretches of the German Alpine Holiday Route.

The oldest touring road in Germany follows the journey as the Bavarian King Maximillian II conducted in 1858. 21 years later in 1879 the publication of a historical travel log spoke about the route. It was in 1927 that the medical officer Dr. Knorz had the idea to connect the valleys along the Austrian-Bavarian border and said: „The transition of the Bavarian Alps, from Lindau to Berchtesgaden, is outstanding beauty which the travelling public should see."

Later Hitler made the road one of his prestige projects and had the German Touring Club drew up plans by 1932. A year later the first constructions took place and existing streets were included, other parts built completely new. By 1939 approximately 275 km / 170 miles of road were complete. During WWII the project lost importance to te regime and it was only in 1960 that the full 450 KM were finally completed.


  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle (which literally translates to New Swan Stone Castle)

  • the Rococo style Church of Wies

  • the Linderhof Palace

  • Europe’s most beautiful gorges: Partnachklamm

  • the isle of Mainau. Mainau is a "flowering island" notable for its parks and gardens

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