13 Day Itinerary (Backpacking Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia)

This itinerary will take you to Mozart's home town, inside a spectacular fortress with stunning views, enjoying delicious German cuisine in the heart of Bavaria, through the Austrian mountains, staying at a beautiful lodge with a breath taking mountain view, strolling the beautiful streets of Ljubljana, and finally a visit at the worlds smallest funicular.


Day 1-3  Salzburg, Austria -  Local currency Euros
  • Fly into Salzburg, Austria airport
  • City bus from airport to city centre - €2.40/ea
  • Walk along the pedestiran roads
  • Stroll through  Getreidegasse (Streets of old town)
  • Head to Festung Hohensalzburg (Fortress) - for an amazing view of the mountains and the city
  • Grab something to eat at Gustav €€ - open until 6pm
 Our couple days in Salzburg: "Backpacking Central Europe: Salzburg, Austria"

Day 3-6  Munich, Germany - Local currency Euros
  • Take the Flixbus to Munich  - €8-10/ea
  • Walk around the city centre taking in the sights: Marienplatz, Residenz, New Town Hall, Frauenkirche.
  • Spend a couple hours exploring the Olympia Park and the Olympiaturm
  • Take a drive/train to Starnberg Lake
  • Eat at Bodhi for delicious vegan German food. €€€
Day 6-8  Innsbruck, Austria - Local currency Euros
  • Take the Flixbus to Innsbruck - €8-10/ea
  • Wander around the Old Town
  • Check out the Christmas Market (If you are here Nov 15-Dec 25)
  • Climb up Stadtturm (tower) for a view of the city. €3.50/ea
  • Grab a bite at Go Vegan Innsbruck €€


Day 8-9  Bad Hofgastein, Austria - Local currency Euros
  • Take the train to Bad Hofgastein - €14-20/ea
  • Stoll around the town centre
  • Sit on a bench at the park and take in the beautiful scenery

Day 9-10  Ljubljana, Slovenia  - Local currency Euros
  • Take the train to Ljubljana - €35-40/ea
  • Tour around Ljubljana Castle
  • Take a stroll though old town and along the river
  • Grab a bite to eat at Loving Hut €


Day 10-13 Zagreb, Croatia - Local currency Croatian Kuna
  • Take the Flixbus to Zagreb  - €8-10/ea
  • Tram to city centre - 10kn/ea
  • Ride the world's smallest funicular
  • Walk to Old town and visit St. Mark's Square
  • Have a picnic in the art park (Must visit during the summer) 
  • Get a picture with the statue at Trg bana Jelačića
  • Visit the vegan friendly establishment 'Potato House' €
  • Airport transfer from coach station to airport - 30kn/ea

Our couple days in Zagreb: "Backpacking Central Europe: Zagreb, Croatia"

Following this itinerary you'll get a nice taste of Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. Depending on the time of year you could go hiking in the mountains or snowboarding and skiing. There is a lot of potential to make your trip even more full of activities. Just add some more time in each place as needed to fit in the things you'd enjoy. Any time of year is a great time to see these places but keep in mind in the off season some of the sights might be closed. For example, in November when the season changes from Summer to Winter the lifts to the mountains are shut down.

We found that everything went really smoothly and we were happy with all of the places we choose to stop. We were definitely a bit worn out by the time we got to Zagreb but overall the travelling wasn't too much to handle. We tried to give ourselves time to rest and not be too rushed in each place while making the most of our time everywhere.

This really was a trip of a lifetime for us and we will look back with fond memories of our backpacking/flashpacking trip around this part of Europe.

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Comments

  1. It's amazing to read your itinerary also because it's almost the same we did. We have been to Austria (Salzburg and Innsbruck) and now we are in Germany. Munich will be our next destination.
    Love your videos :)

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    1. Awesome! I think it's probably one of the easier routes to take when exploring.

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  2. Great itinerary guys and awesome to see some vegan places on there. We have to start watching your videos! Happy travelling you two, Chris and Katie x

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    1. Thanks. We did find some delicious vegan eats!

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  3. I dream about traveling about Europe! This sounds like a really incredible trip! Thanks for the tip :)

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  4. Wow, what a tour, sound very well planned!
    Some of the locations we have also seen, some still missed, especially in austria.
    How were your experiences with the flixbus? And how was your experience with the planning - you felt like you had enough time to explore?
    P.S. cool videos, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. We had no problems with the Flixbus. It arrived on time and had wifi on board. The coach was warm and clean. Even toilet roll in the toilet!

      We felt we stayed in each place long enough. Not much more we wanted to see.

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  5. Wow, that's definitely a whirlwind tour! My only experience in Austria is in Vienna, though my grandmother was born in Graz! I found Vienna quite expensive when I went, how'd you find Austria in general pricewise? That's one of my concerns that's holding me back from going again!

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    1. Eating out in Austria was quite expensive. We mostly went to shops and bought food to make something in the hotel! Sightseeing however was reasonably priced.

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  6. Oh what a fantastic itinerary! I would love to visit Austria and The Sound of Music set!

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  7. I totally like the idea of the post, of putting together an itinerary as an overview of a couple of posts and inspiration for own travels - cheers! If you allow me the comment though, as I'm German I know I might be sensitive here, but Bavaria is absolutely not a genuine experience of Germany ;) But no mean to offend, I can see you had a lovely time and hope you'll return some time!

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    1. No offence taken. Where should we go to get the genuine experience of Germany?

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  8. Wow I love the detailed itinerary, very useful! I just visited Germany and wish I could have seen more. I would love to visit Slovenia and Croatia as well. Hopefully soon!

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    1. Germany has so much to see. We wish we had more time in all these places!

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  9. A great itinerary guys, and hats off to you for packing so much in :-) I love Innsbruck and Salzburg in particular, especially the dramatic mountain scenery that hems in the buildings of the former. If you do get to revisit Slovenia, I would heartily recommend seeing more of this beautiful country if you can - a truly stunning little gem!

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    1. Thanks. We hope to see more of Slovenia one day. We fell in love with Ljubljana.

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  10. It seems a very good itinerary, that manages to see some interesting spots in four countries in only 13 days! Probably it must have been more difficult to plan than to execute and now I wan to try that tiny funicular in Zagreb!

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    1. We probably should have gave ourselves more time, but we couldn't really afford to do it at the time.

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  11. Wow, this looks like a lot of fun! I've only been to Germany out of your list, but I would love to see everything else on this itinerary someday.

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    1. We highly recommend Austria. Those mountains are amazing.

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  12. Travelling around Europe make me proud how wonderful is our Area! We have everything here, fascinating history, typical and good cuisine, nature, iconic culture! I love your itinerary and it's a perfect guide who wants to do the same! thanks for sharing

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  13. Some really nice sights for sure. But it is missing so much in some of the countries, I would really recommend staying a bit longer in Slovenia. There are still places such as Piran at the coast and of course lake Bled to see. :)

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    1. Yeah, we really wanted to spend more time in Slovenia. We couldn't afford to stay much longer than we did.

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  14. Nice itinerary. Looks like you have planned it well. Also thanks for the tip that some sights are closed during the off season. Would hate to miss them!

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    1. Thanks. It was kind of a bummer that so many sights were closed, but it helped us decide where to go!

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  15. Loved watching the videos and how meticulously you have planned and written about the itinerary you followed. Superb job! We plan to make a trip through Europe in a couple of years and can only imagine how fulfilling the trip must have been for you!

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    1. There is so much to see in Europe! Plan for having a lot of time to do it all in.

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  16. I love the way you have shared your plan day-wise. You seem to have covered all the major sights comfortably. I am yet to do that part of Europe and when I plan that I will be taking up this one.

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    1. Awesome! Enjoy your time when you make it to that part of Europe.

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  17. You did quite a few sights during your 13 days adventure and you managed to keep the costs very reasonable. I am happy to see that you included Slovenia in your trip. It's such a beautiful but not so known touristic destination yet.

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    1. We tried to make the most of our 13 days! Wish to have seen more of Slovenia and Croatia though.

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  18. Road tripping Europe must be a dream come true! Your itinerary is great, and it seems you succeeded in visiting a lot of cool places. My favorite part of your trip is Bad Hofgastein, Austria.

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    1. Thanks. We really enjoyed Bad Hofgastien and the mountains. It was a highlight.

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  19. The itinerary is a good one. We have enjoyed similar such trips across Europe as a family.

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  20. Your itinerary looks like a great plan! Would love to visit Innsbruck. Everybody tells that it's a beautiful city. But would definitely go on winter time and have some fun snowboarding in the mountain. 😉 Congrats for you post!

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    1. Innsbruck was a lovely town. It would be amazing during ski season!

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  21. Which was the favorite place you visited? I like Ljubljana the most, but then again it's my hometown so I might be biased :)

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    1. We would probably say Ljubljana as well. You could feel so much pride in the city and it had breath taking architecture. Also the city was very vegan friendly, which is a much have for us!

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  22. That is a great itinerary. I think one can follow it as is and have a great couple of weeks. Do you think I could self drive the entire route and do it in similar timeframe? Thanks

    Loved your videos. Especially of Dubrovnik and the wall art/murals there.

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    1. I would think it would be easily driven. Maybe give yourself a couple more days in Austria or Slovenia if that was the case though! We travelled mostly by bus, but we did have a longer train journey.

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  23. Love how short and simple this itinerary is. Too many are overpacked with things to do and I feel like you never really get to see a place if you have to rush around everywhere. I much rather enjoy taking my tame with a leisurely stroll. (:

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    1. When we used to travel we would try to pack everything in. We realized you soon forgot everything you saw. Its better to do fewer activities and do them well. :)

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  24. This is so helpful. Thank you for sharing all the information and videos. Loved your post

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  25. I quite like the way you have planned the trip. The itinerary looks absolutely promising . Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Awesome to hear! We had an amazing time on this itinerary

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  26. It is always so interesting to see the budget for this type of trips! And also really helpful when trying to plan for food and sightseeing. I would love to visit Croatia for a longer period of time as we just briefly passed through it this summer on our way to Slovenia. Slovenia and Ljubljana were gorgeous though! definitely a place I would love to return to.

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    1. Yeah Slovenia is especially beautiful. We wish we got to see more of Slovenia and Croatia but we'll have to wait until next time.

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  27. Thank you for an inspiration :-) It sounds like you had a fantastic time! Your videos are really great, love it :-)

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    1. You are welcome! Thank you for watching our videos. :)

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  28. I have been reading about Salzburg here for a while... but today only it struck me that it is Mozart's hometown too! Overall an excellent itinerary to make the most of a limited period.

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    1. Thanks, we tried our best to see everything of interest to us.

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