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Where to spend 3 days somewhere between Munich and the Dolomites

My husband and I are traveling to Austria and Italy early September. We are in our 60's and love moderate hikes and sightseeing. We like small towns (don't like big cities) and are looking for suggestions for what to do and where to spend our first few days.

We are flying to Munich and renting a car, which we'll have for our entire trip. We've traveled in Austria and Italy previously (loved it), but this time I'm struggling with a plan for the first 3 days of our trip. After that we have reservations in Ortesie for 4 days and 4 days in Cortina to hike in the Dolomites. We then will drive the Grossglockner Road and spend the night in Werfen and see the Castle and Ice Caves. We drive back to Munich and then fly home.

So, I'm looking for suggestions as to where and what we should do our first few days. We were in Salzburg 2 years ago and in Innsbrook about 10 years ago. We're looking for possible sightseeing options or wonderful hiking options between Munich and the Dolomites.

Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks

Posted by
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You might look at some of the smaller charming towns along the way, with nice walks and hikes in the area. Merano and Bressanone come to mind.

Or, if you have a interest in the history and practice of mountaineering, you could visit one or more of the Reinhold Messner museums:

https://www.dolomites.org/things-to-do/messner-mountain-museums/

If you have an interest in architecture, the one near Bruneck designed by Zaha Hadid would be at the top of the list.

Posted by
1588 posts

I did a similar trip in 2021. When exactly will those 3 days be? Perhaps you can select a few candidates and find out if there are special events of interest. Then, take it from there to decide.

Seefeld, Merano, Zillertal, ...etc. mentioned above are all nice. I have been to Seefeld and really enjoyed it. Another factor to think about -- how do you want to break up the drive? Do you want to travel on highways or on country roads?

One more thing -- check if there is significant construction in Cortina. It will host the next winter Olympics. There are cheaper and more convenient alternatives, such as Toblach.

Posted by
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Take a look at the village of Hohenschwangau. It's got charm and a couple of fabulous castles including its namesake as well as Neuschwanstein. Fussen is a larger nearby option. FYI - we spent one night in Hohenschwaangau on our way to Munich from Zurich and didn't have time to visit Fussen.