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10 days for Austria, Italy and Germany

Hello,

We are doing a road trip in September first week from Salzburg to Munich for 10 days. I tried to make a itinerary/route based on some suggestions and various posts. Please suggest, if you think any change would make it better or any place/route sould be replaced with other, based on one better than other.
We will not be doing any hike, but close walks are fine. Along way, we would like to stop at places for photography. I know, it is rush, but we do not know, if we will visit this place soon and Venice/Dolomites/Alps are too tempting to miss for us.

1: Reach Salzburg and stay

2: Full day in Salzburg

3: Day trip to St.Wolfgangsee/Hallstat, back to Salzburg

4: Leave Salzburg, visit Ramsau, Grossglockner road, stay at Heiligenblut

5: Heiligenblut to Venice drive via Udine. Park car at Tronchetto Parking and stay in Venice

6: Stay in Venice

7: Leave Venice at 12 noon, (A27, SS51) to Dolomites region, stay in/near Cortina [We will reach by 3 PM, should I stay further, to reduce next day travel?]

8: Leave Cortina (SP638), Passo Giau, Cernadoi, (SR48) Passo Pordoi, Canazei, (SS242) Passo Sella, Val Gardena, Val di Funes and stay near Santa Maddalena [Reason to take this route is photograph Santa Maddalena area, including iconic church]

9: Leave Santa Maddalena, Pikolein, (SS244) Bruneck, (SS49 - A22) Mittenwald and stay. In evening if we have time, go to Eng Alm and back at hotel.

10: Leave Mittenwald, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Linderhof Palace, Neuschwanstein Castle (from Marienbrücke bridge only) and reach Munich by evening/night

Thanks in advance.

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It’s all doable. You will be driving a LOT. Even the Cortina to Santa Maddalena. The passes, while not long in miles and while spectacular drives, are slow, tedious, drives with more than you can count switchbacks and hairpin turns. Plus the Giau takes you on a bit of a detour and adds. Lot of driving to that day. My opinion, skip it. The Sella and Gardena will suffice.

Not sure why you’re going from Santa Maddalena to Mittenwald via Bruneck. We found Bruneck to be a pretty forgettable town. Nothing bad, but nothing memorable.

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Thanks for chime in Paul.

Since I posted it, I found that there is only one availability in Santa Maddalena (Pension Sonia) on my dates, but I need to check, if they can accommodate extra roll-away bed. If they can't, I will be making different base and will do quick evening trip to this location.

Our day-7, 8, 9 still looking not in good shape now. As you suggested to skip Passo Giau, but it is not making big difference in overall distances. May be I was not able to follow you. Coming from Venice, I see two options but need your help here. I can come via Trento/Bolzano or I can come via SS51. It can be dependent on, how I plan to stay. I can have two bases, moving forward or I can make one base and do loops from there for 1.5 days.

I can skip Bruneck and take direct A22, A13, 177 to reach Mittenwald.

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You might want to pull off this trip with the Benny Hill theme on in the background.

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That was a helpful response.

We actually drove from Mals/Malles in the Val Venosta by the Swiss border to Merano, Bolzano, Stopped in Bruneck and then backtracked to the A22 and wound up in Mittenwald later afternoon.

Nights 7,8,9 I would stay in Alta Badia. La Villa, Colfosco or Corvara. We like La Villa. Stayed twice. This is 45 minutes west toward where you want to be. At the junction of a number of Dolomite Passes with Quintessential Dolomite scenery surrounding you.

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If I am following you correct, I will drive from Venice, to Cortina and reach Alta Badia via SR48, Passo Falzarego and SP24.

Probably we will have half day and next full day, before we leave third day to Mittenwald.

Should I go to Santa Maddalena on same evening and do some loop next day ?

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You do not take the Falzarego. You will pass the beginning to it. Right there is a terrific, quick to the top, cable car trip... Lagazuoi. Great trip needing maybe an hour.

You’ll continue to Valporola Pass to San Cassiano to La Villa.

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Got it.

How will I plan for rest of day and next full day. Do you have any suggestion ?

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Can you day trip to Santa Maddalena?

From say La Villa, drive to Corvara and over the Campolongo Pass to Arabba. Here take the Pordoi Pass to the Sella Pass, which in turn leads into the Gardena Pass (my fave drive) and back to La Villa. You can stop along the way, as at the “top” of the passes there is a cafe/restaurant, parking and trails leading to the peaks of the Dolomites. Even along the Sella you’ll find small lots to park and take paths to walk among the peaks.

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Yes, I can do day trip to Santa Maddalena and in that case, I would stay both nights at La Villa. Do you mean, I should do in second half of the day, I will reach ?

That loop seems to be a nice one. While leaving towards Mittenwald on third day, should be go on SS244-Brunneck-A22 and up or we will do towards Gardena pass again and up up with A22 ?

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To Mittenwald... exactly. I never tire of driving the Gardena. It’s amazing.

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Santa Maddalena should be done on the day I arrive ?
Reason I am asking this is, if I choose to reach Santa Maddalena directly from Venice, shortest route (per google map) takes me from Bolzano instead of the one which goes from Cortina.

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Never been, so,I can’t comment on when to go. Sorry.