Bavaria/Salzburg/Hallstatt -- Weather and Rental vs. Train ???

We are travelling after Easter to Munich and southern Germany as well as Salzburg and hopefully to Hallstatt Austria. What kind of weather should we expect. We may also try to take in a trip to Zugspitze. We are also trying to decide on whether to rent a car or just travel by train. We are arriving at Munich Train Station on 4/28 and leaving Europe on 5/3 via Munich Airport.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Mike P.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
2462 posts

The weather in Austria is often glorious in the Spring. But April is a short month, and 4/28 to 5/3 will just leave you 4 days on the ground. Munich alone is worth 4 days by itself, and Hallstadt is probably just too far for your time.

I'd suggest you stay in Munich and take a train over to Salzburg 4/30 afternoon. Come back into Munich late on on 5/2 and stay somewhere out by the airport. There's a Courtyard by Marriott that's well priced with transportation.

Posted by Tom
Lewiston, NY
10062 posts

I somewhat disagree with the last poster. April tends to be one of the wetter times of year in the region around the Alps. Temperatures are usually mild, but expect at least some rainfall.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
2462 posts

Tom:

You're absolutely right about some months being wetter than others. I know you wouldn't want to visit Aspen, Colorado in May due to heavy rains. Both residents and tourists stay away.

When I lived in Innsbruck Summer, 1970, it rained virtually every afternoon @ 5:30--like clockwork.
When traveling Europe, you just have to accept a rainy day no matter what time of the year. Every day is a great day when you're on vacation to such a great place.

Posted by Mike
Philadelphia, PA, USA
12 posts

Thank you for the replies so far. Yes - maybe too much for 5 days... that might solve my problem of a rental vs. a Train. If we do Munich/Dachau/Ludwig's Castles/Salzburg, maybe I don't need it....there will be 3 adults, so there I'll need to do calculation on rental cost vs. bus/train/time costs.

Posted by Tom
Lewiston, NY
10062 posts

That still seems pretty tight for only 5 days, but it can be done. None of these destinations depend on ideal weather conditions (like a trip up the Zugspitze would), so at least you won't lose any days to bad weather. If that's all you plan to see, rail and public transportation is probably more than adequate. You may even want to consider a bus tour of the castles from Munich, if for no other reason than to save time.