Germany Trip Plan:
Ruhpolding - family fun in unspoiled nature, embedded in the Bavarian Alps

Germany trip plan: Ruhpolding - family fun in unspoiled nature, embedded in the Bavarian Alps
Town Hall Ruhpolding, author Mario Becker
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Ruhpolding is a holiday destination for all seasons located in the southeastern part of Bavaria. Plenty of recreational and fun activities between mountains, valleys and cozy towns and villages, mixed with the typical Bavarian hospitality, guarantee for a perfect holiday.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Munich Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Ruhpolding is a holiday destination for all seasons located in the southeastern part of Bavaria. Plenty of recreational and fun activities between mountains, valleys and cozy towns and villages, mixed with the typical Bavarian hospitality, guarantee for a perfect holiday. Visit mountaintops, either hiking, by mountain-bike or the convenient cable-car, dive in the fun and healthy world of Spa, enjoy the tranquility of the Chiemsee with its islands and magnificent palaces, enjoy a Bavarian Brotzeit in one of the famous mountain pastures and visit picturesque towns. Ruhpolding and the region offer endless variety for even the youngest guests.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $534 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $400 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $429 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $150 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1513 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $1937 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Ruhpolding

Day 1: Arrival at Ruhpolding
Ruhpolding, view from Unternberg
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Only an 88 miles drive away from Munich Airport you will find yourself perfectly situated in the tranquil valley , surrounded by the Chiemgauer Alps. Ruhpolding knows how to treat its guests and families are more than welcomed. Move into your holiday apartment which is quiet and close to downtown Ruhpolding. Restaurants offer children menu's and lots of activities to make a stay really fun and unforgettable. Either you travel by your rental car or purchase an OberbayernCard, which allows the use of the public transport system throughout the region.


Day 2: Rauschberg - Mountain Peak

Day 2: Rauschberg - Mountain Peak
Rauschberghaus with hang glider, on the Rausch-Mountain, www.rauschberhaus.de
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There is no better way to explore your surrounding than by breathtaking views from a mountain. The chair-lift on the Unternberg and the cabin-lift on the Rauschberg will bring you up to the most popular local peaks. The valley station of the modern cable lift with panoramic windows lies at an altitude of 710 meters and only 5 Minutes later you'll arrive at the mountain station with an altitude of 1,626 meters. Enjoy the views of the Chiemsee and the whole Alpine Upland. You will also discover the two highest mountains of Austria, the Großglockner and the Großvenediger. Take a rest at the beer garden or the terrace, maybe while your kids are having fun at the playground or indoor children's corner. Another great option is to visit the Unternberg-Alm, another mountain pasture, 1,450 meters above sea-level. Every Tuesday and Thursday they host a Stammtisch or regulars' table for their guests and on Saturdays a Hoagart is on the program. That's a Bavarian tradition with folk-music and a Brotzeit, great local food.


Day 3: Ruhpolding - Fairy-Tale and Amusement Park

Day 3: Ruhpolding - Fairy-Tale and Amusement Park
Fairy-Tale and Amusement Park, www.ruhpolding.de/
[ source: Wikipedia]

The Ruhpolding Amusement Park is located in the midst of one of the most beautiful natural settings imaginable. With its games and rides, the amusement park offers pure fun for the whole family. Thrilling dragon rides and the more laid-back rides on the Bockerlbahn train are a must! The Dinosaur Mountain, the Kraxel-Max kids' play area, bumper cars, the Siegfried dragon ride, a Baby Land especially for the youngest guests and the Slide Paradise with four slides, each 50 meters long, surely leave no wishes open. You can also pay a visit to the Ruhpolding Crystal Mine located in the park. After wandering through a labyrinth of mine galleries, punctuated by a variety of animated mining scenes, you can try your own luck as you search for treasures in the Crystal Waters. Many of the park's attractions are roofed, making it a rewarding attraction even in unsettled weather conditions.


Day 4: Chiemsee - Bavarian Sea

Day 4: Chiemsee - Bavarian Sea
Chiemsee
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Take the short, 12 miles drive to the freshwater lake Chiemsee, a famous recreation area and often called the Bavarian Sea. Two of the main islands on the lake are the biggest island Herrenchiemsee, gentleman's island and Frauenchiemsee, lady's island. The Augustine Monastery Herrenchiemsee, later converted into the Old Palace Altes Schloss and Herrenchiemsee Palace, also known as the New Palace Neues Schloss are most famous and the biggest of Ludwig II Bavarian palaces. It was meant to be a replica of the Palace of Versailles, in France. Many of the rooms of the castle are open to tourists with tours of the castle and its extensive grounds on the island.


Day 5: Bad Reichenhall - Bavarian Spa Town

Day 5: Bad Reichenhall - Bavarian Spa Town
Floriani Square in Bad Reichenhall, GNU, author Nikater
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Bad Reichenhall is a friendly Spa Town surrounded by the beautiful scenery of mountains, the Berchtesgadener Alps. Visit the numerous historic such as Alte Saline, Old salt-mine, Altes Königliches Kurhaus, Old Majestic Spa Center and the completely preserved Historic Town Center, called the Upper Town, with its Peter- and Paul-Towers. Creative handicraft vitalizes the Floriani-Square in the middle of it. Here you can shop for beautiful pieces of art in galleries and pottery shops. Don't miss out on the Gradierhaus, Salt-evaporation house, located in Bad Reichenhall's Spa gardens.


Day 6: Vita Alpina - Wellness Fun

Day 6: Vita Alpina - Wellness Fun
Vita Alpina, www.ruhpolding.de/
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Ruhpolding is home to Vita Alpina, an El Dorado for all wellness- and sauna fans! Here at Germany's very first Wave Pool also kids find just what they have been looking for. It turns health-enhancing elements into a recreational attraction for everyone who loves to be in or around the water. The indoor area has been expended to the Primal Pool, a 175 square meters open-air pool filled with salt water at 33°C! Really fun and good for body and soul with water jets, bubbling waters, neck showers, geysers and bubble seats. Steam- and Finnish- sauna, deep cleansing breaths in the aroma- and Brechel bath, a rustic stone sauna and many more attractions make a day quickly pass by.


Day 7: Heritage Museum - Departure

Day 7: Heritage Museum - Departure
Bartholomäus-Schmucker-Heimatmuseum, www.ruhpolding.de/
[ source: Wikipedia]

If you still have a little time left before your flight home from Munich visit the Bartholomäus-Schmucker-Heimatmuseum, a well-known Heritage Museum. Located on two floors you will discover exhibits from many different areas of life: country furniture, folk costumes, jewelry, glass, porcelain, crockery and cutlery used in daily life, crafts-men's tools and votive pictures; monastery crafts, clocks, a collection of weapons and uniforms, as well as interesting rocks and fossils from around the area.


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Bad Reichenhall
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Herrenchiemsee
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