Bring a journal and it will soon read like a storybook. Impossibly deep lakes beneath the snowcapped peaks of the Alps. Blankets of wildflowers flowing into the horizon. Majestic fairy-tale palaces. Mountaintop hideaways from world wars. If any pages are left empty, it will only be because sometimes words are simply not enough.
1 Begin in beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart | See the hills that inspired Maria's song in The Sound of Music | Walk along the rocky ridgeline that borders Germany and Austria | Cowbells softly clang in nearby pastures as you sample local artisanal cheeses at a mountain farmhouse | Discover the history of this remote mountain region at the Obersalzberg Documentation Centre | Toast the journey ahead while tasting exquisite wines from both sides of the border.
2-3 Boat across glacier-carved Königssee, Germany's deepest and cleanest lake, and cool off in the spray of the country's highest waterfall | Admire the expansive vistas from high mountain passes | Gondolas whisk you from the valley floor to the upper reaches of the Tyrolean Alps to reveal world-class hiking trails | Explore medieval Kitzbühel, stopping for a kaffee in the town's charming pedestrian-friendly center.
4-6 Walk past the limestone cliffs, fields of wildflowers and jagged rock spires of the magnificent Kaiser Mountains | Venture on foot through Partnach Gorge on a path that leads to a pristine landscape of green meadows, forested slopes and craggy outcroppings | Savor the flavors of world-class German fare | Feel part of a fairy tale while exploring Neuschwanstein Castle in Füssen | Discover green parks and festive biergartens in Munich.