Visiting Europe and not spending a few days to appreciate the breathtakingly beautiful alps would be sinful. Although the alpine charm of Europe is evident in a lot of of Central European countries, wouldn't you rather that you had a moment's peace to yourself, away from peaks that every other tourist wants to conquer? From my travels across Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria, I would totally recommend the last of the four countries. While the Swiss and French alps have always been eye-candy, the alpine ranges of Austria and Germany are far more secluded and promising in terms of the kind of experience every budget traveler seeks :') From the Bavarian region in Germany, it is an easy train+bus ride to villages that populate the alpine meadows of Austria.
Starting in Munich, the federal capital of Bavaria, hop onto a train to Salzburg from where you can use the following itinerary to plan a good 2 days in the alps.
i. Sankt Gilgen
Have you watched Sound of Music? If not, you must! At least to inspire yourself to visit this town where Maria lived her fairy-tale a long time ago. Situated on the banks of lake Wolfgangsee, the town is the most heart warming place to start your journey. The mere bus ride from Salzburg to this place is enough to set your spirits soaring and of course there is no stopping, once you are off-board.