If you are planning a trip to Germany then you will more than likely be including the Bavarian city of Munich. I mean, you have to visit the famous beer gardens and stomp around the famed Oktoberfest venue. While planning your trip, be sure to include time to visit some of the surrounding areas as there are many fabulous day trips from Munich. To help you in your planning, we’ve asked the expert, our fellow travel bloggers, to tell us about their favorites. So, here we go with some awesome Munich day trips!
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Great Day Trips from Munich
You can’t have a list of day trips from Munich and not include Nuremberg. The second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg is best known for an association with the Nazi party. And while there is no denying this part of Nuremberg’s history, there is so much more to this fabulous city.
While you can easily plan a day trip from Munich to Nuremberg on your own, you might want to consider a guided tour and let others take care of all of the logistics for you.
Nuremberg is still completely surrounded by the medieval town wall, making it easily walkable. Visitors will definitely want to see Nuremberg’s old town including the charming Tanner’s Lane. Lined with cafes, bars, boutique shops, and of course, half-timbered houses, Tanner’s Lane is a must see while in Nuremberg. After visiting Tanner’s Lane, make your way to Nuremberg castle to capture great views of the town and take a glimpse into Nuremberg’s past.
While here you absolutely must try the Nuremberg sausages. We chose Bratwurst Roslein to eat our Nuremberg sausages, and we were not disappointed. These tiny sausages were perfectly caramelized on the grill and then accompanied by some traditional German kraut and a huge pretzel. The perfect end to a great day in Nuremberg.
Submitted by: Me, Michelle of That Texas Couple
St. Johann in Tirol
St.Johann in Tirol is a market town in Austria, situated about 2-3 hours from Munich, making it an easy day trip from Munich. The town is nestled in a large valley. It’s a lovely lesser known place to discover in the Alps, any season.
St.Johann is a well-known winter sports resort but it’s also a gorgeous place in the warmer months of the year. You can go shopping in the local boutiques for traditional wears such as designer Trachten dresses and Leather pants or you can acquire Swarovski gems, which by the way are from the region. You can also choose to be active by experiencing nature in the surrounding. Discover the ancient Roman trail at the Niederkaiser forest, which is a great place to enjoy a sunny afternoon if you don’t want to go hiking up a mountain. The Panorama baths are another fun place to be with an outdoor hot water pool and a crystal clear view of the mountains.
Learn about local food and culture in one of the traditional restaurants. I recommend you try the local bread dumplings with Sauerkraut and Sausages or in autumn the wild game chanterelle mushroom cream sauce with braised red cabbage dish. If you leave by 7 am in Munich, you can get there with a rental car by 9-10 am by taking the highway, crossing Kufstein after the border and taking the mountain road towards St.Johann/Kitzbühel.
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Eibsee is a beautiful lake in Southern Germany, on the slopes of Zugspitze, which is the tallest mountain in all of Germany. Not only is it a beautiful lake, but also a great recreation area is known for its fresh air and lovely nature. Rent a boat and paddle around the lake, make a stop at one of the islets and bring a picnic basket.
The best time to visit is during the early hours when you will hear the birds chirping, see beautiful reflections and just enjoy the peace and serenity of being outdoors.
If you wish to set your foot on the highest point in Germany, you can get a cable car up from Eibsee as well.
The easiest way to get here from Munich is by car, but you could also go by train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and take the bus down to the lake. Most convenient is a rental car though because then you can choose your own arrival and departure times. Parking is available and you pay about 4 euro for a full day.
If you want to stay overnight, it’s possible to do so at the Eibsee Hotel, and here you will also find a nice restaurant with a view of the lake.
Submitted by: Alex of Swedish Nomad
Munich is one of our favorite cities in Europe for its delightful Bavarian cultural vibe, but there’s no denying it’s dark history, either. For many who visit Munich, the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site is an essential experience.
A day trip to Dachau combines an attempt at understanding how the forces of evil can perpetrate unspeakable horror and the opportunity for remembrance of those who suffered under them. Dachau is close to Munich proper, belying the notion that Nazi atrocities were hidden away in remote locations to keep them secret. You’ll be amazed that you can walk from the concentration camp into a picturesque little town where residents went about their daily business within shouting distance of the prisoners who were being worked, tortured, and starved to death.
Many choose to visit Dachau as part of an organized tour group, but you can easily arrive on your own using public transport. The memorial is open daily except for December 24th. Entry is free. Half-day seminars and group guided tours are available for up to 30 people at a time on site. These investigate the campgrounds, its vintage, and reconstructed buildings, and include the stories of former prisoners. If you are arriving via public transport, you may be interested in walking the Path of Remembrance, a 45-minute walk beginning at the Bahnhof (train station) along the route most prisoners took to reach the camp during its years of operation. Along the way, a series of information panels are strategically placed to emphasize the connections between the camp and public spaces.
Submitted by: Betsy of Passing Thru
Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles visited in all of Europe and once you see it’s beauty you can easily understand why. So beautiful and magical is this castle that it’s what inspired the design of the Disney castle that you can find at Disneyland parks all over the world.
Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century palace which was created by Ludwig II and is located high up on the cliffs in the gorgeous countryside of Bavaria. Visitors can take a tour inside this stunning castle however it is super popular so be sure to book your tickets well in advance.
It’s also worth noting that given this castle is located high in the cliffs, you will need to walk around 1.5km up a steep driveway to reach it. Alternatively, you can take a horse and carriage, but be warned we waited well over an hour for a carriage.
Even if you do miss out on getting tickets, in my view it is still well worth the visit. This is no doubt the most stunning castle I’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely stunning.
It will take a full day to visit Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich as it a 3-hour trip one way via public transport. It’s easy enough to do though, you simply take a train from Munich to Fussen and then from here a bus to the castle. Alternatively, you may join a bus tour from Munich.
Submitted by: Melissa from Thrifty Family Travels
Stuttgart is an amazing city to explore with an abundance of things to do and places to see. Located just over an hour and a half drive away from Munich, making it a fun day trip from Munich. Stuttgart is home to Mercedes Benz. The city also features an impressive museum dedicated to the car-maker.
The well-known botanical garden and zoo Wilhelma provides for a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. A walk through the center of Stuttgart leads to the large open Schlossplatz, which hosts open-air concerts, the winter Christmas market, as well as smaller events throughout the year.
There are great places to explore in Stuttgart such as Schloss Solitude, a beautiful palace on a hill, Wurttemberg Mausoleum, the amazing Markthalle, which hosts an indoor market with a variety of merchants selling goods and the minimalist style Stadtbobliothek, known worldwide for its simple and clean design.
No city is complete without a sports arena and Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz arena hosts 3 sports teams and numerous sporting associations within its magnificent structure.
Stuttgart is also home to the world’s second largest beer festival in the fall, Cannstatter Folk Festival, which attracts approximately 4 million visitors a year. The festival lasts 3 weeks and has over 330 merchants on site. In the springtime, Stuttgart hosts the Spring Festival on the same grounds. Between the festivals, markets and places to explore, Stuttgart is a city not to be missed!
Submitted by: Diana of The Elusive Family
Munich is hands down one of the most beautiful cities in Germany and a visit in the Bavarian capital should definitely be on your itinerary. However, Munich isn’t only a great place to visit, but also a perfect base for day trips into the German countryside. One of the best and easiest places to travel to from Munich is the “Starnberger See”, which is a beautiful lake just outside of the city.
You can reach the Starnberger See easily by train in less than 30 minutes and only for a few Euros. The small town called “Starnberg”, located directly at the lake offers plenty of nice cafés and restaurants along the lakeside. If you walk a bit further, you can see the yachts and boats of Munich’s upper class, since the lake is a popular spot for locals who like to escape the city for a bit. My recommendation: Keep walking! You’ll slowly leave the town and the people behind and find yourself in the beautiful nature surrounding the lake. Especially the sunsets are spectacular here! Keep in mind that the Starnberger See isn’t only a great place to visit in the summer. I was there in late fall and enjoyed the nice autumn atmosphere with all the colorful leaves. I’m sure you’ll have a great time!
Submitted by: Patrick of German Backpacker
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a quintessential charming German village. The small town looks like a scene straight out of a storybook. With brightly colorful streets lined with outdoor cafes, shops, bakeries, and beer gardens, the town has a great atmosphere and an obvious tourist draw.
Roughly a 2 ½ hour drive from Munich, this picturesque village is a popular day trip for guests to the Bavarian capital. Visitors can walk the historic walls of the village, wander the cobblestone streets, or tour some of the interesting museums within the town, including the Christmas Museum or the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum. If you prefer guided tours, I’d recommend the Night Watchman’s tour. On this family-friendly guided tour, the town’s night watchman dressed in medieval attire leads guests through the streets, recounting stories and tales of the town and adding humorous anecdotes along the way. Whether staying in Rothenburg ob der Tauber for a meal or if you just want to grab a quick snack while you’re there, a must-try dessert is a schneebälle. This deep-fried, powdered sugar-covered dough ball is quite popular in the town, and it’s hard to find anywhere outside of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The yummy concoction makes the day trip even more worth it!
Submitted by: Melissa of Parenthood and Passports
You might want to consider this guided tour.
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