7 Super Tantalizing Summer Day Trips from Munich, Germany

Thinking about great summer day trips from Munich?

If you're thinking of going on a trip over to good old Bavaria, and are thinking about what some of the summer day trips from Munich may be, consider the following.

Having grown up in what is called The Barvarian City of the Rockies (beautiful Kimberley, BC, Canada), it often

leaves one wondering what taking a trip to “the real” Bavaria would be like. For years and years now people from Bavaria have come to pay us a visit over here in Kimberley, and of course we've gotten to know and visit with many of them in our quaint little downtown tourist area.

While most comments from our Bavarian visitors is usually positive on how our town created the feel and look of Bavaria, we've also often heard that there is nothing quite like the real thing. With this in mind, today we'd like to present to you some of the most irresistible and amazing sites from Bavaria, each within 2 hours of Munich, Germany.

Whether you're into seeing incredible nature like settings, or have an appetite for cool castles and fairytales… there's something for everybody.

These are some really great summer day trips from Munich. We're sure you'll agree!

1. Garmisch-Partenkirchen

While commonly known as a winter destination thanks to its wonderful ski opportunities, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an awesome summer day trip from Munich that offers up stunning hikes in the Bavarian Alps and cool, unique sights you won’t find anywhere else in the world. For instance, swing by the impressive Olympic ski jump, a legacy left behind from when Garmisch hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics or make the short trek to Partnachklamm Gorge, a 700m long gorge with tunnels and caves carved directly into the rock, all accompanied by a coursing, electric blue river.

And hey, if hiking’s not for you, Germany’s highest peak, Zugspitze, is right nearby (with convenient gondolas that can whisk you up and save your legs!)

How to get to Garmisch-Partenkirchen from Munich: There are train connections to Garmisch-Partenkirchen about once an hour from Munich, and they’ll get you there in about 1.5hours.

The crazy blue water of Partnachklamm in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The crazy blue water of Partnachklamm

 

2. Salzburg

If you grew up watching the Sound of Music like me, Salzburg will be THE place for you to fulfill all your Maria dreams while twirling and singing to your hearts’ content. Not only was this the beautiful city where the Sound of Music filmed, the Von Trapps did actually live here, and it’s a wonderful city to explore as a day trip from Munich. Enjoy the spectacular views from the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress, wander through the storybook Old Town, prance through Mirabell Palace and Gardens and of course, ponder how do you solve a problem like…… not wanting to ever leave. (That was a Sound of Music reference… in case I didn’t prove my nerd status enough)

How to get to Salzburg from Munich: There are frequent direct trains from Munich to Salzburg that take about an hour. There are also companies as well like Flixbus that offer coach services, but the train is way easier.

Beautiful view over Salzburg, Austria from Hohensalzburg Fortress
Swoonworthy view from Hohensalzburg Fortress

 

3. Neuschwanstein Castle

This fairytale castle, said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, is one of the most magical little places on Earth… that is, if you can ignore the many crowds who share your same fairytale dream. Commissioned by Bavaria’s “Mad King” Ludwig II, this dreamy escape nestled in the mountains is one of those postcard-perfect places you need to see to believe. There’s also an equally lovely castle right next door – the mustard yellow Hohenschwangau Castle, which (in my opinion) never gets as much attention as it deserves.

How to get there from Munich: Catch a train to Füssen and then follow the hordes of other tourists to either the 73 or 78 bus, getting off at Hohenschwangau.

A view of Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
*cue Disney theme song*

 

4. Linderhof Palace

While Neuschwanstein takes the cake as Bavaria’s most famous castle, it was actually Linderhof Palace where famous Mad King Ludwig II lived for much longer, and the only one of his commissioned castles he lived to see completed. Despite its tiny size (by royal standards anyway), this palace is a worthy must-see, modeled after France’s oh la la summer palaces, meaning beautifully symmetrical gardens and opulence for days.

How to get there from Munich: Catch a train from Oberammergau and then take Bus 9622 to Schloss Linderhof.

Beautiful view over Linderhof Palace in Bavaria, Germany
Feeling like a Queen.

 

5. Regensburg

The charming little city of Regensburg doesn’t get nearly as much love as it deserves. Despite being a popular favourite among river cruisers, it’s a city many visitors omit on their visit to Bavaria, which is definitely a mistake you shouldn’t make! With a reputation as Germany’s best preserved medieval city, its colourful streets are packed with historic charm and simply made for aimless wandering. Of course, don’t miss the postcard-perfect view from the city’s Stone Bridge, which dates all the way back to the 12th century.

How to get there from Munich: The easiest way is by taking the train, which would be about 1.5 hours. Otherwise, there is also Flixbus which takes around the same time, but you’d be at the mercy of traffic.

A view of beautiful Regensburg, Germany by the river
The view from ye ol’ bridge

 

6. Herrenchiemsee New Palace

You can find this gorgeous palace on an island in the middle of Chiemsee, one of Bavaria’s most well-known lakes. Modeled after Versailles, this palace was originally built as a “Temple of Fame” dedicated to Louis XIV (the Sun King), who King Ludwig II had a not-so-subtle obsession with. Not only is the palace itself a sight to behold, the journey to get there is lovely and scenic as well, requiring a boat ride from Prien that glides you across the clear waters of Chiemsee. If you’re looking for the perfect summer day trip from Munich, this is it.

How to get there from Munich: Take the train to Prien am Chiemsee, which lasts about an hour. From this station, you can either catch a special Chiemsee train to the Prien/Stock boat pier (in the summer) or proceed to the pier by foot (about 30 minutes), at which point you can take a boat to Herreninsel Island.

The front gardens of Herrenchiemsee New Palace in Bavaria, Germany
Herrenchiemsee New Palace

 

7. Ammersee

Last but not least, one of my favourite day trips from Munich is the glorious lake of Amersee. This beautiful lake is the third largest in Bavaria and has absolutely killer sunsets. Besides beach time and watersports, it also makes an ideal base for visiting Andechs Monastery, a beautiful Benedictine monastery perched on a nearby hill. You can take a bus up, or proceed by foot, drowning out your tired calves after with the monastery’s special Andechs beer, which many praise as the most delicious in Bavaria.

How to get there from Munich:Take the S8 to Herrsching and proceed to the lake by foot.

Sunset over Amersee in Bavaria, Germany
I mean wowzers!

Original article: https://happytowander.com/summer-day-trips-from-munich/

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