Excursions from Munich: the best day trips around Munich

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Capital of Bavaria as well home of the largest popular festival in Europe, Oktoberfest, Munich is the most important city in southern Germany, as well as being a very interesting tourist destination thanks to the numerous attractions present.
Not only Munich but also its surroundings hide an incredible amount of treasures: from emerald green forests to towns of yesteryear, to castles worthy of a storybook.
Here are what they are the best day trips to do around Munich, hoping to make your stay even more unforgettable!


  1. Neuschwanstein Castle
  2. Nuremberg
  3. Dachau Memorial
  4. Romantic Road
  5. Black Forest
  6. Salzburg
  7. Linderhof Castle
  8. Herrenchiemsee Castle
  9. Berchtesgaden and the Eagle's Nest
  10. Partnachklamm gorge
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Neuschwanstein Castle

Nicknamed the "Walt Disney Castle" by many, Neuschwanstein Castle is perhaps one of the most famous buildings in all of Germany, so much so that he was proposed as a possible candidate to enter the list of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
Made at the end of the th century at the behest of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (in honor of the beloved artist Wagner), the castle is located in the locality of Schwangau in a rather scenographic position: at its feet there is in fact a deep gorge, while behind it you can glimpse a forest and, even further on, a very impressive rocky wall.

In addition to the naturalistic setting of great beauty, the entire structure of the Castle has a large internal and external stage set: among the most beautiful rooms to visit, we recommend that you pause particularly in the Throne Room (inspired by that of the Munich Residence), in the Sala dei Cantori and in the Grotto. To admire the exterior of the Castle in all its splendor, instead,immerse yourself in the adjoining park and go up to a Belvedere signposted from which you can enjoy an excellent view of the building and the surrounding nature.

  • Range: 136 km
  • about an hour and a half by road from Munich; if you intend to use public transport, take the train to Fussen and then from there the bus towards Neuschwanstein, the bus stop is a few steps from the castle ticket office - Get directions
  • from 9:00 to 18:00 for summer hours, from 10:00 to 16:00 for winter hours
  • access to the castle costs € 13,00 (free up to 18 years)
  • Neuschwanstein Castles & Linderhof Tour from Munich Neuschwanstein Castle: Full-Day Tour from Munich Neuschwanstein: Group Tour of 1 & Up from Munich

2 - Nuremberg

Just a couple of hours away from Munich, it is located one of the most picturesque towns in Germany: Nuremberg. Important center of Franconia and second city for inhabitants of Bavaria, Nuremberg is characterized by an enchanting old town, bordered to the north by a hill on which the imperial castle and the city walls stand out.

In addition to the medieval fortifications, we also point out the Fontana Bella which stands in the Market Square and that is considered one of the most beautiful gothic fountains in Europe; but also the house-museum of the painter Durer and the many religious buildings, including the Church of San Sebaldo (which became one of the cornerstones of German Protestantism during the Reformation period), the Church of Our Lady (also in the Market Square) and the Church of San Lorenzo.

If you are in Nuremberg towards the end of November / beginning of December, do not miss the most important event in the city: the Baby Jesus Market, which is said to have been established by Martin Luther himself and has been celebrated annually since then.

  • Range: 198 km
  • direct train connections depart from Munich station which take you to Nuremberg in exactly one hour every day; however, if you intend to travel by private car, you will have to follow the A9 motorway, arriving at your destination in about 2 hours by road - Get directions
  • the city is always accessible
  • 2 hour tour in the old city center Old Town and Nazi rallying area 1 day tour from Munich by train

3 - Dachau Memorial

Of a completely different kind (yet still very interesting), an excursion to the nearby Dachau concentration camp is a must, especially if you have more days to spend in Munich.

Opened in 1933 as the first Nazi concentration camp, Dachau served as a role model for all subsequent fields, thus giving life to the most painful parenthesis in European history. Initially made up of an ammunition factory, towards the end of the 30s the first barracks were built (later divided into "categories"), the treasurer and the workshops for forced labor. 300 meters wide and more than 600 meters long, the Dachau camp also had an education camp dedicated to the SS, at the end of which an asphalted road began, ending with a gate on which the then famous inscription "work makes you free" was exhibited. (Arbeit Macht Frei). Today, the field is entirely open to visitors and also includes a memorial with museum, library and historical archives.

  • Range: 20,7 km
  • take the underground from Munich (line S2) to the Dachau stop and then bus 726 to the KZ-Gedenkstatte stop; by car, however, you will arrive at your destination in just over half an hour along the A99 - Get directions
  • every day, from 9:00 to 17:00
  • free; audio guide available in Italian for € 4,00
  • From Munich: Dachau Memorial Tour Dachau Memorial: Half-Day Tour from Munich From Munich: Dachau Tour and SS Shooting Range

4 - Romantic Road

If during your stay in Munich you are looking for romance or if you love villages with timeless charm, we recommend you embark on one of the most popular tourist routes in Germany: the Romantic Road.

More and more often a destination selected by cycling tourism lovers or by those who choose to walk a stretch of it with a backpack on their shoulders, the Romantic Road is a 366 km long route that starts from the Main and reaches the German Alps and which allows you to cross some areas of great historical and landscape interest. Among the most famous towns that you will be able to visit along the way, we recommend Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Augusta, Friedberg and Nordlingen. As for the naturalistic attractions, the Tauber Valley, the surroundings of the Lech river and the pre-Alpine area between Fussen and Landsberg am Lech are unmissable.

  • Range: 130 km
  • the beginning of the Romantic Road is located in Fussen, just 2 hours away from Munich along the A96; however, depending on what you want to visit along the way, the distance and travel time to get to your destination may vary - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Romantic Road Tour and Rothenburg from Munich Rothenburg: day trip from Frankfurt

5 - Black Forest

Among most beautiful nature areas in Germany, in first place goes to the Black Forest, a mountainous area located in the south-west of the country. Characterized by endless woods, enchanted lakes (among which we point out the small but enchanting Mummelsee, near Achern) and mountains (the highest is the Feldberg), the Black Forest is the ideal destination for those who want to get away from the chaos of the city to live a few hours immersed in close contact with nature, silence and life in the open air.

The entire area is in fact part of two natural parks which together make up the largest German national park by extension. Full of attractions of all kinds, among the most popular we recommend you visit Freiburg, Baden-Baden, Gengenbach and the Triberg im Schwarzwald waterfalls. As this is a very large area and not exactly around the corner from Munich, it might be a good idea to spend a night in one of the beautiful towns to have more time to explore.

  • Range: 489 km
  • to get to Baden-Baden from Munich, for example, it takes about 4 hours by car; in any case, we recommend that you use a private vehicle for getting around, in order to have greater freedom to get around the entire area - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Black Forest Pass Black Forest: snowshoe hike with lunch in Feldberg

6 - Salzburg

Crossing the nearby border with Austria, you can find a wonderful town, known for being the birthplace of one of the most important composers of all time, Mozart. Obviously, we are talking about Salzburg, an Austrian city that joined in 1996 in UNESCO World Heritage Sites for the beautiful old town and the baroque buildings.

Considered by many to be the most Italianish city in Austria, it is characterized by a incredible cultural heritage and numerous notable buildings: among the latter, we recommend you to absolutely visit the Cathedral of Saints Rupert and Virgil, the Abbey of San Pietro, the Abbey of Nonnberg (the oldest female monastery of the German-speaking nations) and the City fortress, no less than the largest fortress still existing in Europe, connected to the city by a characteristic funicular.

  • Range: 147 km
  • it is just an hour and 40 minutes by car along the A8; or you can take the direct train that connects the main stations of the two cities in just an hour and 45 minutes - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Salzburg: Hallein Salt Mine Ticket Salzburg Card: Free Entrance & Transport Salzburg: Mozart Walking Tour, Old Town and More

7 - Linderhof Castle

Located in southern Bavaria, a few kilometers from the famous Ettal Abbey, Linderhof Castle is a very small castle built by Ludovico II as a private residence. Unlike Neuschwanstein Castle, in fact, the Linderhof mansion is intimate, reserved: built in the 70s, it has only a few environments of effective functionality, such as the Bedroom inspired by that of the Munich residence, the Audience Chamber, the two chambers of east and west tapestries very similar to each other and, finally, the Room of Mirrors, used as the king's private sitting room.

Despite the small size of the castle, i gardens that surround it are considered among the most beautiful in Germany: the park combines baroque elements with views that are reminiscent in part of the Italian gardens and in part the English gardens, perfectly manicured. In addition, there is a cave and a beautiful kiosk where you can relax, admiring the natural setting offered by the Alps.

  • Range: 107 km
  • about an hour and a half drive from Munich, via the A95; we do not recommend you to reach it by public transport, as there are no direct connections from Munich - Get directions
  • open from April to October from 9:00 to 18:00, from November to March from 10:00 to 16:00
  • to visit the castle we advise you to buy the cumulative ticket for the castles of Bavaria, the cost of the pass is approximately € 26,00 per person and is valid for 14 days from the first visit
  • Linderhof castle tour from Munich: groups of 4 or more Neuschwanstein and Linderhof castles: tour from Munich Munich: winter tour to Linderhof and Neuschwanstein

8 - Herrenchiemsee Castle

In the south of Bavaria, on a small island in the Chiemsee lake, the Herrenchiemsee Castle is a little gem built in 1878 by order of the king, who wished to own a palace very similar to that of Versailles.

Consisting of three floors and three wings that enclose a horseshoe-shaped courtyard, the palace on the outside looks rather simple but elegant. Inside, however, many rooms remained unfinished, due to financial problems and the sudden death of the king before the end of the works. In fact, most of the rooms that can be visited are located on the central floor: among these, we recommend that you absolutely visit the King's Room, with its sumptuous bed and typical Rococo elements.

  • Range: 94,2 km
  • starting from Monaco, you will arrive at your destination in an hour following the A8; once arrived in Prien a Chiemsee, it will be necessary to take the boat to get to the island where the castle is located, the crossing costs about € 3,00 - Get directions
  • from 9:00 to 18:00, from the end of October to March the visits end at 16:15
  • € 8,00 per person, reduced to € 7,00 for minors, students and groups
  • Day trip to Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee Herrenchiemsee Castle: tour and priority access

9 - Berchtesgaden and the Eagle's Nest

Among the most beautiful villages in Bavaria, Berchtesgaden is certainly at the top of the list. Located at an altitude of over 500 meters in height, the inhabited center is entirely surrounded by woods and an alpine setting of rare beauty. Among the main attractions of the village, we point out the Castle, the Sanctuary of Maria Gern and the Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and John the Baptist.

For lovers of the mountains and hiking trails, we recommend that you do not miss the very famous Eagle's Nest: it is an alpine refuge about twenty kilometers from Salzburg, located at a height of 1800 meters. Primarily identified as refuge of Adolf Hitler since 1938, it is placed in a strategic position from which to control the entire valley below and the nearby border with Austria. If you do not suffer from vertigo and are not afraid to struggle with a nice hike, you will certainly be enchanted ... especially for the view!

  • Range: 172 km
  • about an hour and 40 minutes from the center of Munich, along the A8; from the center of the village instead Nido dell'Aquila is about 2 and a half hours walk, following a well-marked path - Get directions
  • the country is always accessible; the refuge, on the other hand, is closed in the winter months, reopens towards April and closes towards the end of October
  • Eagle's Nest: group tour from Munich

10 - Partnachklamm gorge

Among the most interesting naturalistic excursions to do in Bavaria, one much loved destination by tourists but also by the locals is the Partnachklamm Gorge. Imagine a path carved into the limestone rock that runs for over 700 meters, characterized by caves, natural tunnels and a river that accompanies you along the path ... We have no doubt that you will be amazed by such a marvel!

Also suitable for families with children, the route is completed in just under half an hour: however, it will allow you to immerse yourself completely in the soothing sounds of nature, coming into contact with another dimension. Once you reach the end of the path, it is also possible to continue along a signposted path that leads to the top of a small peak, from which to admire a splendid panorama surrounded by greenery.

  • Range: 93,2 km
  • following the A95 you arrive in the town of Partnachklamm in just under an hour and a half; after that, leaving the car in the center of Partenkirchen, you will have to take the bus to the Olympic Ski Stadium and from there walk for about twenty minutes to the entrance of the gorge - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • the ticket to access the gorge costs € 2,00
  • Partnachklamm gorge: tour from Munich for groups of 4 and up

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