11 Best Day Trips From Munich, Germany

A remarkable city that captivates with its impressive architecture, stunning art, fascinating tradition and well, beer — Munich is a city that one could probably explore and get lost in for days.

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Regarded as one of the most livable cities in the world, this Bavarian capital is surrounded by equally wonderful places that are ideal for a day trip.

With the city’s reliable public transport system that’ll take you to these destinations that include places across the border, there’s no excuse not to leave Munich even for a day. From Hitler’s hideout to fairytale castles to the hills of Salzburg, here are some exciting day trips from Munich that you must experience.

11 Day Trips From Munich

1. Berchtesgaden Alps

Berchtesgaden Alps

A retreat for kings, monks as well as travelers as early as the 1100s, ‬ Berchtesgaden continues to draw tourists even today. An ideal day trip from Munich if you want to escape the city for a while, this is easily accessible by train or car. There’s plenty to see and do here any time of the year.

Be sure to check out the Deer House (Hirschenhaus) on Marktplatz, the spectacular Advent Christmas Town if you’re here during the holidays, or hang out at a beer hall if you’re here at Oktoberfest.

Be sure to also visit a salt mine such as the popular  Berchtesgaden Salt Mine (Salzbergwerk) which has been around since 1517. From here, you also get to enjoy stunning views of the nearby Königssee Lake or Lake of the Kings, a great way to end your visit to this hidden gem in Bavaria. ‬

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2. Dachau Memorial Site

Dachau Memorial Site

A day tour from Munich that’s not all fun and enjoyable, but an important one nonetheless, takes you to the Dachau Memorial Site. This area used to house a concentration camp that had a total of about 200,000 prisoners.

A visit here is a sobering reminder of what people went through during Hitler’s time, one that shouldn’t happen again. Centuries ago, Dachau was a pretty little town until the Nazis took over. It’s an hour away from Munich, a place you can visit even if you’re alone.

Two hours is enough to tour the area, but it’bound to be an experience you’ll remember for a long time.

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3. Eagle&s Nest

Eagle&s Nest in munich

This was Hitler’s former hideout, another fascinating place to visit that’s also an instant history lesson. It is located in the Austrian border, a gift to his 50th birthday that was also a venue then for meetings in the Third Reich.

These days, you’ll find a restaurant in its place, accessible via a bronze elevator that will take you 124 meters to the top. It’s quite intriguing, and one of the best days trips from Munich if you’re curious about the region’s sordid past.

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4. Königssee

Königssee in munich

This place definitely deserves a separate day trip, one simply doesn’t just pass by it. Another of Bavaria’s hidden gems, Köngisee or Lake of the Kings has been among the tourist draws of the region for a could of centuries.

Located in the equally picturesque Berchtesgaden, the lake is near the 12th century chapel of St. Bartholomä. A great way to enjoy your visit here is by a boat tour that will take you along the crystal clear fjord-like waters.

Surrounded by rock walls, the movement of the water creates the mysterious Königssee echo that can be heard during your boat ride. From the lake, you can also see the infamous Eagle’s Next and Mount Watzmann, the second-highest mountain in Germany.

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5. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

This is probably one destination that’ll surely make you leave Munich even for a day. The Schloss Neuschwanstein or Neuschwanstein Castle is best known for being the inspiration for the Disney castle as well as its fascinating history.

Built as a private mansion for King Ludwig II, the castle is even more magical from the inside. Definitely one of those Munich day tours that just has to be on your itinerary, be sure to book a guided tour to fully enjoy the experience.

The tour takes you inside the castle to see parts of it like Ludwig’s dressing room as well as the throne hall with its 13-foot talk chandelier and floor mosaic.

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6. Nuremberg

Nuremberg in munich

Founded in 1050 A.D., Nuremberg is one Munich day trip that shouldn’t be passed up. The rich history, the stunning architecture, the inspiring story about its resilience — a day here simply must be in your Munich itinerary.

Easily reached by train, Nuremberg boasts of fascinating attractions such as the glorious Nuremberg Castle and its picturesque old town area. Be sure to try their food especially the sausages, gingerbread and of course, you must try their beer, too.

If you’re visiting during the holidays, Nuremberg transforms into a magical Christmas town with its world-famous Christkindlsmarkt. It is a great place to visit any time of the year though, as there’s plenty of museums to visit as well as shopping streets to check out.

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7. Rothenburg

Rothenburg in munich

Regarded as one of the most picturesque towns in Germany, Rothenburg is another Munich day tour that you must experience. It is located in Germany’s Romantic Road and has kept its well-preserved fortifications that date back to the medieval era.

This charming town boasts of postcard-pretty views at almost every turn, such as the quirky Plönlein as well as the bustling Marktplatz or Market Square. Set out early and wear comfortable shoes as you’re bound to spend hours wandering through this fairytale-like village.

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8. Salzburg

Salzburg

Easily reached in under two hours by train from Munich, Salzburg is another great day excursion. This Austrian city is best known for being the location for the classic film ‘The Sound of Music’ and the birthplace of a classical musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Apart from those famous links though, this city has plenty to offer such as its gorgeous Palace as well as the stunning Hohensalzburg Fortress.

The cobblestone streets of Salzburg’s old town are a delight to stroll around in, while you admire the impressive architecture or look at the displays in Getreidegasse and Linzer Gasse, two of the city’s most visited shopping streets. Salzburg has so much in it to see and explore which makes it one of the most popular days trips from Munich.

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9. Zugspitze

Zugspitze

Want to climb the highest peak in Germany but not too confident about your fitness level? Ever wanted to be at Zugspitze Mountain Peak but you only have a free day from Munich? There’s definitely a way to do that without breaking a sweat — a state of the art cable car that will take you all the way to the top of the highest mountain in Germany, Mount Zugspitze.

The Alpine views from here are breathtaking, and on a clear day, you can even see up to over a hundred miles away. Aside from the views, being on top also means being in two countries at once, as the mountain straddles the German and Austrian border.

At the peak, just get a map and determine your position so you can put one foot on Bavaria and the other foot in Tirol. This is one unforgettable day trip from Munich that you definitely must book and plan ahead to secure a spot in your itinerary.

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10. Herrenchiemsee Palace

Herrenchiemsee Palace

Another Munich day tour that takes you to a magnificent structure is to an island located in the middle of a lake. The Herrenchiemsee Palace is. A sight to behold, as it sits majestically surrounded by the waters of Bavaria’s largest lake.

Easily reached via train from Munich, you’ll need at least half a day to fully appreciate and explore this royal complex. When you visit, be sure to check out the palace grounds, the two museums, the Augustinian monastery the Great Hall of Mirrors, the State Staircase and you also can access King Ludwig’s small apartment.

There’s also a pretty garden with fountains and sculptures that you can stroll around in, and a stunning view of the lake that surrounds the palace.

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11. Innsbruck

Golden roof

This is another day trip from Munich that takes you across the border to Austria, in the city of Innsbruck. This is the capital of Tirol, a state in western Austria. Also called the city of the Golden Roof, Innsbruck is also known as a winter spirts hun.

It is the European Alps’ only major city and was the host for the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games. Around Innsbruck, you’ll find some interesting sights such as the Ambrose Castle, the many gorgeous lakes and Fabulous shopping streets.

This city is also where you’ll find the largest crystal in the world, in Swarovski’s Crystal Factory which is another must-visit.

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