Going to Munich is a great way to experience the best of Bavaria. While known predominately for its annual Oktoberfest celebration, there is so much more to this city. And the fact that you can make so many great day trips from Munich, makes it the best jumping off point.
4 Popular Day Trips from Munich
If you are looking for ideas on day trips from Munich, there are quite a few places you can see that aren’t too far away. Munich is a great place to see, but it certainly shouldn’t be the only place you visit in Bavaria! If you are able, try to take time to visit the following:
Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle
If you can make the time in your trip to Munich to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, it is well worth it.
This popular attraction is one of our top day trips from Munich because it is so close (within 2 hours) and allows you to see the castle that inspired Walt Disney to create Cinderella castle.
You can do it on your own or take a Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich.
Munich to the Romantic Road
One of my favorite things to do in Bavaria is take a drive down the Romantic Road. You will find that this Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Hamburg Day Tour from Munich will take you by bus on the famously picturesque route; allowing you to see castles and the Medieval town Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Harburg.
Munich to Salzburg
A popular day trip from Munich is Salzburg, Austria. Only a 2 hour train ride away, it makes it a great day trip, giving you the chance to see a whole other country.
Visitors will be able to visit some of Salzburgs most popular attractions including Mirabell Gardens, St. Peter’s Church, Mozart’s Birthplace, and more.
Munich to Innsbruck
Another great part of Austria to visit is Innsbruck. Just an hour and a half by car or train, is a lovely alpine town which is known for great skiing and a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
You will want to spend time taking in the old town and then take the funicular to see the amazing views from above!
Not to be missed are such sights as Innsbruck’s Baroque Cathedral (contains the tomb of Archduke Maximilian III), the 15th century golden roof (built to mark the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I), and a former Habsburg Palace (which is now a museum).
Taking Day Trips from Munich by Train
Germany has a great networks of trains to get you from one part of the country to the other. These trains make it easy to get from Munich to some of these other parts of Bavaria, allowing you to see different things.
Those coming to Germany from outside of Europe, qualify for the German Rail Pass (or German Rail Youth Pass for those between 12-25) .
The German Rail pass allows you to travel between 4-10 days within a months time for one set price.
Those traveling with kids will be glad to know that with the Germany Rail Pass, children under 15 travel free, but the child has to be named on the train ticket of the adult companion (parent or grandparent). Kids under 6 ride free regardless throughout Germany.
The pass is valid on all trains within Germany, plus Salzburg and Basel. It also gives you discount fare for the Europabus along the Romantic Road.
This makes it affordable for people to take several different day trips from Munich.
Have you been to Munich & did you take any day trips?