Day trip ideas out of Munich

Day trip ideas out of Munich

You have found yourself in Munich. Good choice! It’s an excellent city rich in attractions, events, museums, concerts and whatever else your soul desires. Whether you’re at your city break, on a long hour haul trip or living here you may ask yourself how to spend a wonderful day outside of the city limits. In that case you’ve landed at the right spot. I have a couple of day trip ideas out of Munich and I’m willing to share them.


Let’s start with nature! Shall we? Munich is the perfect gateway to Alps. A couple of places on my list are found in the Alps. Königssee is a lake located east of Munich within limits of Der Nationalpark Berchtesgaden. Subjectively, it’s the most iconic lake in Bayern. This information is no secret and therefore the lake gets heavily crowded in summer months. It’s also easily accessible. To reach it take a train to Berchtesgaden and then continue with a bus. Buses wait outside of the train station. The cheapest option is to get Bayern ticket. It’s a special offer that allows to travel all around Bayern for one day at low cost. When you’re at the lake there are several trekking paths around. Most of them lead on surrounding mountains. They require some level of fitness and experience from trekkers. If you’re just as a tourist then your best bet is to get a collective boat which will take you over the lake. Click for more information. On a sunny day it may take an hour in queue to get tickets for the boat. The other option is to rent a small boat and paddle through lake.



Hintersee is located just 10 km west from Königssee. It’s a lot smaller but still charming. On a longer day they can be both visited together. In summer buses (line 846) leave a couple of times a day from Berchtesgaden. The lake itself offers a path around, swimming opportunity and boat rentals. Keep in mind even on the warmest day alpine lakes’ waters stay relatively cold. There are trekking paths of various difficulty all around the lake.

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles

Neuschwanstein castle

The two castles are some of the most recognised landmarks of Bayern and Germany as whole. The place they are located in is a fairly tale area. The castles look amazing, but surrounding nature is no less beautiful. There are relatively high mountain peaks and alpine lakes to explore. If you plan to go there with a visit without a car then look for trains to Füssen and then hop into a bus waiting for you at the train station. Plan your return trip earlier as there is limited number of buses that will take you back to the train station. As of January 2020 tickets to the castles are 13 euro per person each. A combined ticket to both costs 25 euro. Not a huge discount huh! In high season it’s recommended to book tickets in advance since the place gets way overcrowded.

Therme Erding

Speaking about overcrowded and yet worth visiting place I have to mention Therme Erding. It’s a combination of SPA and water recreation complex. One of the biggest in the world. It can be reached with suburban S2 train leaving city centre every 20 minutes during daytime. The complex offers 185.000 sq meters of pools, slides, saunas, restaurants and so on – enough for a day trip.



Alright, I went through some of the top choices by most tourists visiting Munich and Bayern. But well, if I stop here, then the article would be yet another boring list of what everyone knows. Don’t you think? Let’s then have a look at some place you may not have heard about before. Bayrischzell is a small town near Austrian border. I like to think about it as one of German “ends of the world”. By this I mean the railway ends there and the only way out by train is the way back. So, why would you go there? Well, there is several – mostly easy – trekking paths. In winter it’s one of best options to go skiing in Germany. Check out Sudelfeld ski resort. I have claimed Wendelstein (1 838 m). The trek up takes about 3 hours. On top there is a restaurant waiting for you together with little chapel and astronomical observatory. If trekking is not your song then take a cable car up.

Zugspitze & Eibsee

I haven’t climed Zugspitze yet. This is plan for summer 2020. However, I have been around it a couple of times. It’s the highest mountain in Germany with 2.962 m. It’s a beautiful massive consisting of several peaks. The way to the top of the mountain leads through a glacier and steep rocky terrain. There are two cable cars leading almost to the top. There is even a train reaching as high as the cable cars are. Whichever way you choose it will cost you about 60 euro per person roundtrip. In winter there is a ski resort on the mountain slopes open. Around 60 euro will take you from Munich to Zugspitze with trains and back including a day of snowboarding. The deal is called Garmisher Ski-Ticket. On the foots of the mountain there is also an amazing lake called Eibsee. It’s best seen from above. At the right angle you can see it’s wonderful colours. It takes a bit over an hour to walk around the lake. If you would feel like it’s too hot, then feel free to jump into it’s waters.



Zugspitze isn’t only about conquering the peaks. A little lower there is a wonderful gorge called Höllentalklamm. A narrow path leads through it. The walls on both side are vertical and there is water pouring down from everywhere. If you’d like to take this route pack some rain jacket into your backpack. The path itself isn’t demanding, but it also doesn’t finish with the end of the gorge. There are options for further trekking. Some paths leads towards the summit. It costs 5 euro to enter the gorge.

Lermoos ski area

So far I’ve described exclusively places located in Bayern. However, Munich is also a great gateway to other countries for a day trip. Zugspitze is stating a border between Germany and Austria. On the Austrian side there is no less to see and do. I would recommend visiting Lermoos. It’s a lovely town with an excellent view on Zugspitze. There’s also a nice skiing resort. Since both countries are part of European Union crossing the border is usually unnoticeable. Train from Munich can get you to Lermoos in less than two hours. I can give out a little insider tip. The Bayern ticket is valid up to Lermoos and even a little further into Austria on this particular route.


Herzogstand is a peak with a stunning view towards Munich on one side and on high alpine mountains on the other. If that’s not enough, there are two pretty lakes down in the valley. Herzogstand is well known to many people from Munich, but it may not be on your bucket list. That’s a shame, because it’s really worth a visit. There are a couple interesting trekking paths including a fantastic route on a ridge top in the area. If you’re all into trekking it’s just the spot for you. However, there is also a cable car that will get you close enough to the top. There are buses wich will get you to Herzogstand from Kochel, but the most comfortable option is a car. More about cars in another article coming soon. I’ll tell you about the best ways to move around Bayern.

Regensburg and Walhalla

It’s not only about mountains around Munich. There are a couple of other cities and plenty of towns worth a visit. A city I have visited recently is called Regensburg. It’s set at Danube river and it has a pretty center with small Christmas Market if you’re here before Christmas. 🙂 Except of the town I have visited Walhalla. In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin. In Germany it is a neoclassical building in the form of a temple surrounded by a portico with columns represents one of the most important German national monuments of the 19th century., which was created by order of the Bavarian king Ludwig I. An interesting sight.


Nuremberg is the second biggest city in Bayern. It’s hosting a population of half a million which is the size of Poznań or Wrocław in Poland. Nuremberg is said to be close to what people usually think of a German city and it’s a great as a day trip idea. Most notably it has an imperial castle and medieval city walls. There are dozens of train connections between Munich and Nuremberg every day. That said, a longer but cheaper option is to take a bus.



At the end let’s get back to the Alps. At the moment when I’m writing this article it’s January. Some may have heard this verb before. It’s a month, a winter month in particular. To me winter means winter sports: trekking and snowboarding. Kaisergebirge is a mountain range in Tirol, Austria. It’s within an hour (and half) drive from Munich. It consists of some wonderful peaks, but also there are great ski resorts around. Namely SkiWelt and KitzSki.

Wrapping up day trip ideas

That’s all for now. I’m going to continue exploring both closer and further areas around Munich. I’m quite sure in about half a year I’ll write another article with more day trip ideas. The options are almost limitless around here! See you next time and stay tuned. There will be more content coming soon.

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