Munich seems to have it all. Great food, it is surrounded by beautiful nature, more castles than you can shake a stick at and friendly people. It’s also a wonderful location to serve as your home base if you want to explore Bavaria and the surrounding area. With great transportation connections and lots of interesting sites within an hour to three hours by train, it’s a no brainer. Here are my picks of the best day trips from Munich!
With my next trip to Munich a matter of weeks away and me unable to contain my excitement, now seemed like the perfect time to highlight another Must See on my travel bucket list. For this month’s Must See travel feature we’re traveling a bit southeast of Munich to the Chiemsee!
On our first trip to Munich some years back, we traveled by car to Salzburg with friends. As we passed a seemingly unending body of water on the left side of the car, one of our friends turned to my husband and I in the backseat. “That’s the Bavarian sea,” she said, with a smile. She meant the Chiemsee.
It is simply amazing the lengths that some people will go to to escape. To escape persecution, fascism, war — the list of reasons, sadly, seems to have no end. It is difficult to comprehend what one human will do to another. Author Greg Mitchell focuses on a very specific period of history that is well known for escape attempts: the Berlin Wall in his latest book, The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill.
When you read the word “Zeppelin,” the first thing you think of might be a famous classic rock band. Admittedly, “Whole Lotta Love” has its merits. But what I’m talking about is taking a ride in a dirigible, not a stairway to heaven. No, I’m talking about taking a ride in a Zeppelin. And in Friedrichshafen, Germany you can still take a ride in what is really a unique form of transportation.
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (or Graf Zeppelin, in German) of Germany is noted as the pioneer when it comes to Zeppelins. In the late 19th century he started designing the rigid airships. By 1910, the first Zeppelin had been flown commercially. During World War I, they were used by the German military. The airships crisscrossed the world. They flew from Europe to America, South America and even Asia. They were a wonder of their day.
Each month I try to highlight a Must See. Usually this means a city, location or museum that I have on my own travel bucket-list. This month I want to do things a little different. Visiting a true European Christmas Market is undeniably on my Must See list. But there’s so many! To select just one would be too difficult and not fair to all of the other wonderful ones. So instead this month’s Must See pulls together five Christmas Markets to put on your own Must See list.
For many, Munich is all about Oktoberfest. But there is so much more to see than just the Wiesn. But sometimes you only get a limited window of opportunity to visit a city. Maybe your travel style is all about traveling to many places instead of getting to know a few really well. Or sometimes the reason is as simple as a lack of time or money. Or both. If you’ve got the time, I’ve shared my tips and favorites in Munich. But what if time is limited? I’ve put together my favorites and must-sees for a guide of how to spend 24 hours in Munich!
If it weren’t for those famous scenes in the movie Rocky of Sylvester Stallone running up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the world might never have known about this fantastic landmark. Not really. But for some smaller towns and sights this is definitely the case. Take for example Görlitz, Germany. After seeing the town used as the filming location for Wes Anderson’s whimsical The Grand Budapest Hotel and doing some research into the town’s beautiful architecture, Görlitz has been on my Must See list.
There are plenty of things — you might call them stereotypes — that Germany are famous for. From precision engineered cars that race down highways with no speed limits, to pretzels the size of your head. The list is rather lengthy. But beer just might be the country’s most famous product. The ingredients in German beer are closely regulated by the Reinheitsgebot, which ensures high quality beer. And while Bavaria is arguably the center of the German brewery world, the rest of the country has more than a few brands to boast of.
Many of Germany’s beer breweries offer tours. Regardless of whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just curious by nature, take note. These special tours often include guided walks through the production line, insight in to the brand and brewery, and even tastings! Previously, I highlighted Bavarian beer breweries that offer tours. Now here’s a follow up with German beer breweries around the rest of the country.
When we decided to meet up with my lovely German pen pal/friend on our last trip to Germany, a visit to Neuschwanstein seemed a natural choice. Somehow the famous castle that is seemingly on the top of every tourist’s Must See List just wasn’t a priority for me. Until last year. While Neuschwanstein Castle can be quite a hike to get to it is one of Germany’s most popular and recognizable tourist attractions. The castle is so desirable, in fact, that Walt Disney is said to have modeled Sleeping Beauty’s castle after it. If you have the opportunity, it really is an absolute Must See. But there is more to explore in the area than just Neuschwanstein!
Germany is a well-known destination for outdoor activities: from the snow-capped Alps to the Black Forest as well as hiking and cycling pretty much everywhere. But foreigners might think of Spain, Greece or the south of France first when considering beach spots. Rethink that attitude! Consider Rügen, the German island that is on My Must See List.
Germany’s northern border is primarily ocean. The North Sea to the west and the Baltic Sea to the east. Just off the northeastern coast of the German mainland, in the Baltic Sea, is Rügen, the country’s largest island. The island is linked back to the continent at the city of Stralsund, via a causeway that is nearly a mile and a half long. With the island so close and easily accessible, it comes as no surprise that Rügen is one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations.