There’s so much to do in Bavarian capital Munich that you could easily spend an entire holiday within its city limits, ticking off one eclectic activity after another while you marvel at everything this exciting city has to offer.
If you’re a beer lover you’ll be in seventh heaven here ̶ Oktoberfest is world-famous and with six huge breweries churning out the purest beer on the planet every day of the year, you’ll never be short of a perfect pint.
But there’s also the cool Kunstareal art quarter, amazing museums and some of the friendliest locals you’ll find anywhere.
If you’re in town for a while, this is also a brilliant launchpad for inspirational adventures further afield ̶ which is exactly why we’re highlighting a couple of must-do Munich road trips.
This fabulous fairy tale castle is perched on a village above the village of Hohenschwangau and Walt Disney used it as the model for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in his ground-breaking Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California.
Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a private retreat for composer Richard Wagner, it’s named after his opera The Swan Knight and although building started in 1868, it wasn’t finally completed until 1892, some six years after the king’s death.
It takes around one hour and 40 minutes to get here from Munich ̶ drive south from the city centre and take Bundesautobahn 95 before exiting at Murnau am Staffelsee and taking the 23 until Steingaden, after which you take Bundesautobahn 17 until you reach Hohenschwangau, where you purchase your castle tickets before proceeding.
Tip: Munich car hire from Enjoy allows you to explore Bavaria in complete comfort.
Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, Berchtesgaden is peppered with verdant mountainous scenery and is somewhat notorious for being the home of Adolf Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, the retreat which Martin Bormann had built for his 50th birthday. It transpired that Hitler never spent much time there and it has now been repurposed as a restaurant and museum if you’re interested in visiting.
Another unusual attraction here is the Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, a 500-year-old saltmine ̶ take a tour here and you’ll learn all about this ancient industry.
Driving to Berchtesgaden from Munich takes roughly one hour and 45 minutes in light traffic ̶ follow Bundesautobahn 8 southwards from the city and you’ll soon cross over into Austria, where the road becomes the A10 before curving back into German territory. After this, you simply take the turn off at Grodig to reach your destination. Build in enough time on this road trip and you can stop off at Salzburg on your way home and take in attractions like Hohensalzburg Castle and St Peter’s Abbey.
Tip: Sophie’s restaurant in Berchtesgaden offers outstanding vegan and vegetarian fare.
These road trips merely offer a taste of what’s on offer in and around Munich ̶ you’ll discover many more delights when you get there!
What’s your favourite Munich road trip? Share your thoughts in the comments section!