From fairytale castles to snow-capped mountain peaks to concentration camps, Munich is privy to some of the most diverse and compelling natural and man-made structures within its vicinity.
Salzburg: The picturesque Austrian town is popular with day-trippers looking for a bucolic getaway. Famed for producing the legendary Mozart, as well as for providing the backdrop for The Sound of Music, this medieval town also offers lots of activities - explore exotic salt mines, enjoy stunning views from Hohensalzburg Fortress, or bask in the majestic baroque architecture that’s scattered all over the city.
Dachau Concentration Camp: The remains of the first German Nazi camp have been preserved as a living memoir of the Holocaust’s atrocities. You can tour reconstructed cell blocks and pour through original documents and photographs in this chilling but poignant experience.
Neuschwanstein Castle: This is literally the land where dreams are made - Neuschwanstein Castle served as the inspiration behind Disney’s Sleeping Beauty edifice. Originally constructed as a place of refuge for King Ludwig II in the mid 1800s, it is now a popular tourist destination for visitors to marvel at its elegantly embellished interiors and placid surroundings.
Berchtesgaden: Found in the midst of the Bavarian Alps, this German town is just what the doctor ordered - glistening lakes lap at the feet of picture-perfect mountain ranges, making it a great spot for tranquility and rejuvenation. Venture up to Eagles’ Nest at the summit of Kelstein - this former stronghold of Adolf Hitler is now a restaurant and beer garden that offers extensive views of the eastern alps. Also, don’t miss out on Lake Königssee, one of the country’s cleanest and most beautiful alpine lakes.
Zugspitze Peak: A journey to Zugspitze Peak is well worth the 2 hours of travel time. At 2,962 metres above sea level, it is Germany’s highest mountain and home to some of the best alpine views and winter sports. Try your hand at snowboarding or skiing, or simply kick back and enjoy the panoramic view of over 400 mountain peaks.