Those who prefer to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, and want to recharge surrounded by nature will love Bavaria. Around Munich, guests will find plenty of attractive hiking routes, skiing opportunities and bathing lakes that are perfect for those who enjoy being outdoors. If you are looking to explore the area’s culture, there is a wide variety of castles and monasteries to visit.
Below, you will find our guide to the Munich area. Discover day trips full of history and beauty, and begin planning your visit today.
Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany, measuring 2,962m. Not only does it offer a breathtaking 360-degree view of four different countries and the magnificent Alpine landscape, it is the ideal place for winter sports enthusiasts and hikers burn off some energy.
If you want to do as much as possible in a one-day visit, take the cog railway from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the top of the mountain. The relaxing journey promises magnificent scenery and means summit views are possible for everyone.
For those planning a day trip to Zugspitze, you can book tickets for the train and piste in advance online using the following link: http://zugspitze.de/de/winter/berge
For keen skiers and snowboarders, the nearby Wetterstein Mountains are also a popular destination, as is Partnachklamm. Just outside of Munich, this deep gorge is 702m long and can, in some places, reach magnificent depths of 80m. Open all year, entrance fees are set at just €5 for adults and €2 for children aged 6 to 16.
How to get there
- By car: approx. 1h drive from Munich
- By train: approx. 1h 22 min from Munich
From Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a further 20-minute journey by car or hour’s walk will take you to Partnachklamm.
Activities around Tegernsee
Tegernsee is an hour away from Munich and is easily accessible by public transport or car. Since the lake is located in the Bavarian Alps, it is surrounded by beautiful hiking trails and thus ensures a varied day trip in the Munich area.
Several golf clubs are located around Lake Tegernsee. The mountainous terrain and lush lawns provide perfect conditions for putting. A list of all golf courses around the lake can be found here: http://golfen-tegernsee.de/
The picturesque surroundings of Tegernsee can not only be admired from the lake, but should also be enjoyed from the surrounding mountain landscape too. There are a handful of popular walks to take advantage of, including the following:
Duration of the hike to the highest point: approx. 2h 19 min
Height: approx. 1,700m
Difficulty level: Easy
Wallberg, which rises out of the ground just behind the town of Rottach-Egern, is a popular hiking and tobogganing spot and lies south of the lake. Also known as Wallbergbahn, it brings guests up to 1706 meters above sea level, from which the peak can be reached within half an hour on foot.
Duration of the hike to the highest point: approx. 2 hours
Difficulty level: Easy
If you’re looking for a leisurely hike, drive to Scharling, Bad Wiessee or Kreuth and begin the walk to the top of Hirschberg. A gentle ascent with fantastic views, it takes around two hours to complete. Even better, as you reach 1,520m, you will find the Hirschberghaus restaurant where you can reward yourself with a Bavarian beer and traditional food.
Duration of the hike to the highest point: approx. 1h
Height: approx. 1,200m
Difficulty level: Very easy
From Tegernsee train station, the path to Riederstein Chapel takes just 90 minutes. The small chapel, which is the final destination of the hike, which has been situated on the 1,200-meter-high rocky spur for almost 200 years and offers visitors another beautiful view of Lake Tegernsee.
Other Local Mountains around Munich
A bit further away from Tegernsee is Wendelstein, a 1,800m high mountain which is characterised mainly by its many hiking trails and perfect conditions for winter sports. For explorers, Wendelstein Cave offers an exciting glimpse into cave formation and will delight visitors of all ages.
Duration of the hike to the highest point: approx. 2.5h
Height: approx. 1,884m
Difficulty: Easy to medium
The hike on the summit of Rotwand is highly popular, particularly in summer. Easy to reach from Munich, it makes for the perfect day trip. Thanks to fixed paths, Rotwand is suitable for beginners and families.
Blomberg und Brauneck
The two mountains of Blomberg and Brauneck are in Bad Tölz between Tegernsee and Kochelsee. Both mountains can be completed within four hours. Based in Lenggries, make sure to relax afterwards with a beer or a coffee while listening to the rippling waters of the River Isar.
Walchensee und Kochelsee
The lakes of Kochel and Walchensee are about one hour from Munich, just a short stroll away from each other. Surrounded by beautiful meadows, it is the perfect spot for holidaymakers to relax (and even go swimming)!
Herzogstand and Heimgarten
The mountains of Herzogstand and Heimgarten are not to be missed. The glistening Lake Walchen can be seen from the top of Herzogstand in clear weather, and if you’re not feeling up to the hike the summit can be reached easily by cable car.
Connected to Herzogstand via a ridge is Heimgarten, which is suited to more sure-footed, experienced hikers. Together, they make for the perfect day trip close to the Alps.
Franz Marc Museum
In the northeast of Kochel am See is the Franz Marc Museum, which was founded in 1986. Franz Marc was one of Germany's most important expressionist artists and is best known for his painting Blue Horse. There are more than 150 individual works and secondary exhibitions here, which can be admired year-round from Tuesday to Sunday.
Starnbergersee and Ammersee
In summer, Starnbergersee and Ammersee, just an hour away from Munich, are particularly popular destinations. The two elongated lakes offer a wide range of leisure activities from golfing to water sports.
Kloster Andechs, the monastery on Bavaria’s Holy Mountain which has been run by Benedictine Monks since 1455, is in close proximity to the Ammersee and can be recognised from afar by its striking church tower.
The brewery, which is run independently of the monastery and has a beer garden, is a great place to sit and relax attracting both tourists and locals.
Chiemsee, also known as the Bavarian Sea, is the largest lake in Bavaria. Made up of three islands and an almost 64km shoreline, this spectacular spot is one that everyone should visit. Below, you will find some of the best nearby attractions.
Herrenchiemsee New Palace
Directly on the island of Herreninsel is the New Palace Herrenchiemsee, which was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1878.
The French Rococo-style castle was to be considered the Bavarian counterpart to the Versailles Royal Castle. The gardens of the castle are also similar to those of the Sun King and visitors are invited to take a leisurely walk and explore the grounds.
Kampenwand is also located near Lake Chiemsee and offers fantastic views of the chain of the Central Alps, Hohe Tauern, Grossglockner, Großvenediger, Wilder Kaiser, Loferer Steinbergen and the Berchtesgaden Alps.
30 minutes away from Munich is the memorial site of the Dachau concentration camp, a haunting yet important piece of history. The camp was built shortly after the appointment of Hitler as German Chancellor as a deterrent to political opponents. During its 12 years of operation, several thousand migrants and political opponents died here.
At the end of April 1945, the Dachau concentration camp was freed by the US Army and has been open to visitors since 1965.
Not far from Salzburg, and about two hours by car from Munich, lies Königssee in Berchtesgaden National Park.
From wellness and relaxation in Salzheilstollen, to snowshoeing and climbing routes, Berchtesgaden and the surrounding area really has something for everyone. An area rich in tradition, you are sure to experience old customs and hear old folk songs upon your visit.
If you wish to explore Berchtesgaden National Park for more than a day, Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden is ideally located just a ten-minute drive away!