2. Neuschwanstein Castle – the most romantic of the day trips from Munich(1 hour 40 minutes)
The most romantic day trip from Munich is the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle. Artfully designed, breathtaking in its beauty and in a splendid setting far away from any city, it will meet the expectations of any traveler.
Schloss Neuschwanstein, as it is called in German, was commissioned by King Ludwig II in 1868. Its construction began in 1869 but didn’t end until after Ludwig’s death, in 1886. Despite its appearance, the castle was never meant to serve any defensive purpose, but to be a place of escape and retreat just for himself. It’s captivating and was the source of inspiration for Walt Disney’s famous castles.
Next to Neuschwanstein, stands Hohenschwangau, the castle built by Ludwig’s father, where he spent his childhood. The closest town is Füssen, a charming little town in Bavarian style that’s only 15 minutes away from the castles and worth a little wander.
As I’m sure many of you also want to see in reality the “castle of all castles”, it can’t miss from a list of the best day trips from Munich.
Recommended way to travel: definitely by car or guided tour.
3. Ingolstadt and Audi factory (55 min)
Do you want to watch all the phases a machine goes through because you can drive it? Then a trip to Audi factory in Ingolstadt should definitely be on your to do list. While I recognize that I didn’t understand everything we were shown, I still enjoyed it. A guide took us through the factory and we were able to safely watch how machines were produced.
First we were taken to the robots area. It was amazing to watch how huge metal arms rotated machine parts in the air and stuck them right where they were supposed to. I was even more impressed by the human area. There was a band with several posts and each car passed from one to another in a minute or two. In that time at each post 2 or three people performed different tasks, like connecting some cables or the steering wheel. Never have I seen such a demonstration of coordination before. I’m sure guys will appreciate the factory tour even more.
Ingolstadt is also a nice town to wander around, with a pedestrian-friendly maze in the historic center. The architecture of the buildings is beautiful. Be sure to look for the Minister of Our Lady Church and its large stained glass,the Rathausplatz, Herzogsschloss and the Kreuztor.
Recommended way to travel: by train or car if you have one. It takes the same amount of time.
4. Regensburg (90 min)
Regensburg is a lovely and well preserved medieval town. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its fascinating architecture and history. This remarkable city was founded on the banks of Danube in 179 AD under the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It started to flourish after the Stone Bridge opened up the international trade routes between Europe and Venice. The city was even the capital of Bavaria between 530 and 1180 AD. The Wittelsbachs, appointed the rulers of Bavaria in 1180, decided to move the capital to Munich.
The city is worth a day trip from Munich. The highlights include the Cathedral of St Peter, the Stone Bridge, the Bridge Tower, the ‘Salt Barn’ and Wurstkuchl, the historic sausage kitchen of Regensburg.
Recommended way to travel: by train, car or guided tour. There are direct trains from the central station every hour. You might be tempted to connect it with Ingolstadt, as we did it, or Nuremberg. Don’t do it! The town deserves a day by itself and has enough attractions to keep you busy an entire day. We only got there in the evening, after visiting Ingolstadt, and would have loved to have more time there.
5. Bamberg (2h 30 min)
I fell in love at first sight with Bamberg. I knew that its city center was on the UNESCO world heritage list and had seen photos of its city hall before, but only thought of it as a pretty and short stop on a road trip. What I did not expect was to find an entire town as cute as its name sounds. I think I involuntarily associate Bamberg with Bambi or the more modern Bumble Bee. After a stroll in the old town, you could not blame me for this. It survived WWII almost without a scratch. That’s why the medieval architecture is almost intact, compared to other cities in Bavaria, like Nuremberg. It looks like the perfect venue for a Disney movie, with little brightly painted houses, cobblestone winding alleys and large squares. Do not miss the unique smoked beer brewed following the local centuries-old traditions.
Related blog post: Here’s my full Bamberg travel guide.
Recommended way to travel: The easiest way to get to Bamberg from Munich is by train. There is a direct train every hour. The car is also a good option.
6. Würzburg (2h 10 min)
Do you want to have a glass of wine at sunset on one of Europe’s most beautiful bridges? Or maybe stroll along a stylish pedestrian street? Be amazed by the diverse architecture of the past centuries? Would you like to climb a steep path or relax in a boat? Würzburg has it all and is the ideal place to go on a day trip from Muinch, even if it’s a bit farther.
Recommended way to travel: The easiest way to get to Würzburg from Munich is by train. The high-speed train takes two hours. By car it takes a little longer, but it is also a good option, especially if you’re interested in the area around the town.
Related blog post: Read my Würzburg guide here.
7. Rothenburg ob der Tauber (2h 45 min)
This small town is quite far away and you might hesitate a little before taking the trip. At the same time, it is the most beautiful town in Bavaria that I’ve seen and if you happen to be in the area in December, it’s a must. While I’m sure it looks great in any season, I felt like Christmas was born there.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is probably the best place to travel back in time. This walled town is one of Europe’s best preserved towns and one of the most picturesque. Its pastel-colored, half-timber buildings, narrow passageways, store fronts, towers and beautiful churches attract visitors from all over the world. The houses that once were the shame of the town are now its pride and what makes it known around the world.
Go up early and be prepared for a wonderful day trip! Take your camera or smartphone with you and discover the picture-perfect streets the best way possible, on foot. You won’t even notice how fast the time will fly while you wander around.
Related blog post: I wrote a full guide about Rothenburg ob der Tauber here.
Recommended way to travel: By train you should change it 3 times and it’s not the most feasible choice. A rented car or a tour is a much better option.
Munich is an interesting city to visit, but I appreciated even more its location that makes it an even better city to do day trips from! One can easily travel around to historic cities packed with medieval architecture, museums and cathedrals, to mountain peaks in the Bavarian Alps, to fairy-tale castles or discover parts of the Romantic Road. Go ahead and pick the day trip or day trips that suit you the best!
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