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Nine of the best day trips from Munich with the €49 ticket

If you're keen to get away from the bustle of the Bavarian capital for the day, here are nine day trip ideas to get you started.

Bergsee, Bavaria
Bergsee in Bavaria. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Angelika Warmuth

Germany’s €49 ticket offers ticketholders the chance to travel on regional transport throughout the country for a fixed price – opening up a world of cheap travel destinations for the budding explorer.

If you’re based in Munich or visiting the city on holiday, these stunning destinations can all be reached on regional transport in under three hours, making them perfect for a day trip or even a weekend getaway. 

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Salzburg’s historic centre. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-tmn | Anita Arneitz

Surrounded by soaring Alpine peaks, the Austrian city of Salzburg is a must-visit if you’re ever nearby. Immaculately preserved baroque buildings line the historic streets, giving visitors the sense of stepping back in time to the era of the city’s most famous resident: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visiting Hagenauer Haus – the birthplace of Mozart – is a must while you’re there, as is a trip to the city’s striking modern art museum and the charming toy museum

If you decide to stay in Salzburg for longer than a day, it’s definitely worth scheduling a trip out to Germany’s Königsee. This alpine lake is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful locations in Germany – and if you make it there, you’ll see why. Simply hop on the 840 bus from Salzburg to Berchtesgaden and then switch to the 841 to Königsee. The journey takes an hour and a half but with breathtaking views to look at the whole time, the time will fly by.

Incredibly, the €49 ticket will even take you across the border into Austria and as far as Salzburg for no extra charge. Simply take the RB40 from Munich East and then change to RE45 at Mühldorf. The whole journey shouldn’t take longer than 2 hours and 45 minutes. 

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Schloss Neuschwanstein

Schloss Neuschwanstein

View over Schloss Neuschwanstein. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

Ludwig II’s masterpiece of neo-gothic architecture is immensely popular with tourists – and it’s no wonder. Surrounded by dizzying peaks and pine forests, Schloss Neuschwanstein is straight out of a fairytale and famously inspired the Walt Disney logo. 

Take a walking tour around the castle to hear all about the escapades of mad King Ludwig II and discover why people nicknamed him the ‘Swan King’. Just a stone’s throw away is Ludwig’s equally stunning but less famous summer residence – the colourful Schloss Hohenschwangau – which is also well worth a visit. And if you still haven’t had your fill of royalty, you can find out even more about Ludwig and his relatives at the Museum of Bavarian Kings. Otherwise, take a refreshing dip in the nearby Alpsee or enjoy some hearty southern German fare and a Helles at the atmospheric Schloss Bräustüberl Hohenschwangau

To get to Schloss Neuschwanstein, take the RB70/74/76 train from Munich Central Station to Buchloe and then change to the BRB RB77 to Füssen, which is about an hour’s walk or a short bus ride from the castles. 

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Regensburg's old stone bridge

Regensburg’s Old Stone Bridge and Old Town. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Armin Weigel

The university town of Regensburg, to the north of Munich, is an essential day trip for history buffs and lovers of medieval architecture. Located on the banks of the Danube, Regensburg is believed to be the northernmost Roman fort in Europe and the town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006. 

Incredibly, Regenburg’s Old Town managed to make it through two world wars unscathed and the town is now considered one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. To soak up the atmosphere, take a meandering walk around the Altstadt and cross the old stone bridge to colourful neighbourhood of Stadtamhof – and keep an eye out for Regenburg’s iconic tower houses on the way. If you get peckish, you can stop by at Germany’s oldest sausage kitchen, which has been serving delicious Wurst to locals since the 12th Century. You can also learn about the region’s Jewish and Roman past at the fascinating Document Neupfarrplatz museum, or see a who’s-who of brilliant German men and women in the historic Hall of Fame.

To get to Regensburg from Munich, you have a choice of regional trains. The RE2 or RE25 only take around 1 hour and 20 minutes, while others such as the RE50 tend to take more of a scenic route.



A view of Tegernsee and the surrounding mountains. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Matthias Balk

If you’re looking for all the natural highs that Bavaria has to offer, then look no further than the lakeside resort of Tegernsee. This stunning spot has everything from mountain peaks to a crystalline lake – not to mention endless fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. There are some immensely popular hiking and biking trails both around the lake and in the mountains – and for those who want to skip the sweaty part, the Wallbergbahn gondola will take you 1,600 feet above sea level to enjoy the best views of Tegernsee and its surroundings. 

During the summer, adrenaline junkies will love taking a ride down the hillside on the summer toboggan at nearby Oedberg or even trying their hand at paragliding. And of course, there are numerous charming Bavaria eateries and swimming beaches dotted around the lake itself.

There are great train connections between Munich and Tegernsee. The BRB RB57, for example, will take you from Munich Central Station to Gmund am Tegelsee in just over an hour. 

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Garmisch and Zugspitze 


Visitors enjoy a ride on the ‘Wankbahn’ gondola to the tip of Mount Wank. Photo: picture alliance / Sven Hoppe/dpa | Sven Hoppe

For fans of winter sports, Germany’s highest mountain should need no introduction. In summer, however, the popular ski resort of Garmisch-Patenkirchen and its famous peaks are no less captivating.

With its historic alleys lined with chocolatiers and cafes, Garmsich-Patenkirchen is worthy of a day trip in itself. But for lovers of the great outdoors, the hiking and cycling opportunities in the surrounding Alps are what really makes the area special. From Garmisch, you can ascend approximately 2,600 feet to the top of Zugspitze by cable car, where you can follow adventurous hiking trials and experience a real glacier up close. Beyond Germany’s highest mountain, Garmisch is also a good starting point for a trip up the hilariously named Mount Wank, another soaring mountain with panoramic views of the valley.  

Due to a tragic train derailment, a part of the railway between Oberau and Garmisch is closed. Currently, passengers can get the RE6 from Munich to Oberau and then change to a bus to Garmisch. The journey takes about an hour and a half.


Nuremberg old town

Nuremberg’s quaint city centre. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Nicolas Armer

From fascist rallies in the 1930s to the courthouse where prominent Nazi figures were put on trial in the aftermath of WWII, nowhere quite represents the darker side of German history as much as Nuremberg. If you visit for the day, the exhibition at the Documentation Centre – housed in the old site of the famous Nazi rallies – will help you understand Nuremburg’s unique role in the far-right’s rise to power. You can also visit the Memorium Nuremberg Trials, which is housed on the top floor of the Palace of Justice where the trials took place.

It’s also worth taking a walk around the historic centre, which was largely destroyed in the Second World War but subsequently rebuilt in all its medieval charm. 

The ICE fast-speed train is by far the quickest way to get from Munich to Nuremberg, but if you want to use the €49 ticket, the RE1 will take you there in 1 hour and 45 minutes. 


Body-flying at Jochen Schweizer Arena

‘Body flying’ at the Jochen Schweizer Arena. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Matthias Balk

Just south of Munich in the unassuming suburb of Taufkirchen, you’ll find the ultimate pilgrimage site for German adrenaline junkies: the Jochen Schweizer Arena. For those who don’t know, Jochen Schweizer is a German stuntman and extreme athlete who made his fortune by setting up an ‘experiences’ business which sells every type of gift experience imaginable, from wine tasting to skydiving. 

At his flagship arena, you can try anything from indoor surfing to bungee jumping and body flying – otherwise known as indoor skydiving. On sunny afternoons, adults and kids alike can have hours of fun clambering around the outdoor high-ropes climbing course and whizzing through the air on the ‘Flying Fox’ zipwire. 

Getting to Taufkirchen from central Munich couldn’t be easier: it takes around 20 minutes on the S3. 

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Arbeit macht frei

The infamous ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ inscription at the entrance to Dachau. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

Spending a morning or afternoon at the former concentration camp at Dachau is a heart-wrenching experience, but it’s also a powerful way to keep the atrocities in living memory and bear witness to the stories of those who were incarcerated there. 

The former factory at Dachau was turned into Germany’s first concentration camp in March 1933 – just a few months after Adolf Hiter was appointed Chancellor of the Reich. It acted as a prototype for similar death camps elsewhere in Germany and housed about 200,000 Jewish and political prisoners during Nazi rule. 

To get the best understanding of the history of the camp, it’s a good idea to book a guided tour, though walking around the site alone can be equally moving.

It takes about 40 minutes to get to Dachau from Munich city centre. Travel north on the S2 or the RB16 regional train, and then transfer to the 726 bus from Dachau train station. 



A house in Oberammergau with traditional ‘Lüftlmalerei’, or frescoes. Photo: picture alliance / dpa-tmn | Ammergauer Alpen

Nestled in the mountains and just a stone’s throw from the Austrian border, you’ll find Oberammergau – a tiny alpine town with an incredibly vibrant cultural history. For almost 400 years, the people of Oberammergau have had a tradition of putting on a series of passion plays – historic performances of biblical stories – every ten years. Since 2020’s performance had to be postponed due to Covid, you can catch this once-in-a-decade experience this summer. 

Even if you don’t manage to snap up tickets to the passion play, the town still has plenty to offer. Walking around, you’ll see facades emblazoned with colourful frescoes and traditional wood carvings. For the full alpine experience, head to the Erlebnisbad Wellenberg – a huge outdoor swimming pool surrounded by breathtaking mountains. Another exciting way to see the mountains is to take a ride on the Alpine Coaster, a summer toboggan run that speeds down the hillside through meadows and pine forests. 

The quickest way to get Oberammergau from Munich is to take the RE6 or RE60 towards Innsbruck and then change at Murnau to the RE63. This route takes about an hour and 40 minutes. 

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  1. We don’t all live in Berlin or Munich, what about providing places to go from other areas in Germany!

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Munich versus Salzburg: Which city does Christmas better?

Separated by less than 150 kilometres, Munich and Salzburg are cultural destinations attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. However, when it comes to Christmas, which puts on the better performance?  

Munich versus Salzburg: Which city does Christmas better?

We compared the two Germanic winter destinations to find out which does a better job at delivering the Christmas spirit. 

Munich: Winter wonderland offering a little of everything

Bavaria’s capital is one of Germany’s most prominent tourist destinations, boasting several world-class museums and palaces, in addition to the beery delights of the Oktoberfest. It should also be noted that the city is a great place to visit at Christmas when the traditionally hardworking Bavarians let their hair down for various activities. 

Munich offers a wide range of Christmas markets each year, each with its own take on the season. The most famous and prominent Christkindlmarkt takes place on Marienplatz and has been for around 500 years. With the gorgeous town hall building as a backdrop, there’s a toy workshop for children, brass bands playing folk music, and the occasional visit from Krampus. It takes place from November 27th to December 24th

Meanwhile, the historic food market, the Viktaulienmarkt, is especially popular at Christmas. There’s a wider selection of Christmas treats and handcrafted decorations to give the whole area a magical atmosphere. The Christmas festivities, known as the ‘Winterzauber am Viktualienmarkt’, last from November 20th to January 5th

Finally, those with a particular penchant for mulled wine and axe throwing will want to check out the Mittelaltermarkt at Wittelsbacherplatz, where the German fascination for all things medieval is turned up to 11. While we don’t recommend mixing alcohol and 15th-century weapons, you can enjoy a little time travel here between November 27th and December 23rd.

It’s not just Christmas markets that Munich offers at Christmas. Ice skating is a big deal in the city, with the frozen canal by the Nymphenburger Schloss and the Eiszauber at the Stachus being the core destinations. The Eiszauber also offers a range of stalls and tasty treats and runs between November 24th and January 14th

It’s also worth noting that many famous museums and galleries, such as the Alte Pinakothek and the Residenz, remain open for visitors during the Christmas season. However, it’s a good idea to check opening hours for the locations you’re heading for. 

The Christkindlmarkt in front of Munich’s old town hall. Photo: München Tourismus / Sigi Müller

Salzburg: Magic, music and centuries of tradition

Munich meets strong competition in Salzburg. With a dramatic mountainous backdrop, a strong musical heritage, and centuries of folklore to unpack, it has been luring visitors long before ‘The Sound of Music’ – heck, even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself – was conceived.

Salzburg seemingly goes into hyperdrive at Christmas, with the city being transformed and a huge number of events taking place.

Christmas markets are the most famous aspect of a Salzburg yuletide. The Christkindlmarkt on the Domplatz is one of the world’s oldest, potentially a century or two older than Munich’s. With a spectacular backdrop in Salzburg’s cathedral and lighting that makes it appear like the sky is full of stars, it’s been described as one of the world’s most atmospheric. It’s open every day from November 27th to January 1st

For an even more spectacular Christmas market, the centuries-old fortress of the prince-archbishops hosts its own ‘Advent at the Hohensalzburg‘ every weekend between November 24th and December 18th. Alongside artisan gifts and gourmet food, visitors can enjoy fantastic views across the city. Time your visit for sunset for a truly exceptional experience. 

Alongside the Christmas markets, a comprehensive programme of choirs and brass bands perform outside the cathedral. The city’s website has an overview of who is appearing. 

Fans of the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ also have the opportunity to visit the chapel where it was first performed on December 18th. Just 20 kilometres from the city centre by public transport, it’s been drawing tourists for over one hundred years. The writer, Salzburg priest Joseph Mohr’s influence can still be felt throughout the region through statues, street names, and museum exhibits. 

Speaking of museums, few cities have such a Christmas pedigree that they boast their own museum on the subject. Salzburg’s Christmas Museum on Mozartplatz replicates Christmas interiors, full of decorations, covering the period from 1840 to the present day. The museum also hosts seasonal exhibits on various Christmas traditions. 

Salzburg’s Christkindlmarkt with the dramatic Hohensalzburg in the background. Photo: redit: Salzburg Tourismus

While we’re hesitant to back one city over the other for a more atmospheric experience, we don’t think you can beat Salzburg for atmosphere, tradition and sheer aesthetics. The alpine sounds and the ‘Silent Night’ factor make it a must-see for any serious Christmas fanatic. 

That said, Munich, being a larger city, has a broader selection of Christmas markets and winter activities for those who are looking to fill their valuable time with festivities. 

Have your own opinion? Let us know in the comments section below.