Start your journey in the hip and happening city of Munich, the city where anything is possible. Then take to the road on Munich day trips to see some of Germany’s impressive historic monuments, ancient towns, and breathtaking countryside.
Embarking on short day trips is one of the best ways to see the serene landscapes and quaint villages that surround the city, and ending up in Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most beautiful routes in Germany. Moreover, by driving through the peaceful German countryside you get to see parts of the country you wouldn’t otherwise see from a plane or train, and you get to stop anywhere you want, whenever you want.
Here’s where to stop and what to see on your Neuschwanstein Castle tours from Munich:
Munich is the city where old Germany meets new Germany. The city is the heart of Bavarian culture, as well as the hub of technological development and art. When you think of Munich you might instantly think of Oktoberfest with its huge beer steins and sausages, but when this famed festival is not taking place, the city is a cosmopolitan metropolis with beautiful green parks, intriguing monuments and live music around nearly every corner. Enjoy stunning views of the nearby Alps mountain range, which overlook the city, as well as the river that runs its course through the city.
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Just a few miles from Munich’s city center lies a harsh reminder of the country’s tumultuous recent history at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. The area once operated as a Nazi labor camp, but is today an important place to remind visitors what took place last century and why it is vital than it never happens again.
Visit the multi-colored town of Landshut, a traditional Bavarian town with a famous castle and a very famous three-week-long Royal Wedding Festival, which takes place every four years in the town and has attracted as many as 600,000 people. The festival isn’t to celebrate a love of two people but the love and binding of two countries, Bavaria and Poland back in 1475. Experience reenactments of the historical event with participants dressed in medieval garb.
Herrenchiemsee New Palace
King Ludwig acquired this wonderful plot of land in the middle of Chiem Lake and then decided to build his dream replica of Paris’ Versailles Palace. Sadly, he died two years before he could complete the project but that doesn’t mean the palace isn’t a marvel to be adored. Visit the less busy replica of Versailles’ Great Hall of Mirrors and the French gardens as part of the tour of the palace.
Stop and take a few hours to really appreciate the stunning natural beauty that lies in this part of Germany at Wendelstein Mountain, the most accessible way to reach the Alps from Munich. The mountain is around 6,000 feet high and the summit can be reached by cable car or train, after driving to its base. Discover some cozy cabin restaurants and cafes with awesome views across the snowy landscape, or if you prefer to get out in the heart of the Alps then opt to take some hiking trails up into the mountain. In the winter months it’s also possible to ski here as well.
Landsberg am Lech
Drive just 30 minutes out of the large city of Munich to experience a truly authentic Bavarian city that is untouched by time and tourists. Landsberg am Lech dates back to the medieval period, and much of its dark age remnants still exist to this day, with looming towers, such as the Schmalzturm Tower, and the romantic Mother’s Tower, dominating the landscape of the city. Be sure to visit the Herkomer Museum, and walk the old city walls and gates.
You have finally reached your destination at Neuschwanstein Castle, an incredible 19th century palace that is the real-life version of something out of a fairy tale. Initially built as a personal refuge for Ludwig II of Bavaria, and as an homage to Richard Wagner, the incredible castle was in fact the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. The castle was opened to the public when King Ludwig II died in 1886, and visitors have been flocking to see the majestic place of solitude ever since. The grounds are worth exploring for a few hours after you have seen the castle with stunning views across Bavaria.
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