6 Best Day Trips From Munich — Castles, Alps, Medieval Towns

Whether you’re drawn to fairytale castles, medieval towns, or breathtaking alpine landscapes, there are plenty of options for day trips from Munich. Here are some trips I’ve done during my time in Munich!

In This Day Trips From Munich List:

1. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle - Day Trips from Munich

Nestled amidst the scenic Bavarian Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle stands as a testament to King Ludwig II’s whimsical dreams. The castle looks straight out of a storybook and is said to have inspired the famous Disney castle. To explore the interior, you’ll have to pay for a tour and photography is also not allowed inside the castle. Alternatively, wander the surrounds and make sure not to miss the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes from Marienbrücke bridge.

Getting to Neuschwanstein Castle: Take a 2 hour train from Munich Hauptbahnhof, followed by a 10 minute bus ride on bus 78.
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (23 Mar – 15 Oct), 10am – 4pm (16 Oct – 22 Mar)

Read: Getting from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle

2. Dachau

Day Trips From Munich - Dachau Memorial

Dachau stands as a solemn testament to one of humanity’s darkest periods, serving as the site of the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany. This somber memorial, located just outside Munich, is a haunting reminder of the atrocities committed during World War II. The preserved barracks, chilling exhibits, and poignant memorials stand as a stark reminder of the importance of remembrance and the enduring pursuit of peace.

Getting to Dachau: 20 minute train ride on the S-bahn followed by a 10 minute bus ride on bus 726

3. Innsbruck

Innsbruck - Day Trips from Munich

Innsbruck is a colourful city that sits in the Austrian Alps that provide an awe-inspiring backdrop. Stroll through the old town’s colourful streets, marvel at the Golden Roof, a symbol of the city’s rich heritage, or ascend the Nordkette cable car for a bird’s-eye view of this alpine wonderland. In winter, the region transforms into a paradise for snowsports enthusiasts.

Getting to Innsbruck: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes by train from Munich Hauptbahnhof

4. Salzburg

Mirabell Garden, Salzburg - Day Trips from Munich

Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and the also setting for “The Sound of Music,”. Visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress for panoramic views and explore the Mirabell Palace and Gardens for a taste of refined splendour. For those that like shopping, check out Getreidegasse, a famous shopping street, and also where Mozart’s birthplace is located.

If you do find yourself in Salzburg, you have to try the Bosna, which consists of two long, thin pork bratwursts (sausages) in a bun! It’s a Salzburg original and we got ours at Balkan Grill Salzburg.

Getting to Salzburg: Approximately 1.5 hours by train from Munich Hauptbahnhof

5. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Day Trips From Munich - Rothenburg

Step back in time as you arrive in Rothenburg, a meticulously preserved medieval town straight from the pages of a storybook. Cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, and fortified walls define its enchanting charm.

As Rothenburg is quite a distance from Munich, you may not have much time to fully explore the town. I’d recommend taking the time to wander along the old town walls for panoramic views.

Be sure to also have a taste of traditional Schneeballen (snowball pastries), a deep-fried pastry made from shortcrust pastry which is extremely popular in Rothenburg. It can be found in most bakeries and cafes in Rothenburg.

Day Trips From Munich - Rothenburg

Rothenburg is not easy to get to without a car as it requires multiple transfers on the train. We decided to book a day tour through Klook so that we would not have to navigate the way ourselves. The tour also brought us to Harburg Castle, more on that in the next point.

Getting to Rothenburg: Approximately 3 hours by car or train from Munich Hauptbahnhof; train requires multiple transfers

6. Harburg Castle

Day Trips From Munich - Harburg Castle

Perched on a hill overlooking the scenic countryside, Harburg Castle transports you through centuries of history. Slightly off the beaten path as compared to Neuschwanstein Castle, Harburg sees a way smaller crowd. I’d really recommend taking the castle tour when you’re here as the tour provides really interesting insights such as the life in the castle and the castle defence system.

Harburg Castle is typically a stop on most Rothenburg day tours. It is not accessible via train.

Getting to Harburg Castle: 1.5 hours by car from Munich

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