Now and again, it’s always nice to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the stress of studying, and a change of scenery can do the world of good. As the days become longer, and the temperature gradually warmer, you might want to think about jumping on a bus or train and experiencing something a little different.
We’ve put together a few easily-reachable places around Munich to inspire you if you fancy a day break from the city with friends….
Some of you may recognize this castle which featured in the 1968 movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and is one of the most fairy-tale like castles on offer in Europe. The spectacular Romanesque palace receives around 1.6 million visitors a year and is set amid breathtaking greenery, lakes and snow-topped mountains. You can get to the castle via car (around an hour and 45 minutes) or by train from Munich station to Füssen. Buses from Füssen (look out for the number 78) are available directly to the bottom of the castle hill where you can purchase an entry ticket for around €12. (You can also pay an extra €10 to get admission to the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle. Website.
If your wallet allows you, why not indulge in a bit of retail therapy at the fantastic Ingolstadt Village outlet? This open-air shopping mall consists of over 110 boutiques which offer discounts of up to 60% on clothing, sportswear, accessories, cosmetics and more! The village is about an hour outside of Munich and is accessible by bus which leaves from the city center. You can find information and how to get there on the website.
If you’re into anything traditional, you’ll love this place. Rothenburg is a medieval town that looks the same as it did back in the day and has the reputation of being “one of the most German towns in Germany”. Explore the gorgeous streets, and abundance of craft shops and coffee houses, and enjoy the atmosphere this beautiful town has to offer. As it’s around a two-and-a-half-hour from Munich, you might want to think about staying for the night and make two days of it. The town is not very big, but the surrounding countryside is the perfect place to get a bit of scenery and breathe a little fresh air into your lungs!
Linderhof Palace has been described as a mini Versailles, and is the perfect place to spend a sunny spring day. If exploring majestic homes and gardens is your thing and love spending the day just wandering around admiring impressive architecture and natural surroundings, then make sure you get this one checked-off your to-do list. It is advised to travel by car when going to Linderhof Palace, as the train journey (although possible) can be complicated. There are bus trips available from Munich directly.
This was known as Adolf Hitler’s retreat, and was said to be a present to him for his 50th birthday. The location now hosts a restaurant (open from May) and is set in the middle of rolling hills and green countryside. It’s also a great option if you want to walk/hike and explore the nearby town of Berchtesgaden, enjoying the dramatic landscape of the Bavarian Alps at your feet.
So, there you have it! If you do make it out to one of these great locations, be sure to share with us your photos of your experience on our Instagram page.