7 Incredible Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trips from Munich

March 30, 2020 12 Comments

Matt and I spent our honeymoon in Germany and Austria and visited some AMAZING places! We stayed around Wilder Kaiser in Austria because we wanted to be in a quiet area in the mountains, but all of the day trips we took around the area were close to Munich (and don’t worry, we spent time in Munich, too!).

We researched some really unique sights and visited places like the longest castle complex in the world and a replica of Versailles on and island in a lake! Famous places like Neuschwanstein Castle and Salzburg are easy day trips from Munich, but if you want some more off-the-beaten-path spots, these are some incredible day trips from Munich! 🙂

7 off-the-beaten-path day trips from Munich

7 Incredible Off-the-Beaten-Path Day Trips from Munich

Innsbruck

Downtown Innsbruck

Salzburg is a great day trip from Munich, but if you want to visit a smaller town in Austria, go to Innsbruck! It’s under a 2 hour drive from Munich, and you can easily walk around and see most of the city in a day. We saw the gorgeous architecture, took tram into the Alps, ate delicious pizza, and visited the famous Golden Roof.

Matt and I loved everywhere that we visited, but our day in Innsbruck was probably our favorite! It’s a beautiful city, and I loved the combination of historic architecture and the Alps. So if you get the chance to visit Innsbruck, I definitely recommend it.

Golden Roof in Innsbruck

Row of colorful houses in Innsbruck

The Golden Roof with the Alps in Innsbruck

Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle in Germany

Have you heard of the longest castle complex in the world? I hadn’t until we started planning our trip! It’s a little over an hour from Munich.

Burghausen Castle wins the award for the longest castle in the world, and it dates back to 11th century. It was built up over the next few centuries, so it’s kind of like different castles combined in one complex. People actually live in parts of the castle (how cool!) so you can’t tour most of it, but it’s really fun to walk around the complex and see views of the town!

Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle in Germany

View of Burghausen from the castle

View of Burghausen from the castle

Herrenchiemsee

Garden in Herrenchiemsee castle in Germany

Herrenchiemsee is an exact replica of Versailles on an island in the middle of a lake! It’s about an hour from Munich, and then you take a short ferry ride across the lake. The island is also a beautiful place to see, and if you have more time, you can visit some of the other islands on the lake.

You can’t take photos inside Herrenchiemsee, but believe me when I say it’s a small replica of Versailles! Ludwig II built Herrenchiemsee to be identical to Versailles, down to the Hall of Mirrors. Ludwig II is known for building the Neuschwanstein Castle, but Herrenchiemsee was so elaborate and all the resources had to be shipped in across the lake that it was more expensive than Linderhof and Neuschwanstein castles combined!

Garden in Herrenchiemsee castle in Germany

Herrenchiemsee castle in Germany

Herrenchiemsee castle in Germany

The Silent Night Chapel

Silent Night Church

The famous song Silent Night was written and performed for the first time in the small town Oberndorf, and you can go visit the chapel there! It’s under two hours from Munich, and if you go to Salzburg, it’s right on the way. The actual church where Silent Night was performed burned down, so they built a chapel as a memorial for it. It’s also a pretty town to walk around and see the river that separates Germany and Austria.

Matt and I visited Burghausen, Herrenchiemsee, and the Silent Night Chapel in one day, and it was a bit of driving but totally doable in a day!

Silent Night Church

River separating Austria and Germany

Hintersteiner See

Willow on Hintersteiner See

Now for some beautiful nature destinations!

Matt and I chose where we stayed to be near Hintersteiner See because it’s such a beautiful lake! It’s an hour and a half from Munich, and it’s so worth it. It was a chilly, rainy day when we went, but it was still one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve seen. You can’t really go swimming, but it’s a pretty area to leisurely walk around and take in the mountain views.

Yellow flowers on Hintersteiner See

Cabin on Hintersteiner See

Pink flower blooming on Hintersteiner See

Hintersteiner See in Austria

Stimmersee

Stimmersee in Austria

If you want to go swimming, visit Stimmersee! It’s about an hour drive from Munich. Matt and I stayed near the lake and went swimming one day, and I will warn you, even in August it was pretty cold. But if you’re brave, it’s a beautiful area to swim! It’s said to be the second cleanest lake in Austria, and it was crystal clear.

Stimmersee in Austria

Houses in Niederbreitenbach, Austria

Lake Königssee

Lake Königssee

Another beautiful lake to visit is Lake Königssee, and it’s under two hours from Munich. Lake Königssee is much bigger than the other lakes we visited, so it was much busier and you need to take a boat to see most of the lake. But it’s a gorgeous lake and great area for hiking, so it’s definitely worth visiting!

We went for a short hike and then took a boat ride across the lake. There are two places where you can get off on the boat ride and explore other parts of the lake, and we grabbed a great lunch in a beer garden.

Boat houses on Lake Königssee

Church on Lake Königssee

Lake Königssee in Germany

Any of these day trips from Munich are amazing to visit, and if you can visit them all in a trip, even better! I would love to go back soon and find more off-the-beaten-path places to see because I know there are even more beautiful hidden gems in that area 🙂

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12 Comments

  1. Reply

    World of Lina

    April 1, 2020

    I’ve been to Innsbruck but would love to see all other places you suggested as well 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 1, 2020

      There are some amazing places to visit in that area!

  2. Reply

    Sylvie

    April 1, 2020

    Wow! Some amazing ideas here!

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 1, 2020

      Thank you!

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    Michelle Segrest

    April 1, 2020

    I have spent a lot of time in Germany and love the country. I’ve seen a few of these places, but look forward to seeing some of the others you mention here as soon as we can all travel again! Danke!

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 8, 2020

      Germany has so much amazing places to see!

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    Lerato | Life from a Bag

    April 1, 2020

    Burghausen Castle looks so dreamy! Wow. I would love to visit one day

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 1, 2020

      I definitely recommend it!

  5. Reply

    Angela

    April 1, 2020

    A really lovely post. I haven’t been to that area but it is definitely worthy of a visit. I love your pictures and the story of the “Silent Night” church Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply

      Julia

      April 1, 2020

      Thanks! I hope you can visit some of these places soon!

  6. Reply

    Amy Dent

    March 30, 2020

    So beautiful! We water is such a gorgeous color!

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 30, 2020

      All the lakes there are so beautiful!

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