Day Trip to the Alps, Munich
Munich is an ideal hub for day trips into the surroundings. And the surroundings are great! The Alps are close and the pre-alpine landscape is majestic. Add to this countless little or bigger beer gardens, gorgeous monasteries, big and small churches and of course King Ludwig II’s castles of Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Hohenschwangau. Add to this the famous villages of Mittenwald, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Oberammergau and the Zugspitze, the highest mountain, you will have a hard time to judge.
My personal favourites for day trips are Benediktbeuern, Rottenbuch, Steingaden and Wies Church - and of course the masterpiece of King Ludwig II: .Neuschwanstein Castle
And for more reading I highly recommend:
Mark’s Munich page with day tours,
my own Bavaria page.
© Ingrid D., September 2012.
Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. It's located near the Austrian border about fifty miles south of Munich. Good place for skiing. On the day I went, the sky was clear at first but it's so cloudy later on. I was a bit dizzy up there.
The Bavarian Alps include the most beautiful landscapes of Germany. Lakes, snow, hiking, great food, ... Don't forget to pass by the Romantische Strasse (the romantic street), the lake at Chiemsee and the Neuschwanstein Castle.
A very impressing journey with a small aircraft.
During 1 and a half hour flight time you see the Munich Lakes, German Alps
and Neuschwanstein Castle. Also Day-Tours to Austria and wonderful Venezia
are possible. If you have time for this trip take the chance and do it!
Although clearly visible in fine weather, the Alps are 80 km south of Munich. If you feel the urge to actually scale the mountains and take in the spectacular views, this trip is for you.
Berchtegadenerland National Park is at the southernmost tip of Germany just over the western border of Austria and the city of Salzburg. Amongst the spectacular mountains of Berchtesgaden are Mt. Watzmann (2800 metres) and, just opposite, Mt. Kelsthein (1800 metres).
Sitting at the very peak of Mt. Kelsthein is the Kelstheinhaus, otherwise known as the Eagle's Nest. This was a teahouse built as a 50th birthday present for Hitler. At 1800 metres above sea level, the views are stunning.
The Kelstein area was the mountain retreat for Hitler and various other high ranking Nazi party officials. All of the buildings were destroyed at the end of the war except for the Eagle's Nest and the bunker complex at the base of the mountain.
The coach trip to the Eagle's Nest takes around 2 hours, leaving from the Haubtbahnhof (Munich Central Station) at 8:30 am. You are taken to the Kelsthein base station (where you can visit the Nazi Documentation Centre and tunnels). From there you transfer to smaller buses which take you up to a drop off point 180m below the Kelsteinhaus. The road up to the summit is carved into the side of the mountain - it is steep but the views are spectacular, particularly the point where the road changes direction half way up. From the bus drop off point, you walk into a short tunnel and catch a lift to the summit.
From the summit you can see across the valley to Mt. Watzmann and Mt. Hoher Goll, look down upon the town of Berchtesgaden and the Konigsee lake. To the north you can clearly see the city of Salzburg (including the fortress which actually towers above city but looks like an ant hill from here). No photograph I have seen - including the ones I took - do it any justice.
The coach trip is in English and German and lasts around 10 hours. It is well organised and very good value for money.
The Austrian city of Salzburg lies around 70 miles south of Munich nestling in the foothills of the Alps. By rail from Munich, the trip takes around 1.5 to 2 hours depending on what train you take (maybe quicker on an express train). We took the Deutsche Bahnhof service from Munich's central station ('Haubtbahnhof'). The price for 2 people was about 40 euros. Booking a ticket at the station couldn't have been easier as the ticket office staff all spoke English.
The journey down to Salzburg is very picturesque. The stretch between Munich and Salzburg is fairly flat but the Alpine ranges loom ever closer as the journey unfolds. The railway line also snakes around the western shores of the vast lake of Chiemsee.
On arriving at Salzburg, a 15 minute walk along the Salzach river gets you into the heart of the old town which is dominated by the beautiful churches and buildings and the Festung Hohensalzburg fortress high up on a hill overlooking the city. You can take the furnicular railway up to the fortress and take in the spectacular view of the alps and the city below you.
As this is a short visit, there is plenty to pack in. I would recommend a stroll around the old town which covers only a small area. You can take a peak in the Cathedral and Mozart's birthpalce. There are lots of beautiful resturants, cafes and shops.
The Alps are very close Munich and make for a great day trip. We took the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen which was amazingly easy. We then caught the cog train from Garmisch to the Zugspitze. This is the tallest mountain in Germany at 9718 feet. You can take the train to ascend the mountain or a cable car (which was out of order when we were there). Then you take another cable car to get to the tippy top.
Try to go on a clear day, because the views are just amazing. You can see 4 or 5 different countries from the summit.
The adventure is not cheap though, so be ready to shell out so cash to get to the top, but if you aren't likely to be there again, why worry about. Go for it! You won't be disappointed.
When you are done, try exploring the town below. There are a ton of great shops including a wonderful Christmas store.
Oh, and don't forget to where layers. The summit is freezing, even when it is nice at the base of the mountain.
Mittenwald, a beautiful little town about 1 hour train ride from Mittenwald is exactly what you would imagine a little town in the Alps to look like. Clean, friendly and small enough to walk around in a day. You can take the cable car to the top of the ski slope in summer and walk back down (about 5km) stopping at the "halfway house" where they make their own schnapps. From the top there are amazing views of the town below.
Take a trip out to Berchtesgaden for a few days of alpine tranquility. There you will have views of the Watzmann at 2,714 m. Many hikes and activities are available here - please see my Berchtesgarden page for more info :-))
The Eagle 's nest is a house that was given to Hitler on his birthday by party members . It is situated on the top of mount Kehlstein in Berchtesgaden.You can visit by special tour bus leaving Munich. The region is just beautiful.
To ski from November to April!
This ski resort is a little bit far from Munich (you will need nearly 2 hours by car), but it's less crowded than Garmish for exemple. And the snow there is excellent.
Hintertux is at the end of the Zillertal valley. On the way there is Mayrhofen, which is also a good place, but you have to wait december to get some snow there.
Of all the Must see sights on any of my pages this would be very much at the top end of the list.
It is a stunning piece of nature - I went with my Nephew and we both just looked around in awe looked at each other speechless and looked around some more.
Defunitely somewhere I would like to go back to some time
Go by train or bus or car to the ALPS (Garmisch, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Kufstein, etc.) in winter and summer! You don´t know Munich if You haven´t been there....
Fresh lakes within the Mountains (e.g. Kochelsee, Staffelsee) for boats, swimming, relaxing..
Mountain Climbing (for beginners: only with really climbing-Shoes like 'Dachstein', 'Lowa' for example!!!), Snowaboarding, Skiing, Paragliding, Glide-Planes (without motor!) by good thermic conditions or a baloon-flight over the ALPS...
An art exhibition gallery at the top of Zugspitze.
An art exhibition gallery set up at the top of the Zugspitze has an amazing panoramic view of all the surrounding mountain peaks, and don't forget to check out Eibsee from there. The lake look like a little Carribean paradise, only difference - the water is ice cold freezing. Besides that, there are also two exhibitions a year displaying the works of major contemporary artists.
The highest mountain peak in Germany at 2.964 m. Amazingly beautiful Bavarian Alps range and crisp pure mountain air will take your breath away!!! At the same time you might wanna take a look at Munich weather station, Alpin Sonn restaurant, Mariencapelle - highest located church in Germany, and art gallery. All on the same mountain!!!! And, yeah, don't foget, it's freeezing up there! It was -1C in the middle of summer, and snow never melts there, so you might want to dress really warm, especially if you'll go hiking. And one more thing...the other side of the mountain belong to Austria and you'll see a little town of Austria from there!