Where to go on Munich day trips
As I have said before when I think of Bavaria I think of fairytale castles. If you’re looking for options for day trips from Munich then a trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle should be top of your list. You’ll find Neuschwanstein castle perched on a hill overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau. It is truly breathtaking.
The 19th-century castle was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria. The shy king wanted somewhere to retreat to away from the crowds. However, today those crowds flock to visit this magical castle. You can only visit the castle on a guided tour and you can buy your tickets in Hohenschwangau village. In light of the crowds, however, I would recommend that you buy your tickets online in advance if at all possible. Especially in the summer months. It would be a shame to only be able to see the outside although it is pretty spectacular. If you do buy on the day make sure you purchase your tickets in the village before going all the way up to the castle.
The castle is open from 9 am to 6 pm between April and October, 10 am to 4 pm the rest of the year. The ticket office opens from 7.30am in summer, 8.30am in winter. Admission to the castle costs 13 Euros or you can buy a combined ticket to include Hohenschwangau castle for 25 Euros. This includes a guided tour in either German or English. If you don’t speak either of these languages you can use an audio guide in various languages but you must still accompany a tour.
BMW Welt and Museum
You’ll find the BMW Welt and museum on the outskirts of the city. There’s plenty of parking at the site. At BMW Welt you can explore several exhibitions of BMW cars. Here you can view displays of luxury cars, cars for today and innovative models of the future. The Welt displays include the iconic Mini, Rolls Royce and a range of motorcycles. Admission to the BMW Welt is free.
After that, cross over the overhead walkway and enter the BMW museum. Here you’ll go on a journey back in history as you view early model motor cars. During your visit to the museum, you’ll see examples of BMWs through the ages. This fascinating exhibition includes racing cars and art cars in a series of themed exhibition displays.
Tickets for the museum costs 10 Euros. BMW also offers a number of guided tours which may interest you if you’re a car enthusiast. You can take a guided tour of the museum for example or tour the nearby factory. Or you might like to visit the recycling plant or alternatively BMW offer combination tours which take in 2 or 3 of the sites. Visit the guided tours page of their website for full details.
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
As someone who is fascinated by history, I found the Dachau Memorial Site very interesting but also a very sombre experience. Even so, I think it’s important to preserve these sites as it would be unthinkable to have this awful period of history fade from public memory. Dachau was one of the first Nazi concentration camps and was designed to hold German political prisoners. However, it’s role increased during the war and ultimately prisoners of many nationalities were brought here, including many Jewish prisoners.
As you walk around the exhibition area of the site you will see displays giving information on the terrible conditions the prisoners endured here. You’ll also see information on the wider network of concentration and death camps in Germany and further afield. Particularly harrowing are the stories told by survivors of the camp.
The memorial site is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and there is no entrance fee. However, there is a 3 Euro parking fee and you can rent an audio tour for 4 Euros. In order to fully experience the memorial site, it’s well worth having the audio tour as it will guide you around the site and has lots of extra informative details. You can choose to take a guided tour instead of a very reasonable 3.50 Euros. The tours run in English twice a day at 11 am and 1 pm. Be sure to visit the auditorium during your visit and watch the documentary film “The Dachau Concentration Camp 1933-1945”.
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Munich makes a great stopover destination on your Balkans road trip. Equally, you could visit Munich on a 2-3 day city break. Also, check out these articles for more tips and advice on putting together your Balkans itinerary.
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