Suggested itineraries for Munich
We have a handful of suggestions of what you can do while you are here in Munich, whether it be one day, 2 days, 3 days. Action pack all of these things, or spread it out over a few days. We suggest doing a tour to get your bearings of the city and take it from there.
One day in Munich
We highly recommend checking out this great city of course (need to upsell ourselves) using one of our tours. If you only have one day in Munich and you want to explore this city, definitely jump on a tour.
Definitely check out the highlights of Munich while you are here. If you choose to do it on your own, it will be a lot of walking, like a lot, but it is doable.
If you are wanting to check out Dachau memorial site, we recommend using our partner, "In Thier Shoes". The tour departs in the morning from Hauptbahnhof and runs from 9:30am until and comes back to the city around 2pm.
If you are not wanting to check out Dachau, then we recommend outside of the highlights of Munich, checking out one of a few things:
1. The Isar - hang out, swim, chill, have a couple of beers or have a nice long walk. It's great!
2. The English Garten - hang out, swim, chill, have a couple of beers or a nice long walk!
3. If you are going to check out one Museum, definitely check out the Deutsches Museum. Do that in the morning/early afternoon.
4. Come on our morning tour and after that jump on a bike (or the public transportation) and cruise out to Olympic Park. It's easy to navigate to and you can spend an easy few hours at the Tollwood summer festival.
5. Do a city tour in the morning and have a bit of free time in the afternoon to do a thing or two then come along with one of our partners, Size Matters pub crawl. Meet a bunch of likeminded individuals looking to get a little loose in the beer drinking capital of the world.
We recommend doing most of these activities in the morning (except the evening activities) and making the most of your time while you are in town.
The sun sets at close to 10pm at the equinox and up until August is still bright out until about 830pm. Use your time wisely and you can see a lot in a day.
Day 2 or 3
TAKE A DAY TRIP!!
Head to Neuschwanstein Castle or Salzburg/Berchtesgaden, or Nuremberg.
Neuschwanstein is definitely one of the largest tourist attraction in the world, 2nd largest in Germany. The spectacular fairy tail castle sits at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, in the picturesque town of Fussen, is definitely worth a visit.
There is a couple of ways you can get to Neuschwanstein. 1 you can go on your own. Rent a car or take the train. It is definitely a lot more work, and more time consuming if you go this route. You will wait a minimum of two hours in line to get tickets to the castle, even if you have a reservation. The train is always full and more than likely you wont get a seat on the 2 hour train ride (but you may be lucky). You also need to take a bus from Fussen to the castle which is quite time consuming. It is a long day out.
We recommend using our partner Bus Bavaria. The tour departs from the city center at 9am and gets back to the city at around 7pm. It is also a long day. The trip down to the Castle is two hours, in a nice air conditioned coach. Once down in the region a nice optional bike excursion around the region is offered cruising around swan lake. From there a lunch stop at a nice brewery encorporates a magic show by one of the tour guides. From there the hike up to the castle (minor hike) takes about 30 minutes before heading in for the organized castle tour. After that, you cruise back to town in comfort and with enough time to enjoy the rest of your evening.
Definitely recommended to head down to this region by train. The "Bayern ticket" (This day travel card is available for individuals (€25) or small groups of up to five (€49) and allows for unlimited travel on regional, S and U-Bahn trains, most buses, and trams throughout Bavaria including all major cities such as Munich, Nuremberg and Salzburg) has a few rules but it is the best way to make day trips from Munich.
Salzburg is a gorgeous town nestled in the Austrian Alps just outside the border of German/Bavaria border. Home of the famous Sound of Music and the birthplace of Mozart. You can spend hours wandering around this charming town. The Mirabell Palace and Gardens are beautiful, Gertreidgasse is a great spot to walk and show, Mozart's Residence is worth a stop, Salzburg Cathedral is also gorgeous as well as the Hohensalzburg Fortress. If you have a chance check out the catacombs at the base of the Fortress close to the gondola entrance.
You can also spend just the morning going through town and then head off to Eagles Nest/Berchtesgaden. Just grab bus 840 from Salzburg to Munich. It takes about 45 minutes to get to Berchtesgaden. For exact time tables check out the OBB website here.
If you want to get a little crazy and action packed, check out one of the salt mines and/or Königssee. Königssee is absolutely gorgeous.
Just a little over an hour on the train, this great university town is absolutely worth a day trip if you have the time.
In older times it has been referred to as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Nuremberg was a significant location during the Nazi era Germany. It was where large Nazi party rallies were held as well as headquarters of the military and important for production of aircraft, submarines and tanks. This was also the location of the Nuremberg trials between 1945 and 1946 against heads of the Nazi party such as Rudolf Hess, Hermann Göring, Albert Speer, Karl Dönitz amongst others.
Outside if its Nazi history, the city is rests along the Danube and is a popular starting spot for river cruises from Nuremberg to Budapest.
While you are up there, rent a bike and head off around the city to explore.
Naturally there is so much more you can do, but if you have limited time, like most do on their European adventures, hopefully this will be a good guide to give you some suggestions on how to occupy your time wisely.
Have fun in this great city and region!