Bought yourself a Bayern-Länderticket? Don’t limit yourself to Munich!
The regional day tickets offered by Deutsche Bahn are a cheap and convenient way of seeing a little of the German countryside. Bavaria’s ticket is especially good value as it even allows travellers to cross the border into neighbouring Austria – and costs just 23 euros. If you’re planning on exploring Bavaria after visiting Munich for Oktoberfest, then here are some suggestions for where to go using the Bayern-Länderticket.
Just an hour from Munich, Chiemsee is Bavaria’s largest lake. It’s sometimes referred to as the Bavarian Sea and it’s wide enough to be tidal. Hop off the train at the town of Prien am Chiemsee and catch one of the ferries that run year-round to the two inhabited islands on the lake. On Herreninsel you’ll discover the unfinished palace built by King Ludwig II in 1873 and modelled on Versailles. The King died before construction was complete and although parts of the building were demolished, what remains is well worth a visit. The neighbouring island of Fraueninsel, also reached by ferry, features an 8th century Benedictine convent.
A visit to the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau is a sobering experience, but of course, thought provoking. The site, now a poignant memorial, is easily reached by bus from the train station. Allow yourself time to reflect as you wander the grounds and visit the informative exhibition. Afterwards, don’t be in a hurry to return to Munich as Dachau’s charming town centre is packed with centuries-old buildings and excellent restaurants. Second to none is Schloss Dachau, an early mediaeval castle with a fabulous wooden Renaissance ceiling and beautiful garden from which there are super views of the nearby Alps.
Our next recommendation is nestled in heart of the Bavarian Alps and yet it’s still only a two hour train ride from Munich. Füssen lies at the end of Germany’s famous Romantic Road and does not disappoint with its clutch of charming historic buildings, including the Abbey of St Magnus and the High Castle. But the main draw lies just outside Füssen, in the town of Swangau, a short bus ride away. The fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein, featured in the classic movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was built in the 19th century as a retirement retreat for King Ludwig II. Visitors can tour his state rooms and admire those same views which captured his imagination.
The ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located at the base of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. 90 minutes by train from Munich, don’t rule this out for a day trip just because it’s not winter – the area immediately surrounding the resort has some of the best hiking trails in Bavaria. The pick of the bunch is Partnachklamm, a scenic and narrow river gorge just south of town where you’ll experience wild waterfalls and rushing rapids. But for sheer drama you can’t beat the AlpspiX viewing platform, extending over a void to open up breathtaking views of the Zugspitze and the Höllental gorge.
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Reached by train to nearby Herrsching, the Andechs Monastery sits on a hill overlooking the Ammersee. If the weather’s fine, it’s a rewarding hike to the top – and there’s even a beer garden to quench your thirst. Monks have been brewing beer here for centuries, though these days most of the action takes place at the foot of the hill where there’s more space. The brewery tour showcases the seven varieties of beer made here, and you’ll enjoy a tasting at the Bräustüberl afterwards. Back at the Ammersee, why not rent a boat or go for a dip in the lake?
Austria’s most famous musical city – whether you’re a fan of The Sound of Music or Mozart – takes just ninety minutes by train from Munich’s central station. Make the best use of your day by beginning in the cobbled maze of streets that make up the Old Town. There you’ll find the house in which Mozart was born and the ancient monastery of St Peter which contains the oldest library in the country as well as a restaurant dating back to 803AD. Higher up, the city’s imposing fortress occupies a lofty position atop Mönchsberg Mountain. Reach it by funicular if you wish to avoid the calf-aching climb from the ice-green waters of the Salzach River.
Bavaria’s many attractions have captivated tourists for many years and their accessibility by train makes the Bayern-Länderticket an essential purchase. Where will you go?